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SS16 Designer’s Inspiration

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New season, new knitwear!

Want to be in the know about next season’s key shapes and colours? Look no further than our interview with the brains behind the new Spring Summer ’16 styles, our Head Designer Stephanie.

She tells us what inspired her designs this season by showing us a glimpse of her moodboard, and explains what qualities we will all be wearing this summer. Bring on the warmer months!


“This season, we’ve taken inspiration from the minimal 90’s decade, with particular emphasis on structure and simplistic silhouettes. We’ve used references from the archives of couture design and combined this with interesting yarn techniques for a modern feel.”

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“We’ve looked at primitive, tribal influences to inform our print designs. The main focus for colour has come from the work of artist Callum Innes. He uses a method of layering pigments of colour, which results in a vivid array of tones. We’ve translated these varying hues into a fusion of pale pink, grey marls and indigo ombré details.”

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“In this Spring Summer season, we’ve focused on using natural fabrics like washed silks, linen and cotton. Our signature summer quality, cotton poplin, gives you a freshness when worn making it perfect for warmer days! We’ve also experimented with hand-dyed fabrics, making each piece one-of-a-kind.”

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 “Box pleats, fused trims and slim forms are the key design details and silhouettes for the season. We have also developed the cape shape, which can be seen across dresses, tops and coats. I like to pair these pieces with our slim-lines styles to create an elegant shape that’s versatile and modern.”

Coming soon….






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By September 3, 2015 BEHIND THE SCENES

The secret is out…

We’ve opened our first store in Paris!

We could not be happier about moving into our new neighbourhood: Le Marais. The area buzzes with boutiques, chic restaurants and food stalls, and where bookshops double up as wine bars (you couldn’t get a better combination in our eyes!). Sandwiched between St-Paul and République, the Marais has been one of the hippest parts of Paris for the last two decades.

Read on to find out what our favourite spots in the Marais are!


 Le Mary Celeste

If you’re looking for somewhere to brunch while people watching, Le Mary Celeste is your place!

Located in a former video editing office, the decor takes on a nautical theme with rope wrapped columns and white washed bricks. This place is renowned for their amazing cocktails, spicy kimchi and a 1 euro oyster bar at happy hour.

Tips: Bag a window seat and watch the world go by whilst sipping on Michael’s Garden Fizz (a delicious citrus drink with lime, egg whites and ginger beer) and indulging on Pain Perdu de Brioche Maison (french brioche toast with sautéed mushrooms with lemon zest and parsley). Delicious!


75003, 1 Rue Commines, 75003 Paris, France



You cannot go to Paris without visiting the concept shopping sensation, Merci. Housed inside a 19th-century fabric factory, it’s three warehouse-like floors are bursting with furniture, homewear, fashion and stationary.

Tip: wind down with a frothy cappuccino in Merci’s fantastically dark and moody Used Book Cafe, where you can take in the thousands of books surrounding you for the whole afternoon.


 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003 Paris, France


Le Marché des Enfants Rouges

After visiting Merci, continue north along Rue Charlot and discover the wonderful food stalls at the Marché des Enfants Rouges, Paris’s oldest food market. As well as it’s fresh produce, fish, beef and flowers, you can also sample an international array of prepared foods such as sushi, tagines, pasta and crêpes.

Tip: eat in and bag one of the outdoor tables to experience authentic Parisian market life.

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39 Rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris, France


Ofr. Libairie, galerie

Near the République lies bookshop Ofr. If you’re a fan of hip fashion and contemporary arts magazines, this bookshop-come-boutique is definitely worth spending a relaxed afternoon in. Ofr. also works as an independent publishing house and creates works in collaboration with a range of artists and photographers.

Tip: don’t miss the boutique at the rear of the shop, where you’ll find emerging fashion designers and exhibition spaces.


20 Rue Dupetit-Thouars, 75003 Paris, France


Atelier Brancusi 

Located in a building in front of the Centre Pompidou is the restored studio of the patriarch of modern sculpture, Cosntantin Brancusi. Before he died, he left his studio along with its entire contents to the French State with the condition that it was reconstructed to show his work exactly how it stood on the day of his death. The collection houses over 137 sculptures and more than 1,600 photographic glass plates and is an absolute joy to see.

Tip: the studio is free and there’s no queuing involved!


Place Georges Pompidou, 75004 Paris, France

Our store is now open at 38 rue Quincampoix, 75004, Paris France




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TOP 5- Art Month

By October 24, 2014 EVENTS
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It’s that time of year again when the art fairs take over London. We have picked our top 5 artistic attractions for this month, with a view on upcoming exhibitions and a summary of our favourite events.



The Les 100 Ciels team love the idea of combining art and fashion, so when we stumbled across North American master Richard Tuttle’s work, we wanted to share it with you!

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This artist’s pieces often feature everyday materials such as cloth, paper and rope, but for this particular exhibition Tuttle has taken inspiration from textiles. I Don’t Know. The Weave of Textile Language looks at the importance of textiles throughout history and combines a major exhibition in the Whitechapel Gallery, a large-scale sculptural commission in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall and a brand new book.

The sculpture is at the Tate Modern until 6th April 2015 and the exhibition is in the Whitechapel Gallery until 14th December.




Frieze week did not disappoint this year, firmly placing London on the map as a centre for art. One of our favourite artists we saw this year was recent graduate May Hands. Like Tuttle, her work also explores the use of everyday materials and objects, but with a reflection on consumption and materiality.

Combined with the strong message, her pieces are beautiful with pastel shades and ombre tones.

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May Hands



If you missed The Other Art Fair and Frieze this year, there is still time to get your art fix at the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea. With over 150 artists selling work from £50 to £1,500, you can even bag yourself a bargain. The Les 100 Ciels team attended the private view last night and chatted to Team Coordinator in the UK, Anna Jamieson about what The Affordable Art Fair has to offer visitors:

“This year we have so many interactive elements that visitors can get involved with, from etching masterclasses, to live drawing sessions and even a walking tour of the exhibition. We love championing young British talent, so we have a Recent Graduates’ exhibition which showcases our pick of the most exciting talent coming out of the UK’s art schools this year!”



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Get down to Battersea Park this weekend for a last chance to view one-off pieces of artwork, attend talks and even make your own carnival headdress with costume designer Helen Astaire!

View the website for more information about times and location.



To coincide with the Channel 4  screening of ‘Who Are You?’, art’s biggest frock star Grayson Perry is presenting a show of fourteen portraits in Gallery 32. While filming the program, Perry met some colourful characters including X Factor’s very own Rylan Clark. He captured the sitter’s individuality in a variety of tapestries and ceramic pots while questioning them about their identity.

Also included in The National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection and alongside his other pieces in the series, is Grayson Perry’s self-portrait. It is presented as a fortified town and at the end of each day working on it, he marked the point with the date to highlight the passage of time.

The processes of this exhibition sound so interesting and is starting tomorrow so is definitely worth a visit!



After the success of 12 Years a Slave, Steve McQueen is up to his old tricks with a new exhibition, titled ‘Ashes’. The 10 minute film that is shown has dark and harrowing undertones, with critics describing McQueen’s moving images as languid and exquisitely ambiguous.

The pieces of work spread across the London Film Festival and Frieze, which seems apt as no other individual currently straddles the film and contemporary art worlds as successfully as McQueen.

Head down to the Thomas Dane Gallery in Piccadilly to see his new masterpiece!


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