18/04/2020 | It's going to be all white...
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18/04/2020 | It's going to be all white...

Are you finding that, like me, it’s the little things in life that are currently bringing you the most joy? Yesterday evening on my walk with Lola I caught sight of the sun setting through the trees directing my eyes to the white blossom overhead…  I paused… cherished the moment … and then did what we all do …snapped the moment to be able to remember it forever not to mention share with you!

Seeing the purity of the white blossom inspired me to keep today all about white…

Scrolling through my press archive I came across this image from Instyle Magazine in September 1998 …the glorious J Lo (or Jennifer Lopez as she was then known) wearing one of my all time favourite slip dresses (I have always loved a slip dress…particularly one that is cut on the bias) …I remember it well …we devored this exquisite French-woven white silk velvet to look like icicles and snowflakes … I love how Hal Rubenstein describes it in his column The Look (remember we are talking 1998 here)… “Best Dress   The British are known for those stiff upper lips, but it looks as if they’ve softened up things from the neck down by quite a bit. So when Jennifer Lopez – she of the figure they invented the word “hourglass” for – wanted a red-carpet-stopping dress for the L.A. opening of her hit film, Out Of Sight, she slinked into Amanda Wakeley’s silk devore stunner. On this night, you should have seen all the lips that were parched.” 

I have been repurposing some of my favourite Wakeley slip dresses by lobbing a few inches off the bottom (a little secret…you can just use a very sharp pair of scissors and do this yourself…you do not need to hem it)… I love the way true bias cutting frays…you have none of the horrible long yarns hanging off just a delicate diagonal soft slightly vintage looking fray. In this Lockdown time there is nothing that makes me feel prettier than to slide into a slip dress and throw a chunky cashmere cardigan on (my all time favourite is our satin-back Larson) and cinch the waist with one of our signature judo belts …its fine that I am wearing sneakers… I feel pulled together but in a very “at home” way…Upcycling at its best in my opinion…Also if WFH has over-run (which it generally does…) I can literally throw on some chunky jewellery and I am “dressed” for dinner…AKA collapsing on the sofa with a vodka…mmm guilty (sometimes…)

 

So why do I love cutting on the bias so much you may ask?... because done well (something that takes incredible skill both in the cutting and the construction) it is the most feminine, sensual, effortless and beautiful way to embrace a woman’s body… it is done by cutting the fabric diagonally across the grain so using the natural stretch of the cloth… first invented by the brilliant and revolutionary designer Madeleine Vionnet in the 1920’s. On the hanger the dress can look intimidatingly narrow (don’t be put off) … the bias allows it a fabulous natural gentle elasticity that slips effortlessly (not to mention incredibly comfortably) over your body…it moves with you…it is so unrestrictive yet flattering…it is the height of sensuality but incredibly subtly so …

 

 I have massively digressed…how can I talk about the colour white without thinking Bridal…its wedding season and my heart goes out to all those gorgeous couples who have had to postpone their perfectly planned nuptials…it was only 2 weeks ago that we received a beautiful invitation from some good friends to their wedding in July, only for it to be followed up a week later with an email saying they were having to postpone…we have had numerous brides in a state of near panic over their wedding dresses prior to the Lockdown…but I am happy to say our fabulous team has it handled…and talking Wakeley weddings … a month ago we made the long awaited move to bring our bridal collection into our flagship store on Albemarle St in Mayfair…why didn’t we do this before we are all asking?! But its lovely to finally have the whole collection under one roof in the Home of Wakeley (House just sounds too grand for how we operate…)

 

 

Wakeley Wellbeing during Lockdown…We had such an amazing response to my Instagram post on FLOW – Dynamic Fitness Through Fluid Movement …however, hands up it’s been a little tricky to keep that up (as you can see, Jason keeps it all flowing!)…so what have I been doing to keep my fitness level up during Lockdown? …well I love to exercise outside whenever possible…to be out in nature whatever the weather… so I have been hopping on my old mountain bike with good old fashioned hand weights to do my arms (love a bit of multi-tasking) and then if the mood strikes I have been spending 30 mins doing sets of different jumps on the kid’s old trampoline…it is genius exercise although I did read that the NHS were warning against adults getting on their kids trampolines as apparently, particularly around Easter time, it has been the source of numerous injuries… so please be careful…and enjoy your weekend wherever you are…

 

Sending love, stay safe and stay well

Ax

 

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