Pamela_pWornWith: Shirts & Stripes

Pamela_pWornWith Edit SHIRTS & STRIPES Hi there and welcome to the second Pamela_pWornWith Edit. In this edit I wanted to show you all how the Percivale Core bag in French Navy can be worn with this seasons striped shirts and shirt dresses. My take on the shirt dress uses oversized navy and white striped cotton with the stripes cut on the diagonal. The style is loosely based on a dress I designed back in the nineties.…

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Pamela_pWornWith: Trench Coats & Summer Slacks

Pamela_pWornWith Edit Trench Coats & Summer Slacks I love fashion whether it be clothing, shoes and handbags and I’ve been designing and making my own clothes since I was a teenager. In the Pamela_pWornWith Edit I wanted to show you all how my bags can be worn with the clothes that I love and that are available to buy now. I’m sorry if you like what I’ve designed (clothes on my model) but at the…

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Textile Embellishments: Italian Quilting

Textile Embellishments Italian Quilting Before I talk about the technique I’ve developed for my bags, Italian Quilting I’m going to tell you a bit about where my love of textiles came from. I became familiar with the textile embellishments Italian Quilting and Trapunto when I was a student at Middlesex University. I would spend hours in the library devouring two books in particular, Lanvin and Geoffrey Beene. They both used trapunto quilting on their creations and…

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Fast Fashion V Slow Fashion

An Impossible Choice: Fast Fashion V Slow Fashion

Fast Fashion V Slow Fashion My brand really believes in the Slow Fashion movement so it seemed fitting to illustrate the differences between Fast Fashion V Slow Fashion in my article written for Utelier. In this consumer, trend driven era of value-less clothes, you’re now able to change your outfit up to three times a day, should you so desire. The trend for cheaply produced, throwaway fashion can be traced back to the early noughties…

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Tamara de Lempicka the artist the woman the legend

Tamara de Lempicka On the Pamela_P Pedestal today is Tamara de Lempicka who is one of my favourite artists. I have two copies of her work on my bedroom wall and have always been attracted to her big, bold and beautiful canvases. Tamara de Lempicka, was a Polish Art Deco painter and “the first woman artist to be a glamour star”. She was a refugee art student who became renowned for her portraiture of glamourous, rich acquaintances.…

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Fashion Industry Collaborations

COLLABORATIONS IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY

“Collaboration” is defined as “…the action of working with someone to produce something”. synonyms: cooperation, alliance, partnership, participation, combination, association; The other day I wrote an article for Utelier on a topic that really interests me, collaborations in the fashion industry… Since embracing Instagram as my main go-to for Social Marketing for my new business, all I seem to read while browsing through posts is “Can we collaborate?”, “Looking for collaborations” etc etc. A few years ago these high fashion collaborations…

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BALENCIAGA MASTER ARCHITECT OF COUTURE

The king is dead. When Women’s Wear Daily ran this headline in March 1972 no one in the fashion world would have had any doubt as to whom it referred. There was only one king of couture, the one whom Christian Dior called ‘the master of us all’, while Coco Chanel said he alone was ‘a couturier in the truest sense of the word… The others are simply fashion designers.’ Vogue summed it up in…

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PROCESS

Crafted is our first brand aesthetic and at Pamela_P HQ the crafting process is something we really love. I develop all of our processes through prototyping them. It’s a very long, labour intensive undertaking but when I’m happy with the results, and can use them, then it’s worth all of the effort. I was really inspired by the Art Deco period when I was designing the embellished bags. The style of the period, with its…

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SCULPTURAL HANDBAGS

I believe that designing handbags was always on my agenda. In fact, the seeds were sewn many years ago for the realisation of the Pamela_P brand. I was obsessed with my favourite glamorous aunts black patent leather jewellery box, which she had given to my mum and which contained mum’s jewellery. I spent my time un-picking the lock with the aid of a hairpin and broke its contents, refashioning them into adornments for my dolls clothes.…

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THE CHANGING FACE OF FASHION

The Changing face of fashion

An article written for UTELIER. Years ago, when I had a fashion label and sold to boutiques globally, the seasonal selling formula for a designer was pretty simple and straight forward. Two collections were delivered per year. The Spring/Summer RTW (ready-to-wear) garments hit the shop floor in January. Depending on the type of collection produced, the selection would typically include lightweight separates comprising, blouses, skirts, dresses, shorts and a couple of jackets. Autumn/Winter RTW (ready-to-wear)…

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