Howdy Y’all! It has been sometime since my last post. Apologies for this. My excuse is that I have been tirelessly grafting to open our beautiful new hair workshop, Atelier. And I mean literally scrubbing and up a ladder, bleary eyed painting with my now FIANCEE (!) barking instruction on cutting in procedure! So it was with great pleasure I downed my paintbrush and picked up the scissors again in our divine new environment.

If you have visited us already I hope you were suitably impressed and pampered, and if you have yet to visit, WHY???!! Seriously you need to get involved?! I know it’s been blowing a hoolie and the relentless torrent of sleet, hail and rain may have had you nestled up like a squirrel….But my friends, you must awake, as the clocks are chiming time for Spring. Hurrah! Longer days, blue skys, bunny wabbits, the scent of Hyacinths and today I spied my first Cherry blossom in bloom. This time of year has me thinking of rebirth and the chance to make ourselves NEW. To help you transition from the chrysalis I have summarized some key trends to inspire you.

To some up the feel of SS14 fashion we need to understand the zeitgeist and how our social and economic climate prompt our urge to rebel against this grey nation! London Fashion Week was awash with colour, print and bold shapes. I detect a strong 70’s and 90’s vibe with coordinated separates, graphic splash print and lots of florals. Lean silhouettes, tall clunky shoes and a myriad of texture reign supreme. It terms of colour, anything goes but loud pops of primary will suit the daredevils amongst you while sophisticated sorbet tones will work you for you shrinking violets 😉 The look is fun, young and busy. If the reflection staring back at you looks too much…It’s just right.

I had the privilege of meeting Isabel Marant last month (just how I roll) who I suspect is to be working with Chanel. If you take a peek at the runway Chanel show you will see that this label is moving in an exciting new direction. There were 90 looks that Lagerfeld explained are needed to appeal to a diverse audience. Reworks of the classic monochrome and twin sets, juxtaposed with luminous colour and flicky bob wigs caused a real stir. The new direction marks a fresh approach to couture and perhaps an understanding that the famous fashion houses need to appeal to a new generation. With cover girls like Karlie Kloss and Cara Delavigne injecting some zest into tired brands we are seeing some beautiful and original campaigns. I hope that this in turn will spawn some diffusion lines to make Ready to Wear more… well…Ready to Wear ie affordable and accessible.

Key pieces you need I could narrow down to: statement shades (try italiandependant.com), bright It bag (Mulberry and Fendi), print two piece coordinated or one piece (see Missoni, Celine and Chloe for influence, then nab one of the great high street interpretations;)) and for footwear you have a few great alternatives…. Choose from the posing option of a clunky Summer of love style platform, a skater pump in print, metallic or Aztec/animal sling back for the office and daywear. Then drumroll please…
A badass pair of trainers! Yes now, have a gander at Nike’s Sky Hi wedge (I’m already on order) or Kenzo’s Palm print version. This fills me with joy as I am not one to let the grass grow underfoot and I want fashion that translates to my lifestyle.

In terms of hair we are still BIG into fringes, 70’s style long locks with heavy, sultry bangs work a treat. Pixie crops and blunt bobs with wet looks are a lazy but welcome nod to the catwalks. Braiding is ever-present with variations aplenty. Bold colour placement is also still very on trend. Blondes are super workable as a base for pastels, I’m loving lilac right now. And for highlights we are seeing tonal contrast with hints of rose gold, oyster, sand and brown sugar. A standard set of bleach highlights simply won’t cut it these days. If you are lacking inspiration, please book a complimentary consultation as we are brimming over with ideas at Atelier and have been doing some beautiful, creative work with out incredible new range of Milkshake colour.

With make up think dewy and flawless. This kind of glow comes from the inside so quick down a jug of water with some cucumber twists! Transform into disco diva with some mermaid shimmer and a high gloss rouge lip. For a one stop shop it’s Chanel again. And no..Im not sponsored by Chanel before you ask! Wish I was. I just think they are Awesome, with a capital ‘A’ just like ‘Atelier’ 😉

Over and out.