Archive for May, 2012

Jane & Marilyn on the catwalk

We recently ran two fashion events to introduce our new Silk ollection and showcase pieces from our Premiere collection prior to the summer season.

Our first event was held near Henley on Thames and the guest list included many local women looking for something special to wear for Royal Ascot and Henley regatta.

We put out a call for lovely local ladies to model for  us, and were spoilt for choice. We selected four gorgeous women with a variety of ages, and our makeup artist Jane Butler and hair styling team from Dorata in Henley ( worked their magic transforming our models into 1950s glamourpusses!

We accessorised our designs with hats from our new millinery collection andjewellery by Stella & Dot.  Popular purchases at the event were the cartwheel fishnet straw hat, Rita and Katherine dresses and the Lauren jacket.

Our second event was held at the prestigious Naval & Military Club (now popularly known as the In & Out Club) in London’s St James’ Square. ‘Tea with Jane & Marilyn’ was held in their stunning King Harold V room,  an elegant, pale salon with glittering crystal chandeliers and grand paintings of European royalty on the walls; the perfect setting for our collections. 


Guests were treated to a sumptuous afternoon tea while our beautiful (size 12) models walked leisurely between the tables, stopping so guests could get a closer look and talking to them about what they were wearing.

After the show, guests were able to try the dresses and accessories and popular purchases included the Gina and Veronica dresses and the leather corset belt. We also had a number of requests for the dresses in special colours.

The shows were a great success and we were delighted to hear from many women commenting on how refreshing it was to see models of different ages and in ‘real women’ sizes.   

Coincidentally, while writing this, evidence presented to the All Party Parliamentary Group on body image has emerged suggesting that more than half of the public has a negative body image, and of most concern, girls as young as five now worry about how they look. Media images of unrealistic bodies were said to be largely to blame.

But we are committed to our policy of using realistic imagery – including women of all ages and sizes – to promote our label. Naturally we want our images to be beautiful and aspirational, but we believe they must also be relevant and something our customers can identify with.  

Stay Glamorous X

Fabulous Fishnets

Fishnets have been coming in for a lot of flak recently, largely it seems due to Madonna sporting them at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami teamed with bondage boots and tight satin shorts.

Mimi Spencer and Liz Jones ( have both criticised Madonna’s choice of stage outfit and suggested that fishnets shouldn’t be worn over 50.  And to a point we have to agree that you do have to be careful, especially with the black variety, when you’re a little more mature.

Fishnets and big pants can make glamorous and practical stage wear – Marlene, Judy Garland, Liza M, Marilyn and Kylie have all pulled of the look – and Madonna probably could have too if she’d got the rest of the outfit right. The pants for example, need to be big, covering the entire buttock, not, like Madonna’s, skin tight and cut so high they flattened and pushed the bottom half of her derriere out in a most unflattering manner!  And rather than the fetishist lace-around-the-leg-up-to-the-knee boots, a pair of high, pointy toe stilettoes are sexy in a sophisticated, grown up way.

Stage wear apart, black fishnets can work on all ages but, at night, preferably in winter and definitely with a hemline well below the knee. Team with sky high but ladylike heels and it’s a simply glamorous look.

However, there is also another way to embrace the fishnet, one of which we have long be devotees – the flesh colour fishnet. In flesh the fishnet loses all its burlesque overtones (particularly if you go for the finer micromesh fishnet), and becomes a practical solution to uncomfortable hose issues. Especially in summer, if you don’t want bear legs (and for special occasions and in particular when wearing a hat, you really shouldn’t be doing bear legs) but can’t bear the thought of encasing your legs in nylon, flesh fishnets are the solution. They allow your legs to breath – you hardly know you’re wearing them – whilst making your legs look smooth and beautiful.

They help to prevent blisters too!

Stay glamorous X