The Veronique Dress

29th October 2012

Here at VK we love beautiful versatility because life is so busy, clothes just have to multi-task as well as we do and keep up with all the many aspects of our lives.  We also love how a chic, well cut dress can go a long way.  One dress that illustrates this beautifully is our Veronique dress, pictured here in Indigo.

By evening, it is sexy and elegant paired with dramatic crystal drop earrings, a sparkly statement shoe and tousled hair.  By day sweep hair up in a messy ponytail, change the heels for a pair of high boots and a slouchy bag and you have a pulled together look for a day out shopping in town or lunch with the girls.

Tough Luxe vs Evening Chic

10th October 2012

We had a little styling session in our studio the other day creating different looks with our favourite VK pieces.

Here is Look No. 1 – Chloe sporting our semi sheer Bella Skirt and Erica Bandeau with a glam biker vibe, accessorised with Fiorentini + Baker boots and Leather biker jacket . Sheer is still a hot trend for Autumn/Winter and one we Love Love Love – just winterize with a pair of opaque tights or leggings.  It is also great way to lighten up and all black look.

I love this feminine look with a cool, city edge.

Look No. 2  - Chloe is wearing the same 2 Vanessa Knox pieces but with leather jacket and biker boots replaced with a fabulous statement necklace and sexy strappy heels.  Simple, sexy and chic.

It’s all about beautiful multi-functionality here at VK.

Goodwood Revival 2012

20th September 2012

As I have said before, one of the things I love about living in this country is all the wonderful traditions and events that take place, like the Goodwood Revival.  I love any excuse to dress up, wear a hat and  magically step back in time to an era that was all about glamour so this event has now become my favourite annual event.  The Goodwood Revival is completely staged in the nostalgic spirit of 1940′s, 50′s and 60′s and it is truly the best and biggest nostalgic racing party of the year.

I was completely blown away and transported with the modern world a distant memory for the day.  The premise of the event is to admire amazing classic race cars, motorcycles and and watch them race around the classic racetrack, all driven by the likes of legends such as Sir Stirling Moss, Richard Attwood, John Surtees and Derek Bell.

Here are a few highlights- just a brief glimpse into our amazing day.  Can’t wait till next year!

The vintage invite dress guide that came with our tickets

Isabella, Barrie and Piers

A very dapper gentleman I met at the Bavarian BMW camp

Classic Mini Marketing with 60′s go go dancers in the window

Shopping for a Rolls Royce

Classic Ferrari’s back at the paddock

The Drivers after a race

Dad’s Army

My Pink Lady Isabella with a classic Buick

Piers with his choice car- that’s my boy!

A 1960′s Tesco complete with classic treats

Me and my boy watching the races

VK Leah Dress at Best Dressed Party in Amsterdam

10th September 2012

How gorgeous does Dutch model and mum-to-be, Linda Lotte look in our Leah Dress?!  Linda wore Leah to a Best Dressed Awards ceremony and after party last week in Amsterdam and posted her snaps on Netherlands based Pret-a-Pregnant Blog.

Big thanks to Linda and Pret-a-Pregnant for representing VK in Holland and all the best on your pregnancy Linda!  Love from the VK and Team XXX

Vogue Fashion’s Night Out

7th September 2012

Fashionistas, editors, stylists, circus performers were all out in force and out on the town last night for the 4th Annual Vogue Fashion Night Out and it was a blast.  I did the rounds last night and ran into friends all over the place- it felt like one big, glamorous street party- with shopping!  It was heaven!  Here are some highlights.

Click here to see live Instagram  photos from Manhattan to Milan and Atlanta to Australia.

The very talented Corrie Nielsen at Burlington Arcade with models in pieces from her magnificent AW12 Collection

The very talented Corrie Nielsen in Burlington Arcade with 2 models in pieced from her magnificent AW 12 Collection

One can never have too many glam girlfriends

Of course we had to pop into DKNY who know how to party NY style with the Voguettes DJ’ing and signature yellow cab outside

Fashion can be exhausting! By the end of the evening I really wanted to curl up next to this dog

Angels & Urchins

5th September 2012

Lovely VK coverage in Angels & Urchins this month, featuring our Phoebe Dress and Lucia Dress

Dressing Stylish from Head to Toes

5th September 2012

This week, we have joined forces with Bespoke luxury shoe label, Upper Street to bring you our guide for head-to-toe pregnancy style.  Together we have combined some fabulous shoe designs from the Upper Street shoe collection to work around some of our favourite VK looks.

The beauty of Upper Street is that you can create your own unique shoe designs drawing from their myriad of fabrics, skins, colours, heels, silhouettes- You must check out their site- it is HEAVEN.

In addition to contributing the gorgeous footwear, Upper Street have offered some very useful advice for choosing the right shoes (while of course, remaining stylish and feeling gorgeous) during pregnancy.

As any woman who has experienced pregnancy will know the effect it has on your body can range from the minor inconveniences to the major discomforts. One key point is to make sure that you feel your very best throughout – maintaining your sense of style helps retain a sense of self as you embark on the journey to motherhood.  Just because you are pregnant doesn’t mean that it’s time to reach for those “practical” shoes!

It is important to look and feel your best but it is equally important to look after your feet, especially during pregnancy– some women experience an increase in the size of their feet so the decision to wear heels or not is a very personal one. If you choose to forgo heels for a few months, you don’t need to sacrifice style.  Try a ballet slipper in a pop colour or Leopard print, which is a perennial favourite.  This classic ballet flat with metallic leather bow and counter back makes a for a chic alternative to a heel.

In the maternity wear department- Avoid compromising style by choosing a few good key pieces that will take you through your pregnancy and beyond. The Colette portrait neck maternity top in soft jersey is both feminine, flattering and extremely versatile  – wear with Gigi Capri or Alexis maternity trousers and your Upper Street ballet flats!

We love a nude heel. It is always a versatile shoe to have at your disposal and a nude heel will also elongate the leg (which is always a good thing!).  These nude patent platform courts are a justifiable, feel-good investment as not only will they go with your entire maternity wardrobe but you can wear them post pregnancy too.  A  3.5″ heel and 0.25″platform may be more comfortable during the later stages of pregnancy.  Upper Street also have a lower heeled option (just chose at checkout stage).

We have paired these nude court shoes with our Floria dress, which is a faux wrap design that gently swathes your bump to create a sleek and sexy silhouette and is the perfect dress to take you from the office on to the evening. We love the nude heels worn with the rich teal shade of the dress – perfect for this season and beyond.

Being pregnant doesn’t have to mean being mumsy – hang on to your inner rock chic with these cobalt suede ballet flats with their subtle sprinkling of stud embellishment. Perfect for a weekend lunch with the girls or dressing down your office look.

As well as looking fabulous with heels, we think the Lucia body con dress would work really well with these cobalt ballet flats. The flattering scoop neck and peek-a-boo shoulder detail lift this dress out of the ordinary and it’s sure to become a go to piece throughout your pregnancy and beyond.

The 3” heel on these natural snakeskin peep toes provide a comfortable height and with a smart silver buckle, this shoe design would provide the perfect finishing touch for so many outfits. For a more playful feel, design your mid-heel shoes with a bow or add a contrasting counter back.  There are so many possibilities.

At VK, we are also big fans of customised and multi-functional pieces, that’s why we love the Hallie dress, with soft jersey swathes that can be worn draped open, tied or wrapped to suit your mood or occassion – a truly versatile piece to help boost your maternity wardrobe and make you look and feel great.

We think these four looks with their clean lines and fabulous footwear would cover so many occasions. Give some thought to your normal routine and daily activities then plan what you’re going to invest in – this way you’ll get the most mileage from all the key pieces in your maternity wardrobe.

We hope you love our new AW 2012 Collection as much as we enjoyed designing it!

If you are a shoe lover and are always after something fabulous and original, I urge you to visit the Upper Street website and design your own shoe! All Upper Street shoes come in a huge range of sizes from the petite 33 (UK 1.5) to the generous 43 (UK 10) with 4 width fittings.  They also offer free alterations to fit.

You can also visit their Upper Street Studio in London. If  you’d like to try shoes on before ordering, view samples and material swatches or need help with designing your shoes.

To book a VIP appointment, email iloveshoes@upperstreet.com or call 0845 680 9365.

VK In O, The Oprah Magazine

8th August 2012

I have been an Oprah Winfrey fan (well, “worshipper” ) forever so I can’t tell you how thrilled and honoured I felt when the editor informed us that we were in the September Makeover issue of O with our Poppy Red Josephine Dress!

Our copy just arrived in from NY (thank you lovely O editor) and here it is!

The Cover of September's Issue

Steal Reese’s Look

1st August 2012

We are loving this page from one of our favourite online magazines from Amsterdam, Pret a Pregnant.

We have been following Reese Witherspoon’s pregnancy style and love her fresh californian style, so we were thrilled that our Phoebe Dress was used to help you achieve this effortlessly stylish look.

Click here to read the post find out where all the other fabulous pieces come from

An Interview with The Industry

27th July 2012

I was interviewed by Harriet Bowe for  The Industry online magazine last week.

The Industry is a members club that brings the fashion community together and facilitates exciting collaborations and strong relationships across all areas of the business from design to event planning, art direction to styling, pattern cutting to PR, with top level industry personalities and innovators.

I love The Industry workshops and master classes as well as the networking evenings with world class icons.  I always come away from the events totally inspired, recharged and full of new ideas and goals.  The members include a very impressive array of talented and inspiring individuals – I feel very humbled to be a part of it!