Couture Revolution

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Valentino Couture 2016… glided down the cat walk. Inspired by Mario Fortuny and the fluid freedom of early 20th century dancers, it also contained what has become a Valentino signature Grecian style dresses …with snaking diadems.  They caught my eye, … Continue reading

An Innner Glow an Outer Light: Melodi Horne

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Have you seen Melodi Horne’s lamp shades? ‘shades’ feel an entirely inappropriate name for her vibrant creations, which reverberate in rainbow hues often through exotic fabrics redolent of the silk road and Scheherazade’s charm. The first time I saw Melodi … Continue reading

A Splash of RED.

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Life Giving? or danger-warning? Red is the most visually arresting of all the colours in ‘saturated’ wheel. Personally I seldom wear it and have never decorated with it, but a splash of red is life-affirming – especially now.  In the … Continue reading

Christmas List 2015

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Christmas? you mean it’s December? already? OMG… literally in the station.It’s our first Christmas back in the country after a year of house building…my list should really be all about the unfinished interiors and external drainage. But where’s the ho-ho-ho in … Continue reading

The Power of the Enfilade

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I am gliding softly through as the clock chimes the hour, each door gives way to a space more extravagant than the next, the gilt boiserie glittering in the firelight and the doors sequentially leading me on, in enticing succession, … Continue reading

Plus ça Change: Stripes

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Just as each modern generation coming of age believes it has invented sex, hedonism and all nighters… whilst re-inventing fashion in its own image (obvs). So each era, spins the stripes round, thinking only they have re-calibrated the graphic line. … Continue reading

Summer Stripes

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So It all started again in Venice, with stripes, the obsession – that is.  I mean Biennale was fabulous, the Gritti perfection, the weather mixed (read: lashings of rain) … but hey, I put a good face on it, because … Continue reading

Collaboration Works

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Collaborations can take you on a journey past a point you could envisage on your own, they can  – through mutual endeavour and intellectual bounce – make sparks fly, mood boards fizz and the results magical.  Last Autumn I could … Continue reading