LITTLE DETAILS

At Wild & Gorgeous we believe it’s the LITTLE details that make the BIG difference. Our clothes are designed to be classic with a twist and very often that twist will take the form of an embroidered or sequin detail or some fabulous trim that we’ve discovered or a print that we have designed in house. 
For Spring Summer 2018 we are proud of the fabulous ikat print that we took from its traditional place on a cotton beach bag and reimagined it onto a chiffon party fabric in vibrant colours to create a truly unique party dress. 
Some styles have layers and layers of under net to create fabulously full and swirly skirts. We have added cute, brightly coloured pom pom’s to cotton crepe styles, recreated a 70’s vintage trim to use as the waistband for a cotton skirt and added on trend fringing to our trousers and dresses.
We have also sprinkled sequins and gold onto our net summer party wear, added pin tuck and fine shirred detail to our dresses and worked hard to create some really beautiful embroidered and
sequin work to go on our cotton summer dresses and tops. 
To us, it’s all in the detail.

Behind the Scenes on our Spring Summer 2018 Shoot

Our shoots are busy and time pressured but also a whole lot of fun.

For our Spring Summer 2018 we headed out into the countryside with a box full of saris, customised lampshades, a giant fake flower vine some brightly coloured smoke bombs with the intention of rustling up and Wild and Gorgeous summer wonderland.

We are lucky enough to have a gorgeous friend Judy who lives in the rambling Oxfordshire countryside and is also infinitely patient and welcoming as well as being a dab hand at stringing up lampshades and draping old curtains. At the bottom of the garden is a derelict summerhouse on its last rickety legs that also serves as the perfect vehicle for creating a set.

Her garden is full of flowers both planted and wild and old gnarled trees – perfect for climbing or posing in. As well as taking advantage of nature just as it is we were also able to add quirky touches here and there. We draped our floral vine through the trees to create our very own tropical forest.

At the end of the day it was coloured smoke bomb time. Like a home-grown Indian Holi Festival the coloured smoke fills the air with billowing clouds of yellow orange or blue. You have to be quick as once the smoke bomb has been released the wind quickly whisks it away to nothing. Our photographer Christina snaps away to shrieks of delight from our younger models while our graphic designer races around them disbursing the brightly coloured smoke.

It is an exhausting day for models photographer kids and mums but at the end of it we have some gorgeous imagery. All our little models have big characters and really add to the fun with their exuberance and friendship.

As well as lots of beautiful stills we also managed to make a mini film that you can view here.

ENJOY!

Off the Beaten Track – Tots Too Q&A

Founded in 2007 Tots Too is a holiday company dedicated to creating fabulous, bespoke holidays for families. We were lucky enough to sit down with Tots Too co-founder Emma Barnett Spitzer to uncover how she balances work and home life plus her top tips for tots travel.

W&G: Other than having children, was there a defining moment that inspired you to launch Tots Too?

E.B – I took my eldest daughter to Mauritius when she was 4 months. My husband and I crammed our clothes into one half of a suitcase and she had a whole plus our other half of a suitcase just for all the equipment I thought I needed to take. The hotels had all the baby stuff I could possibly need but I was surprised they didn’t communicate all the things they could offer to families with babies and young children that so that was definitely the light bulb moment.

W&G: How hard was it to find resorts that catered to the needs of young families? And do those needs change as the children grow up?

E.B – It wasn’t too hard to find the best family friendly resorts but the hardest part is always making sure we match up the right client to the right resort. The needs change significantly when the children get older and out grow the kids clubs. For this reason we have added (and are continuing to add) more adventure itineraries to grow with our families that have been booking with us for years.

W&G: What are the biggest challenges for family travel?

E.B – I would say that ticking all the boxes for all family members is always the greatest challenge. Siblings of various ages want different things so its important to make sure everyone has something to keep them happy. Also families want space so finding options that keep them together but with some separation for a bit of peace and quiet!

W&G: Hot or cold. Snow, beach, culture…what are your favourite family adventures?

E.B – I am definitely a beach person with some culture thrown in for good measure. I was fortunate enough to travel to Sri Lanka last summer with my family and that was the perfect balance of both. We toured for 9 days and then had 7 days on the beach.

W&G What do you regard as essential kit and tips for family travel?

E.B – I’m ashamed to say we couldn’t survive without some sort of device like an IPAD. There are always times when you need to occupy the kids for whatever reason and we usually always turn to a technological distraction. Allowing the kids access to a camera so they can document their own holiday is always a great thing. The kids take very different pictures to ours and its lovely to see it through their eyes.

W&G: Family trips to space? What does the future hold?

E.B – Who knows what the future holds. Things never move on as fast as you think they will. We are not doing things wildly differently to 16 years ago. Families are definitely more adventurous now though and the more off the beaten track the better.

Win a £50 Gift Voucher + Chocolatey Easter Treats

Here’s something to keep your little ones busy for a while… Get your pens, pencils, glitter, tissue paper and anything else you can think of at the ready for our Easter craft competition.

Click on the pictures to choose their favourite, print and let them get creative! Once finished, take a picture and head over to Facebook to enter.

You’ve got until midnight Monday (2ndApril 18) to get their entries in. We’ll choose one lucky winner after the closing date who we’ll send a

£50 gift voucher to spend at Wild & Gorgeous and some chocolatey Easter treats too!

Good luck!

 

All usual competition T&C’s apply. More information can be found here.

DIY : Mother’s Day Card

Join us in our shops this Saturday to make a beautiful Mother’s Day card and also enjoy 15% off our Spring Summer collection IN STORE on the day …

The event will take place between 11am and 5pm, in both  Wild & Gorgeous shops, see here for more details 

Can’t make it to the event?

Here is how you can create your own adorable Mother’s Day card at home …

Sign Language I LOVE YOU Card

First of all you can download all our pattern papers here
If you don’t have a printer, not to worry, ask your little ones to colour a piece of paper on both sides. They can create a beautiful polka dot pattern one side and a heart pattern on the other and colour them in using felt tip pens or crayons.  And then follow the steps below…

GOOD TO KNOW: This “I love you” sign is a combination of the American Sign Language (ASL) letters I, L, and Y.

Happy Mother’s DAY!!!

Happy Holi

 Bold, brash, bright crayola colours are saturating the Spring Summer 2018 collections. Its a fabulous way to celebrate the end of winter and the joyous birth of spring. The annual Indian Hindu Holi Festival does exactly that every year. Also known as the ‘Festival of Colours’ the rituals include people throwing coloured powders at each other in the streets, parks and temples.
Traditionally, washable natural plant-derived colours such as turmericneemdhak, and kumkum were used, but water-based commercial pigments are increasingly used. All colours are used.
Everyone in open areas such as streets and parks is game, but inside homes or at doorways only dry powder is used to smear each other’s face. People throw colours and get their targets completely coloured up. It is like a water fight but with coloured water. People take delight in spraying coloured water on each other. By late morning, everyone looks like a canvas of colours. This is why Holi is given the name “Festival of Colours”.

‘Wild About You’ – Valentine’s Workshop With Clever Gretel

Last weekend, we invited the wonderfully talented Nicola Holbrooke,
creator of Clever Gretel , to our Notting Hill store for an afternoon of delicious Valentine’s fun!
It’s always a delight to work with Nicola, and we couldn’t wait to collaborate again for a gorgeous gingerbread decorating workshop. The store was busy from the get go and bursting with creativity from our budding mini designers, who had the chance to take away their own Valentine’s gingerbread creation.
With guidance from Nicola, guests decorated gingerbread people with beautiful rice paper cut-outs of Wild & Gorgeous
outfits – the perfect personalised Valentine’s gift!
Nicola was also on hand to showcase her gorgeous new collection of Clever Gretel products, which you can find at clevergretel.co.uk. We can’t wait to work with Clever Gretel again for a very special Easter activity at Harrods later in the year… keep your eyes peeled for details coming soon!
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Children’s Club New York 2018

New York, New York so cold we almost didn’t make it into the city for the January Children’s Club trade show at the Javit’s Centre from 7th –  9th January.
The huge snowstorms and freezing temperatures (-12!) meant that most flights were grounded the week we were travelling and so despite endless delays and almost loosing the end of my nose and fingertips to the cold I was grateful to arrive along with our AW18 samples in the BIG icy APPLE in time to set up.
 
It always amazes me how, in the space of 8 hours, the show materialises out from under a pile of cardboard boxes, half built stands and crumpled clothing into a sparkling showcase for the new season to be.
We had so many lovely compliments about our new AW18 collection with its soft palette and strong emphasis on party wear. 
 
And at the end of each long day what could be more fun than walking back through the snow piled streets staring up at the fairytale New York skyline or riding back in a yellow cab past the vibrant lights of Broadway. 
What a bracing and invigorating way to start the year.
HELLO 2018 xx

GET CREATIVE WITH D.I.Y HAIR ACCESSORIES

Tired of wearing the same old hair bow day after day? Its time to get creative, take a leaf out of the wild & gorgeous book and start making your own hair accessories to ensure that you stand out from the crowd in all the right ways. diy blog1

Good bye gros grain hair clip, HELLO hairband made out of clothes pegs and pipe cleaners….

Here are some ideas from the Wild & Gorgeous creative team.

CLOTHES PEG & PIPE CLEANER CROWN

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You will need…

* Plain hair band

* Clothes pegs in assorted colours

* Pipe cleaners in assorted colours

* Glue gun

Take a plain hairband and clip on 9 plastic or wooden clothes pegs. In between each clothes peg glue on a matching sparkly pipe cleaner and bend around to create a crown like oval shape. Voilà, you are the clothes peg queen! You can also get creative and use multi coloured pegs and pipe cleaners to create beautiful rainbow crowns. We also used clothes pegs and maple leaves to make a lovely autumn crown in warm reds.

WRAPPING PAPER BOW

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You will need….

*Christmas wrapping paper

*Plain hair band

*Fine wire or string

This is a great hair bow to make a statement. Not for the shrinking violet but perfect for standing out from the crowd especially when there is so much discarded wrapping paper lying around after Christmas! Take a sheet of wrapping paper and cut it into the shape of a large rectangle. Now scrunch it gently in the middle and using fine wire or string attach it to the hair band. One fixed in place gently use your fingers to fan the bow out to achieve full volume at the outer edges. And voilà!

DISCO BAUBLE HAIR BAND.

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You will need….

*Small Christmas tree baubles

*Plain hair band

*Glue gun

Why let the Christmas tree get all the glory? When dismantling the tree, we suggest you slip a few spare baubles into your pocket to make this fabulous disco bauble party crown. Take a handful of small baubles – we used silver mirrored ones and fix them to a plain hair band using a glue gun. Feel free to embellish with tinsel.

TINSEL CROWN

This is the easiest of all. Simply nab a piece of tinsel and wrap it round to create a circular crown that will add sparkle to any party outfit. Easy….!

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And one for the boys…

FEATHERED TOP HAT

You will need….

*Dad’s best top hat

*Feathers

*Glue gun

Cut a dash in our brilliant embellished top hat. Simply glue a few colourful feathers to one side of an old top hap and wear at a jaunty angle. If possible select a hat that isn’t so big it completely obscures you face.

All eyes on Meli Melo…

 

When was Meli Melo launched and what was the inspiration behind the brand?

The brand was launched in 2005 . I wanted to create a brand that evoked understated luxury. I didn’t want a LOGO that shouted out for people who only buy bags to show that they are following trends, More for people who loved something beautifully made and wanted to be asked WHERE IS THAT FROM? More for a strong confident woman than a follower

You live in London but grew up in Italy. Has that affected your aesthetic at all?

Absolutely the brand is completely a result of that chic Italian aesthetic with the incredible quirkiness that only the british do so well!

Who wears Meli Melo and who would you most love to see with one?

I have been so lucky to see such great empowering girls wearing the brand from Sienna Miller to the Duchess of Cambridge to Olivia Palermo and chic mother Alice Naylor Leyland. I would love to see Michelle Obama wear a bag!

Which is your current favourite bag?

The Hetty bag. The perfect drawstring and cross body with a chain detail. Makes you look cool yet sophisticated and different from the crowd

What is the future for Meli Melo?

We are going to be branching out into other product categoeries.. shoes ..sunglasses!

How do you like to dress your children?

I love the fun factor of dressing .. tutus and a pretty soft cardigan and plimsolls so they look as children should look!

 Do they have any favourite outfits from Wild & Gorgeous?

My son loves the black pyjama set which he wears out with trainers with the embroidered dragon on the back and my daughter is all about the denim boiler suit with the golden stars embroidered. She now prefers that to dresses! And always gets so many compliments from my friends wanting one for grown ups. That’s why I love my evil eye jumper so much.

 

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