Friday, 27 January 2012

Fashion Illustration Special

Since our launch in November 2009, Juno Says Hello has collaborated with three fashion illustrators. Our first commission was with Ellie Foreman-Peck, a brilliant artist whose illustrations have appeared on CBBC, The Telegraph and Guardian.

The above illustration by Ellie was her interpretation of one of our dresses - a stunning 1960s black evening gown with gold braid trim on the neckline and wrists.

We used her illustrations for our homepage and publicity material. Photographing a dress on a model always brings the garment to life but turning it into an illustration means we can create a specific mood. Ellie did exactly this with her film noir interpretation of one of our 1940s cocktail dresses:

The dress was made from deep red silk crepe with hand-embroidered silver and translucent beads on the shoulders and sleeves.

Illustrator Georgina Hill was commissioned to make a series of promotional cards for Juno Says Hello, featuring one of our vintage dresses as well as Juno - a wire-haired daschund - in the drawing. This was the end result:

The dress was modelled on an early 1960s cocktail dress that was consigned to Juno Says Hello with its original department store tags - it had never been worn! This gorgeous dress is available to buy here.

Our current homepage features two illustrations by Anna Halsall. As we are an online boutique we had carte blanche to create the perfect store window - and an opportunity to represent the sort of shopping experience offered in our Kings Cross studio.

Each garment was modelled on an item in the boutique. The coat worn by the girl was based on a stunning early 1960s tapestry coat with mink trim:

The dress on the mannequin in the left window is based on a 1960s pink chiffon gown with embellished bodice, available to buy via this link...

There is a wonderful gallery dedicated to fashion illustration in Mayfair, which was set up in 2007 in order to promote and sell original art works and prints. The gallery website also doubles as an online shop. Exhibitions have featured work by David Downton and René Gruau. David created the beautiful illustration on the posters for The Golden Age of Couture exhibition at the V&A in 2007.

There are two UK-based magazines dedicated to fashion illustration. Herself launched last year and is an entirely illustrated bi-annual fashion magazine and featured a 'fashion shoot' with Disney princesses:

Dash Magazine is high fashion editorial, lifestyle, illustration and art print. Their recent article on vintage fashion featured an illustration by Elisabeth A. Bukanova..

We often recommend specialist vintage fashion and illustration books on Twitter, so we decided to build a virtual library on this page. We're always looking for new collaborations so if you're interested in illustrating some of our dresses, please get in touch.

Our next ten online customers will receive a set of Fashion Top Trumps, illustrated by Erin Petson. This pack of cards includes iconic dresses, shoes and bags and their relative 'scores' - which one started the most trends, has the superior red-carpet factor and so on. Click on this link to be taken to the Juno Says Hello online boutique.

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Spring/Summer 2012 Pastel Trend

Sorbet tones were all over the SS12 runways. Gorgeous pastel confections featured in the Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren and Dior collections.

Even Mulberry are getting in on the act.. their latest ad campaign is a very literal translation of this season's ice-cream tones, setting the scene at Brighton Pier on the south coast.

We have an absolutely stunning vintage 1950s dress in stock at the moment. The halter-neck dress is made from textured silk and has a beautiful candy stripe skirt. We bought this dress in the States - this kind of design would have been unheard-of in Europe at that time - and is made entirely by hand.

The dress will fit a UK size 8 and 10. It's with our seamstress at the moment as it needs a small amount of TLC, but will be ready for sale from next week. The dress won't be online until March, so if you want to see it before then please make an appointment in our central London studio.

We think it would look amazing with these Tom Binns earrings....

We have another pastel shade dress in stock at the moment, a stunning 1970s maxi gown in perfect condition:

This dress is available to buy online here. Nostalgic pastel shades can be sharpened up with cool metallic accessories - these Alexander Wang glossy silver heels are perfect:

Our next studio sale is on Thursday 2nd February. All are welcome but RSVP is essential as space is limited. There will be discounts, wine and cake - please reply on our Facebook page.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Girls in Vintage on New Year's Eve...

December 31st is a brilliant excuse to put on the sparkliest, spangliest dress in the wardrobe. For the last two years we have invited our Twitter and Facebook followers to send in photographs of themselves wearing vintage on New Year's Eve.

All the girls look amazing but two really stood out... step forward Charlie Anderson, stylist and erstwhile fashion director at Tatler. Charlie wore one of her grandmother's handmade frocks from the 1960s - a chic little black dress. Beautiful earrings and a chignon completed the look... as well as everyone's favourite accessory, a glass of champagne. But minus points for double parking, Ms Anderson!

We received another photograph from actress Olivia Darnley, wearing a stunning scarlet cocktail dress:

Such a glamorous look! Olivia wins an original 1960s evening bag from the Juno Says Hello boutique, a box design covered with fine chainmaille and lined with silver satin.

Thank you to everybody who submitted photographs. Feel free to email in your snaps at any time - we love hearing from our customers and finding out what everybody's wearing!

If you're in London on Thursday 2nd February please join us for our next studio sale. There will be browsing, discounts and wine.... not to mention delicious treats supplied by Mary's Tea Parties. All are welcome (though I should mention it's ladies only) but RSVP is essential as space is limited. Please get in touch via this link and let us know you want to come along.

Happy new year x