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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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Patchwork: Breathing new life into old fabrics

By February 1, 2019 INSPIRATION
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Patchwork is a traditional craft with a long history, developed as a way to reuse fabric snippets, instead of throwing them away. Fashion has reignited a love for this technique and made patchwork a key feature in their collections, bringing together the contrasting effects of modern style with intricate examples of needlework skills and techniques.

Examples of patchwork have been recovered dating back to 3400 BC, during the Egyptian reign in the tombs of Pharaohs. Even army armour was originally made of heavy fabrics sewn together to form a rigid protective layer. For a long time, patchwork was regarded as a female pastime, used simply to design bed covers and cushions. However this over-simplification of the art of patchwork misses the fact that this technique has been handed down over years, centuries and even generations. It is an art form and also narrates the stories of women’s lives though stitching, colour and embroideries.

In the last few years, fashion has embraced this technique, with lots of designers making patchwork a key feature in their collections. Colourful, brave and bold fabrics have been paired in just one piece, giving life to any outfit. Patchwork designs also grew in popularity for their versatility, providing customers with a statement outfit, without having to wear many layers.

 

"Patchwork has always been cool. Even ones that were made 200 years ago look modern. 
There's a really complex visual language to quilting. It's like modern art. 
I think people are attracted to that as just an object." – Eileen Fisher



It is the ultimate expression of one’s creativity.

With an eye towards this tradition and another on contemporary designs, Les 100 Ciels has used the patchwork technique to give clients customized designs and trendy looks.  Here is a collection of our favourite patchwork techniques that inspired our most-loved designs, that will slot seamlessly into your spring wardrobe.

Click here to check our collection inspiration.

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Robert Burns Night

By January 24, 2019 EVENTS, INSPIRATION
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From haggis to kilts, we’re celebrating all things Scottish this week. Roberts Burns night is an annual festivity celebrated on the 25th January, to commemorate the life and literary works of Burns in a night of eating, drinking and merrymaking. Over the years, it has also become a landmark of Scottish pride, and an opportunity for restaurants and bars around the UK to offer everyone a chance to soak up some Scottish culture.

Born in 1759, Robert Burns was a world-renowned poet and lyricist who shaped the Romantics literary movement. Inspired by the works of Alexander Pope, he shaped 18th and 19th century poetry in the UK. Burns’ most famous works include, “Auld Lang Syne” (1788) which is sung all over the world at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s.

But what’s the best way to celebrate this night?

A home-cooked haggis dinner with friends or a more formal supper is among the options. Traditionally, guests are meant to read out loud the famous “Address to Haggis” poem before they can start eating their meal. A traditional menu (usually haggis) is then served alongside whisky, wine or ale and entertainment for the night includes bagpipe playing, renditions of Burns songs and Scottish dancing. It’s definitely a night which celebrates cultural heritage and traditional experiences.

To get your haggis fix this Burns night, here is a list of traditional dishes (other variations may exist) and the best Scottish restaurants to have them in:

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  • Mac & Wild – Fitzrovia

Fancy a burger with a Scottish twist? Mac & Wild bring us the best of the best of Scottish sourced produce. Specialising in classic wild venison, beef, steak and seafood and of course, whisky, they mix tradition with contemporary food as they serve Haggis pops and Tattie tots for starters. Mac & Wild are offering special Burns special nights ranging from a Burns Silent Disco, a Burns special set menu on the 25th of January and Haggis making classes.

(65 Great Titchfield St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 7PS)

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  • Deeney’s – Leyton

Deeney’s café only opened in October 2018 and already has a cult following. Their haggis toasties called the ‘MacBeth’ have been going down a storm with customers. For a veggie option there’s the ‘Lady MacBeth’. They are also hosting a special Burns night which is available to book now.

(360 High Rd Leyton, Leyton, London E10 6QE)

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  • Boisdale – Belgravia

Enjoy your haggis, neeps and tatties alongside the finest live jazz music in the heart of London. Boisdale serves the finest Scottish cuisine, book now for 4 course meals in celebration of Burns night.

(15 Eccleston St, Belgravia, London SW1W 9LX)

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  • Ghillie Dhu – Edinburgh

Lots of fun and amazing food, Ghillie Dhu is the perfect choice if you are looking for an authentic Scottish night, accompanied by ceilidh dancing every Friday night. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menu includes abundant portions of black pudding and brie parcels; haggis, neeps and tatties; poached Scottish salmon with lemon and dill cream, and much more.

(2 Rutland place, Edinburgh EH1 2AD)

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  • Ubiquitous Chip – Glasgow

Open since the 1970s, this Scottish legend is well-known among the locals as “The Chip”.  Located in the picturesque Ashton Lane, this bistro-pub offers a modern spin of Scottish classics and food locally sourced.

(12 Ashton Ln, Glasgow G12 8SJ)

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L100C LISTEN: MAHALIA

By January 18, 2019 Editor's Picks, INSPIRATION

Are you looking for new music releases or a different kind of sound?

We regularly share on our blog the music that we love including an edit of new artists we are currently listening to. Feel a part of the Les 100 Ciels community with a selection of the best tunes played at our stores and listen to them whenever you want and wherever you are!


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Singer, writer and actress, Mahalia Rose Burkmar (stage name Mahalia), is a 20 year old rising star from Leicester. Starting her singing career at the early age of 13, Mahalia signed to the major record label “Atlantic” at the age of 15 and recorded her first album, Headspace in 2012. Describing her music as a “psycho acoustic soul”, Mahalia spent much of her youth absorbing the sounds of her native city, releasing music with a touching intensity that goes far beyond her years.

Mahalia’s music is always introduced with an amusing, remarkable story about a peculiar moment of her life: “Marry Me”, for instance is a very intimate ballad she wrote about a new boyfriend at school, or “Sober”, her celebrated summer single, is for those suffering from a love hangover. Having already toured with Mabel, this soul-pop prodigy released two EPs in the last few years, as well as an album and more recently two beautiful songs titled, “Honeymoon” and “Surprise me”.

This talented singer is the new voice you’ll be replaying over and over on your commute home. Don’t miss out!

Click here to listen on Spotify:

  1. One Night Only
  2. Sober
  3. Surprise Me
  4. Proud of Me (feat. Little Simz)
  5. Marry me
  6. Honeymoon
  7. Good Reason
  8. That’s OK
  9. No Pressure
  10. I Remember

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Three Books to inspire your New Year

By January 11, 2019 Editor's Picks, INSPIRATION
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With a New Year starting, it’s inevitable to remember all the things we wanted to but didn’t get around to achieving in the previous year.  Remember when you planned to eat healthier and do more exercise? Or learn French? We all know that resolutions are tough to stick to, that’s why we made a selection of our most loved books to inspire you in 2019! From motivational books with goal setting advice to how to change your life habits for the better, we have rounded up 3 must-reads to stimulate you this year.


Wear no Evil – Greta Eagan

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Why not start the New Year with a more sustainable approach? Sustainable fashion has grown fast in the last few years and as a brand we deeply support this practice. This new book, titled, “Wear no Evil” is written by Greta Eagan, a New York based eco-stylist, who has provided us with a useful guide to navigate this important area of the fashion industry. As well as being an educational read, the book is a guideline for all fashion lovers who want to dress ethically and still look glamorous. We loved this book, as it offers valuable insights into alternative and more eco-friendly materials, consumer empowerment and ideas on how to be more commercially transparent. It also signposts a number of sustainable brands who are acting as role models and examples of how we can shape the future of eco-fashion in a millennials market.

“Greta Eagan has ignited the beginning of a movement towards more conscious and honest fashion where what you wear surpasses aesthetic, and is elevated to an action that enforces good commercial practices and ethics.” – Savant Magazine

 

Becoming – Michelle Obama

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Is January synonymous with new challenges, new jobs or a new life stage for you? If the answer is yes, then you will want to read “Becoming.” The debut novel of Michelle Obama, speaks eloquently and passionately about strength and change, giving readers an insight into the ex First Lady’s life- from a childhood growing up in a one bedroom flat in the South Side of Chicago, to her arrival at the White House and the political tensions felt during those years. This book is a revelation we didn’t know we needed, not because of any obscure stories we may have always wondered about, but because her honesty in speaking about her career, and the hopes and dreams she was carrying for herself and her country, are ones we can all identify with and draw encouragement from.

 

Who says you can’t? You do. – Daniel Chidiac

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The start of a New Year should be a time for self-care and a focus on wellbeing. This book is an excellent self-help book that will give readers a platform to take a deeper look into their life. How many of us often live a moment or an entire phase of our life where we don’t feel any kind of enjoyment or fulfilment? Daniel Chidiac’s book supports you to begin the journey to the life you deserve and reflect on how to re-direct your energy in a positive way.

“We can have all the knowledge in the world, have ten university degrees, travelled the globe, or know how to speak five different languages, but if we don’t have true knowledge of ourselves, we will never create the life we want.” – Daniel Chidiac

 

We hope these books will help you grab 2019 with all the energy and spirit in you! Go for it!

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L100C Listen: She&Him

By December 13, 2018 Editor's Picks, INSPIRATION

Are you looking for new music releases or a different kind of sound?

We regularly share on our blog the music we love including an edit of new artists we are currently listening to. Feel a part of the Les 100 Ciels community with a selection of the best tunes played at our stores, and listen to them whenever you want and wherever you are!


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Get ready for an early Christmas present as the She & Him band have just announced their return to the scene after a five year absence with a trio of holiday concerts!

She & Him is an American musical duo consisting of Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward. After the success of their first album, “Volume One”, in 2008, the duet evolved into a bonafide band realising two more albums in the following years, aptly named Volume 2 and Volume 3. Their music is thoroughly spontaneous, simple and deliberate, in the same vein as their albums and band name! In an interview with the New York Times, Deschanel said: “I wanted a name that was very humble, modest and anonymous.” Matt agrees: “We wanted the music to come first, which sort of explains the band name as well as the names of the records. The songs are what we want people to remember.”

In 2011, the band released, “A Very She & Him Christmas” a 12 track Christmas album with a range of classic holiday songs covers delivered with the typical, quirky Deschanel vocals and the cool allure of M Ward. The album is an oasis of calm, perfect for winding down over Christmas without a hint of the mayhem of Christmas shopping.

If you haven’t heard of She & Him, don’t miss the chance to get into the festive mood and see them live at their “A Very She & Him Christmas Party” concert with three dates  all set to take place in the USA, between Los Angeles (06-12-18), San Francisco (08-12-18), and Austin (10-12-18) this December. Can’t make it? Enjoy their albums from the cosy comfort of home!

Click here to listen on Spotify.

  1. The Christmas Waltz
  2. Christmas Day
  3. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  4. I’ll Be Home For Christmas
  5. Christmas Wish
  6. Sleigh Ride
  7. Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
  8. Silver Bells
  9. Baby, It’s Cold Outside
  10. Blue Christmas
  11. Little Saint Nick
  12. The Christmas Song

 

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