I have always had a bit of an obsession with slip dresses…probably inspired by my grandmother’s cast-off slips that I found in our cavernous childhood dressing up box (basically the reciprocal of all cast offs from the entire family)…back then I would slice … dice …and tie dye …I particularly loved the ones cut on the bias as they “shrunk” into my then little body… what is it that when, as a child,  you put something on that is a grown up’s piece and it actually semi-fits that makes you feel like a grown up…and how fab does that feel?… I have flashbacks to those times when I first realised the power of how clothes can make you FEEL and these were clearly catalyst moments for the person I was to become…

Suffice to say, the obsession with said slip dresses continued …flipping through some archive press clippings this week I came across a couple of images that reminded me of precisely that …this one from the June 91 … a matt sequin slip dress…and then Thandie Newton photographed for Tatler in the mid 90’s wearing a sporty gold embellished jersey tank dress…elements of both of these appear in this summer’s embellished silhouettes…I often take inspiration from a combination of lingerie and sportswear particularly for our evening dresses…

I designed this summer’s bronze and black embellished sequin shift to have a 90’s effortless ease but not everyone can go as “unsupported” as maybe we did in the 90’s… so the front of the dress has delicate shoe string straps …but here’s the trick, we added a luxey satin back strap which integrates an innovative hidden bust support… ensuring that you are held in all of the right places without appearing to be…a heavenly combo in my book 

For as long as I can remember I have loved layering slip dresses…back in the early 90s my uniform was a cashmere T shirt under a linen slip dress… and I think that moment is here again …for me there is nothing chicer than a t-shirt worn under a slip dress … this would certainly take this summer’s embellished slip to a way more casual place …however, I cannot wait to have the celebratory opportunity to pop on our sequin T-shirt over the sequin slip dress… adding more of a sports luxe vibe and some indulgent layering (not to mention some subtle, yet cool, arm coverage) … in the meantime I am wearing the embellished T-shirt with jeans …why not? £ per wear and all that… plus, and more importantly, I love it…

Sending love

Ax

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