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August 2018

Posted on August 8, 2018

When Fashion meets Art – Toile de Jouy 

Dresses/ Featured/ Romantique

The legendary French Toile de Jouy fabric is the star print of this season!

Toile stands for fabric and Jouy stands for Jouy-en-Josas, a village just south of Versailles, where the fabric was first manufactured.

Usually printed with typically domestic scenes hailing from 17th-century France, its the ultimate elegant, summery and romantic summer fabric! Featured in the 2019 resort collections of Oscar de la Renta, Dior and Max Mara and rocked by Meghan Markle and Selena Gomez, this trend has only just begun…

Leading the pack with the first collection of the year is Weekend Max Mara who collaborated with American artist Richard Saja on their “Trophy Day” Summer 2018 capsule collection. The richly embroidered pieces are inspired by the historic Ascot races.

Richard Saja is known for delicately embellishing historic prints. His art has been exhibited in New York, Paris, London, Berlin and the National Museum of Embroidery in South Korea.

Below I’m wearing a cream and red Toile de Jouy dress by Weekend Max Mara. I’m utterly in love with this gorgeous frock I snapped up whilst vacaying in Palermo with my Mum and hubby. To make this look more modern, I paired it  with Superga sneakers and a brown, wide crocodile printed belt for a casual-cool yet elegant style.

Weekend Max Mara Toile de Jouy dress Trophy Dress and Sicilian basket Sicily Bag The perfect accessory to go with my dress of the same collection is my Sicilian straw basket Sicily Bag, handmade and embroidered, each piece is unique. I’m wearing the “Gigi” model in size medio.

Amelia Windsor wore a Cruise 19 Dior red and white cotton dress with Toile de Jouy print.

Toile de Jouy figures prominently in Dior’s 2019 resort collection:  As a print, a jacquard, appliqué, embroiderred, in, satin, silk, lace, even on a trench coat.

Meghan Markle wearing a Toile de Jouy dress by Oscar de la Renta, Resort Collection 2019.

Aanais Demoustier attends the Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall Winter 2018/2019 show. She wore the gorgeous Toile de Jouy pattern on a fitted blazer and trousers.

Posted on August 5, 2018

The Shirt Dress: Throw and go

Dresses/ Featured/ Romantique

Paul and Joe sister shirt dress peanuts and sicily bag

What a summer it’s been in Europe! Since April, we’ve enjoyed months on end of wall-to-wall sunshine. This can be challenging when faced with the daily morning wardrobe dilemma: What to wear?

Meet the shirt dress, the sartorial all rounder to see you from spring, through summer and right into the golden rays of autumn. Dress it down with sneakers and a jean jacket or up with pumps and a blazer.

If you think this hardworking wardrobe staple is too much of a safe (boring?) option, then check out the fashion houses’ 2018 interpretations. You can breath new life into the classic piece by adding whimsical elements.

I’m wearing a Peanuts printed shirt dress by French Fashion House Paul and Joe sister (the heroines of romantic yet elegant fashion) in my favourite cut, nipped in waist and skater dress for that retro vibe.

Embroidered pom pom bag by Sicily Bag. White leather espadrilles by Marina Rinaldi.

More shirt dress inspiration:

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Love this Parisian street style version: Peter Pan collared, sky blue 50s dress.

Who wore it better? Alexa Chung wearing a relaxed fitted shirt dress and a straw bag to beat the heat in New York.







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