LFW review: Jasper Garvida a/w 11

Inspired by the novel ‘Soie’ by Alessandro Baricco about a European man who becomes enchanted with the East, Jasper Garvida’s a/w11 collection was heavily influenced by Eastern style and the early 20th century love affair with all things oriental.

His kimono dresses were slit thigh high and worn with volumous  jackets reminiscent of a Samurai’s scaly uniform, or on their own with minimal adornment emphasising the rasor-sharp  tailoring.

Floor-length, bias-cut silk gowns with low-back detailing evoked the Thirties glamour and oriental style of screen sirens such as Anna May Wong, while Garvida’s print design featured cut-out, round images reminiscent of Italian designer Pierot Fornasetti.

Anna May Wong

Fornasetti design

All in all I loved the many references to art deco orientalism and Fornasetti’s iconic images. Garvida’s collection convinces with beautiful tailoring and feminine shapes – a shame that some of the models were so thin the dresses looked ill-fitting and badly cut.

images: Tony & Guy, Style Bistro and Fashion Foie Gras

London Fashion week outfit: vintage 20s

I borrowed some 20s vintage off my friend Irma for LFW. I really love the cloche hat so much I’m going to get one myself.

Me and Akeela from Head in the Clouds – she looked amazing with her 20s finger waves.

Potential LFW outfit: 60s colour blocking

I might wear this to London Fashion Week tomorrow. Yay or Nay?

Etsy wish list: 60s nautical

1960s sailor dress, size M, £91.

1960s David Crystal wool coat, size M, £190

1960s striped gloves, size S, £13

Meet my sponsors: The Vintage Dressmaker


Irma, the creative brain behind The Vintage Dressmaker, is one of my really good friends. We got into vintage at roughly around the same time, and while I branched into the Sixties, Irma has developed a serious devotion to the Twenties.

Her passion for the decade and past fashion in general really shines through in the bespoke clothing she makes as The Vintage Dressmaker. Using vintage patterns, fabrics (where possible) and trimmings – from belt buckles to buttons – her designs are truly modern vintage versions of past styles.

What I love about her work process is that she’ll spend hours researching tiny little details such as fastenings or correct prints before embarking on designing, making sure everything is in keeping with how clothing would have been made in the past.

All her designs are unique and she makes everything by hand, so things are completely customisable. You can either take inspiration from her current collection or get in touch about any design – from the Twenties to the Seventies -you have in mind. 

We’re also currently working on a joint project, which will hopefully help resurrect the humble working girl daywear – so stay tuned!

Rodarte for Opening Ceremony

I’m not a big fan of Rodarte – it’s all too whimsical – but I do love their new collection for Opening Ceremony. The range of 50s-inspired sun glasses is just perfect!

Bravissimo – a review

Lingerie label Bravissimo got in touch with me the other day and asked me if I wanted to try out their unique fitting service and choose a free lingerie set. I’d already read a really interesting review about them on Retro Chick who had been asked to do the same thing. Curious, and admittedly very tempted by the free underwear, I went along to my bra fitting yesterday.

I have been to bra fittings before, once at M&S, once at Intimissimi, who’d both measured me with a tape measure and had each come to the conclusion I was a 32DD. I’ve followed their guidance and have stuck to the size eve since, although I have been failing to get many bras that fit right.

Just over a year ago, I also had to have quite a bit of skin removed on one of my boobs, which has left it slightly smaller and a different shape to the other one. Although the difference isn’t huge, some of my bras actually accentuate it, which shows under my clothing.

Bravissimo are aimed at women with bigger boobs, their range going from a D to KK cup, and uniquely they don’t measure you with a tape but fit you based on looking at your boobs. This is something that makes a lot of sense to me, I’ve never understood how measuring your chest circumference can tell you anything about what cup size to wear.

At my fitting appointment I was lead to a lovely, plush fitting room and allocated an assistant, Chantelle, who was both friendly and knowledgable. After looking at me in my bra, she went off to fetch a range of models and sizes. The first bra I tried on fit amazingly and evened out the difference in shape and size of my boobs.  I’d gone down a back size but up two cups, yet my boobs actually looked smaller. Chantelle asked me to put on my top again, a size 10 Topshop blouse, amazingly it was now visibly too big.

Once we’d established my size, Chantelle suggested different bra styles, and after trying on a simple T-shirt bra and a fancier balcony one, I settled for a Harmony set. I have to admit, there weren’t that many styles that appealed to me. I like my lingerie simple and minimal in vintage-inspired shapes and a lot of Bravissimo’s range steers towards a lot of lace in pastel colours – not really my thing. The Harmony bra, which comes with either thongs or briefs (I went for briefs) is one set whose design I really liked though.

Would I recommend Bravissimo?

  • Yes, definitely! I’m genuinely surprised what a huge difference wearing the right kind of bra makes – I’ve actually gone down a whole dress size, dresses and tops that were a bit tight now fit properly or are even too big.
  • The service was impeccable and my fitter, Chantelle, made sure I felt comfortable at all times, offering to leave the changing room in case I didn’t want to get changed in front of her.
  • In case you are not happy with a purchase or your bra starts getting uncomfortable once you start wearing it, you can return it.
  • It’s lovely to go lingerie shopping in style. Seriously, who wants to quickly grab a bra in a rush? Just like shoes or other items you wear a lot, taking your time and trying things on is essential.
  • The prize range is fine – I personally don’t consider £25 upwards for a bra very expensive, especially if it is well made and lasts for many months.

Is there a downside? The only thing that will stop me from exclusively shopping there in the future (and I will most certainly be back soon to get one or two more sets), is the limited range of design. I’m a What Katie Did or Riby and Peller kind of girl and would love to see more minimalist glamour.

Star rating? 4 out of 5.