Some holiday essentials transcend the destination. Whether you're heading for the pool, the beach or a glamorous city location, some things should never come off your packing list.
Not only am I going to let you in on my ultimate 'getting on a plane to anywhere' packing guide, but Kettlewell has joined forces with cult body care brand Legology to offer you the chance to win our ultimate packing essentials.
Every few years, another colour clashing trend comes around, and while some of us embrace it with huge confidence, the rest of us tend to sidle around it slowly, keeping our outfits nice and safe and, at most, 'neutral with a pop of colour'. Well, it's 2017 and the trend has cycled round again, but this time we've decided to make things simple for you by showing you how to pair clashing colours in a way that makes you look and feel amazing.
While the rest of the world has been focused on what to wear on holiday this summer, here at Kettlewell we’ve been busy concentrating on what they will be wearing next Autumn. Over the past weeks, we’ve been putting the finishing touches to our A/W17 collection ready for the upcoming photo shoot in early summer, as well as making headway with S/S18.
Not quite feeling summer ready yet? If your wardrobe needs a little helping hand, look no further than Kettlewell's new summer styles.
The Helena blouse will give an instant pretty update to your wardrobe. Pair it with slim jeans and ballet pumps for a pub lunch or smarten it right up with a pencil skirt. The longer length back is ideal if you are less than confident about your rear view, and for perfecting the half tucked front.
Yellow is such a polarising colour. I would say that 75% of clients have strong feelings about it, either positive or negative. Of course, most of those feelings come from experience either of their perfect yellow (a Spring who has inadvertently hit on their perfect shade of canary), or their worst version (usually a Winter or Summer who has been persuaded into mustard or corn by well meaning friends and family).
Pink, in all its many and varied shades, has been a huge part of 2017 fashion news. From pale dusty shades to vibrant fuchsia, pink has been all over high street and high end shops. Perhaps the favourite shade, and certainly the least intimidating for many of us, has been blush pink.
When I write the Kettlewell blog, I talk almost exclusively in seasonal terms (i.e. referring to the colour palettes as Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter), and within that the different 'types' of each season. However, the palettes can also be divided up according to 'tonal directions' rather than seasons.
In the interests of keeping things clear for all of Kettlewell's customers, not just those who have had a seasonal analysis, a translation guide seemed in order.
What a month March is turning out to be. Not only have we been busy putting the finishing touches to our A/W17 collection, but we’ve been zipping between location recces in Bath, high summer brochure photo shoots in London and filming in Henley-upon-Thames. Added to that, Kettlewell has had the best start to a season ever, for which I must say a huge thank you for all your continued support.
When you get your colour analysis, the emphasis can be very much on the colours. Leaf green, cobalt blue, raspberry red, mustard yellow and a host of others; all the colours in your palette can somewhat steal the show from the more sedate dove greys, chocolate browns and navy blues.
I've shown you a few sneak peeks, but I thought it was time we took a proper look at the accessories that Kettlewell have added to their essential collection of wardrobe basics.
For me, Kettlewell has always been about providing wardrobe foundation blocks in a rainbow of colours, and I think the accessories are the next logical step in that process.
If you've recently had your colour analysis, you might still be in that post analysis slightly-panicked-and-confused phase, where you've been given your season, you've looked at your wardrobe and spent a few minutes hyperventilating at how many 'wrong' colours you own and you've chucked out perhaps three items of clothing that you never liked much anyway. And now you're not quite sure what to do next.
Way back last year, I wrote a post on how colour analysis can still work even if you are addicted to black, and I promised you a post on some even better options when you felt ready to ditch the black for good. Finally, that post has made it to the top of my never-ending list of post ideas.
This is always one of my favourite posts each season! Even though I’ve been allowed to see the new collection several times already (when it’s being selected, when colours are being coded, when the catalogue is being written), it somehow always seems far more exciting and real when I get to share it with you.
Each season, before all the garments are shipped, I make a point of visiting our factories to inspect the production. With a matter of weeks now to go before the new SS17 collection lands, I’ve been out to Portugal with my Quality Control Manager, Anna, to visit two new factories
Fashion myths drive me bananas. I find arbitrary rules such as 'blue and green should never be seen' and 'everyone looks chic in black' utterly infuriating, and they instantly make me want to go out wearing my bluest and greenest clothes all at once, preferably in vertical stripes with mismatched textures and a print on my widest part, for maximum offence.
The eagle-eyed among you may remember I blogged about shooting our Spring and Winter models for the Spring 2017 catalogue in a London studio back in November. Well, that was only part of the story because the other half of the book – Autumn and Summer – was photographed this month in Cape Town, and John and I are just back from the shoot.
Kettlewell’s silky tops have become a bit of a cult classic in recent years, featured in national press fashion pages and worn and loved by thousands of loyal customers. And with good reason.
Honestly, if you haven’t tried these incredibly versatile tops, you need to. Slim fitting and fine enough to wear as thermals under winter layers (perfect for ski season!)
January can be such a time of drudgery. You might be off the wine and chocolate, sick of the grey weather or just experiencing a post-festive-period come down; sometimes this time of year is a bit of a challenge.
Whatever the weather and whatever your mood, however, I guarantee that refreshing your wardrobe with a new colour combination or two will lift your spirits and get you excited about your clothes again.
I know this isn't the very first post of the year, but writing about the Pantone Colour of the Year has started to feel a little like the official start of the new year for me ...
Hands up who hates sale shopping? The crowds, the hassle, the terribly displayed rails and piles of clothes? Yup, me too. But online sales shopping, that’s a totally different ballgame. The opportunity to grab a bargain without the hassle? Yes please.
I hope you all had a wonderful and colourful Christmas. As you read this I have probably reappeared from the pile of wrapping paper taller than my head, finally found batteries ...
Are you a dresser upper or a dresser downer? A Boxing day walker or a firmly glued to the TVer? Is your New Year’s Eve all sparkles...
When it comes to anti-colour analysis arguments, I must hear 'the majority of my wardrobe is black and I am not interested in ditching it' more than any other reason for not getting an analysis.
You know sometimes all the fashion magazines declare something to be the latest must have, and then five minutes later it's disappeared without trace?
I've always been a huge fan of Kettlewell's ruched skirt, but it's just got even better; now available in two lengths and even more colours, this flatters-every-body-shape skirt is without a doubt the most useful item of clothing you will buy this winter.
Well let be the first to tell you, it’s a challenge.
I am currently trying to plan and pack for a weekend away in Edinburgh which will require me to (a) not die of hypothermia, (b)...
I tend to rotate my wardrobe through the seasons, so I am always hyper aware of the challenges of transition season (spring and autumn) wardrobes.
The new season is officially HERE (and if you wish to leave now and go shop without reading another word, I'll forgive you, and even give you a link).
Assuming you're still here, I've got some tips and tricks for styling my favourite new season pieces to help you look and feel amazing in your colours...
Pink has been a Big Thing for the past few seasons, and this one is no exception, with two gorgeous dusky pinks - one neutral, one cool - making it into the Pantone colour trend report. However, if soft pinks don't float your boat, panic not. Pinks are going not one but three ways this winter - soft, deep, and bright - and I promise that at least one of them will work on you, whatever your season.
Minimalism isn't a word you hear often in the world of colour analysis. We consultants love to get our clients embracing colour, and minimalist neutral style can often fall by the wayside. However, some people (and I hold my own hand up here) just aren't big wearers of All The Colour. We might go monochrome bright (a la this post), add a splash of colour to a plain outfit or we might stick entirely to neutrals, but actually...
Yes, it's that time again, already. Where did summer go? Never mind, I've got something to brighten those shorter days as we head into autumn. The new season is going to be landing at Kettlewell very shortly, and I've got a sneak peek of my absolutely favourites to share with you.
I used to think the Pantone colour trend reports were a bit of fun, some light colour-based entertainment a couple of times a year that had no particular impact on my life. However, since following the Pantone colour reports I've really begun to notice the way they reflect what's available in the shops, both in terms of clothes and interiors.
Finding wearable looks in among new season trends can be a total nightmare - runway pictures seem to feature such extreme looks that finding something that you might actually be able to put on in the morning and not be laughed at can seem an impossible task.
However, there are a few themes in those extraordinary runway shows which translate into clothes in shops that you might be able to...
I often get two friends come together for a colour analysis. Client 1 is hugely enthusiastic and ready to apply her soon-to-be-newfound knowledge to every aspect of her lifestyle. Clients 2, however, has been dragged along by number 1 and usually opens with, "this isn't really for me, because I just spend my weeks in a suit and my weekends in leisurewear, so really there's no need."
Picture the scene; you've finally been brave and had a personal colour analysis, you're standing with wallet in hand, you're staring at a wardrobe stuffed full of grey, navy, black and white and you're vaguely wondering where on earth you go from here.... Sound familiar?
If you happen to be human and in possession of hair, chances are that at some stage you'll have to deal with the conundrum of it going grey.
As a stylist, I quite often find myself chatting to people about what I do - it's one of those jobs that sounds slightly glamorous (it can be)...
Happy New Year!
It’s a new year, time for new beginnings, a time to look forward to the year ahead. And since what we mainly think about here at Kettlewell is colour...
This Christmas it is all about the wrap dress. With a subtle nod to the 70s trend (Diane Von Furstenburg's original and iconic wrap dresses remain a 70s design classic, albeit it one out of budget for most of us)...
It's definitely autumn now, isn't it? No more attempts at Indian summers, and a mild day is now one that only requires a coat, rather than a coat, hat, scarf and gloves.
Oh, it's so lovely when you all like a blog post. And you loved last week's one on combining colours, if all the emails and comments were anything to go by. Since we had several comments...