London Fashion Week is upon us again and more and more we are seeing that what influences the catwalk impacts the rest of the design world. It’s important for interior designers to keep their eye on top trends and see how they can transpire into their designs.
Kelly’s good friend and British Fashion Award winner Victoria Beckham launched her latest collection at Harvey Nichols last Friday to mark the start of London Fashion Week. Kelly was on hand to celebrate Victoria’s launch dressed in another British designer, Stella McCartney.
I’ve written about following your passion and this week Jaime Derringer shared her own journey to creating her sites Design Milk and Dog Milk. Since I think celebrating success is a great way to insipre others to follow their own passion I thought I’d expand on this idea even more as people in my own family are doing just that but in very different industries.
I adore photography but for my brother Michael it’s his business. A professional photographer for 20 years and an avid collector of others works he opened his own gallery, The Michael Hoppen Gallery, in Chelsea in 1993. So passionate about the art form Michael has helped acquaint people with different periods and styles to gain an understanding of the important elements that go into making, not just the taking, a photograph. In 2000, he founded the Michael Hoppen Contemporary Gallery which has become important not only for international collectors but for giving emerging artists a place to show their works. My brother’s passion for photography becomes so clear when you walk into his gallery that I’ve spent hours there learning, looking and even buying the amazing pieces there.
I also want to talk a bit about Sienna and Savannah and their twenty8twelve collection. Though Sienna pursued her passion for acting and Savannah her passion for fashion in separate cities their paths eventually brought them back together to create twenty8twelve. Debuting their Autumn/Winter 2009 collection in Spring 2008 they’ve won rave reviews, worked on collections for a further 6 seasons and employ a staff of 7 to bring twenty8twelve to life. I’m so happy that the two of them are pursuing this passion together and making such a success of it!
I’ve mentioned how my daughter (she was the picture you clicked through to get to this blog post) is key to helping me stay healthy through her lovely Ganesh Munchies which are my daily treat but she has also founded an amazing company called Ganesh Retreats which provides amazing wellness retreats at really affordable prices. Having established a successful career in Event Planning, Natasha had a life changing trip to India in 2009 which made her reassess things and choose to pursue her passion for healthy and wellbeing. Always a believer in holistic lifestyle she retrained as a Reiki master in India and came back to the UK to learn more about the importance of nutrition from my good friend Vicky Edgson. Combining her event planning background with her new skills in healing and nutrition Natasha founded a company that would allow her to share this with others. She has since assembled an amazing team around her and the retreats she offers are truly life changing experiences. I’m so proud of her desire to pursue her passion and the work she is doing which is helpful to so many others.
P.S> This is a shot of the lovely food she put in my fridge this week. Delicious and so good for me!
I was approached by Meleni Bharwani, Creative Director of Earth Couture, to design a collection for her luxury Organic clothing range. This wasn’t as much of a departure as you might think as I’m passionate about design in all things and a firm believer in the benefits of organic living. But what really excited me about the project was Earth Couture’s dedication to making a difference in Africa. The idea for Earth Couture was born out of Melanie’s experiences living in Nigeria and her commitment to making positive change remains.
With each purchase from my collection a portion of the sales goes to purchasing mosquito coils to combat the spread of Malaria and AIDS. Malaria has been in the headlines recently and is a disease which affects half of the world’s population. In 2008 alone there were an estimated 243 million cases of malaria and nearly 863 000 deaths due to the disease. Being able to work with Earth Couture meant I could do my small bit to combating this terrible illness.
Aside from being in fashionable company when lounging in my new collection of luxurious ethical and organic clothing you’ll be making a real difference to combating Malaria. I hope you’ll look at my collection on the Earth Couture website, or if you’re in London, pop in to Harrods to see the range up close.
People have asked me over the years ‘What has gotten you to where you are today?’ It’s not an easy question to answer but I’m reminded of a conversation with my life coach David Zelman years ago where he said to me ‘Success is not a day job’.
The people I find most inspiring seems to reinforce this idea as well. Karl Lagerfeld, Zaha Hadid, Picasso, Marilyn Monroe, Christian Liaigre and Mark Newson are at the top of my ‘inspiration’ list and each of them dedicated their lives to following their passion as a profession. I am constantly intrigued to see where there passion will take them next…well not Picasso and Marilyn of course, but even with these two I find something new each time I look at their work.
How wonderful it is to be able to pursue your passion as a profession but equally how daunting to keep innovating and providing a unique point of view. By looking at the continued drive of Lagerfeld, Hadid, Liaigre and Newson I am inspired to keep striving and challenging myself. All the while remembering David’s mantra that success is not a day job.
So the short answer to what has gotten me to where I am is motivation, focus, passion, determination and bloody hard work!
Image credits (Clockwise from Top Left): Picasso Exhibition at The National Gallery posted by Wolfiewolf, Karl Lagerfeld posted by AlexHates, Marilyn Monroe posted by Thomas Dutchnicki Zaha Hadid Architechts Pavillion in Chicago posted by John Picken, .