Style Workshop!

I recently held the first of my four workshops in Munich called ‘Finding Your Style’ with a wonderful group of six Women.

I will be doing the following WORKSHOPS in the coming months: Dressing for your Body Shape & Colour Analysis, Wardrobe Planning and Accessories and Make-up, Skincare and Body Language. Please contact me if you are interested in taking part in one, or more of these.

‘Finding your style’ is not about a quick-fix makeover that is forgotten after a month. For my workshops I offer exercises and methods that go alot deeper and are longer lasting.

They tap into our sub-concious and are about clearing out the clutter and noise of life to focus and reflect on personal choices; desires, thoughts, feelings and even fears.

CarnabytwinsblogEven Twins are unique- Sarah (L) Rachel (R)

 

In the workshop there were three sets of twins (of which I am one). Twins especially keep asking themselves ‘are we unique’? It may take longer to work out the answer, as inevitable comparisons are made both by ourselves and others. I can certainly say, that not only are we unique, but vastly different people that can be enjoyed and admired.

 

The workshop was confirmation, that we can all benefit from our uniqueness and individuality, and find courage to develop and trust our instincts regardless of what others, Society (or even ourselves) dictate and have the confidence to follow it through no matter how small the steps.

‘Finding your style’ is more than about choosing the right colour (more on that later!) It is about matching those feelings and desires on the inside, and reflecting them on the outside so that they resonate with the personality, character and lifestyle creating a harmony and symmetry.

Each day is a chance of expressing and owning your own good judgement and not giving others the power over your unique-ness.

I think the workshop went a good way to show this.

Thank you all for coming!

 

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Haute Couture

Fashion week maybe long gone, but it is never out of season to show a making-of film and In this particular case, Haute Couture for Chanel Fall/Winter 2013/14

British born Charles Frederick Worth is widely considered the Father of Haute Couture when he moved to Paris from Bourne, Lincolnshire in 1846 to work for a Parisian draper. Indeed, many of his clients later perused the atelier rooms of Chanel and ordered from her.

After opening a dress making business, rather than let the customer dictate a look, Worth created a portfolio of designs for each season shown by models for the customers to pick and choose from fabric, colour and trimmings, followed by a duplicate garment (Toile) for a series of fittings.

The term Haute Couture is protected by law in France and defined by the Paris Chamber of Commerce. To earn the right to call itself a couture house and use the term in advertising and in any other way, these rules must apply:

  • Design made-to-order for private clients, with one or more fittings
  • Have a workshop (atelier) in Paris that employs at least fifteen people full-time.
  • Each season present a collection to the Paris press, comprising of at least thirty-five runs/exits with outfits for daytime and evening wear.

While seeing the close-up work of hands and fingers manipulating cloth into painstaking shapes and detail, I would still like to see a film of the people behind the scenes (including faces) who create these works of art and so far have had little success. If you have a film of this, then please share with us!

chanelrecommendLastly, I would like to recommend this book on Chanel which is beautifully written and translated. Even if you haven’t the slightest interest in fashion, you will be without a doubt drawn into the fascinating life of Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel.

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