Collaborating Guests…..

A special thanks to our Collaborating guest photographer Amanda Duncan and our make up artist Victoria Chainey for the lovely photograph on our homepage.

As worn by Lucy, we present the beautiful Sama tunic, a bespoke piece, only 50 ever made in the cream and also worn by the lovely Una Healy, singer from the band, The Saturdays. We now have exclusively for you this fantastic and versatile style in stunning Grey www.valourandvalkyrie.com/collections/tunics/sama-tunic-grey/ to banish those ‘January Blues’ . Buy Now at our introductory price of £35.00.

Keep watching as we preview our SS14 Collection for you.

In the meantime a few words from our lovely Vicky taking you behind the scenes at the photo-shoot and giving you all her professional tips to GET THIS LOOK.

“Amanda Duncan is the photographer www.amandaduncanphotography.co.uk based in Surrey. We shot it in the field in Chipstead, Surrey on a sunny October morning as part of a bridal inspiration shoot! The hair was by Beckie Packham www.beckiesbridalhair.co.uk. Rustic is huge for weddings right now and we used the sama tunic as a festival bride look. The wellies were the Festival wellingtons by Dune.

I used a lovely light base by MAC for her skin so that her freckles still shone through. I looked at the colours of the leaves for inspiration for the eyes and used an amazing gold by Urban Decay on the lids and a muddy matt brown in the corners also by Urban Decay. I picked out some full on spindly twiggesque lashes (to keep the look boho/not pretty) and topped off with a deep berry lipstick. Beckie picked out some natural autumn blossom still left on the trees and worked it into her unkept hair.”

Watch for the next top tips on www.victoriachaineymakeup.com

 

 

 

Draping And Shaping: The Creative World Of Women’s Designer Fashion

Many companies within the fashion industry think of draping as a daunting and somewhat tedious process. However, in high fashion, we love it. It gives us a chance to ‘get creative’; experimenting and getting a ‘feel’ for different textures, working out how best a fabric folds and hangs on the body. Yes, we love our sketch pads, but nothing quite beats playing with materials, deciding where to place tucks, darts and embellishments. Essentially, draping turns a garment design into 3D form.

The skill of draping dates back to the Ancient Egyptians, and the Greeks soon followed, as did the Romans with their invention of the toga. Although clothing was traditionally put into two categories – fitted or draped – these days, ‘draped’ doesn’t have to mean ‘baggy’. Even the most fitted of garments can be patterned by utilising the draping process.

We can spot a poorly-fitting garment a mile off; in fact, any designer who knows their stuff when it comes to seams and darts giving shape to a garment can usually detect the fit issue immediately.

When executed properly, draping can create a very dramatic effect in women’s designer clothing. Whilst the technique is commonly used for designing dresses, draping can also be used to make skirts, trousers and blouses. One of the biggest fans of draping is Vivienne Westwood. Her eclectic trademark draped dresses are worn by everyone from Katy Perry to the Duchess of Cambridge. All Saints are also known for their striking and severe ready-to-wear draping.

Here at V&V, we too are a little bit obsessed with draping. We love the romantic and gothic style it exudes, and use the technique in many of our pieces. One of our current favourites is our best-selling Catalla Romance Dress (from £110). The dreamiest drape out there, this dress is sure to be a show-stopper at any occasion.

Geometry: Fashion From All Angles

Women's Fashion-Geometry

Basic shapes are key to any art form, whether it’s architecture or painting. Fashion is no different when it comes to structuring a garment. In fashion, geometry is used not only to ensure the garment hangs properly when worn, but is a whole art form of its own.

Catalla Romance Dress | Designer Clothing from Valour & Valkyrie
Catalla Romance Dress

And it seems designers around the globe have been getting their compasses out, if this season’s catwalk is anything to go by. Clean, geometric lines with floaty layers and creative embellishments are all over the runway, guaranteed to be a popular trend for S/S ’14.

New York’s Fashion Week, showcasing new and exciting looks for next year, highlighted geometric lines and cuts, emphasised by triangle details and asymmetric collars. The Calvin Klein Spring 2014 Runway Fashion Show also featured geometric Art Deco design with raw edges, which was all the rage during the Jazz Age of the 1920s.

Whether it’s skirts, blouses or cocktail dresses, sharp cutting with soft folds brings sophistication and elegance to any look. When combined with simple accessories or a statement necklace, it creates the rare effect of something that is simultaneously avant-garde and chic. Geometry in women’s fashion can be minimalistic and clean, or crazily wild and bold. Either option requires balance, and is perhaps not a look for the timid amongst us – it can create a brave and confident statement.

While it certainly wasn’t a favourite subject at school, we at V&V are now addicted to geometry. The high contrasting colours and textures, as well as the pattern planning involved in geometry in cut, is mesmerising and hypnotic to us.

Is it possible for women’s clothes to be stylish, wearable and futuristic – all at once? Here at V&V, we think so.