In October ‘15, we gathered a group of friends for our Urban Tweed shoot in Kensington Gardens.
The Urban Tweed collection was made up exclusively of tweed coats, dresses, and even a pair of dungarees.
We teamed up with the wonderful milliner Laura Cathcart, who provided all the hats for the shoot.
We are always delighted to re-make designs from previous collections. If you would like any more information about any of the pieces from the Urban Tweed collection, please contact email@example.com
This brilliant book by Rose Tremain is set in England under the rule of King Charles II and follows the life of its narrator, Robert Merivel.
Merivel, aspiring physician and son of a glove maker, finds his fortunes changed when he is offered a position at the King’s court. In the height of his hedonistic life in the court, he is asked to serve the king in an unusual role which changes the course of his life forever.
Restoration is funny, atmospheric and almost impossible to put down. It is one of Jet’s favourite books and we completely understand why. We highly recommend it!
MIDI LENGTH DRESS WITH POCKETS, OPEN MANDARIN COLLAR AND THREE QUARTER LENGTH SLEEVES.
VIETNAMESE SUMMER ROLLS WITH PEANUT, LIME & SOY DIPPING SAUCE
We love Vietnamese food here at Eponine HQ, and these delicious prawn summer rolls are no exception. They are fresh, healthy, and crunchy.
For the sauce:
4 tablespoons of peanut butter
1 lime, juiced
4 tablespoons soy sauce
Half a small red chilli, finely chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons of brown sugar
Warm water (to thin)
Alternatively, invest in a bottle of the delicious Vietnamese nuoc cham sauce.
For the summer rolls:
100g vermicelli rice noodles
12x 20cm round rice paper wrappers
Handful of mint leaves (a few leaves per roll)
Handful of coriander (a small stalk per roll)
Handful of thai basil (a leaf or two per roll)
18 cooked prawns, cut in half
2 iceberg lettuce leaves torn into 12 pieces
1 cucumber, cut into thin batons
1 carrot, cut into thin batons
Make the dipping sauce by putting all the ingredients (bar the water) into a bowl and mixing them together. The sauce is likely to be very thick so gradually add warm water until it has thinned. Once it’s consistency is thinner, refrigerate the sauce.
Soak the vermicelli noodles in a bowl of boiling water with a dishcloth on top, and leave for 10/15 minutes. When cooked, drain them well.
Assemble all the prepared ingredients - noodles included - in front of you as you will need them once you’ve started.
Dip a piece of rice paper into a bowl of hot water , moving it around until the whole piece is wet and soft - about 10/15 seconds - and then hold it out of the water to let any excess water fall off.
Place the rice paper on a board. On one edge of the paper, put a piece of lettuce, a small handful of vermicelli noodles, a few carrot and cucumber batons, the mint, coriander and thai basil , the beansprouts and, last but not least, three prawn halves in a line. It is essential not to overfill the pancakes as it makes it much harder to roll.
Lift the edge of the rice paper nearest you over the filling and, holding the filling in position with your fingers, start rolling up tightly.
When you’re about halfway, fold the ends of the rice paper in and over the filling so that it is completely enclosed. Keep on rolling tightly until the whole rice paper is rolled.
Cut in halves on the diagonal and serve with the dipping sauce.
We spoke to the wonderful Gemma Johnson, longtime Eponine friend & model.
1. Hello Gemma! You’ve been modelling for Eponine since 2015 - how time flies! How did you first get into modelling?
Yes, how time flies! I started working many years ago when I was 19 - my cousin was modelling in London and suggested I go along to some agencies.
I went to Models1 and started immediately - and today I have rejoined them!
2. What has been the highlight of your modelling career thus far?
It is hard to say what the highlight has been. The opportunity to travel and live all over the world was perhaps one of the highlights, along with working for the greatest designers and photographers.
3. You have a few Eponine dresses in your cupboard, how would you recommend someone wears one in the autumn/winter months?
I love my Eponine dresses and can rely on them for so many different occasions. They are so easy to wear and the sleeve lengths are perfect for me. They are cut to flatter and I always feel so comfortable in them!
In the autumn or winter, I add a pair of boots and a denim or leather short jacket. Mine also look great with my brown suede jacket which is cut to the waist.
4. Eponine is inspired by the shapes and elegance of the 50s and 60s. Is there an era you find yourself drawn to when you shop?
I love the dresses from the 50s, everyone looked so elegant. Who didn’t love Betty’s wardrobe in Mad Men?!
The 60s were more fun, I think of Audrey Hepburn and how fabulous she looked all the time.
5. And finally, our Autumn ready-to-wear collection is upon us! You recently modelled the collection, which piece did you like the most?
I am definitely ordering the navy blue brush stroke dress, it feels good and looks good!
THE CHECKED DRESS
Wool A-line shift dress.
We are delighted to announce the arrival of our Autumn ready-to-wear collection
Our latest ready-to-wear collection features two brand new designs - a dress and a skirt - and eight new fabrics.
For this collection we’ve stepped away from our signature colour explosion and have let the designs speak for themselves. The skirts feature a double hem and patch pockets. The dresses have a fitted bodice, an open mandarin collar and a pleated A-line skirt.
We were delighted to find that Goldie Magazine have featured Jet and Eponine in the “Closet Confidential” page of their October issue.
THE HMONG DRESS II
Fitted bodice with Vietnamese Dao bib and sunburst pleat skirt.
We love working with brides at Eponine, but this bride, and this wedding, was a particularly special one. Jet’s nephew, Max, married Jet’s eldest daughter’s best friend, Kate.
We had the absolute honour of making Kate’s wedding dress, as well as both the mother of the bride and mother of the groom’s dresses!
Jet and her daughters wore Eponine too - it truly was an Eponine affair. We are delighted to share these photos with you.
To find out more about our wedding dresses or to book an appointment to come and see us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
THE SHIFT DRESS
Wool jersey dress with empire waist and kimono sleeve
We were thrilled to see Sally Phillips wearing Eponine dresses on her chat show, My Favourite Sketch.
Sally wore two African cotton Shirtwaister dresses from a previous Ready-to-wear collection, a cotton dress from a previous Russian collection, and a bespoke African cotton dress with a Hmong trim.
Although these pieces are no longer available to purchase, there are still a few dresses available in similar colours in our current ready-to-wear collection.
We warmly invite you to the Eponine studio to view our AW18 collection.
We will be opening our doors from 10.30am – 5.30pm on Monday 15th – Wednesday 17th October.
You are welcome to visit us at any time, with any companion(s) you wish, to view the new collection that we are so proud of.
We look forward to seeing you very soon!
Steven Cantor’s documentary, Dancer, follows ballet prodigy Sergei Polunin.
This documentary is a beautifully crafted time capsule of the extraordinary career of Sergei Polunin. Hailed from adolescence as being an exceptional dancer, Polunin’s early life was shaped accordingly. He went to dance classes as a young child in Ukraine, moved to London away from his family to train at the Royal Ballet School at 13, and went on to be the Royal Ballet’s youngest ever principal dancer at 19.
Through interviews, home videos, and all-access footage, Dancer offers a glimpse into the trials and tribulations of the complex, rebellious and spectacularly talented Sergei Polunin.
A particularly jaw-dropping section of Dancer is the behind-the-scenes footage of the filming of Polunin’s viral dance video to Hozier’s Take Me To Church. Shot in Hawaii and directed by David LaChapelle, the video expresses his frustrations and deeply conflicted relationship with dancing.
We cannot recommend this documentary enough. Moving, beautiful and utterly captivating. A must watch!
Dancer can be watched on BBC iPlayer. To watch Dancer, click here.
We were thrilled to see one of our favourite comedians, Sally Phillips, wearing Eponine in The Times this morning promoting her new TV show, My Favourite Sketch.
Sally wears an orange African cotton dress with an Apollo neck and a Hmong trim.
We are always delighted to make bespoke African cotton pieces. We work closely with clients so they have the exact design, print and colour to make them feel fabulous.
For more information or to book an appointment to come and see us about having your own bespoke cotton dress made, please email email@example.com
My Favourite Sketch begins tonight on Gold at 10pm. We cannot wait!
THE KIMONO DRESS
Reworked vintage silk kimono dress
With our Autumn ready-to-wear collection in production, we are delighted to announce a 30% off sale on all Eponine ready-to-wear dresses and skirts.
With the cold weather creeping up on us, these cottons make for cheerful winter pieces too - wear with tights, a cashmere jumper and and long sleeved t-shirts underneath!
Please visit our online shop to see the beautiful skirts and dresses we have available.