Like the majority of the Fashionista Brigade I aspire to great quality and great style from my fashion but some of us can only aspire so far as high street fashion or can we? My aspirational fashion life looks like this… think Dolce & Gabanna, think Glamour, think curves, think sexy, think elegance and sophistication, think La Dolce Vita and Sophia Loren, amore la per moda, amore, amore, amore… now that’s all very nice and Italian but those prices? Ouch… I don’t think so!
Having said that I’m not really down with cheap, throwaway high street fashion either. I’m damn sure we can do better than Primarni aka Primark. So I’m devising a little LOOKBOOK from the Kitty Ferreira collection, which rivals with high-end fashion brands but at a fair price for great quality and design.
Look number one:
[L] Twice Shy Skirt – Kitty Ferreira £130 [R] Selina Gomez in Dolce & Gabanna Skirt £345
KITTY FERREIRA VERSUS DOLCE & GABANNA
Now you know your curves would fill out that Kitty skirt like no ones business. Mixing sophistication with the tribal/tropical look, a trend that shows no signs of disappearing any time soon and for £215 less than you would pay for that Dolce number, it’s a good bargain for quality and great design. Plus it is made from upcycled British wool, which makes it an item that will last a long time in your wardrobe. Wear it with a cute bralette top for you’re down time like Ms Gomez or with a smart shirt for when you’re earning your money. It’s worth saving them pennies for ladies.
Look number two:
[L] Delice Dress – Kitty Ferreira £270 [R] Victoria Beckham – Crepe Tulle Insert Dress £635
KITTY FERREIRA VERSUS VICTORIA BECKHAM
This fiery little orange dress is giving me life, I love that colour against my dark skin tone. The Delice dress from Kitty is made of upcycled British wool, with the sleeves and waistband made out of silk plus it has been dyed with get this, pomegranate and onion skins, don’t worry it doesn’t smell like it. To be worn at the office or a lunch date. At £270 compared to Victoria Beckham’s £635 similar dress I know where my money’s going.
Look number three:
[L] Kitty Ferreira Backless Jumper £110, [R]Burberry Open Back Bow Detail Sweater £695
KITTY FERREIRA VERSUS BURBERRY
The casual but sexy look, the look that get’s those heads turning, which you set out to get but effortlessly, you know the look… Well this little number should do the trick without trying too hard. The very revealing bubblegum pink jumper from the collection is made out of upcycled viscose jersey from the UK, Burberry offer a similar item, which is lovely but for £695 I’d rather go with the Kitty equivalent. Try wearing it with nice pair of skinny jeans and high boots. Who would have thought a bit of knitwear could be this sultry, nice.
That’s it for now, these are my favourite items from the collection, pieces worth investing into compared to those high end brands, not only are you investing in yourself by owning one of these unique creations but you are also investing in the world you live in, which is no bad feat for Fashion.
Coco Chanel said it best “A girl should be two things, classy and fabulous”
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Hooray there’s light at the end of the dreary January tunnel!
I don’t know about you but I’ve been feeling a little flat of late. After the whirlwind of Christmas and New Year, seeing friends, going to parties and wearing as many sequins as was humanly possible, January brought me thudding back into real life.
Until that beautiful thing called Paris Couture Week reared its head, and I forgot all about moping around and lost myself in the delights of fashion once again. Now as many of you probably know Couture isn’t really the kind of thing you can wear on the tube, or when popping out for a quick mushroom croquette at Grain Store, but boy can you take some inspirations from the collections.
Floral was just making it in to our psyche last Spring/Summer and this season its back with a bang (a literal floral explosion). Dreamy, bright, feel good florals were just what the doctor ordered to bring you out of the slump and into spring time.
Of course it’s still a tad on the chilly side out there but don’t worry mixing in some chunky knits is the perfect way to cope with the transition from winter to spring (and it’s effortlessly chic too).
Take the Pomonion tea dress for instance – just add black tights, a stylish boot, and cable knit cardi and you’ve got the perfect outfit for lunch with friends, even if it is rather blustery outside.
Or you could add a fitted jean, cute flats and a stylish cape coat to this floral spice shirt, ta dah an ideal look for a Sunday walk (once the sun decides to show its face again).
Now get out there and spread some floral flare, spring is coming, and everyone needs to know about it.
Made-to-order Pomonion Dress (£290). Spice Shirt (£140)
What is it about the rose-coloured hue that we just can’t seem to part with? A pastel pink coat or shirt could be exactly what you need to brighten up an outfit and add some femininity to your look.
L-R: Chris Mansfield, Oscar Latorre, Luigi Petro
Looking for the perfect outfit this Christmas? Step away from the quintessential red dress and leave the sparkles to your accessories. Try something different this year – Kitty Ferreira’s Pomonion Dress. This new style has a tailored structure with a soft bubble hem, side pockets and 3/4 batwing sleeves; made from the softest silk satin, eco dyed by hand using pomegranate and onion skins, which creates a stunningly exclusive print. Grab your favourite clutch and the night is yours. Continue reading “A Golden Christmas” »
The staff nights out, celebrations with friends, romantic meals with your other half – the question is: ‘what to wear?’ However, for those who have been at work all day, time is often limited. Here are a few popular workwear items and their ethical equivalent, by Kitty Ferreira, that can be transformed into the perfect evening outfits by adding just an accessory or pair of heels.
L-R: (Chris Mansfield Photography, Spaces Photography Limited)
For too long we have been lusting after the unattainable, ‘perfect figure,’ that is regularly paraded down the catwalk. Isn’t it time we see real women in fashion? Well, lucky guests at the Models of Diversity show in London were able to witness just this. As part of the Ideal Home Show Christmas, Kitty Ferreira presented their collection on a range of diverse models.
London designer brand – Kitty Ferreira, have recently released their spring/ summer 2014 collection. Versatile and sustainable, the garments are dyed with pomegranate and onion skins, using only quality upcycled fabrics.
Perfect for the modern career woman who strives to be sophisticated yet sexy, their designs are a far cry from the tree-hugging, eco warrior image normally associated with ethical and sustainable clothes. The unique apparel is manufactured to last longer than fast fashion brands and promote durability. Continue reading “Fashion Ethics in the Workplace” »
Sustainable design consultant, Kate Fletcher, first defined the slow fashion movement in 2007, “Slow fashion is not a seasonal trend that comes and goes like animal print, but a sustainable fashion movement that is gaining momentum.” At Kitty Ferreira, sustainability is constantly promoted throughout their business and products themselves, encouraging longevity and durability of fashion. As part of the movement; their clothes are made to last through all seasons. Clothes are on trend but are also versatile enough to defy the “fast-fashion” culture where there is little time between the creation of the design to the store.
The pomegranate and onion skin collection is French seamed throughout, illustrating high craftsmanship that further promotes durability and longevity. The lace skirt made from a beautiful upcycled, embroidered material is a perfect example of a wearable design that goes against this throw away culture of today. A high turnover of buying and disposing of textile goods is bad for the environment, with waste fabric entering landfills. Kitty Ferreira fights this by using only upcycled materials and eco dyeing fabrics by hand, thus reducing water pollution. Pieces from the collection are created in limited edition numbers and are made to order, this keeps fabric waste at it’s lowest level possible.
The spice shirt is made from upcycled and hand dyed silk georgette and organza, also involving French seaming throughout
From L-R: Bora Aksu, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Karen Walker
Forget the upcoming winter season, London’s finest designers have us all eagerly anticipating Spring 2014 with light, pastel shades, pencil skirts and slight prints.
The latest collection by Kitty Ferreira is a sea of terracotta orange, nude and hand-dyed yellow prints. These tones have been appearing in several other designers collections too, including Bora Aksu’s canary yellow ensemble, high-waisted shorts and kimono jacket paired with a subtle spotted, white shirt. This waist line is also featured in the Kitty Ferreira collection on tailored trousers and long length shorts. Continue reading “Spring 2014 – Prints are back!” »
From L-R Matthew Williamson, Christopher Kane, Burberry
With fashion week wrapping up in Paris this past week I couldn’t help but notice some rather significant trends appearing…
In London Matthew Williamson set the tone for spring/summer 2014 with accents of a coral and pink floral, with a key piece being a beautifully appliquéd pencil skirt very like the Kitty Ferreira Petal Skirt which features intricately appliquéd petals on a stunning floral background. Tone on tone ensembles featured throughout, creating a bold yet soothing palette of Mediterranean colours. The Kitty Ferreira collection uses only upcycled fabrics to make the ‘Petal’ Collection for Spring Summer 2014. Continue reading “Fashion Week Spring/Summer 14 – Floral explosion!” »