FDC Young Designer Awards – 31st Oct 2015

FDC young designer award, fashion design, fashion competiton, Pullman Hotel London,

Clariscia was delighted to accept the post of head judge at the annual FDC Young Designer Awards and fashion collections showcase held at the Pullman London Hotel in St Pancras. The judges, took up the mantle to sift through the … Continue reading

CG Couture Coats – Spinning a yarn of wool

Coats and jackets by Clariscia in a range of British wool's.  Tweeds, twills, flannels and long haired coatings. Prices from £285 for rtw

Coats and jackets by Clariscia in a range of British wool’s. Tweeds, twills, flannels and long haired coatings. Prices from £285 for rtw


Winter coat designs by Clariscia Gill

As I readied myself for the autumn/winter 2015 season, preparing my mind for the forecasted ‘coldest UK’ winter to hit us for 50 years, I reflected upon how much I like to design, make and wear a good wool jacket or coat. I had always found it difficult to find a coat that fitted me in the right places, accommodated what I was wearing underneath and had the right cut to be loose and stylish enough that it did not look, well, frumpy …
So that’s how I started making them myself. I took a delve into the first place I start after the design is done, the fabric which led me to the world of this humble animal, the sheep, from whence it all starts. Well, I can tell you, humble they are not and I encountered a few surprises and striking animals during my research.

 

The Barbados Blackbelly Sheep (I kid you not..)

The Barbados Blackbelly Sheep (I kid you not..)

 

Briton became involved with this rapidly growing trade, so much so that by the twelfth century, wool was to become one of England’s most successful assets enabling it to be exported to neighbouring countries around Europe. That strength remains with British wool still being much sought after around the globe.

 

Merino Rams provide wool for those delicate fine knitwear.  Who'd of thought ..

Merino Rams provide wool for those delicate fine knitwear. Who’d of thought ..

 

There are so many breeds of sheep and they can be found in all the five continents. Cross breeding them is the main way to obtain the different qualities and types of the wool. Not being a natural condition to be covered head to foot in a thick hot woolly fleece, the sheep must be sheared within given times in order that they do not encounter harm. As well as the obvious heat problems, the fleeces attract flies whose larvae can cause major havoc.

 

Originating from Switzerland. Both the ram & ewes have horns.

Originating from Switzerland. Both the ram & ewes have horns.

An old unknown sheep breed with fancy horns.

An old unknown sheep breed with fancy horns.

Some of these creatures are simply majestic and some so cross bred as to not even have a name for the breeds like this one above. I shall however from now on pay more thought to this animal when choosing my wool cloths, they are responsible for giving us so much.

I thank ewe …

Author – Clariscia Gill

Clariscia Gill Accessories – Kente Cloth Origins

Kente accessories

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The Kente Cloth is an ever popular pattern that has been admired by many people across the globe. When looking at Clariscia Gill’s modern adaptation of the cloth, it inspired me to research into it’s history.

CG Couture Muse wearing Clariscia Gill Kente Cloth belt accessory.

CG Couture Muse, Thuto Mali, wearing Clariscia Gill Kente Cloth belt accessory.

It was first conceived in a village called Bonwire by the Ashanti people of Ghana, and has become a huge part of their history.

It is said that two farmers, who were brothers, from the village, came across a spider spinning a web and were completely fascinated by the beauty of the pattern. They then decided they would try to recreate what they had seen using black and white Raffia fibres (from a Raffia Tree).

The top of a staff held by the king's advisor, Okyeame

The top of a staff held by the king’s advisor, Okyeame

Although they created the first Kente Cloth using this material, after they presented what they had made to their King (Nana Osei TuTu), the cloth started to be made using the costly fabric of imported silk, therefore becoming associated with Ashanti royalty. The cloth was then used in global trade for many things such as ivory, gold and even slaves.

It is also said that men became the sole manufacturers of the cloth as women’s menstrual cycles were thought to interfere with the production of the Kente Cloth …

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As time went on, the materials of the cloth evolved and     cotton and rayon became the more popular choice,           making it more affordable for a wider range of people.     To this day, the patterned cloth is just as popular as it     was, if not more! Being styled by celebrities such as         Solange Knowles, hip hop group Salt N’ Pepa and             designer Clariscia Gill! Check out her online store where Kente Cloth Belts and other items using this fabric are     available for purchase.

 

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Kente Cloth Belt by CG Accessories

 

 

BY Kessie White

Clariscia Gill Bridal Couture – The Caudalie Spa Belle Femme Pop Up event

The sun shone gloriously for us on this day; 27th May 2015. An afternoon and evening dedicated to guiding brides through the process of the many assorted preparations they will need for their big day.
On hand were a specialist group of professionals to answer queries and give displays of their respective skills. it was such a wonderful event with spa treatments on hand from the Caudalie professionals.

Clariscia Gill Bridal would like to thank;

Caudalie Spa UK, Katherine Elizabeth Hats,  Allan Henry, Mike Bryant, Rudy Atwell, Gracia-Denise Coleman and Nataila Redeka for their participation and  professionalism.

We look forward to repeating it soon. Watch this space!

 

Gracia Denise wears ‘Sophie’ oyster pink silk crepe coloured wedding dress, with kick hem and puddle train £895 with organza inserts at neck and back which are scattered with bridal pearls. Oyster pink feather bolero wedding jacket £255. Credits: Photo – Rudy Atwell, Hat – Katherine Elizabeth, hair – Allan Henry, make-up – Angel for Shu Umera, flowers – The Covent Garden Academy Of Flowers. Photos – Rudy Atwell, location – The Radisson Covent Garden

 

 

Natalia wears ‘Karen’ silk zibelene multi-panel creme fishtail wedding dress £1,585 with diamante and pearl beading at neckline and drop waist. Open key hole back. Credits: Photo – Rudy Atwell. hair – Allan Henry, make-up Angel for Shu Umera, glass bridal tiara – Anthony Stern Glass for Clariscia Gill, flowers – The Covent Garden Academy Of Flowers

 

 

Natalia wears ‘Charli’ silk crepe low back wedding dress with long sleeves £1,300 this sweet heart neckline wedding dress has swarovski crystal beading on empire panel and double back straps. ‘Bianca’ low back shrug wedding jacket is in a delicate Chantilly bridal lace £295 scattered with tiny translucent sequins. Credits: hair – Allan Henry, hat – Katherine Elizabeth, make-up – Angel for Shu Umera, flowers – The Covent Garden Academy of Flowers

Clariscia Gill Couture – My Fair Lady Fashion Parade 17th June 3pm

Clariscia’s long-time love of the Ascot scene in the film; ‘My Fair lady’ leads her to deliver her own interpretation, with a modern twist, during this unique parade. Taking place in the heart of Mayfair with a predicted weather forecast … Continue reading

Chrisanne – Latin Ball Champs

Attended a fabulous night out at the Royal Albert Hall invited by ‘Chrisanne’ to join them in their private box. Chrisanne make all those stunning gowns you see on Strictly Come dancing. I shall be doing some business with them making full use of their spectacular Swarovksi crystal range of ‘bling’. Designed jointly. It was the finals of the Latin dance championships and being an avid salsa dancer myself it was right up my street.