From ridiculous to sublime

Snuggled up on the sofa in front of the TV on a wet and windy Sunday afternoon watching ‘ High Society’ with my daughter, I can’t help myself admiring Grace Kelly’s outfits. ‘Mum, every time we watch this movie you say: look how beautiful this coat is!’ She is right, I love the simplicity of it and am convinced that with a fabulous fabric, one does not need to over-design a garment.


However, I am also fascinated by more complicated constructions…and I have been told that a splash of red should be in every women’s wardrobe this season!

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Then of course some designers become very creative and turn household items into fashion ideas like in this image, the laundry bag coat by Celine.

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Not very flattering and also not sure if this design is exclusively for men, but I have to admit that there are days when I would love to wear this ‘hug me coat’ by Si leong Chan !

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Having arrived in London thirty years ago with my sewing machine in my rucksack I feel strangely connected to this image of Kate Winslet in ‘The dressmaker’. Obviously much more stylish, in her coat and her singer sewing machine.

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Here is my version of the Carmen coat, in pure new wool ;



If you would like to buy my Carmen coat it is available by mail order in several sizes and many different colours.  Please get in touch by email.


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