May 2013

  / June 7, 2013

[The Magnolia in Bloom]

At last the sunny weather arrives after a long stint of winter and the locals of these chilly British Isles are going crazy! As such it is wonderful to finally be able to open all the windows and let the sunshine in. As a homage to the burgeoning summer weather our friend Sally Child celebrated her birthday with a wonderful tea trolley dance. She invented this fascinating form of dance a few years ago and since has experimented with several themes. This May was the butterfly Tea Trolley dance and at one point we all had to emerge from our chrysalises!

[Tea Trolly Dancing]

[Emerging from the Chrysalises]

[Beautiful Butterfly Hats]

Looking ahead to this coming winter English Eccentrics will celebrate its 30th year and I’ve been looking through my old sketchbooks to unearth forgotten treasures, wonders and experiments. Here are a few of my favourites.

[Sketchbook designs]

[Sketchbook Colours]

[Sketchbook Designs]

[Sketchbook patterns]

[Sketchbook patterns]

In order to celebrate the anniversary I’ve designed an exclusive cashmere/modal scarf which you can see a sneak peak of below.

[English Eccentrics 30 Year scarf sneak peak]

[English Eccentrics 30 Year Scarf sneak peak]

This month I was lucky enough to enjoy an amazing evening in a very beautiful setting – At the stunning Thomas Goode in Mayfair. The evening was generously hosted by our friend Rumi Verjee for the B.H.F’s Mending Broken Hearts Research Appeal. Guests included two leading professors who are making cutting edge discoveries in regenerative heart science. Here are a few images of the wonderful place settings.

[Thomas Goode Table Setting]

[Thomas Goode Table Setting Detail]

Colin is working on a secret project using flocked antlers. In relation to this the deer in Norfolk are currently “in velvet” which means their antlers are in a growing phase and they are covered in a velvety fur that carries the blood supply to them. When the antlers are fully grown they scrape off the velvet and get ready to rut.

[Dear “in velvert”]

[Deer “in velvert”]

Whilst in Norfolk some friends of ours appeared with a few amazing steam cars from c.1908. We went on a little drive and it sounded like being on a steam train – really fun!

[The Steam Car]

[Taking a drive in the steam car]

Back in London the city is looking particularly Patriotic at the moment with tributes to the Queens 60 years from her anointment.

[Regent Street’s Queen banners]

As expected Carnaby street’s decorations are brash as ever.

[Carnaby Street’s Glitter banner]

For a special family occasion, we had dinner in the Criterion Brasserie. Here you can see the detailed golden mosaic architecture and beautiful mosaic tiling.

[Gold Mosque Ceiling]

[Ornate Fireplace Tiling]

The Brasserie was also the site we chose for our Freudian slips collection for the Spring/Summer collection of 1987, a few images of which you can see below.

[Freudian Slips]

[Freudian Slips]

[Freudian Slips]

[Freudian Slips]