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I was reading the paper the other day when I noticed and article about being able to pay to join the ‘Mile High Club’. I had never even thought this was a thing you could buy?
There are websites and companies out there offering to fly you up in a plane so your can bonk you way around the…



My latest post for Client, when I tried on the Client Vintage Requisitioned Nurses Uniform Dress.

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I tried on a dress by Client London the other day; it was the Vintage Requisitioned Nurses Uniform. Whether you like the quality of vintage clothing or uniforms, this dress had both.

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(Photo: www.clientlondon.com)

I don’t know whether I am a minority or part of the general mass…



WISH UPON A JAR"

This is the ‘Wish Upon A Jar’ facial moisturiser by Soap and Glory rrp £15.00

I have never bought anything from Soap and Glory before, and heard from my friends that it is a good make.

However, I have been put of by the gimmicky marketing and graphic design of the products. Without meaning to be too critical, I had thought that with the kind of pink and yellow colours and the vintage aesthetics of the packaging along with the cliched names that goes along with each item and the familiar instructional writing on the back of the box that Soap and Glory products were just a massive gimmick for overtly feminine suckers.

However…I have just recieved two items of the Soap and Glory range, this “21 day Collagen Overhaul Cream” and the “Hocus Focus, Instant Visual Flaw-Softening Lotion” rrp £13.00 which I will do a review of later when I have tried it out a little more.

I have started the 21 day routine in the run up to Christmas for flawless, moisturised skin and so far, so good. I am actually pretty amazed at how quickly it has worked, I’ve been using it for about a week and my skin is already soft and supple.

I will continue with the regime and write a review later in the month.

Stay posted.

*I would like to add that I have not been given these items by the company but from a friend of mine who was trying to convince me of how good they were. So my views are quite neutral and I am not sponsered by anyone.*



Here is a piece I wrote on luxury labels and emerging fashion designers in China as well as a report by Greenpeace on the amount of toxic chemicals that can be found in our clothes made in factories in China.

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Whilst flicking through pages of [insert materialistic and bland fashion magazine title here] you will no doubt be bombarded with images of this seasons fashion picks for Him and Her, the kids and even the dog; Christmas “bargains” that come at a costly price. Look at the fine print in the corner…



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There is always the dilemma at Christmas time of what to get. It has gone on since the dawn of Christianity and the idea of gift giving and won’t stop even after the religion has decreased in numbers because, everyone loves gifts. Whether it is the office Secret Santa or somebody close to you,…




In a second return for Client London’s guest writer, Eve Pearce writes about the highlights of the historic city of Berlin this time of year. Suggesting what to wear to blend in with Berlin’s fashion elite, she has chosen some choice examples from the Client London website: www.clientlondon.com.

Treasures of Berlin, Europe’s City of Design

Berlin is known for many things; its rich and controversial communist history, its once infamous 100km-long wall and its reputation for housing some of the best techno and electronic music clubs in the world. For a city with so much history and international appeal, it is inevitable that there will be plenty of things to see and do in Berlin. Germany’s capital has also earned itself UNESCO ‘City of Design’ status, making it arguably one of Europe’s most beautiful, enchanting and cultured cities. Choosing from the array of things to do in Berlin is tricky, but here’s a selection of suggestions to get you started.

East Side Gallery

Street art barely gets a mention in Berlin’s many tourist guides, despite the fact that the city’s buildings are covered in graffiti. Hidden among the myriad of scrawls and scribbles, however, are some fascinating pieces of art by many of the world’s most acclaimed street artists, such as Swoon, Shepard Fairey, Blu and Victor Ash. It is well worth touring the city to find these gems – and you can get in the anarchic spirit by wearing the Microphone or Crossed Hands T Shirt. Berlin’s trendy East Side district, which houses the largest intact piece of the Berlin wall, is a great place to find graffiti masterpieces, such as artist, Bonk!’s, famous Jack Nicholson stencil, Bimer’s cartoon Bear, and XOOOOX’s fashion stencils. A company called Alternative Berlin is offering a street art tour that aims to discover some of the “latest and greatest examples of street art, graffiti and mural art”. The tour looks at the work of over 50 exciting Berlin artists, singling out some of the best stencils, spray-can, ad busting, throw ups and heaven spots the city has to offer, while educating on the people behind the art and their inspirations.

(Photo: lostateminor.com )

(Photo: Client London Crossed Hands T-shirt clientlondon.com)

Berliner Dom

The Beriner Dom is the city’s largest church, and is situated on Museum Island in the central Mitte district. The cathedral features beautiful gothic architecture, some of which dates back to the 1450’s. However, much of the original building was demolished in the 18th Century, and acclaimed architect, Johann Boumann The Elder, was brought in to rebuild the church. It underwent yet another rebuild in the 19th Century, becoming the Supreme Parish and Cathedral Church, built by Julius and Otto Raschdorff. Inside, the cathedral is awash with colour; stained glass windows on a magnificent scale dominate the main atrium, and ornate and elaborate murals cover the ceilings; the sheer magnitude of the building is even more apparent from the inside. One of Germany’s most important and historically-rich buildings, Berliner Dom is well worth a visit.


(Photo: city-connect.org)

Tiergarten

This is Berlin’s largest public park, spanning an impressive 630 acres across central Berlin, right out to the west of the city. A true oasis, the park is the ideal place to come to get away from the hustle and bustle of a busy city, but without having to go very far. A pair of shady Client sunglasses is the perfect accessory for a walk in this glorious park on a sunny day, as the sun can provide quite a pretty scene when glistening through the many trees. The park is also great for spotting wildlife, as it is full of greenery, woodland and a huge variety of plants. It also houses two traditional biergartens, which are enjoyed by tourists and locals alike. Better still, Tiergarten is open 24 hours a day, and doesn’t cost anything to visit.


(Photo: Client London Sunglasses clientlondon.com )

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Pergamonmuseum

The Pergamonmuseum is one of Berlin’s most important and popular museums. It is home to a huge collection of significant original art pieces from Greece, Germany and East Asia – including the magnificent Ishtar Gate. Pergamonmuseum has a collection that boasts several Roman pieces, as well as artistic representations from many different religions including Islam, Hindu and Christian. The museum’s location on beautiful Museum Island gives it further appeal; accessed by a bridge over the urban River Spree, it provides the perfect photo to accompany any trip to Berlin. On a summer’s day, visitors are often seen picnicking and lunching al fresco along the waterside. Although in winter months, you might want to opt for a coat, like our cosy Grey Coat for men, or our Nato Strict Trench for women.

(Photo By “axshuzaifa” at:flickr.com/photos/axshuzaifa)

When to visit

Berlin has a humid continental climate and, during its summer months of April to September, temperatures often reach the mid-twenties. Berlin’s attractions can be enjoyed all year round, but beware of the extreme differences in temperatures between winter and summer months; you will need to pack very different outfits depending on the season! Berlin’s style is generally relaxed and cool; during the summer months, opt for light jeans and a Unisex T Shirt. If visiting in the winter time, however, a Unisex Khaki Jacket is perfect for keeping warm yet staying uber ‘cool’. Berlin is a large city and seeing its full range of attractions could benefit from the hire of a car – especially in the winter. Many companies offer deals on small cars – if you are travelling as a couple – or 7 seater cars if you have a larger group; regardless of this, it is worth driving so that you can experience the full breadth of culture on offer in this amazing city.

(Photos: Client London Unisex T-shirt clientlondon.com)



(Photo: Diane Von Furstenberg Spring 2012 fsladiesblog.wordpress.com)

The New York Times online released a few guidelines on how to approach the 2011-2012 fashion and love of mixing patterns:

“1. Vary the scale. Mix a small neat print with a splashier one. Or an eye-popper with one that’s more neutral.

2. Stay within the same colour family.

3. Mix up the fabrics, the weights — a rough-textured fabric with a more refined one. Somehow a nubby, slubby fabric pairs up more naturally with a flat weave than do two smooth-textured fabrics.

4. Toss in some polka dots, stripes or even leopard prints, which are easier to mix with other patterns because they’re simple and graphic. And they’re familiar to the eye.

5. Consider the accessories. Though it’s fun to tote a print bag with a print frock, you can tone down the brights with a great tan leather bag or pair of sandals. Straw works, too.”

(Quote: nytimes.com)



In the Client London HQ we are going dotty about polka dots. We’ve long been admirers of the dotty pattern and this week has been no exception. With the launch of the Client A/W Lookbook we have been looking at our Silk Prim Blouse with its dark grey background and polite, petite uniform dots and a slash of vivid red just peeking through at the back, signifying a hidden seductress underneath. Also in the Client collection is the silk, hand printed scarves, available in vintage telephone print, vintage typewriter print for the writing enthusiast and polka dot for the quirky and prim fashion lover. We wondered where this influential and recognisable print originated and why they became such a staple in fashion, so we have done a little research in to the history of the polka dot. Although not a complete history of the pattern in fashion (it is pretty hard to round up every single artist, designer and celebrity or photographer who has ever used the print) this may give you an insight in to the rise of the spotty-dotty fabric.

(Photo: Clientlondon.com)

In the early years, dots without a consistent pattern were considered evil, or at least, they weren’t desired due to similarity to small pox or other illnesses that caused dots on the skin. The first sign of dots being used in fashion was possibly in the renaissance as patches to cover up the blemishes. “In a diary entry from 1668, Samuel Pepys observes the Lady Castlemayne frantically licking and slapping a black patch to her face in full view in her theatre box. ‘I suppose she [felt] a pimple rising there,’ Pepys notes dryly.” (Quote: Slate.com)

This however didn’t start the polka dot craze that has inspired catwalks and fashion statements of the modern day.

It is commonly thought that the term “polka dots” originated from the dancing craze that spread throughout Europe and America between the 1840s and the 1860s. Originating in Bohemia (now known as the Czech Republic, the Polka, a peasant dance was reportedly discovered by a dancing professor called Nerdua. It was thought the dance was so energetic and involved dancing in circles that it made everyone’s toes feel lighter.

“Dotted-fabric patterns went by various names in mid-19th-century Europe. Dotted-Swiss referred to raised dots on transparent tulle. The French quinconce described the diagonal arrangement of dots seen on the 5-side of dice. The large coin-sized dots on fabric, called Thalertupfen in German, got their name from Thaler, the currency of German-speaking Europe until the late 1800s and the term from which the English word dollar descends.”(Quote: Slate.com)

The Polka craze didn’t just affect a small dance move; polka was everywhere from Polka Hats, shoes to pudding, curtains and more. Godey’s Lady Book first christened the polka pattern as the “polka dot”.

Polka dots are uniform pattern, only a machine could ever hope to create perfectly which caused the pattern and fabric to be increasingly popular during the industry boom and mechanical development following the 2nd World War. Bakelite and polyester were also manmade pieces that became popular over this period and reflected people’s desire for modernity.

Like the dance, the fun and quirky pattern lightens people’s moods and adds energy to a drab winter, spring, or summer wardrobe whilst remaining prim with a reminiscence of our youth.

Princess Diana was one royal at the time who wore the print in the 80s creating that demure image we remember today. Margaret Thatcher became the daring, infamous and critically influential leader of the Labour party wearing her famous blue textured polka dress. Signifying prim and proper, whilst remaining feminine the polka dot has long been the staple of British fashion.

A side from stripes, dots are the most simplistic pattern, appearing everywhere across nature and the universe, they are more than just a pattern, Marc Jacobs’ 2013 S/S Collection at New York Fashion Week reflected exactly this. Harking back to the Bridget Riley, op-art inspired fashion of the 60s, Marc Jacobs’ is quoted in The Daily Telegraph, “I wanted to do something very brutal, very sexy and very straight forward. No Romance, no emotion, just real power and force. We wanted the girls to have sex appeal without being vulgar or out there. It was about coolness as opposed to an ass-up sex appeal.” The model’s hair and styling even resembled that of 60s style icon Twiggy with a short crop and thick black eyelashes, demure and daring, yet strikingly similar with a sense of reminiscence, yet not a Sputnik in sight.

(Photo: From The Sartorialist)

  •          1590-1720: During the renaissance, patching was the first sign of dots being used in fashion to cover scars and imitate moles.
  • ·         1840s-1860s: The Dance known as “Polka” swept through Europe and America with speed and passion.
  • ·         1928: Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Movie “Steamboat Willie” which featured his girlfriend Minnie Mouse who wore a polka dot skirt
  • ·      1940: Frank Sinatra released his first hit “Polka Dots and Moonbeams”
  • ·         1957: Lanvin Castillo’s polka dot dresses.

  • ·         1957-1960: Lucille Ball from the hit American television sitcom “I Love Lucy” wore a signature polka dot dress, a sign of the times which kicked off a wave of fashion.
  • ·         1960: Brian Hyland released the famous and irritatingly catchy song “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini”.
  • ·         1960s: Considered one of the greatest artists to come out of Japan, Yayoi Kusama explores feminism, pop art and minimalism through her creations. Creating scenes entirely covered in the pattern but alternating form large to small dots, as an expression for cosmic pixilation. She has influenced Andy Warhol and many more memorable pop artists of the 20th Century.
  • ·         1962: Marvel creates a new character in the Batman Comics called “Mr. Polka Dot”.
  • ·         1980s: Emanuel Ungaro introduced his polka dot collection to the world.
  • ·         1992-Present: Japanese fashion designer for Comme Des Garcon, Rei Kawakubo continues her love of polka dots throughout many collections including Comme Des Garcons for H&M and many more.
  • ·         2011: Marc Jacobs was said to be so inspired by Kusama’s artwork that he created a collection of polka dot fashion for A/W. “In a documented meeting between Marc Jacobs and Yayoi Kasama, the Japanese visual artist gave the fashion designer a rendition of his own Louis Vuitton bag decorated in her signature polka dot cascade” (Quote: flaunt.com)
  • ·         2011: Mui Mui used white dots on coloured backgrounds, a tried and tested method; the fashion world’s love of clashing patterns is reignited.
  • ·         2011: Paul Smith does classic polka dots in A/W collection.
  • ·         2011: Stella McArtny does polka dots in A/W collection.
  • ·   2012: Louis Vuitton pays tribute to Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama with a dotty collection of LV bags reflecting the artist’s obsession with the pattern.
  • 2012: Marc Jacobs released S/S 2013 collection at New York Fashion Week


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