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A Day in the life of a Les 100 Ciels Designer

By February 13, 2020 BEHIND THE SCENES, FASHION
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Les 100 Ciels designer Dizar Angel

A common misconception about fashion designers is that their days are spent languidly dreaming up inspiration for collections and sketching new designs. In fact, this is only a small part of a designer’s role. Fashion designers are often working across multiple seasons, ensuring that all is well with the current Spring/ Summer collection while designing a collection for the Autumn/ Winter season and keeping an eye on trends and looking for inspiration for the Spring/ Summer season a year ahead. It’s a lot to juggle and often not the glamourous life that many envision when they think of the fashion industry. So what exactly does an average day look like for a fashion designer? This week we take you behind the scenes to experience a typical day in the life of Les 100 Ciels designer, Dizar Angel.

Designer at work

9am: Dizar starts her day reviewing fabric and yarn swatches that have arrived from our factory. She needs to give feedback today to confirm her designs can be made into samples using her chosen qualities.

11am: Meets with the marketing team to give suggestions and feedback on a Summer photoshoot planned for the end of February.

12:30pm: Lunch break! Dizar makes a sandwich and pops out for some fresh air and browses the local shops.

 

Top view of magazine and sweater   Fabric swatches

1:30pm: Dizar received a box of samples the day before that need a final review before being produced for the High Summer collection. She checks the styles on a model and makes a note of any final tweaks or fit comments that are needed before the styles can be produced for stores.

2:45pm: Chat with the graphic designer who has started working on prints for the Autumn/Winter 20 collection. This is often a process that goes back and forth a few times until the print is just right.

4:00pm: Dizar gets a playlist going and starts working on a moodboard for the Spring/ Summer 2021 collection. She prefers a bit of music to get her into the frame of mind to do her sketches.

5:30pm Dizar sends off a few more emails to catch the factory in the morning (they are 8 hours ahead of us) and its time to head home for the day!

 

Is this how you imagined a designer’s life? Do you have questions for Dizar? Let us know in the comments section below.

 

 

 

 

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Les 100 Ciels X Sally Lane Jewellery

By June 7, 2019 BEHIND THE SCENES, EVENTS
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This season we are proud to announce our new collaboration with Sally Lane Jewellery Founded in 2015, Sally Lane Jewellery has created a style of jewellery that matches the founder’s ambition, to be Strong Yet Feminine within the workplace.

Sally Lane Jewellery epitomises women sharing stories with other women, to inspire them to take an honest look at their life and make changes to be happier and healthier. It is about embracing all her elements, without needing to conform to notions that to succeed one must emulate stereotypical masculine qualities. The designs are Strong and also Feminine; bold but understated; wearing Sally Lane Jewellery empowers the wearer to do whatever they set out to achieve and reminds women of their own inner strength.

 

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The triangle is the centrepiece for Sally Lane Jewellery because it so perfectly expresses strength and elegance in its form. It breaks the mould from the traditional circle which is so widely used in jewellery and flaunts daring and bravery with its beautiful but pointed angles. This is jewellery for women who are in control of their own destiny.

The jewellery uses Sterling Silver and 18k Gold Plating, to create a unique, well crafted range. Every piece can be worn in the day time, but also looks glamorous with an evening look; in every situation it says something about the wearer while remaining understated.

If you are looking for a strong, feminine and fresh accessory to wear this summer, you can find the Les 100 Ciels X Sally Lane Jewellery in our London store!

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The Barbican Centre Photoshoot

By May 24, 2019 BEHIND THE SCENES, EVENTS
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When Nature Encounters Modernism

We are very excited to share some behind the scenes from our early summer 19 photoshoot. The theme was Nature and Modernism – contemporary shapes, elegance, natural materials and simplicity that inspire us to create.

 

The Location

For our shoot, we chose The Barbican Estate- a residential estate that was built between the 1960s and the 1980s within the City of London in Central London, an area once devastated by World War II bombings. The complex is one of the best examples of British Brutalist architecture, described by Queen Elizabeth as “one of the modern wonders of the world”. With its heavy concrete surfaces, elevated gardens, idyllic lakes and striking towers, The Barbican Estate offers a new, unique vision. It offers a new dimension to nature in  spaces where it seems to have no place. However nature manages to grow in the most unexpected places – finding a path through cement as if recovering its own habitat.

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The Model

Our aim was to keep the model’s mood and look very natural. We cast the lovely Marta Jacquier for the shoot and she had a wonderful feel on camera; relaxed, fresh and real.

Featuring our favourite styles

This time we chose to explore the connection between design, architecture and nature understanding how they work with each other. Our shooting locations within The Barbican Center were chosen to best represent our styles. For example, with style Hudson we selected a grey and white geometrical background that fits perfectly with the elegance of the dress.

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Apollo dress was shot to demonstrate the  direct connection with the Natural world. We chose to combine white with green in order to convey the purity of these two colours and their brilliant pairing with geometrical and organic shapes. We wanted to convey the fresh, light and minimal style that stands up for the comfort. And our model Marta looks simply gorgeous in it!

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Style Britt is the shape of the Elegance. The shooting location was a mix of the fresh feeling of green colours and the grey background of a heavy and full concrete tower. It is about balancing both aspects of fashion – feeling always natural and secure. That is why Britt is for those who are willing to trust that balance is possible.

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For Fritz and Gibby we considered the warm colour of the styles and felt they would work best with a reflecting background. We aimed to use as much natural light as possible and fortunately with this look it was easy to achieve. The pieces were shining for themselves, and a textured wall added even more interest to the shot.

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See the new collection here! Don’t forget to show us how you style your Les 100 Ciels items by tagging us on Instagram @les100ciels and using the hashtag #myles100ciels!

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Explore: St Christopher’s Place

By May 10, 2019 BEHIND THE SCENES, Editor's Picks, INSPIRATION
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Join us on a journey through St Christopher’s Place, the home of the Les 100 Ciels flagship store. Tucked away from the crowds of Oxford Street, you find an eclectic collection of independent boutiques, bars and restaurants. With its pedestrianised streets and unique charm, St. Christopher’s Place is perfect for shopping and dining in true cosmopolitan style.

We cannot help but stop by each shop window on the way to our store and be amazed by the beauty of the street itself. Located just behind Bond Street, you can explore the picturesque pedestrianised streets, where Victorian charm sits in harmony with contemporary style.

Here are a few of our favourite spots you will find:

Cafés: 

Feya Café

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Feya is an elegant and contemporary café in the heart of Marylebone and is thoughtfully designed with marble, florals, and a stunning cherry blossom tree with brass butterflies. Hef Zahra Khan brings together her lifelong passion for baking and her love for art. Her thoughtfully designed menu offers a selection of salads, sandwiches, cakes, patisserie and beverages.

 

Ole & Steen

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A household name in their native Denmark, Ole & Steen’s all-day bakeries have taken London by storm since their first opening in December 2016. They provide bread and cakes, freshly baked throughout the day, fantastic coffee and delicious lunches of open sandwiches, fresh stews and focaccias. Ole & Steen is also open all evening for post-work wind-downs and relaxed dinners!

 


Restaurants

Hoppers

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Hoppers in St Christopher’s Place is a large restaurant with two floors, outdoor dining and private dining vaults, dishing up its renowned menu inspired by Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu. The St. Christopher’s Place menu is centred around Hoppers’ namesake dish, a bowl shaped pancake made from fermented rice batter and coconut milk, and the dosa, made from a fermented batter of ground rice and lentils.

 

Bone Daddies

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In a friendly rock’n’roll environment, this ramen bar brings a dose of Japanese cool to the thriving St Christopher’s Place community. The menu features dishes developed by Ross Shonhan and group executive chef, Tom Moxon, including a Kushiyaki section offering skewers of different meats and vegetables, marinated in kimchee butter and sweet chilli ponzu, slow-cooked until succulent and tender over a robata grill. There are also a selection of wok dishes exclusive to the restaurant, which sit alongside the already much-loved Bone Daddies’ signature Ramen dishes.

 

Cocochan

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A unique dining experience for lovers of great food and drink. Stylish, yet unpretentious, this restaurant serves modern Asian cuisine and innovative cocktails, drawn from the Far East and South East Asia. Their well selected menu offers larger plates of black cod in miso and kimchee lamb cutlets interspersed with light bites including yellowtail carpaccio, siu mai beef dumplings and the popular seared tuna tataki. Featuring a Japanese bar devoted to sushi and sake on the lower ground floor, it provides something for everyone.

 

Harry’s

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Harry’s Bar brings something of a unique blend of traditional Italian dishes and signature weekend brunch. This is the ideal place to grab a quick bite while shopping and enjoy a lazy lunch or dinner. Inspired by sister restaurant, Harry’s Dolce Vita, menus include handmade pasta, chargrilled fish and meats as well as speciality pizzas. Harry’s Bar also offers delightful desserts and a stunning wine list. At weekends, enjoy an Italian take on brunch, with favourites like Eggs Benedict sharing a menu alongside Lobster Risotto and Pea and Mint Tortellini.

 


Shopping:

Astrid & Miyu

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A go-to destination for jewellery in London where you can find unique yet wearable quality design jewellery. Astrid & Miyu believe accessories should not overshadow the woman wearing them, but should let her shine in her own light. The brand offers timeless, classical, effortless styles with a subtle twist.

 

Emma Hyacinth

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From hefty heels to staple flats and even eclectic trainers, Emma Hyacinth is not your average footwear store. These luxuriously chic shoes are ready to wear with your favourite look. Keep an eye out for signature styles such as the rainbow effect court heels and discover gorgeous fashion footwear without the catwalk price tag.

 

Shiro

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A long-standing Japanese skin-care brand, whose mission is to enhance their customers’ natural beauty using simple, natural methods. Shiro’s beauty products treat the skin with expertly chosen natural ingredients, sourced from Japan. Examples include Sake kasu, a natural by-product of the Sake production process, rich in rice grain nutrients and Gagome Kombu, which harnesses the natural, moisturising properties of kelp.

 

Diverso

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A creative British menswear brand with the ‘Made in Italy’ hallmarks of luxury fabrics and handmade artisan heritage. Using the finest materials, highly skilled Italian craftsmen and led by innovative British design – Diverso creates inventive yet wearable pieces to achieve one goal; to create something beautiful that did not exist before. The flagship store, situated on St Christopher’s Place, is the birthplace and headquarters of the brand – housing the entire ready-to-wear collection. Alongside the seasonal menswear collections Diverso offers an extensive made-to-measure service – catering even the most particular needs of the brand’s loyal fan base.

 

Les 100 Ciels

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Be sure to stop in at our flagship for a relaxing shopping experience surrounded by contemporary styles and sumptuous cashmere! Our team of sales advisors are ready to offer you personal styling tips whilst you browse our full collections as well as providing detailed information on our range and after care advice.

In store, you will also be able to browse our lifestyle offerings from our partner brands; By Sarah Skincare, Evermore Candles and Sally Lane Jewellery.

See you there soon!

 

 

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A roundup of SS19 Trends

By February 8, 2019 BEHIND THE SCENES, INSPIRATION
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With the cold weather grasping us, it is hard to believe that spring is just around the corner. But fear not, we are bringing the best of this Spring / Summer season  trends to carry some heat back into your wardrobe.

SS19 collections show distinctive trends such as creamy neutrals, neon colours, animal prints and much more! The silhouettes are soft, the colours bold and the textures outstanding. Take inspiration from our favourite fashion trends seen on the runway and get ready to be out of those winter coats and stepping into the freshness of spring!


Bold shades

Neon is back in full force, either as a single color or color block with various bright tones. A popular trend in AW18 it is back again in a new form for the spring season. The shades are just as extreme but the fabrics are now lighter, moving between woven and breathable fabrics across both clothing and accessories. A bold statement but definitely a SS19 wardrobe must-have.

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Nude colours

In stark contrast, catwalks have also been clear on a favourite soft hue for this new season: beige. A number of fashion brands have exhibited head-to-toe nude looks creating an elegant and timeless look for those who find neon shades a little too much to take. The sunny season will see a warm palette of soft tones such as vanilla, blush and bronze. From maxi jumpers to matching suits, beige is most definitely the new black this season and the range of shades available will elevate any skin tone.    

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Soft tailoring

Sharp, polished and elegant. Tailored trousers and blazers emphasize a gender neutral vibe and are also well suited for all sizes. Last season it was all about boxy suits, sharp tailoring and masculine shapes but for SS19 this has been reworked with a more feminine twist. From luxurious fabrics to colourful prints, this season’s co-ords will be your go-to look for all summer events.

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Utility wear

World War II spawned a range of practical and economical utilitarian clothing that was simple and functional and paid little attention to aesthetics. Nevertheless, the attire gained a following over the years and has appeared on fashion  runways many times. For SS19 the utility wear trend has been reworked bringing it to another level: hard wearing fabrics have now been replaced with luxe silky and cotton blends, clean lines, big buttons and noticeable pockets. Make some space in your wardrobe as this trend is irresistibly functional and pleas­ing.

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The new Spring/Summer 19 collection is coming soon. Stay tuned!

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Les 100 Ciels X M2M

By November 30, 2018 BEHIND THE SCENES, EVENTS
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This season we are proud to support Mothers to Mothers (m2m), an International non-profit organization focusing on bolstering African healthcare systems, while delivering empowerment opportunities for women. From their launch in Cape Town, South Africa in 2001, m2m have developed to address the causes and effects of HIV, delivering benefits at almost all stages of life.  m2m employ, train and help to empower HIV-positive women as community health workers. These “Mentor Mothers” work in local communities, supporting understaffed health facilities to ensure that women and their families get the health advice and medication they need and are supported on their treatment journey.

In support of their work, we at Les 100 Ciels have committed to donate the profits of the sales of our Kasia 100% Cashmere jumper to the m2m cause. As part of this commitment, we organised a workshop in collaboration with The Yard Café in London, inviting the members of the Mama Club and our customers, to join together to take part in an embroidery class and awareness raising talk. The aim of this event was to support a good cause and build awareness of m2m amongst our customers and the general public. 

With the help of a sewing tutor, we have created about 20 embroideries, inspired by the m2m logo, which will then be pressed on our Kasia jumpers and sold in store.

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We want to provide our customers with more information about worldwide issues, while offering the best products with the highest quality. We hope to not only help less advantaged people to have better living conditions, but also to share the message that there is so much we can do as a brand and individuals. If you would like to give a thoughtful gift this year and contribute to a good cause, you can find the Les 100 Ciels X m2m jumpers online and in our St. Christopher’s Place store!

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