As the hectic summer millinery¬†season¬†starts to wind down and¬†I¬†start googling Autumn Leaves for the new seasons design inspiration, ¬†I’ve had chance to re stock our best selling ‘Lucille’ Turban Bow Headbands; and in honour I’ve decided to dedicate a whole post to them!
These are¬†where my love for headgear started; I’d always worn scarves tied around in a bow or turban like a 1940’s housewife (much to mums annoyance at stealing her best scarves – sorry mum) and decided to experiment with sewing the bow in place. This was to eliminate the ‘bad bow days’ when I just couldn’t get the knot to go right!
As it got colder I started to make them out of stretch velvet et voila! The ‘Lucille’ Bow was born!
They’ve proved popular with lots of my customers, and I’m very proud to say I post them to places all around the world! I wear one most days myself and I never get tired of fabric shopping and looking forward to making new bows (mostly so I get to wear them myself!) I’ll be making a lot more as Autumn approaches in different colours and prints,¬†all available online and also in store.
So here’s a little selection of my customers looking FABULOUS in their bows!
We’ll be having not one but TWO summer sample sales this July! Now’s your chance to grab a bargain; we’ll have samples from spring/summer and autumn/winter collections as well as one off pieces, and discounts on our Summer Resort Collection.
Join us on Saturday 8th July at the Hilton Hotel in Liverpool One 10-4pm for the Sluxe Luxury Sample Sale: there will be a whole host of designers and local brands taking part with discounts on everything from designer hand bags to gym wear!
But if you can’t make it on the 8th never fear as we’ll also be hosting our own Summer Sample Sale from 20th -22nd July! This will take place in our Liverpool city centre boutique, why not join us for a late night opening on Thursday 20th July for a glass of prosecco whilst browsing our millinery creations. We’ll have summer hats, winter fedoras, pillbox hats, turbans, fascinators and more!
Good news hat lovers! If you ever fancied making your own fascinator or want to know how a hat is put together then our Beginners Millinery course will be returning in September 2017! Our first course ran successfully in May of this year, however due to holidays and work commitments over the summer months we have decided to take a brief hiatus from teaching until September.
So grab a pen and put the date in your diary; our next beginners course will be starting on Wednesday 6th September from 6-8pm. The course will run for 4 weeks.
The course cost is ¬£100 per person (students will also be asked to provide some of their own materials). Students will learn the following core millinery techniques;
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Learn to work with sinamay to create bias strips and¬†fascinator bases
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Work with crin to create free form fascinator shapes
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Create sinamay flowers and leaves to trim your hats and fascinators
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Learn to block, wire, stiffen and trim your own pillbox hat
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Work with feathers to trim your hats and fascinators
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Learn to block a felt hood into a cloche or pillbox shape hat
And if you are getting married or a maid of honour looking for alternative Hen Do activities we are proud to introduce our NEW hen do fascinator making workshops! If you fancy getting crafty while enjoying a glass or two of prosecco (‘Bride to be sash’ & Deely bopper headbands¬†optional!) get in touch today to start planning your custom hen do package.
We will be offering two hen do party options – classic fascinator or vintage fascinator. Each workshop will run for 2-3 hours and hen’s will have a beautifully crafted headpiece to wear for your night out or for the wedding itself! Perfect for hat loving brides and bridesmaids!
True to form the good old English Summer may have already passed (we had a week of hot weather at the end of May – blink and you missed it) however, that won’t stop us Brits from looking forward to all the festivities to come and more than that, a bit of rain never stopped us enjoying anything either!
So with Festival Season in full swing and the big one (GLASTONBURY) just around the corner it’s time to start planning those all important festival outfits! We’re big fans of ‘festival attire’ here at Laura James HQ ;¬†where else can you¬†wear a sequinned cat suit, wellies and glitter on your face accompanied by an outrageous headpiece if not at a festival? It’s like all of our dressing up dreams come true!
And while the rain can be a bit of a dampener it doesn’t have to stop the outlandish dressing up that we’ve come to love about English festivals.¬† The trick is to layer, layer and layer some more; while that chainmail bra may look good¬†in Ibiza,¬†freezing your tits off in one in a field in¬†Leeds is not going¬†to be Instagram worthy. Wear over a cropped¬†long sleeve top or a vintage band¬†t shirt; much more weather appropriate and, lets be honest, goose bumps are never a good look.
Likewise that slinky cut to the thigh low cut spaghetti strap dress is going to look so much better in festival surroundings worn over cut off Levi’s, a plain white tee and a camo jacket for good measure. Adding copious amounts of¬†glitter and piling on the accessories goes with out saying.
Likewise, after 3 days of living in a tent with minimal hair care facilities apart from a bottle of dry shampoo your once bouncy curly blow is probably starting to look more like Steve Tyler from Aerosmith rather than the real housewives of Cheshire. Never fear! this is where festival headgear comes into it’s own providing the much needed functional and fashionable answers to all your tent induced bad hair days.
Being festival veterans ourselves and looking back at many a photograph from our¬†throw away cameras at questionable headwear choices (an actual tea cosy in one¬†thrifted from¬†the Oxfam Tent at Leeds Fest 07) we have developed a range of stylish turbans and headbands that will keep you looking¬†fashion forward¬†the whole weekend through!
The new season ‘Gigi’ Turban headbands are perfect for first day outfits when hair is fresh, backcombed and full of life – the vibrant colours compliment sequins and glitter while providing a 2017 update to the old flower crown. Add a dip dyed colour to the ends or¬†a glitter¬†parting for extra oomph.
Our full ruffle ‘Lana’ Turbans provide the much needed coverage from days 2-3 while adding a glamorous alternative to cumbersome fedoras and hot woolly beanies. Plait sections of hair and add glitter strands or hair rings for extra style points.
When the final days come around and hair has¬†run the full festival gauntlet ; glitter, hairspray, dry shampoo, condensation from waking up in a boiling hot tent, the occasional downpour and the inevitable beer that comes from being part of the main stage crowd and its pint throwing ‘lads’ there’s nothing else for it than a messy bun or a braid. Accompany with one of our ‘Lucille’ Turban Bows and you’ll still be looking stylish until the last bands have played and the tents are packed away to grow mould until the next year.
Look out for our festival¬†special shoot coming soon!
Inspired by the Glorious Sunshine we’ve been having here Up North, we decided to release an extra part of our SS17 collection – especially designed for all those¬†glamourous pool parties !
Introducing our first summer ‘Resort Collection’ – inspired by our love of 40s fashion we have taken our best selling winter velvet turbans and given them a summer makeover! We have released a new line of the ‘Lana’ Ruffle Turbans in a variety of bright summer colours; these turbans are made from black stretch scuba fabric which is lightweight and quick drying – perfect for the beach and pool parties for a glam poolside look.
We are¬†also¬†excited to introduce the new ‘Gigi’ style turban – these unique¬†ruffle headbands are made from luxurious silk fabrics and are perfect for a glam summer evening look, as an instant update for summer wedding outfits or to add the finishing touch to those all important festival outfits.
We’ll be releasing the FULL collection over the next few weeks – for now here’s a sneak peek of our collection shoot in gloriously sunny Liverpool One last week!
Model: Chloe Lizzy Baker
Photography : Leigh Elliot Photography
Hair Stylist: Boutique Hair And Make up
Styling and Accessories: Laura James Millinery
Last Thursday amidst the chaos brought by Storm Doris, the best of Liverpool’s up and coming fashion labels¬†took to the catwalk¬†at the fabulous 30 James Street – Home of the Titanic to showcase their spring summer collections – just in time to start planning those race day outfits!
Alongside the beautiful outfits Laura James Millinery made its catwalk debt with a monochrome millinery collection. The rain and the wind didn’t put us off and by show time the sun had even come out!
First to take to the catwalk was Coco & Veve; designed and created by Ria, her latest¬†SS17 presentation is¬†a collection of one off and¬†vintage inspired pieces with a modern edge. These limited edition styles can be made to order in various prints and fabrics; our favourite is this silver/grey halter dress – perfect for a spring wedding!
Kitty Butler was next on the catwalk with her new and pre loved designer offerings; curated by Paula this handpicked collection of amazing designer dresses, bags and shoes from Versace to Dolce & Gabana is sure to turn heads¬†on race day! We love this bold bodycon dress by Versace.
Cheryl and Alison from The Vintage Corner wowed the audience with their unique vintage stylings and showed¬†us all¬†how to do modern¬†day¬†vintage dressing! With an eye for fabulous prints and timeless¬†designs their boutique in Crosby is bursting with amazing vintage pieces – that can be perfectly styled for a unique modern day look.
Kitten Beachwear opened the second half of the catwalk show¬†with a sumptuous display of their latest printed silk kaftans and beach cover ups. Designed and created by Gail these luxury printed and beaded kaftans are available all year round – perfect if you need something fabulous for a winter getaway, or to relax by the pool on a pre races spa break!
The 8th Sign were next to take to the catwalk with their capsule collection of beautiful and innovative pieces. The 8th Sign is made for women, by women; designers Melissa and Yasmin pride themselves on body-perfecting shape, cutting edge construction and colour ‚Äď print combination you won‚Äôt see on the high street. The girls are confident that their collection will prove itself to be the missing piece of the jigsaw; the clothes you always knew you needed!
Katherine Davidson,¬†a luxury womenswear label created and handmade by designer Katie Heaton, was up next on the catwalk. Katie’s showcase of her Emeraldi line¬†was a lesson in how¬†to do modular dressing; her beautifully made to measure classic strapless dresses were styled as totally different outfits by adding ruffled skirts, sheer floor sweeping kaftans and tailored jackets – you can choose as many different ways to wear it as you can think of! From roaring 20s style flapper dresses to sweeping chiffon maxi skirts and¬†everything made to fit the customer perfectly –¬†this collection might just change your way of dress shopping!
Closing our first catwalk showcase was CC Couture by¬†designer Claudia Croazzo.¬†The luxury pieces in her collection are all designed, fabric sourced and hand made in the UK.¬†Their unique, sleek and sophisticated style is one of a kind, taking inspiration from designer Claudia’s Italian heritage with each collection telling a story – perfect for summer parties!
It may still be a few months off but it’s never too early to start planning your Grand National Weekend outfit! Most importantly, it’s never too early to start thinking about the hat.
We’ve teamed up with some of Liverpool’s top designers and boutiques to bring you a fashion filled evening where you can shop in style and plan that all important outfit!
Hosted in association with Signature Living at the fabulous 30 James Street – Home of the Titanic this is an evening not to be missed. We will be showcasing our Spring millinery collection on the evening with 10% off all bespoke orders placed on the night.
Tickets are on sale now via Eventbrite; each ticket bought enters you into a prize draw to win your own bespoke hat worth up to ¬£300.
We’ll be updating our blog soon with all the designers and boutiques who will be showcasing on the night; plus a sneak peek of our millinery collection!
Nothing says ‘festive season’ quite like a Christmas market!
Before opening our first boutique in Liverpool City Centre, Laura James could be regularly found at vintage, craft and artisan fairs around the North West. Now we have our own shop and studio its harder to pack up shop to attend the fairs like we used to. However, every winter we love to get in the festive spirit and take part in some of Liverpool’s best Christmas markets!
Below is a list of the events we will be taking part in this year; why not come along and start (or finish, depending on how organised you are!) the Christmas shopping with some of the best local independent retailers. At these events you can find amazing unique gifts that can’t be found on the high street! Stuck for a gift idea? Particularly difficult person to buy for? Not a problem! There’s something to suit all tastes and budgets. Now that will definitely beat another Gillette gift set….
Artisans in the Palm House¬†
25th – 27th November¬†
Join us for our 4th Winter Celebration at the Palm House, here is your invitation to immerse yourself in three days of pure indulgence. Sharing with you up to 300 independent creatives over 3 days, this is your opportunity to purchase everything on your ‚Äúwish‚ÄĚ list.
25th November 2016 – A unique atmospheric shopping evening, with heated marquee, music, street foods & prosecco bar complete with handcrafted ales – Imagine festive lighting, naughty boozy puddings & steaming mugs of gl√ľhwein. 5pm till Late.
26th & 27th November 2016 12pm -6pm Full of surprises & suitable for every member of your family!‚Ä¶. fun, creative & educational workshops for all ages & abilities with drumming sessions, make & take pottery workshops & face painting.
Each day will welcome a different combination of creatives resulting in shopping with the Wow factor, with diversity that will delight – so definitely worth attending all 3 days to see the highest quality handmade items & products such as quirky alternative fashion, bespoke jewellery, textiles, gorgeous children’s clothing, natural cosmetics, original art, glassware, sculpture, Christmas decorations & ceramics ‚Ä¶ join us to discover our legendary ‚Äústress free‚ÄĚ experience.
Delicious goodies to savour‚Ä¶ homemade jams & chutneys, delicious fudge, artisan cheese, gourmet marshmallows, freshly baked cakes, local honey, creamy cheesecakes, decadent chocolates, specialist coffee & gourmet pies…
Sample incredible world cuisine from carefully selected street food chefs who will be spoiling you with the tastiest freshly prepared foods along with areas to sit, listen to music & watch the world go by (after all what‚Äôs the hurry you have the luxury of time as you will have found all your gifts in one place)!
Wrapped or personalised‚Ä¶ the perfect gift is always found with the Artisans!
Winter Arts Market
Saturday 3 December 2016
10am – 7pm
Merseyside‚Äôs largest arts and crafts market, the Winter Arts Market will return for an eighth year on Saturday 3 December 2016. Staged this year in the breathtaking surroundings of Liverpool Cathedral the market will see this incredible space, one of the most beautiful in the city, transformed into a bustling independent shopping experience that‚Äôs the perfect place to pick up unique Christmas gifts.
This year‚Äôs market will feature work from more than 200 of the region‚Äôs best artists, designers and makers with everything you can imagine for sale ‚Äď from paintings and jewellery to screenprints, Christmas decorations, cards, photography, homewares, glassware, textiles and handmade beauty products. There will also be a vintage fair downstairs in the Cathedral‚Äôs Concert Room, and a food fair offering everything from homemade jams and chutneys to handcrafted chocolates and unique blended teas.
The Cathedral Welsford Cafe will be on hand to provide tasty festive treats and hot drinks throughout the day, and the young and young at heart alike can drop into the Craft Lab for Christmassy crafting fun with the Super Silly Scientists.
We’ll see you there!
Kazimier Festive Arkade
Invisible Wind Factory
Sunday 11th December¬†
10:30 – 8pm
Live music, hot food, warm drinks, local brewers, doers, makers and bakers all congregating in our main venue space for a seasonal indoor market-party.
The Invisible Wind Factory will host a seasonal Festive Arkade market on Sunday 11th December, in the spirit of the Kazimier club’s Christmas Kazmarts over the past few winters.
Making use of our large indoor space, the IWF will provide a trading zone for all manner of local doing-it-themselves makers, sellers, food-and-craft-venders. The cathedral will become the marketplace. IWF Studio members will be exhibiting, along with a selection of in-house gift ideas, too.
Our trademark mulls and other hot drinks will be available on arrival.
We may also be trading as part of a pop up shopping experience on board The Danny, a former Ferry Boat moored in the Albert Dock¬†in December – watch this space for more details!
October and November have been busy months for us so far! We have been busy working on our Winter Millinery Collection and, as it’s never too early to think about Christmas, booking the events we’ll be attending this festive season (Christmas Event dates to follow in the next post..)
After much planning and a fair few late nights our Winter collection was finally ready to be photographed!
The collection has a subtle Spanish theme running though it; identified by the use of classic large red silk roses, as well as hand crafted leather roses in a variety of colours. The classic fedora has been reinvented with metallic and leather hat bands and furry pom poms in three different colours, while the vintage style pillbox hat is given a modern update¬†when blocked in leather.
Thanks to a great team the shoot went smoothly and the outcome is some fabulous images that will soon be uploaded to our home page.
Here’s some ‘behind the scenes’ action from our latest winter shoot…
Photography : Corin Dickinson Photography
MUA: Nadine Wilson
Hair Stylist: Jess @ JS Hairdressing
Models: Lauren Ianson & Kerin Dowling
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