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5 ways to spend Mother’s Day

Show you care this Mother’s Day by treating the most important woman in your life. We’ve picked our top 5 ways to spoil your mum this Sunday, including special exhibition visits and afternoon tea! Visit Kew Gardens Orchids Festival Sunday will be your last chance to see The Princes of Wales Conservatory transformed into a mass of tropical colour. The theme for the orchid festival this year is colourful carnival, with the attention focused on Brazilian hybrids which take over the glasshouse in a series of displays. Highlights include Rainforest Tree sculptures, Bromeliad covered Brazilian carnival dancers in the pond and the vibrant tropical plant tunnel. Make your visit to the Orchids Festival extra special by treating your mum for afternoon tea, including a glass of prosecco!  Details: Festival ends on Sunday 6th March Afternoon tea: 1pm-3pm (£17.50 per person for a classic afternoon tea, £24 per person including a glass of prosecco) Venue: Orangery Restaurant Kew Garden entry fee: From £14 (https://goo.gl/u6saF6) The must-see exhibition. Vogue 100: A Century of Style at the National Portrait Gallery is THE exhibition to see. This beautifully curated exhibition by Robin Muir maps the evolution of Vogue images over the last 100 years, including original prints from Vogue’s ...
by Les 100 Ciels Team on February 29, 2016
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SS16 Designer’s Inspiration

  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.”     “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.” “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 ...
by Les 100 Ciels Team on January 22, 2016
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OUR NEW NEIGHBOURHOOD | Le marais

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 ...
by Les 100 Ciels Team on September 03, 2015
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Les 100 Ciels travels

Our must-see places in Florence. Florence is renowned for old masters and history, but it’s also a living city with a vibrant restaurant and nightlife scene. Handsome and historic, it’s bursting with quirky shops and quality crafts, making it one of Europe’s most civilised weekend destinations. We spent a busy week researching the latest yarn trends and technology at the Pitti Filati fair, so we were glad for some time to relax and sight-see at the end of the trip. Read on to see what we got up to in beautiful Florence, showing you our favourite places to shop, eat and visit!     Where to shop: UB This quirky store on Via dei Conti is a treasure trove of goodies, full to the brim with antique decorations and retro furniture. Seek out a hidden back room with the most amazing collection of vintage wallpaper, including 60’s floral designs and geometric prints.     Ub Firenze / Via dei Conti 4r – 50123 Firenze – IT | https://www.ubfirenze.it/   Where to shop: Ottod’ame The beautifully merchandised Ottod’ame sits on Via della Spada and houses a wide range of fashion brands with a concept store feel. While we visiting there was a stunning ...
by Les 100 Ciels Team on July 24, 2015
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KNITWEAR Chanel to Westwood

We popped down to the Fashion & Textiles Museum  to see the Knitwear, Chanel to Westwood, an exhibition comprised mainly of items from the collection of Mark and Cleo Butterfield. The pieces are presented in wooden crates, stacked one on top of the other and are accompanied by images of knitwear from various publications and fashion shoots.     The pair have been collecting pieces of knit and crocheted garments since the 1960’s and they cover a huge amount of years, ranging from late Victorian and Edwardian periods to present day items. Pieces from hand-knitting gurus Patricia Roberts and Bill Gibb are featured along side household names such as Chanel, Missoni, Vivienne Westwood, Zandra Rhodes and Sonia Rykiel. Top tip: Take your sketchpad to the exhibition for some quick drawings! Book tickets here! Check out our knits here!  
by Les 100 Ciels Team on November 10, 2014
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