A closer look at Yavi

We have recently added a lot of new Yavi products to our collection, so we thought it only made sense that we take a closer look at this exciting new brand and all the innovative new things they are doing in the fashion world.

From their luxurious and generous use of vibrant colours to their avant-garde, almost impressionistic design philosophy, Yavi brings to the table what hardly any other brand dares to do. Their bold claim of providing ‘mindful designs for a conscious consumer’ permeate through to every fabric used in their traditional and by no means industrialised manufacturing process.

 

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Bridging the past with the future

Using traditional, indigenous textile making techniques they seek to emulate the forgotten world of the past, one so easily (and unfortunately) swept aside by the relentless pace of our modern world. Interestingly, this enigmatic and seemingly forgotten manufacturing style is paired with a modernist and bold vision of what fashion and design can represent in the modern world, a technique that anchors this brand firmly in the 21st century.

 

 

Based in New Dehli, Yavi finds itself in the heart of one of the richest cultures on the planet, benefitting from its unique position as an iconic crossroads between the East and the West. As such, they have managed to encapsulate that effervescent and almost spiritual feeling of the rich and ancient traditions that have been enshrined within Indian culture.

Their decision to use materials like silk and velvet further heightens the quality and luxurious nature of these clothes. Each individual piece has such a unique character that it almost feels as if it was made specifically for you. It’s timeless and yet, somehow, provides a unique impression of bygone era in fashion history that seemed simpler, almost organic.

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More than just a brand

But Yavi is far more than just an up and coming fashion brand. In fact, they have recently also expressed their interest in diversifying their designs and products to include other textiles and furniture. This cements their position even further as an innovative lifestyle brand that seeks to be so much more than just yesterday’s trend or the latest fad. If anything, it shows the commitment this team of eloquent innovators have to producing unique and tailor-made lifestyle goods for a modern world yearning for an emotional connection to the past.

Yavi is bringing personality back to the world of fashion and doing it in a way that is both unobtrusive and bold. The very name of the brand originates from the Sanskrit word meaning ‘conjoining of the earth with the heavens,’ a creed which trickles through to every work of art that they create. These delicate and tantalizingly intricate designs have an almost sacred quality to them and will quickly become the centrepiece of anyone’s wardrobe.

Yavi isn’t just pushing boundaries. They are redefining them.

See the Colmers Hill Yavi collection here.

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What to wear to high-society events!

Summer is upon us, and with it, a slew of high-society events that demand our utmost attention. There’s nothing like finding that perfect outfit, but it can be tricky, as each event has written and unwritten rules on what to wear and what not to wear. But, there’s no need to panic, as there’s plenty of time and more than enough styles and designer brands to go around! Whether it’s Royal Ascot, Henley Regatta, Goodwood, Glyndebourne, or Wimbledon, we’ve got you covered with this list of essential guidelines and tips that will ensure you look the part.

Racing off at Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot has recently updated its dress code, so it’s important to be aware of any changes if you’ve been to this event in recent years. Ascot chief executive Charles Barnett stated that Royal Ascot wants to promote ‘modern and stylish dress,’ as long as it is ‘within the parameters of formal wear.’ So, what are these parameters, then?

Well, ladies are required to wear skirts that fall beneath the knee or lower and a hat or a ‘headpiece which has a base of 4 inches or more in diameter’ (their words, not mine). Strappy or off-the-shoulder tops and dresses are a no-no but you can wear sleeveless. It’s best to start with a dress you like, and then pick a hat, jacket (depending on the weather) and shoes to match. We don’t think you can go wrong with our Eucalyptus dresses, which range from sumptuously summery Rose colours, to navy floral designs, all equally stylish and unequivocally classy. From there, it’s just a matter of finding the perfect jacket or coat and you’re ready to go!

Out of Xile Silk Habotai Top and linen skirt in rose pink available from colmershill.com
Out of Xile Silk Habotai Top and linen skirt in rose pink from colmershill.com

Centre Court at Wimbledon

Wimbledon is a tricky one, but we welcome the challenge, don’t we ladies? You’ll need something trendy and sleek, but also comfortable. As a general rule of thumb, it’s probably best not to go too short or tight – think billowing, stylish, and classy. Plus, you want to make sure you’re feeling comfortable, as you’ll no doubt be sitting down for quite a large part of the day.

If the weather’s good (fingers crossed!), then you’ll need some trendy sunglasses to protect you from the sun. As stylish as they may be, it’s a tad frowned upon to wear big hats to Wimbledon, as it can obscure the view for the person sitting behind you. These stylish Powder Sunglasses come in a variety of styles and will keep your eyes protected from the sun.

Powder tortoiseshell sunglasses from www.colmershill.com
Powder tortoiseshell sunglasses from http://www.colmershill.com

Looking Good at Goodwood

At Goodwood, like with many of these events, the dress code varies depending on which enclosure you’ve chosen. Make sure you’re aware of the differences before you start composing your outfit!

Eucalyptus Lily May Dress from colmershill.com

Unlike Wimbledon, hats are more than welcome and will give your outfit that extra sparkle. Plus, they are great in combination with retro dresses, which provides that incredibly sought-after vintage look. The Eucalyptus Lily May dress is perfect for this, as the red and white floral patterns can be effortlessly combined with a light cardigan and a stylish hat.  Retuned also have a great selection of classy summery dresses which would be perfect for Goodwood. Make sure to check out the Retuned Emily Red Floral Dress, which is both subtle and intricate at the same time.

P.S. The organisers explicitly mention on the website that they don’t advise stiletto heels, as the terrain can be a bit up and down, so make sure to keep this in mind when you’re putting your outfit together!

Retuned Red Floral smocked dress £69 available on colmershill.com
Retuned Red Floral smocked dress £69
Retuned retro styled lemon and navy print dress available at colmershill.com
Retuned retro styled lemon and navy print dress

Time to shine at Glyndebourne

If you’re going to Glyndebourne and you love full evening dress, then you’re in luck! If I had to pick one brand that stuck out from the rest for this occasion it would be Out of Xile, as they pretty much have everything you need to look as classy as is womanly possible! They’ve got a simply beautiful collection of bubble skirts and gorgeous Bell Dresses from their Ribbon Stripe Collection, which all come paired with their own elegant and unique design elements.

If you’re looking for a coat to combine this with, check out this gorgeous Out of Xile Linen Coat – the perfect addition to any classy outfit. It features intricate floral details on the collar and the back, providing just a little more intrigue, without compromising on the subtle nature that is so characteristic of the Out of Xile look.

Out of Xile bubble hem dress (or skirt) with Andrea Top available from colmershill.com
Out of Xile bubble hem dress (or skirt) with Andrea Top

Going Traditional at Henley Regatta

When it comes to the dress codes, we’ve saved the strictest for last. Henly Regatta is known for its strict guidelines so it’s important to get it right.

The dress code is meant to emulate that of a traditional English Garden Party, so think traditional clothes with a real vintage look. Trousers are a big no-no, so it’s time to get out your traditional Edwardian-styled dresses. For coats think of something along the lines of the Out of Xile Crinkle Collection Coat, a luxuriously ornate design with knotted details on the front and back, resembling rose buds. Perfect for the summer season!

Colmers Hill Fashion are here to help!

At Colmers Hill, we don’t do mediocre service. We guarantee one on one style advice and can help you prepare for any events, whether it’s the British High Society events or not. In short, we help you compose flattering outfits that truly mirror your unique personality. So, please don’t be shy, as you can always contact us for any style advice or questions about our clothes.

Credits: Images from Simon Emmett Photography, Fiona Baker Millinery for providing the fabulous hats and Jane Briggs-Harrison @janelymehair for the hair styling

Best of British: the best labels flying the flag for home-made fashion

Best of British Fashion

Fashion is big business in Britain, with consumers splashing out £27 billion on womenswear alone. And according to a recent report from Mintel, nearly 90 percent of UK adults are interested in buying clothes that have been manufactured in Britain.
Small but fashionably formed, the UK produces some of the world’s most creative and inspiring fashion talent.  We have namechecked some of the brightest and finest brands heralded for their homespun approach and endeavours to produce all their garments here in Britain.

Out of Xile

Established in 1983, Out Of Xile create womenswear for occasions, providing beautiful, flexible clothing to replace formality. Fabrics are a key element to every collection and where possible are made from natural yarn and dyed to create a tonal look – Out Of Xile is instantly recognisable for their unique colour palette. Dresses and separates can be mixed up and matched according to taste and create a flattering silhouette. Out of Xile is made in various places around the UK. See our blog on Out of Xile to read more about their fabulous creations and how they are made. Shop today.

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Out of Xile Crepe Twisted Hem Skirt and Lace Jacket

A Postcard from Brighton

A Postcard From Brighton is also not only designed in the UK but is actually made in England too, a rarity these days! Those clever people at A Postcard From Brighton use a unique vintage process which gives all their pieces a wonderful softness and look. Their styles are distinctive and instantly recognisable if you’re a fan and once you’ve owned a piece, you definitely want more. Their pledge is to keep the UK textiles industry alive and to have as small a carbon footprint as possible. The clothes not only feel gorgeous, they are super ethical too. Our next collection is due in early Summer. Shop today.
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OneLife

Best known for its summer collection which is made of 100% cotton, we love this range because it needs little care and it perfect for the holiday suitcase or your cruise wear wardrobe. Its collection is figure skimming and comes in a sumptuous range of hot and cool colours. Another designer fashion label which is designed and mostly made in the UK, OneLife is an individual look that is not found on the high street, suiting women of all ages and sizes up to Size 22. Shop Now.
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Owen Barry

As soon as you handle an Owen Barry bag, you will appreciate its difference. It has been hand cut and made by Somerset craftspeople from specially selected British and European skins. The trimmings have also been sourced and commissioned from environmentally friendly resources close to home; the inherent quality, timeless styling and love in every bag just shines through. Shop today.

Retuned

Retuned Clothing is a British designer label which has its roots in retro and vintage styling. Retuned create feminine dresses that are made to flatter petite and curvy sizes and their styles are very distinctive. The Retuned dresses come in a range of plain colours and bold prints and are often playful in their styling. Again, Colmers Hill Fashion has chosen the brand because it is designed and made in the UK. Shop today.
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In recent years, fashion has been one of the industries that have set its sights on the bigger, international picture, and it is now a truly global business that should not have to shift into reverse and become focused on only the home market. It has long been thought that fashion can only benefit from the rich mix that different nationalities bring to the table. But that is not to diminish the great fashion stories that this country has to offer, both well-known and under the popular radar.
If you like the above or are looking for that new Spring/Summer outfit then visit: https://www.colmershill.com or if you are local come and see our shop – Colmers Hill, Manor Barn, Manor Yard, Mill Lane, Symondsbury, DT6 6HG

Spring Fashion Show on the Catwalk

Who doesn’t love the Spring?! Okay so it’s been a bit slow in coming this year but it heralds a new start and a fresh look. And as the primroses and daffodils start to burst into flower, we are making big changes in our Dorset fashion boutique at Symondsbury Manor Yard, near Bridport.

Each year for the past three years, we have put on our biggest of fashion shows to welcome in the new Spring Summer fashions at Colmers Hill Fashion. It’s a time to celebrate casting off your woollies and dream of slipping into something altogether brighter, more colourful and less somber. Don’t get me wrong, I love winter clothes, but it’s time to move on!

We hold the annual Spring fashion show in the glorious Symondsbury Tithe Barn attended by around 180+ people. Raising money for Weldmar Hospicecare, this year’s show raised a staggering £3,250.00 through ticket sales, auction and raffle bringing the total raised to just under £10,000 for the last three shows.

The Colmers Hill Spring Fashion Show is hosted by Graham Barton of Clive Emson Auctioneers and better known for his appearances on BBC Homes Under the Hammer. In addition this year, we welcomed Lindsay Punch, professional stylist, to talk about the fashion trends for the Spring Summer 2018.

The buzz is palpable as soon as the doors open, not least amongst the models and backstage crew who have spent weeks planning the event. The barn itself is beautifully dressed with lots of zesty lime green and cream floral displays, lanterns and fairy lights. The models have all been pimped and preened by The Shed Hair & Beauty Boutique and are sipping Prosecco backstage for Dutch courage.

We opened this year’s show with a fantastic “Vogue” dance to get us into the mood performed by triplets, Megan, Emma and Victoria and then the new season’s clothing range got it’s first outing on the catwalk.

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Our ranges include both casual and special occasion wear from designer labels including: Out of Xile, Myrine, Ralston, Cotton Brothers, Sandwich Clothing, Bariloche jackets amongst others. Many of these collections are now online at http://www.colmershill.com.

Take a look at a few of photos below and watch the VIDEO by following the link … with thanks to one of our lovely customers for offering to compile the video.

 

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Credits: Simon Emmett Photography

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