The Halter dress perfect Summer Occasion wear .

Summer is here, Wedding and garden party season is well under way.

A popular feminine look at this time of year is the Halter dress, but where did it originate from and what exactly is a “Halter”?

Halterneck is a style of women’s clothing strap that runs from the front of the garment around the back of the neck, and leaving most of the back uncovered.
A halter dress typically describes a backless dress that is secured at the back of the neck and the waistline. This type of dress is usually worn as summer clothing or evening wear. Halter dresses can be purchased in varying lengths including mini, tea, and floor length. A mini halter dress is typically considered a dress with a hemline that is well above the knee, while a tea length dress describes a dress that just touches the knee.

the most famous halter dress in history is probably the one worn by Marilyn Monroe in 1955, while standing on a subway grate in The Seven Year Itch, when the breeze from a passing train blows the skirt up and exposes her legs . The dress was designed by Bill Travilla, Monroe’s exclusive costume designer, who described it as the favourite creation of his career. It certainly held its value !                                                                                        marylin-monroe

Examples of Halter Dress
Brandon Maxwell New York based Stylist and Clothing Designer Creates High end fashion his Bow Back Halter gown in subtle light pink oozes class and sophistication.                                                                                          Brandon Maxwell bow back halter gown

Our Hatty halter oozes style worn with our pearl skirt. Thanks @Leigh Elliot Photography for image.
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I think the Halter has so many different looks and creates  real show stopping style.                                     What’s your fave halter dress. ?

November Highlights for CoCo & VeVe

November was a busy month for CoCo & VeVe .

We Started the month in great style with My Liverpool Life , Ladies Who Lunch . Organised by Laura Doyle and Hosted By Leanne Campbell. The Venue was the beautiful and ornately decorated Double Tree by Hilton in the heart of Liverpool.

We showcased a capsule collection of 6 looks . The event was captured on film by Zed Photography . Head of Hair and make up for the day and backstage coordinator was Rachel Owens MUA.

After our runway show we relaxed and enjoyed a 3 course lunch and browsed the pop up stands .

Mid November we launched our Christmas Campaign, with Lots of Luxe Velvet and bespoke party dresses to wear during the festive season.

Coco & VeVe November Highlights . Captured on Camera By Zed Photo

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Get the Look “Marianne Dress “

marianne-style-edit Our Outfit of the week.
The Marianne dress ties at the front with sash ties and at the back with back ties. The dress is one size and designed to fit from sizes 8- 18 .
Layer your dress in the colder months , dress it up for an evening out , style it your way !

Get the LOOK Marianne Boho Maxi in Black and cream print.
Wear with A wool Fedora we love Laura James Milinery Fedora (see top right image). Accessorise with black mules with block gold heel available from New Look and finish with a statement necklace . Centre right image features Iqmat at our recent London show in Beaded tassel necklace in Black and Gold

Liverpool Fashion Week 2016

Liverpool Fashion Week was 10th -12th October .
The Venue was The Liner Hotel in Liverpool . The Event was directed and hosted by Amanda Moss PR . Front of house Sarah Giggle was our DJ .

We had a pop up stand for all 3 nights and our catwalk show was on Day 2 . We Loved every minute of being part of LFW. Thank you to the Backstage team ,Hair and Make up teams . The Models and a special thank-you to my assistant Jess .

It was great to meet Karen from Fashione and The Corks Schnapps team both sponsors of the event.
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Above Images Courtesy of AF Photography
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LaMarche London Fashion Weekend

London Fashion Show

We where invited to showcase our New season Collection on the runway at LaMarche fashion event.
Thanks to the team for organising a fabulous day . The models for hitting the runway in our designs and to @grandeurukmagazine and @bolaaphotography for capturing the event on camera.
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Style your look with on trend Hair Braids.

Hair Braids are BIG right now and there is a style out there to suit us all.

Reminiscent of my school years the simple French plait has taken on a new lease of energy and design.

Be on trend, weather you’re a rock chic and the love a messy bedhead look or adore, glam red carpet chic. The braid has so many different variations to offer.
Halo braids ,fishtails, Unicorn to name a few.
Perfect holiday hair. Braids are not only a practical hair choice but stylish too !

But let’s start with the basics with this French braid tutorial By Luxy Hair .. Great for beginners and those looking to Improve their technique.
Take a look at @cpresso for more tutorials including fish tails.

When you have mastered the basics get some inspiration from theses A-list celebs
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Take a look at our own beach edit hair braid look below !

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Open Culture Summer Arts Market

Once again Open Culture hosted another successful Summer Arts Market. The venue was the nostalgic St Georges Hall in Liverpool city centre and took place over Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th June 2016.

The established arts market is held twice a year and is a big event in the craft ,arts and vintage calendar.

Visitors get the opportunity to meet and buy direct from the makers and designers.
With over 100 stalls selling the most unique ,not on the high street items from Art to chocolate ,children’s wear and soft furnishings.

CoCo & VeVe had a stand and spent the weekend with one of my favourite vintage traders Miss” Mary Jones Vintage
Take a look below at the images I took over the weekend of my stand and fellow stall holders stands including Fairytale Vintage I love their bespoke vintage cake stands and hanging planters created using cups and saucers . Pillbox Vintage and Retro Girl Vintage.
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History of the iconic Wrap Dress

Stood the test of time

In today’s contemporary world of fast fashion, it’s rare that a style or silhouette will stay on trend for very long. For any silhouette to stand the test of time, especially in this current, fast-paced industry is quite a feat, and few come to mind. However, there are a few iconic exceptions, one of which is the timeless wrap dress.

While the wrap dress is of course linked with Diane Von Furstenberg and the 1970’s, this particular silhouette was around for several decades prior, and continues to be a staple in every modern day woman’s wardrobe.

The Wrap dress is born.

So how did the wrap dress come about; and how did it manage to not only stand the test of time, but also ever-changing world of fast fashion?

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 The wrap dress first emerged in the 1930’s designer Charles James was taking the fashion world by storm with his designs he looked upon his dresses as works of art, as did many of his customers. Elsa Schiaparelli also designed several wrap dresses during the 1930’s. By the 40’s Clare McCardell ‘s version the “pop over dress” gained popularity. The dress was Clare’s adaptation to the lifestyle of women during World War II.

 Moving forward 30years to early 1970’s a young Diane Von Furstenberg had arrived in the US .She brought with her a suitcase full of dresses she had created while working at an Italian Mill owned by friend Angelo Ferretti. The simple wrap dress was hardly considered by Von Furstenberg a fashion revelation just a little something she would sell in the US.

While Diane Von Furstenberg did not invent the silhouette she certainly perfected it. Her version is an iconic design in fashion history.

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Above left iconic DVF modern wrap dress. Above right CoCo & VeVe Lilody Wrap .

http://www.candvboutique.co.uk/lilody-wrap-dress-in-liberty-yellows-293-p.asp

The wrap dress not only fits the body well. It fits perfectly to the lifestyle of the modern woman. It combines beauty and practicality, which is more important than ever in the busy fashion world. An ultimate staple likely to feature on runways and grace wardrobes for many years to come.

I love the silhouette of the wrap it features in a number of my designs. What is your favourite dress style !