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May 4, 2010 - 5 comments

Paris, lace and inspiration…..



I spent a few days in Paris last week,  shopping and getting insipration for the new collection.

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Not a difficult place to source wonderful ideas. I spent the first few days going to all my favourite suppliers...Mokuba, Fried Freres and a few showrooms of France's fabulous lace makers....


...the view from the little attic apartment where I stayed, on rue Lepic



I brought back many, many bundles of fabric...



I can't wait to start turning them into new styles......

March 12, 2010 - 9 comments

‘DO RE MI’……fashion weeks

A week ago a very good friend ,who is making her way into  ' the industry', asked me what trends did I think were going to be strong next season.

As a  keen observer and participant of what has been going on......I decided to do a round up of what I think has defined the past few weeks in fashion.

Paulette Goddard

 1. Social media is here to stay  

 Twitter, blogs and live online presentations have globalised the 'show' experience and brought the designer closer to the public.  I was an initial sceptic, but my opinion instantly changed when I saw the first live streamed show on the LFW website. 

Tavi for Pop Magazine via Very very beautiful 

2. Bloggers claim front row territory. 

 Tavi, Susie Bubble  and other bloggers have managed to  breakthrough a hierarchical, inflexible and slightly archaic 'media' industry, claiming their undisputed influence and place  in the fashion world.

Lots of filtering still required but they are here to stay too!



Celine AW10 via Fashionista

3. Trend 'numero uno': Fabric over adornment

For the first time in many seasons we see the return of beautiful, unpretentious and incredibly well cut garments. The attention goes from adornment to the essence of the pieces. Those who mastered this: Prada, Dries and the most talked about and probably influential collection of the season Phoebe Philo's range for Celine.

I would like to see high street attempt copying this trend.  

It 'ain't' possible my friend

Cashmere/wool is cashmere/wool and to buy exquisite Italian mill quality you are talking around €100 to €300 a mtr ...or more....try doing a fabulous coat in a wool polyester mix with 1% cashmere...don't be fooled it WILL look cheap...and adornments to make it look expensive...are NOT WELCOME!! 

 4. Trend 'numero dos'...Fur

PETA's terribly managed campaigns have seen very little compassion in the hands of designers this season. Fur has been present in far too many shows. As an animal lover I hope this trend doesn't permeate commercially and just stays on the catwalk where it shouldn't have appeared in the first place.

5. Colours.....Earthy earthy earthy. WHITE, black and grey

6. And this season's crown goes to....ALEXANDER MCQUEEN... if there is anything that has been of any significance this season it has been the absence of Alexander McQueen. I still get teary writing about is such a loss! But as many very talented creators he left us at his peak and with the most extraordinary collection which was shown in an intimate 'modest' presentation (for McQueen standard) but which clearly showed how his mastery was unquestionable, no matter where or how it was presented. 

The debate continues if he may or may not  have been a genius...


Photographs via Style Zeitgeist


in my books he certainly is.


February 27, 2010 - 12 comments


Debora T 2

Next month my 10th collection will be presented. The initial research and inspiration started during Paris Fashion Week, October 2008 on a regular visit to 120 year old Parisian shop Fried Freres.

Their back room is filled from floor to ceiling in old dark wood shelves overflowing with sequins and beads in every colour and shape imaginable. I left an hour later with empty pockets and bags filled with sequins. I immediately started to feed the subconsious with new ideas

A year and half later the concept has turned into reality, and a 10 piece collection to celebrate 10 seasons is in the making.

As with every collection I'm quite nervous and very excited.

Image Deborah Turbeville

February 16, 2010 - 4 comments


Dior dog 
LouiseDahlWolfe Photograph by Louise Dahl-Wolfe



What a terrible week.

There is no hiding my sentiment, and I have bored you all about this already, regarding the passing of McQueen. I'm not sure why I have been so affected by it, but losing a dear friend several years ago in the exact same manner has brought up ghosts of the past which have to be dealt with.

It's as if someone has ripped my heart out and turned my brain into mushy peas. I can't think and the headache is permanent

Travelling to London the day after the news, and it was miserably cold and wet, didn't help escape the moment. He was on the cover of every single paper, on the news on the Express train to Paddington and every conversation I over heard was talking about him.

I did go from fabric shop to fabric shop listening to personal stories of a young and determined McQueen, breathless, running around looking for fabrics. It was meaningful to be in London that day. And although sad I'm glad I was there

On a complete different note, yesterday, as I walked the dog, a wonderful 6 or 7 month old boxer puppy came out of nowhere and joined us for a couple of hours of play.

When it was time to go I didn't have the heart to leave her behind in the park, on her own. Incredibly thin she jumped into my car and we drove her to the vet to check her micro chip...the bad news is some irresponsible owner had not fulfilled their duties of doing this . Leaving me with this adorable dog and no where to find her owner.

I printed posters, drove around and went to the same park several times. No sign of owner.

She stayed the night, but I live in a tiny apartment and all I can say is that no one slept well last night.

This morning I drove her to the pound. I cried the 40 minute journey there and the 40 minute journey back. If I had a garden I would have kept her.

I would like to scream at her owner  for not being responsible enough to microchip her. I wouldn't be so upset and the poor dog wouldn't be freezing out in the cold now.

To end this moan on a lighter turns out I will be going to Paris after all...

February 7, 2010 - 2 comments

J’aime London

London plane copy

 Next week, Paris is hosting the bi- annual fabric show Premiere Vision. I love going to it, mainly because it’s a great opportunity to see my friends from all over the world, who find themselves in the same place at the same time.

It also marks the beginning of a new season…..... Spring Summer 2011


This is the year of change and pleasure (or so I have decided) so my plan to go to Paris has changed for a trip to London. I'm so excited to be going back after a few years of absence.

The last time I visited London was probably around the same time of the year (maybe a little later) and I was in the middle of trying to source fabrics and fit dresses for the Baftas and Oscars.


This year my trip which is in some ways similar, is slightly less eventful and stressful......promising great inspiration and lots of fun


If you have any favourite or secret places you know and would like to share I would love to hear from you…..anything from shops, galleries, restaurants….


Merci Beaucoup

January 21, 2010 - 3 comments

Sphere One by Lucy Downes

For some time I have wanted to feature a post about Lucy Downes. She's not only a brilliant designer but is one of my best friends in the real world.

For many many seasons we have travelled to Paris together for fashion week, so I guess she's always been there to celebrate or to console....

She uses the finest yarns in the world and her designs are incredibly ingenius

Lucy downes 2 copy

Lucy downes 
To see the wonderful handknitted cashmere cardigan that she donated to our cause Talent for Haiti....Lucy Downes Sphere One Donation.

And to see more of her beautiful pieces check

November 8, 2009 - 1 comment.

A shop with a view

One month has passed since returning from Paris, it seems like a year and even further away seems my next expected visit in March. Needless to say distance and time make the heart grow fonder!

My favourite pastime is wandering the streets aimlessly. I usually stay in an apartment so I am able to take part in wonderful mundane daily tasks like buying flowers, bread and cheese. And for a few days I truly believe that I am a Parisian citizen.

This season, more than ever, have I seen a huge number of vacant units available throughout the city and found a perfect little space to convert into my dream shop.


'Tiny space with a great view.

Neighbour : Rick Owens.'

Not much more needs to be's free to dream

Paris shop copy 2
a dream shop

Shop view 2 with a dream view

Shop view  a perfect bench for lunch