Friday, July 11, 2014

The Future of Fashion

There is beauty in doing something on a whim. Taking a chance and having it pay off is undeniably such a great pleasure in life. Last year, one of these very chances was taken when I applied for the Future of Fashion Program sponsored by Who’s Next in Paris http://www.whosnext-tradeshow.com and Not Just A Label http://www.notjustalabel.com  

It started with an email popping up in my inbox about the application process. It was an extremely busy time of year for me meaning I put it aside, thinking I would come back to it later, and then promptly forgot about it until the day before the deadline.
 
The decision to stay up late one night sending over details of my label and lookbooks really did pay off. I was selected as 1 of just 10 designers out of hundreds to show at Who’s Next, completely sponsored, for AW14. As a result of a great first show and an impressed panel of judges, I was then selected as 1 of 5 of us to show for SS15 which brings me to now!

 
I arrived at my lovely little apartment in the Boucicaut area quite close to the show at Porte de Versailles. The apartment was oh so French with a beautiful iron and wooden door, an old fashioned gated elevator and a rickety spiral staircases leading up to my front door for the week. This opened onto a freshly renovated interior with Juliet balconies and an owner who had perfect Parisian taste in furniture and artwork.   

 My apartment was within walking distance of the venue meaning I could stroll the pretty streets with a detour to a delightful bakery before arriving for the day ahead. The show is on for 4 days from 9am-7pm. It’s a long day but the venue is huge and with around 60,000 buyers coming through the doors as well as press so the days go by quickly!  
 
One of the best things about participating in the show is that it’s in Paris – one of my favourite cities! The evenings and an extra day after the show were used to explore and fall in love all over again. A few amazing restaurants I tried with friends also working in Paris at the time were Naneshi on Rue Paradis – a French/Japanese fusion with a great buzz and sashimi that literally melts in your mouth, Castiglione on Rue Honore which is said to have the best burgers in Paris (it’s true!) and the famous Rose Bakery with vegan delights and the most incredibly Moorish desserts. 
 On one of my evenings off, I also took a walk along the beautiful River Seine making sure to sample an ice cream from Berthillion (Salted Caramel + Prune & Amaretto) Heaven!  
 And on my last day I made sure to fit in a few must do’s! As the central part of Paris is quite compact it’s easy to fit in quite abit while still feeling like you’re meandering around rather than rushing. After brunch at Rose Bakery in the Fille de Calvaire area I tried a tiny praline chou pastry from the gorgeous little store Popelini. I then checked out the super cool boutiques selling clothes, homeware and stationary in this area before making my way to Tuileries Garden to admire the amazing buildings and gardens. A trip to Paris also wouldn’t be complete with a look in Colette and my fave vintage store Catherine B in Mabillon before heading to Ladurees to pick up some world famous macaroons.  




 The trip also ended with some wonderful news indeed. I’ve now been picked as 1 of only 3 finalists to show in Paris again with my AW15 collection. The panel will then make a selection at the next show and will choose a final designer to show for a 4th time for SS16! It’s been such an incredible opportunity for us and one which has really changed the label. It’s opened doors to more international stockists that we wouldn’t have had the chance to meet and has also given us more exposure in a very competitive market.
So cross your fingers for us and stay tuned!   
 
 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Introducing AW14 Wanderlust


It was dark when we set off. That early morning darkness, just before the sunlight peaks her weary head through the clouds. We didn’t care. We were restless, free and ready for anything.....
The old & rusted mustang sat waiting in the drive, wondering where we were heading. We wondered the same.....As the engine kicked into gear, we turned the music up way too loud for such an ungodly hour & felt on top of the world. The top was down, we were freezing. But we didn’t care.
I knew she wanted to drive through the night, see the nocturnal animals whose bright eyes would light up the sky. She wanted to see the botanical gardens – had a thing for wild flowers and toxic plants – could name them all on a whim. We’d pick up vintage postcards that would never be sent & eat ice cream that would melt before we could finish. The mountains would spread out before us and she would be in her element.
We drove and drove as the morning light became brighter and shone into our glittering eyes. Palm trees began to take shape and reminded us that we were close to the seaside. We threw back our heads and laughed. We already knew that this trip would be magical.....
We were wanderers, but by no means were we lost.....  
AW14 Wanderlust sees KELLY LOVE imagine a world without ties and the freedom to explore ones existence through travel and exploration. Eclectic prints of flowers on vintage postcards and the more traditional floral prints that the label is known for are washed over luxurious silks & man-made fibres. A complete contrast of textures sees Leather, Mohair and Embroidered cotton sit alongside the silken pieces. 
Sit back and enjoy the journey of texture and colour along with your imagination about what will be....take everything as it comes. Travel to see the world if only in your mind...for as we all know, “Not all those who wander are lost”  















Saturday, June 14, 2014

Who's Next Paris - July 2014

Here at Kelly Love HQ, we're so excited to have been chosen for the 2nd time running to be part of the Future of Fashion Program at Who's Next in Paris.
 
We'll be showing our new SS15 collection Homeward Bound from the 4th-7th July with the four other finalists as sponsored by Not Just A Label.
 
If you would like to visit us and see the new collection, please contact info@kellylove.com
 
 

Monday, November 18, 2013

You Magazine

Love, love, love the styling of our Parisian Sunrise Coat in You Magazine this week! Available at Young British Designers and www.kellylove.com
 

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Glamour.com

Here at Kelly Love HQ, we love the girls at Glamour Magazine for the amazing support that they show our label! See our latest coverage here http://www.glamourmagazine.co.uk/fashion/shopping/2013/10/top-75-faux-fur-coats
 
Our Dusk in the City Blazer in an Italian wool mix with a fake fur collar available at http://www.youngbritishdesigners.com/shop/products/aw13.kl.05~dusk-in-the-city-blazer~by~kelly-love
 
Get yours now!!!
 

 
 
 

Monday, October 07, 2013

Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing

It may be the influence of the Great British Bake Off or just because I love a sweet treat but I have been getting into some serious baking! Over the weekend I tried out these Cinnamon Rolls for a friends dinner party and they turned out wonderfully!
 
Perfect with a cup of tea or some ice cream!
 

Buns
1 Cup Milk
1/2 Cup Sugar
3 Tsp Yeast
75g Melted Butter
2 Eggs, room temperature
1 Tsp Salt
5 Cups Flour

Filling
75g Butter 
1 Cup Brown Sugar
3 Tsp All Spice

Icing
50g Cream Cheese
300g Icing Sugar
Vanilla Pod
30g Butter

Combine Milk and Sugar then add the yeast (make sure the milk is room temperature). Let sit for 5 minutes. Add butter, eggs, salt and 2 cups of the flour to the yeast mixture. Stir until mixed and then add a cup of flour at a time until you have dough. Knead for about 10 mins making sure the dough is not sticky. Place in a greased glass bowl, cover and place in warm place to rise for 1 hour. 
 

Roll dough out to about 15x20 inches. Mix the filling ingredients and spread onto dough. Roll from the long edge & cut into twelve equal pieces. Transfer to a greased baking dish, cover and leave to rise for a further 30 minutes. 
 

Bake rolls for 18~20 minutes at 200 degrees until golden brown & touching each other. Whilst baking make icing but mixing the ingredients together.
 

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Tastes to Enjoy!

If you follow this blog, you will know that apart from my obvious love of fashion, my next greatest passion is food! I adore trying new restaurants in London and other parts of the world when I have the chance.  
 
Saying this though there is nothing better than cooking up a storm in your very own kitchen!
 
As I often work from home, I am lucky not to spend time commuting and have been trying to cook as often as possible. Last week, I cooked something that was so very easy yet enjoyable that I thought I would share!
 
 
Fig Jam
8 Ripe Figs
3 Whole Star Anise
4 Tablespoons Light Muscovado Sugar
2 Tablespoons Elderflower Vinegar (or balsamic if you can’t find this)  
 
Place all ingredients in a small frying pan and bring to the boil then simmer for approx 45mins (the figs will start to break down and the mixture will become thick)  
 
I like to then blend mine but you can have it nice and chunky if you prefer!  
 
Serve with toasted ciabatta bread, goat’s cheese and rocket - simple!
 
 
 
 Roast Sweet Potato, Chilli and Coconut Soup  
2 Large Sweet Potatoes
4 Carrots
1 Onion
400ml Can Coconut Milk
1 Cup of Chicken Stock
1-2 Red Chillis
1 Tablespoon of Ground Coriander
Fresh Coriander
Salt & Pepper to taste

Boil the whole sweet potatoes for approx 5 mins and then put in a roasting dish to cook for 1-11/2 hours depending on the size (make sure to pierce the potatoes if they are whole).

Place the carrots, onion and ground coriander in another roasting dish and cook for 1-2 hours (boil the carrots first if you don’t have this amount of time).

Add the roasted vegetables, chillis, stock, coconut milk and fresh coriander to a saucepan. Use a hand held blender and add in more stock if you please!!
 
 

 
Enjoy J  

Friday, September 27, 2013

Your Coffee Break

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to catch up with the lovely Rosa and Charlotte from Your Coffee Break http://www.yourcoffeebreak.co.uk/ a very cool lifestyle site that includes fashion, beauty, dining, celebrities, career advice and travel. It's the perfect online magazine to immerse yourself in, over a cup of tea on a cosy evening.   

Although my visit to the girls was very fleeting as we were getting ready to exhibit our SS14 collection in NY, it was nice to put lovely faces to names. While I was away the girls were regulars on the FROW at LFW and wore pieces from our AW13 collection and looked gorgeous! 

Charlotte wears Faded Nostalgia Dress in teal velvet and Wistful Thoughts Dress in printed silk. 
 
See the whole collection at http://bit.ly/10Sj1D6
 
  

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

SALE at www.kellylove.com

This is a very exiting day!!! ;)
 
We've further reduced our prices on all sale items at http://www.kellylove.com/products/on_sale
 
With only 1 left of most styles, you need to get in quick! Check out the beautiful crushed silk, printed silk satin or modal pieces for a fraction of the price! They could arrive on your doorstep in time for the weekend!
 
Happy shopping :) 
 


 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

NY, NY I couldn't love you more.....

Out of all the cities we will visit in a lifetime, some stain the memory indelibly. New York is one of these cities. There is no other place that makes one feel as inspired or alive as the city that never sleeps. For this reason, NY seems like the fitting place to show the new collection - SS14 The Effect of Butterflies.  
 
We arrived in Williamsburg, Brooklyn late Saturday night and set off to explore our neighbourhood! We didn't have too walk far to find "Station" http://www.stationnyc.com/- a cool yet elegant outdoor restaurant which is famous for its delightful array of ingredients on sourdough toast like Ricotta, Blood Orange,‎‎ Basil & Apricot Marmalade. Washed down with a few glasses of thick, rich Malbec, we had an early night ready to show at Capsule over the next few days.
  
Showing at Capsule was a first for us and something we hope to continue to get our brand into the US market http://www.capsuleshow.com/ It was amazing to hear first hand feedback from buyers and to meet retailers from the Middle East, Asia and the US that we would have never normally had the opportunity to connect with.  



But a work trip to NY wouldn't be complete without giving ourselves a few days after Capsule to further explore a city that we both love so much. The restaurant scene is second to none and every place we visited we loved - http://www.themeatballshop.com/ for a hearty lunch of meatballs in sweet brioche and refreshing peach sangria, Shelter for delicious pizza and beer and http://public-nyc.com/ for cocktails and fancy dishes for our final night were our favourites.  



I also got to visit the most beautiful boutique that we stock our AW13 collection in, Gabriela De La Vega http://www.gabrieladelavega.com/ & spent some time with Gabriela herself who is an amazing jewellery designer as well as the ower of the store.   



 
Catching up with long lost friends, shopping in the vintage stores in Brooklyn, visiting Catbird for gorgeous jewels, picnicking in Central Park and riding our bikes into the centre of Manhattan + over the Brooklyn Bridge were other highlights of a lovely holiday (with a little work thrown in!)  





 
 
See you again soon NYC!!!  
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