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May and June were so packed with events that I haven’t had the chance to get a blog out any earlier. It really has been a whirlwind few months.
In May I was lucky enough to have a week in Naples and the Amalfi Coast. It wasn’t my first trip, so this time I was determined to visit Pompeii. In Naples we started at the Thomas Dane Gallery, where he was presenting the work of Cecily Brown titled ‘We Didn’t Mean To Go To Sea’. The Gallery in Naples was such an amazing venue for this exciting work, it was a an inspiring and tranquil hour in an otherwise busy day.
On the Coast we enjoyed some sunshine. Although it wasn’t very warm, I still managed a swim in the sea and I am quite proud of myself for doing so! In fact it was so wonderful, I once again skipped Pompeii and only managed to get to Oplontis, a villa outside Pompeii. I absolutely loved it but shall definitely be returning to Pompeii at a later date.
Luckily we were back in time to attend our invitation to one of the Queen’s Garden Parties at Buckingham Palace. It was the first time Becca and I had been invited so we were a little excited! We enjoyed the presence of The Queen, Prince William and Kate and the tea was pretty amazing too.
The best, however, was just sitting back, relaxing and people watching in the beautiful surroundings.
Spring always starts with the delivery of our jewellery to the Garsington Opera season at Wormsley Estate and tickets to a dress rehearsal. This year we saw the production of Don Giovanni. It’s a joy to see and always so rewarding to work with the team and meet the other artisans who create the unique and hand crafted gift items available.
Belgravia In Bloom
Elizabeth Street has always led the way with the floral fantasies which celebrate The Chelsea Flower Show. This year the theme for Belgravia was ‘The Language of Flowers’. We kept to a very Victorian look for our window and inside the shop we celebrated with colour and the brilliant, bright stones of our exciting Spring Collection.
This Season we have created a simple flower design called Pop and it is, by far, our biggest seller at the moment. The pieces are made from simple bold shapes, mainly in gold with a pop of strong colour.
Also in May we collaborated with Tamara Cincik founder of Fashion Roundtable in hosting a fabulous creative workshop at the boutique. It was a great success and I truly believed everyone who came enjoyed the event immensely.The evening began with an informal Q&A between Tamara and myself. Chatting about my early days starting the business,the progression and direction we have now taken. We then enjoyed refreshments and an intimate workshop in which everyone made a piece of jewellery. It was a delightful group of people and all of us had a great time.
Images by Dalia Greppi
The Wallace Collection
We began June with an exciting new collaboration with London’s The Wallace Collection. Each limited edition piece we created was inspired by the artwork within and some include cameos of the most iconic paintings in the Gallery. The setting is so wonderful, made even more so, with the current Manola Blahnik presentation displayed within the collection. I truly believe that the Wallace is the most romantic museum in London, it is held with such affection and is a constant source of inspiration for all who appreciate romance and beauty.
Belgravia Square BBQ
What fun we had at the annual Belgrave Square BBQ. Becca, Maya and myself were invited to the table of our good friend and client Stacey Kivel. The food and drink were delicious with Uni Japanese for Starters and Mossiman hosting the BBQ. Everyone was in festive spirits and we ended up dancing the night away.
On the 19th of June Knightsbridge Rocks and VICKISARGE hosted yet another successful evening talk at 38 Elizabeth Street. This was presented by Nevin Bayoumi who is a gemologist and she discussed where to begin when collecting vintage jewellery. Nevin was fascinating and we hope that we will do another talk in the Autumn.
I just have to make a comment on the recent play I went to at the Barbican. An adaptation of the Visconti film script of The Damned, produced and directed by Ivo van Hove with the Comedie-Francaise. It was the most intense theatre experience in my lifetime! It was amazing and disturbing all at the same time and I am so glad I saw this incredible version.
Edifice Dance Theatre
Last weekend we had a group outing to the Cockpit Studios in NW1. One of our designers, Nathalie David, is a friend of Fabio Dolce who recently formed the dance troupe Edifice with Harriet Waghorn and Carmine de Amici. They performed a magnificent version of Oscar Wilde’s Salome. We will keep you posted on further performances, so you can see for yourself. Nathalie had stepped in to help with the costumes, creating empowering and timeless looks to compliment the performance.
Image by Alfred George Bailey
Our Alumni - Maiko Takeda
If you’ve read my blog before, you know that we like to feature other designers in our shop. This month we are focusing on one of our Alumni. Maiko was part of our team whilst attending St Martins for her BA and then RCA for her Masters in Millinery. We always knew she was amazing and now she is proving this to the world with her creativity and vision. Her pieces have been worn by Bjork and received intentional praise and she is currently working for Issey Miyake accessories. It’s a pleasure to watch her shine.
With spring in full swing we thought we’d add extra bounce to someone’s step by giving away a fabulous pair of earrings from our 'Queenie' collection. This is the collection that inspired our jewellery designs for award winning film 'The Favourite' and so we knew that they would be in high demand, our lucky winner Ruth was over the moon! Keep your eyes peeled for our next competition, this one will be exclusive to newsletter subscribers so make sure you are on our newsletter list!
To celebrate Easter and the month of April we are thrilled to announce the first ever VICKISARGE Lucky Dip! All boutique customers who spend over £150 will have the chance to pick from our Lucky Dip, packed full of delicious VICKISARGE treats!
The Fashion Season
I love watching the shows on Vogue.com during the collections. I believe Autumn/Winter 2019 was a season that saw a return to femininity across all the main collections.
My favourite London show was definitely Richard Quinn,the designs are such a modern take on prints. He created such fresh modern designs and his unique screen printed textiles elevated his dramatic silhouettes to another level.
In Paris I felt the biggest surprise was the Hedi Slimane’s take at Celine. I was expecting a similar vibe to his past YSL collections but that was not the story he told and I loved the new direction, the retro but modern feeling he created.
Dries Van Noten’s is always one of my favourites and this season did not disappoint. There was a fragile femininity and beauty to the collection, it reminded me of Japanese porcelain.
In the Studio
My wonderful friend Rose Boyt is presenting her photographs of her Father, Lucien Freud at the Ordovas Gallery in Mayfair. Within the catalogue, along with copies of the photographs is a very personal essay. The photographs were from her time in his studio when she sat for his painting ‘Rose’ and presents an intimate snapshot of their time.
‘In the Studio will conjure up the atmosphere of Lucian Freud’s Holland Park studio in the late 1970s, through photographs taken by the artist’s daughter, the author Rose Boyt. Rose’s pictures will be shown alongside the portrait that she was sitting for, forty years ago. On public display for the first time, the photographs bring Freud’s studio to life and place the portrait of his daughter in the context of its creation’
At Ordovas till the 27th April.
My March high point was going to see The Stranglers with my friend Craig West. There is no doubt that seeing music live is good for the soul and something I must do more often. It was worth every effort to hear Golden Brown sung live.
On Thursday 23rd May I am very excited to be taking part in an intimate Q&A hosted by Tamara Cincik, Fashion Roundtable's CEO and Founder. The evening event will see me discussing my work and life: from my nights at Studio 54, to working on the jewellery for Oscar winning film The Favourite and this will be followed by your chance to create your own jewellery. Tickets are very limited so if you would like to join us for this gorgeous evening then please click through to the Fashion Roundtable site.
February has been a blast. Normally, February can be a bit of a flat month, but we’ve had great weather and there have been so many fun parties and events to attend!
Christian Dior: Designer Of Dreams at the V&A
The month started with the spectacular launch of the Dior Exhibition at the V&A. If you missed the show in Paris then you absolutely must see this one. The London exhibition is more focused on the UK clientele and is an edited version of the Louvre show. The craftsmanship is out of this world and Maria Grazia Chiuri’s pieces really do showcase her immense talent. The show is full of surprises; I don’t want give anything away, so book a ticket and immerse yourself in this wonderful tribute.
Stephen Jones Hats at the Royal Pavilion.
Immediately following V&A was the Stephen Jones exhibition at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton.This is the first time in the Pavilion’s history that they have allowed a show actually within the incredible rooms of George IV’s exotic pleasure palace.The Millinery with the backdrop of this eccentric palace is awe inspiring. It’s difficult to say which has more ‘Wow’ factor, the hats or the interior but the creativity and eccentricity work perfectly together. It is definitely worth taking the train from London (it’s only just over an hour) for a magical afternoon.
I must mention what a joy is it to be on beautiful Elizabeth Street for the annual celebration of Love! The street was in its full glory with blooms and hearts and love shining everywhere.
A Different Tweed
I had a visit from my friend Bronwyn Cosgrove, who was in London for the BAFTA’s. She has just launched a podcast called ‘A Different Tweed’ which focuses on craftsmanship within the fashion world. The first episode opens with an interview with Stephen Jones, followed by the designer of Ferragamo - Paul Andrews. Her third guest is the Oscar winning Costume designer Ruth E Carter from Black Panther. She visited 38 Elizabeth Street to interview me, so make sure you sign up to hear me share many amusing stories from my years in the industry.
Bronwyn pictured at the BAFTA's wearing VICKISARGE earrings.
BAFTA win - The Favourite
We were full of excitement for Sandy Powell’s win at the BAFTA’s this year. She won Best Costume Designer for her costume vision for the fabulous film The Favourite. Having collaborated with Sandy to create all the jewellery, crown and body pieces for the film, we were so very happy to see her talents recognised. I feel Sandy Powell used the jewellery in such an effective way, that it almost had its own character. We had a great feature in Vogue recently, highlighting that the jewellery can be bought directly from us. They recognised their readers were hungry to wear the beautiful pieces worn by Oliva Colman’s Queen Anne. Having all our jewellery made in our London workshop really does mean your accessory dreams can come true!
Sandy Powell accepting her BAFTA (accessorised in VICKISARGE!)
London Fashion Week
This season we collaborated with Mark Fast on his knitwear design show, one of the first on London Fashion Week’s hectic schedule. This collection was a different take for Mark, a beautiful muted palette with a very manicured finish. It had an old school Hollywood glamour feel and the textures and fabrics were to die for. The earrings we designed were a mixture of pearl drops and bright neon crystals. They went perfectly. This show has been so well received and we are very pleased.
We also launched our much anticipated new collections during London Fashion Week. At the moment they can be viewed at our Elizabeth Street boutique but very soon they will also be available on our website. Here’s a little overview on the story behind each one...
SAMO - Is a Basquiat inspired Flouro Graphite collection.
Devine DADA – Is a sophisticated collection, given an edge with beautiful ethnic vibes.
Karl –In homage to the great man. The collection was finished on the day of his passing and I as my thoughts were only for Karl, I couldn’t think of anything else to name it. It also has a feel we think he would love. A clean, simple and fashion forward story.
End of an Era.
It has also been a month for reflection, with the loss of 3 very important people from my world of fashion. Karl Lagerfeld, Lee Radziwill and Marella Agnelli (The last swan) . They set the standard for elegance in my lifetime.
Knightsbridge Rocks is our vintage fine jewellery selection curated by Katie Kelly and Branda Tuohy. The current collection showcasing in our boutique is focused on “Essential Gold’ pieces , those vintage pieces that never go out of style. My personal favourite are the Gucci Bamboo bracelets but there are lots of great pieces to mix and match and it really is impossible to get wrong. Please do drop by our boutique and see these vintage gems, and all our other beautiful collections in real life. Spring is on the way and what better way to update your wardrobe than with some fabulous new accessories!
I am acting upon one of my New Year resolutions to create a monthly blog. I kept promising to start last year, but somehow it never happened. There is so much creativity within the VICKISARGE atelier, I’m sure you will be as excited as we are when I share the high points.
American Vogue - The January Issue
We started the year with the best - a wonderful story in American Vogue. Styled by my long-time collaborator Lucinda Chambers and photographed by Josh Olins. Lucinda’s brief was inspired by the American painter Ellsworth Kelly. He is known for his dynamic use of colour and form, so she asked us for bold coloured pieces and strong geometric shapes. Using Petrolux resin we created a collection called ‘Luca’ named after Luca Frisenna, the head designer on these pieces. Our earrings worked beautifully with Lucinda’s modern silhouettes.
The fabulous film The Favourite has now been nominated for 10 Oscars, including best Costume Design! A year and a half ago we were asked by the renowned costume designer Sandy Powell to contribute to a period film with a small budget but big ideas! I loved the director Yorgos Lanthimos after seeing The Lobster, so I jumped at the opportunity.
Sandy was a delight to work with and creating the jewellery (& crown!) for Olivia Colman’s Queen Anne and her court was a seamless exercise. We had an existing collection called ‘Queenie’ and after making a few adjustments, it went perfectly with Sandy’s vision.
I am over the moon with the reaction the film has created. One never knows how a project will see itself through, but I couldn’t be more delighted with the beautiful close ups the jewellery receives in so many of the scenes.
The film is a pleasure to watch, a visual treat and pure indulgence for my eyes.
Our Amalfi Collection
Last Spring I went to Naples and visited the Amalfi Coast for the first time. I adore Italy but nothing prepared me for the outstanding beauty of this remarkable coast.
In the 70’s this was the playground for the rich and glamorous and it instantly became inspiration for a new collection. Steeped in vintage glamour and featuring a flamboyant cocktail of gold chains, crystals and playful shells, the Amalfi pieces are perfect for a stylish dinner yet look equally stunning by the poolside.
We love Belgravia and our boutique and workshop have been here for nearly 20 years now. It is always exciting when we get new neighbours and just around the corner hidden away off Ebury Street we now have the Eccleston Yard.
Amongst all the new restaurants and fitness is a new concept shop called 50M. Tracey Suen is running this amazing space and they are bringing emerging and young new talent to the area. It's a breath of fresh air, a great place to support and a real asset to our neighbourhood. There is really nothing else like it! They have a great website too so please take the time to browse.
We have a new addition to our fabulous Simon Harrison collection. His truly unique, exquisite Bear bracelet has been a favourite in our boutique for a while now. So we are delighted to welcome the African Savana Leopard in gold plate with citrine coloured crystals and a Himalayan Snow Leopard in steel set with grey crystals. When worn the Leopard has a delightfully cleverly sprung jaw, so that it can bite its own tail to form the clasp. The bracelet is a playful interpretation of the Victorian leopard skin rug and when not being worn, it makes a great dressing table ornament! It is their beautiful,intense eyes that captured my heart though - so realistic.
Please do pop in to 38 Elizabeth Street and see these delightful pieces in the flesh. Our boutique is treasure trove and everyone finds something they love!