A LOVE LETTER TO THE DAHLIA

Was there ever a prettier flower than the dahlia? We think not.

 
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We are perpetual lovers of flowers at Eponine, we can’t get enough of them. We love them in all shapes and sizes, we love them in all colours and we love them in (almost) all varieties.

We love flowers, but dahlias undoubtedly take the proverbial biscuit. We absolutely bloomin’ adore dahlias (pun intended).

So, how better to write our love letter, than to match some of our favourite Eponine Spring and Summer designs - old and new - with some of our favourite dahlias? (We’ve also sprinkled in a handful of our favourite flower-related quotes for good measure). So here we go. Our love letter to the dahlia.

DEAR DAHLIA,

 
 
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Summer ‘19  Sugar Kane

Summer ‘19 Sugar Kane

Summer ‘19  Tracy Lord

Summer ‘19 Tracy Lord

 

WHEN STEFANO GABBANA WROTE

“To me, flowers are happiness”

HE WAS SURELY TALKING ABOUT DAHLIAS

 
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Summer ‘19  Maggie “The Cat”

Summer ‘19 Maggie “The Cat”

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Summer ‘19  Jo Stockton

Summer ‘19 Jo Stockton

 

RALPH WALDO EMERSON WROTE

“THE EARTH LAUGHS IN FLOWERS”

AND HE WAS LIKELY LOOKING AT DAHLIAS AS HE WROTE IT

 
 
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SS18 Cocktail Dress

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Spring ‘19  The Enjolras

Spring ‘19 The Enjolras

 
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Spring ‘19  The Bishop

Spring ‘19 The Bishop

 

CLAUDE MONET SAID

"I must have flowers, always, and always"

(ESPECIALLY DAHLIAS)

 
Summer ‘19  Lisa Carol Fremont

Summer ‘19 Lisa Carol Fremont

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Stephan Skeem SAID

“Flowers don’t tell, they show”

(VERY POSSIBLY SAID WHILST WALKING IN A FIELD OF DAHLIAS)

 
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Summer ‘19  Cécile

Summer ‘19 Cécile

THREE CHEERS TO YOU, DAHLIA

With Love

EPONINE

Jet Shenkman
EPONINE LOVES > "CONVENIENCE STORE WOMAN"
 
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We absolutely loved this little book - literally little, it’s only 176 pages long - which, although it is already 3 years old, is only gaining the international recognition it deserves right now.

Convenience Store Woman follows outcast and accidental eccentric Keiko Furukura, who tucks herself away from the world after she senses society finds her strange. Her tucking herself away comes in the form of a convenience store, where she works as a shop assistant, for 18 years.

This a wonderfully weird, funny and deadpan book which makes you consider the pressures of fitting into the status quo, and what it means to be happy.

We highly recommend a brief hiatus with your current reading list, so that you can jump on the bandwagon too. It’s simply not possible that you will be disappointed.

 
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A THURSDAY THROWBACK

Embroidered organza dress from the Eponine SS17 collection

 
With a. little help from the police

With a. little help from the police

At Eponine, we love making pieces from previous collections. For more information about this dress, or any of our previous designs, please email hello@eponinelondon.com

 
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A BESPOKE ORDER > FRANCES STEVENS DRESS
 

At Eponine we’re always delighted to make designs in different colours and fabrics.

Below is a recent order we had for the Frances Stevens dress from our Summer ‘19 collection. Our client wanted a different colour, so we switched to yellow to create this warm and sunny dress.

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The original Frances Stevens design

The original Frances Stevens design

For more information about bespoke orders or the Frances Steves dress, please email hello@eponinelondon.com

 
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EPONINE IN THE TELEGRAPH

We were delighted to find that Eponine, and our Portobello shirtwaister dress, had been selected by The Telegraph in their article “50 fabulous floral pieces to buy now ahead of Chelsea Flower Show”.

 
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Margaret wearing The Portobello

Margaret wearing The Portobello

 
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SPOTTED > EPONINEES AT A WEDDING!

We were delighted to find a handful of Eponinees at a wedding in Hampshire a couple of weeks ago!

 
(Left to right)  Milly wearing a ready-to-wear African cotton skirt from a previous collection; Jet wearing the Lisa Carol Fremont dress from the current Summer ‘19 collection; Lucinda wearing a bespoke Hmong dress; Nina wearing a bespoke two-piece using the Pam Weinstock x Eponine Majorelle Garden print; Libby wearing a bespoke African cotton dress with a Hmong trim; Annie wearing a ready-to-wear African cotton dress from a previous collection.

(Left to right) Milly wearing a ready-to-wear African cotton skirt from a previous collection; Jet wearing the Lisa Carol Fremont dress from the current Summer ‘19 collection; Lucinda wearing a bespoke Hmong dress; Nina wearing a bespoke two-piece using the Pam Weinstock x Eponine Majorelle Garden print; Libby wearing a bespoke African cotton dress with a Hmong trim; Annie wearing a ready-to-wear African cotton dress from a previous collection.

 
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EPONINE LOVES > VILLA MAHABHIROM

In the heart of Chiang Mai, tucked away from the noise and frenzy, lies the most joyous of joyous havens: Villa Mahabhirom. Peaceful, cosy and deliciously beautiful, this hotel was the final stop (and the much needed antidote) to Jet and Nina’s Thai itinerary.

Villa Mahabhirom has been open since 2016, but really its history is much longer. It is made up of 13 villas; antique Thai houses, each at least 100 years old. The villas were sourced all over Thailand, de-constructed, and then put back together to form Villa Mahabhirom.

 
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Villa Mahabhirom is a place of true elegance. The villas are dotted all over the site, amongst trees bursting with orange flowers and a rather impressive range of greenery and cacti. Scattered amongst these are sculptures - busts mainly - of sultry looking men and women, watching over you to make sure you’re enjoying your stay as much as they know you should be.

 
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The simplicity of the interior design is a brilliant call; it celebrates entirely the architecture of the Thai houses. You could be transported right back to the day they were built if it weren’t for the beautiful Jim Thompson head boards above (almost all) the beds. The pop of colour from the head boards give the rooms a contemporary twist, a combination so delightful you find yourself staying in bed for longer than you should.

The food is absolutely bloomin’ marvellous - deep fried catfish, fresh spring rolls stuffed full of herbs, and pad thai were particularly popular with the Eponine contingent. A mango fruit smoothie was also ordered regularly (though, disappointingly, the smoothie has “ruined mangoes” for Jet and Nina back in the UK. It seems that the English supermarket ones aren’t worth their salt anymore).

 
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The staff at Villa Mahabhirom are particularly kind. Everything is done with a big smile and a genuine willingness to make your stay a wonderful one. It’s a nuanced difference, but an important one, when staff truly want to help. The team at Villa Mahabhirom really do. They know how special their hotel is, and they want you to know it too.

To sum up, this place rocks. To say it is “worth a visit” is an understatement. You simply must swing by if you have the pleasure of finding yourself in Chiang Mai any time in the future. We’re already plotting an excuse to get there.

 
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INTRODUCING > SUMMER '19
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 The Eponine Summer '19 collection is a joyous nod to the glamour of 50s and 60s film; a cinematic era where leading ladies wore elegant, timeless silhouettes with full, billowing skirts.

From Sugar Kane in Some Like it Hot to Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate, each piece in the collection is named after a character from this time.

To view our Summer ‘19 collection, please click here.

Enjoy!

Team Eponine

Jet Shenkman
EPONINE IN COUNTRY LIFE

We were delighted to be included in Country Life’s feature on what to wear for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

 
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To have another peek at The English Garden dress, please click here.

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EPONINE IN THAILAND

In April, Jet was invited to the Thai Department of International Trade Promotion’s STYLE fair in Bangkok

(and she packed Nina in her suitcase)

After a wonderfully exciting and inspiring few days in Bangkok, Jet and Nina flew to Chiang Mai. They sourced fabric and met with the wonderful suppliers of our delicious Eponine Hmong dresses.

 
Jet being interviewed for the evening Thai news at the STYLE fair in Bangkok

Jet being interviewed for the evening Thai news at the STYLE fair in Bangkok

 
 
Getting lost in the streets of Chiang Mai

Getting lost in the streets of Chiang Mai

Fabric sourcing

Fabric sourcing

 
A colourful stall in Chiang Mai

A colourful stall in Chiang Mai

 
Jet and Kai in Chiang Mai. Kai makes the little charms we attach to each Eponine garment

Jet and Kai in Chiang Mai. Kai makes the little charms we attach to each Eponine garment

Colourful handmade Hmong trinkets in Chiang Mai

Colourful handmade Hmong trinkets in Chiang Mai

Late afternoon in Chiang Mai

Late afternoon in Chiang Mai

 
Pompom heaven

Pompom heaven

 
Ribbon shopping in Chiang Mai

Ribbon shopping in Chiang Mai

Jet riding in a tuk-tuk

Jet riding in a tuk-tuk

 

It was a joy and an honour to be invited to Thailand. We will always be so very thankful to DITP for inviting us to their beautiful country, full of colour and wonder and endless creativity. We were bowled over by the kindness and generosity extended to us. We’ve made relationships we will always cherish, and have a few exciting announcements to make in weeks to come!

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POP-UP > DAILY DRESS EDIT

We are absolutely delighted to have been invited to be part of Daily Dress Edit’s pop-up, curated by the wonderful Isabel Spearman. The shop, a collection of Isabel’s favourite brands, opens today in Motcomb Street until the 22nd May.

 
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