I was reading the latest English Bazaar the other day and was seriously coveting just about everything featured in the shoots and I wondered who could really afford all these beautiful clothes, shoes and bags. The trend at the moment seems to be towards luxurious expensive fabrics and all the fashion houses seem to be following it. Dolce and Gabbanna have done exquisite gold embroideries on black cashmere and wool, Valentino have used stunning Chantilly lace on most of their dresses, Carolina Herrera have featured magnificent gold brocades in their collection. All of these fabrics are luxurious and very expensive before you start cutting patterns, making them up,marketing them etc so by the time they hit the stores they are way out of normal peoples price ranges. Obviously the thing to do is seek out ‘high street’ labels that are trying to achieve the same look but with less expensive fabrics and possibly add to them. Maybe bead the cuffs of shirts or jackets, sew on jewels, lace trims, change buttons or even embroider into them yourself. As my train of thought ran to ‘amending’ clothes either new ones or items already in your closet I remembered how much I liked dyeing things! I think it started in the mid 70’s when I was sixteen and I tie dyed all my mothers sheets and pillow cases a very bright yellow. The most amazing thing was she didn’t seem to mind. If you have something you no longer wear, something that you still like the feel of but has faded or the colour is no longer on trend then you should consider dyeing it but only try with items you are prepared to loose in case you don’t like the the finished affect or it doesn’t dye well. Generally for garments to dye successfully they have to be natural fibers. They also have to be lighter than the dye colour you are using and the colours have to be related. For instance if you have a pale yellow shirt and you dye it blue it will only come out green, you can’t dye across the colour wheel. I love dyeing things I have had for years or that I am tired of. I mostly do it in a plastic basin and follow the dye instructions as closely as possible. Remember to always wash the item you have dyed separately in future as the colour will continue to come out many washes later. This week I have dyed a jacket that I haven’t worn very much as I think it’s too light. Unfortunately the photos have not come out very well, the before and after look the same but actually there is a big tonal difference and I am pleased with the result.
I saw this beautiful display of Christmas cupcakes, cookies and biscuits in the window or Sweet Infinity in The Strand Arcade yesterday. It looked wonderful and Christmasy!