The clothing brand Mother of Pearl opened a pop up shop in New Bond Street, London, last night. The event attracted fashion bloggers and editors in their droves to discover what the next season holds for this well known brand.
Maia Norman is the creative director of Mother of Pearl. She has the unique ability to blend art into her designs, making her collections bright and bold. It is not surprising her collections are rich with these elements; after all, she has some pretty strong links with the art world. Her partner is the artist Damien Hirst, and she grew up heavily influenced by everything creative.
Each season, Mother of Pearl collaborates with different artists to produce different styles. For the A/W 11 collection she has collaborated with artist Keith Tyson, which brings stylish prints to the range. The right balance has been struck with this collaboration, and results make an artistic statement of their own.
Something Else is a huge fashion label on the other side of the world, with grand plans to make it big here in the UK, and Tellusfashion foresee them fulfilling this ambition.
Natalie Wood is the founder and main contributor. She told Vogue: “I want to create the same following as I have in Australia here in the UK,” she tells us. “This is my first season signed with a UK PR company and I love London – it’s my favourite fashion city. People dress amazingly here, they really get fashion. Our girl is confident and she knows what she wants to wear and I think London girls are the same in that way. You have such great department stores here too, like Liberty. When I’m in there I feel like a kid in a lollipop store.”
Her collection incorporates many artistic designs. The collection ranges from grungy to pretty, and aims to include varying pieces for those who like to experiment with different looks.
Her latest collection is quite loose fitting and casual. Colours range from greys, whites and browns, resulting in a great laid back style perfect for the hazy days of spring. What’s more, Something Else can be enjoyed by everyone, with the collection already seeing success at Urban Outfitters.Images courtesy of Urban Outfitters
She is 21 years old and she comes from Leeds. She usually shops in Princes Street: Urban Outfitters, Topshop, Zara are her choice as well as the many vintage stores you would find in the Grassmarket, Edinburgh. She has been in the Scottish capital for four years now, as a student. She really really likes it because of its cosmopolitan atmosphere and all the different cultures’ influences. She got her cute bag from Morocco (as in the country :P) and her shoes in Office and her coat in Zara.
Joseph a 21 yo musician from Sheffield. He lives there and he is visiting Edinburgh for the week-end. He sometimes shops on the internet but he got his jumper in a vintage store in Sheffield. Got the shoes in LA.
A busy Saturday afternoon on Princes Street delivers decadent Jane into my view. She is from New Zeland , trained in the field of Art History + Museum and Heritage. She moved to Edinbugh after having worked in the textile department of The National Museum back home. She favours charity shops but every now and then she takes advantage of the fact that she works in Armstrongs, a vintage clothing shop in the heart of the Old Town of Edinburgh. Shoes, Dress and Cape are from various charity shops. She got the boots on the internet, brought the hat from NZ and the hansome bag is by Disaster Designs.
She moves with a feminine grace that is rarely witnessed unless you find yourself in the Far East of the World. Her style is a mix between that of an Artist and a Philosopher. A thinker. She looks lost in her thoughts when I stop her. “What’s your name?” “Ting and it’s my absolute real name!” She is in a hurry so after the shots I walk with her for a brief interview. “I am going to college” she says “to write my research which I will never finish” Ting’s hometown is Shanghai and she decided to come to Edinburgh to study . “… to avoid life, you know!” she chuckles. “I am not gonna ask you how old you…” “I am 25!!!” she interrupts me, and then:”…sixteen, I AM SIXTEEN!!!!” she explodes into a cute and bubbly laughter. She doesn’t consider herself to be into fashion.”I just like to feel pretty and I dress according to my mood. Today I am happy.” “Tell me more about what you are wearing at the moment” “Well, I got the skirt from my mum. I think she bought it in the 80s when she was travelling in Europe. I got the pendant from my granmother and the earrings in a second hand shop … they were there, laying on the shelf, looking quite old so thought oh those would suit me!” she laughs again. We arrive at the end of the path that crosses the Meadows and we split in different directions. I am absolutly charmed.
Hello lovely people!
I hope you had a lovely weekend and now enjoying the week?
I sincerely apologise I wasnt able to update the blog end of last week as I previously said – things turned a little mad last week; totally unexpected!
I had hoped to have a couple of samples ready by last Friday but all of that went into thin air last Monday when it appeared I couldn’t work with one of my contractors any longer. It threw my plans into disarray and for a couple of days, stressed me out a lot.
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I work with timelines and I do not like it when those timelines change for ‘unforeseen’ reasons! I guess I’ve always been in ‘controlled environments’ where I was pretty much aware of most of the issues that could arise and therefore mentally prepared for them. Last week, I wasnt prepared for what happened, nonetheless I have learnt from it including the following:
- When one door closes, remember another will always open
- Everything happens for a reason, even the so called dissapointments. Just dont lose focus on your goal, you’ll look back and be thankful for most setbacks
- In life, do good and you will attract goodness even if it doesn’t always seem like it – Good will always win
- One person with a belief is equal to force of ninety-nine who have only interests (thanks to @Zedeye’s dad)
- In my humble opinion, when God has blessed you with a gift and an idea and you put in the work, He’ll open doors to gold paved roads for you
- If you havent tried something, dont close your mind to it and finally for today
- Always have options B, C , D (unless in marriage of course!)
So it’s a new week, I’m back to my old very happy self and guess what I have a new team in place and keeping everything crossed with a lot of prayers that all goes well this week.
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Gotta get me some lunch now so I’ll catch you later!
Please leave a comment as I enjoy reading from you.
It feels like ages since I last updated the blog. I trust you’re well and week going good so far?
So what have I been up to? Last week felt like I was running against bricks and it wasnt very nice. I guess that’s business for you, infact, that’s life really. Nonetheless, I remained and continue to remain positive.
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Time seems to be running away!
Not sure if I’ve mentioned previously but we are looking to launch the label in Spring/Summer 2011 and that my friends is not far away at all. According to my industry veterans, I should have agreed orders by now and be working on deliveries to Stockists in time for Jan…If that’s the case, I was late even before the label was created :S.
It’s a little (very little) worrying but when did ‘customary’ ever put me off anything? Never! Every Drapers (trade magazine) edition I have read since my Subscription started in Summer has mentioned the increasing flexibility of buyers to purchase outside of the normal buying periods. However, I am fully aware that as we (Toni Bonoj) get bigger, volume of production will require that we work close with industry time tables to ensure we can meet order requests and ensure customer satisfaction which I am thoroughly passionate about.
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So that said, where am I in the production cycle? Point zero; creating samples. Fun (NOT) of a new starter is searching for a production team to work with. It makes absolute sense that the team that creates the samples get the work for production also as you will have established a working relationship and ironed out any possible issues with production. Number one problem arises as not all clothing manufacturers work on samples because it’s often more work than they can charge for; many see it as loss leading activity. So even if a manufacturer’s price sounds good, without them creating samples initially, one has to take the risk and go ahead with production and keep fingers crossed. The other thing I have found is manufacturers are often unable to give an exact quote on production cost. I understand why this might be, but how does that help with my planning? So, as its difficult to pen costs down to an exact amount, best thing to do is to allow yourself a range to work with.
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Business Accounts – Snooze button
Today, I went about trying to set up a business account. No kidding, some women could have had babies in the time it took me to b e interviewed by a certain High Street bank and no, I still dont have a business account yet. It was a painful experience but as I try to learn from everything, here are my tips for anyone trying to set a business account up:
- Your time is important, set a time limit for the meeting and let the Business account manager know this
- Know what you want from the bank account
- Dont be persuaded by any additional fancy products, you will find that many of these are available on the internet for free or at a lower price
- Dont make any decision under duress, take away literature so you can read and make a decision later
- I know it wasn’t their intention, but I felt they wore me out so I could just say yes to everything 🙂
- Finally, do compare offers from different banks. You’ll be surprised at how many different offerings and propositions there are out there!
On that note, I’m signing out.
Have a fantastic week ahead!
Hello beautiful people!
You may have picked up from my first post that I do have something for formal wear. With a full-time job, most people spend more time at work than at home so if I am going to splash a little on clothes, work wear comes on top for me.
I am a firm believer in dressing for the role you’re aiming for not for where you are – so I can’t see any reason why any woman’s formal wardrobe should be dowdy.
We all know clothes speaks volumes about us and in some circumstances it could affect our demeanour. If you’re wearing an outfit that accentuates the right parts of your figure, you feel confident and your walk speaks the same language. And if you feel good about yourself, then you’ll attract that from other people.
So am I alone in feeling this way? Would you put much effort into your work wear? Are there particular pieces that work for you more than other?
For me, I love my soft tops and fitted shirts with smart tailored trousers or skirts. I might have been in a cut throat environment but I am still a woman and want to be sexy 🙂
I would love to hear from you, so tell me about your favourite pieces of clothing for work.