Sunday, June 27, 2010


Early one morning before the sun had reached its brightest point I came across an email from the founder of the blog Hivennn, Jazzy Elizabeth. Her site is predominately fashion based with her love of vintage shining through in the whimsical form of grainy old school photos, beautiful clothes and an eclectic mix of topics.

Jazzy Elizabeth had contacted me in regards to her official blog giveaway which came about after her blog received over 2000 hits. I have donated a t-shirt from my SS11 collection Origami Dolls. The competition ends on the 30th June so quickly skip to the website and apply to win a wonderful array of gifts

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Introducing AW2010 Your Heart on My Sleeve

The AW2010 capsule collection Your Heart On My Sleeve is made up of ten beautifully crafted pieces in lambswool, French lace, velvet and textured silk. These pieces give an introduction to my SS11 collection Origami Dolls available soon.

Stockists include Rous Island Showroom @ 45 Clarges Street Mayfair W1J 7EP & Catwalk Genius @ . To see the full collection, go to  

The Magic that is Africa

It would be easy to believe if you travel to Mozambique you would discover a place that is so full of intrigue, beauty and famine that it would take your breath away. You would be right.

Spend a few days in Maputo and you will see a handful of contradictions. From the wide avenues, tropical trees, shiny new cars and fancy seafood restaurants on Costa Del Sol to the to narrow dusty backstreets holding vibrant markets, energetic salesmen with an underlying desperation and the local chapa vans bursting at the seams with locals trying to get home.

Travelling through some of these communities, you will see many a child walking with their smaller siblings wrapped tightly into little bundles on their back made from traditional kanga fabrics. The children have a special companionship with each other, the woman treat you like old friends and the men are proud and hard working.

The way the Mozambique people dress mediates the merging of the counties contradictions, reflects the vastly differing cultures that are injected into the city and depends on the individual's economic status. In the cities, women wear Western-style dresses made from fabric with brightly colored African patterns. Women in rural areas, however, generally have kept their traditional garb of long strips of fabric that are wrapped around the body, under the arms, and over one shoulder. They have also retained the traditional head scarf or turban.

The rise of clothing and accessory collections inspired by the bright kanga fabrics and relaxed dressing of these regions has increased over the past couple of seasons. Brands including Choolips, MADE, SOKO and ASOS.COM are all getting in on the action and with sustainable fashion becoming trendier by the day, it shows no sign of slowing down. With these labels supporting communities in Ghana, Mozambique and Tanzania this is a positive trend that will only continue to grow.

Take the warmth that radiates from the people, the vibrant colours of their traditional dress and the colourful noisy surroundings and you have the very magical place that is Africa.

Stay tuned for more African tales......