Jane & Marilyn gain momentum

The past two weeks have sped by in a haze of interviews and requests for dresses to be photographed by magazines. More media coverage has been secured – we’ve done an interview for another lifestyle magazine on what you should wear if you are invited to THAT wedding and also for fashion trade bible Drapers. We were profiled in Drapers as part of a feature on designers manufacturing in the UK. As you’ll know by now, supporting UK business is something we feel very strongly about. Drapers has launched a campaign to promote skills training in the fashion industry so that young people looking to make a career in fashion can gain the necessary knowledge and qualifications. We are delighted to be supporting them in their campaign and will be attending an event next week which will bring together fashion industry representatives including manufacturers and designers to discuss the need to preserve education of garment production skills.

We were also delighted to be asked to do an interview for BBC Radio Oxford next week on March 10th between 2 and 3 (if you’re in the area tune in)!

Fashion Week frenzy has also been in full force over the past couple of weeks with plenty of controversy being generated by skeletal models at London Fashion Week and then Jean Paul Gaultier sending an – admittedly very beautiful – young man down the runway wearing a wedding dress! We attended the A LA MODE International Catwalk Show where the highlight for us was the glamorous bags from Saudi designer RAJADANO. In vivid colours some embellished with crystals these structured, ladylike clutch bags would accessorise a chic Jane & Marilyn dress beautifully. RAJADANO isn’t selling in the UK yet but she’s working on it so look out for her.

We were saddened to hear of the death of Jane Russell on Tuesday. Of course we thought she was fabulous and judging from the wave of media coverage she was adored by many.

A couple of great books have come to our attention over the past few days: ‘Grown up Glamour’ by Caroline Cox obviously struck a chord with us and it’s full of useful advice. ‘The Art of Being a Well Dressed Wife’ by Anne Fogarty has just been reissued. Along with such hilarious missives as: ‘the idea of not wearing a girdle under a full skirt is wrong. As for slim, tight skirts I think there should be a federal law against wearing them girdle-less,’ there is actually some really good advice on clothes care. And we have to remember that this book was first published long before the advent of the fabulous Spanx concept!

One bright spot in these seemingly endless dull winter days is buying our tickets for Royal Ascot, which we did last week. Now comes the fun part of planning what to wear  …

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