WHETHER TO A SMART OCCASION OR (RUNNING THROUGH) A FIELD OF WHEAT, A HMONG SKIRT IS ALWAYS THE ULTIMATE OPTION
(as shown by Jet this weekend)
IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO LAUNCH A HOTEL OR A RESTAURANT - OR ANYTHING IN BETWEEN - YOU NEED NOT LOOK FURTHER. BEST FRIEND TEAM KATE WINSER AND LOCKET HAMBRO - AKA LOKATE LDN - ARE DOING RATHER EXCITING THINGS.
WE CAUGHT UP WITH LOKATE LDN WHERE THEY TOLD US ABOUT THEIR BUSINESS, WHERE THEY MOST LIKE TO DINE OUT, AND HOW TO AVOID WEARING THE SAME BOOTS ON A WORK DAY.
HELLO LADIES. For those who don’t know, please could you explain what Lokate LDN does?
Lokate LDN enables visionaries to execute their creative concepts in the lifestyle and hospitality sectors.
We devise and execute strategies for brands during their development phase from concept design to launch. We provide a wealth of experience to ensure that openings run as smoothly as possible with a strong team in place to operate. We have opened restaurants and hotels globally and understand the extreme level of work and detail required to achieve a successful operation!
What was the inspiration behind Lokate?
We saw a gap in the market for established brands or upcoming brands within the hospitality and lifestyle sector to be supported through the most difficult time; the opening. With our combined experiences of working in these industries, we saw we could advise brands on how best to launch, and the strategy around this.
As best friends we were always talking about doing something together - Locket managed to convince Kate to do Lokate LDN on the top of a Land Rover in the middle of the Kenyan bush after a few too many G&T’s!
You’ve helped launch several restaurants across the globe and you both love eating out. Where would you say are your favourite places to dine out in London?
We love so many places! Primeur, Brawn, Trullo, Campanina and Jones. Anywhere with delicious pasta…. The River Cafe if we are feeling naughty!
In terms of fashion, how would you describe your STYLE? Would you say they are similar?
We love a lot of the same brands but have different style within them. Although one Winter we had the same pair of biker boots and it was a race on WhatsApp each morning to see who bagged wearing them that day!
Where do you most like to shop?
Em and Me, Zimmerman, Vampires Wife, Ganni, Faithful The Brand.
We’ve had the great pleasure of making both of your wedding dresses. To what extent were the final designs what you had imagined when you originally thought about your wedding dresses?
L: It was a wonderful process of being able to combine different elements of dresses that I love and putting the Eponine touch to it. I absolutely loved the process of the fittings and all the lovely people that work at Eponine. Doing it with friends meant so much. I also loved that my dress was completely cotton, very relaxed, floaty and not stiff at all.
K: I had a very clear vision in my mind of what I wanted - even more so after trying on dresses at the standard bridal shops around London. I knew then that I wanted to create the dress with Eponine - especially as I was marrying Jet’s nephew! I then sat with Jet and Pep and really in under an hour we came up with my dream dress - they knew exactly what I was after and created it. For me, the sheer pleasure of the time spent in the studio with the team, Jet and Nina was so much part of the happy memories building up to my wedding day.
BECAUSE SOMETIMES, ON A MONDAY, YOU NEED A GOOD OLD SPLASH OF COLOUR
Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, Queen Mother of Thailand, firmly believes that, to truly help people suffering from poverty, you must enable them to develop practical skills to improve their lives. This belief led her to found the SUPPORT Foundation; a charity which preserves and perpetuates Thai indigenous arts and crafts
It is with great honour that today, Her Majesty’s 87th birthday, we launch the Eponine Artisan dress. This dress, inspired by the artisans we met in Chiang Mai, by the textiles displayed in the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles, and by the crafts encountered at the Bangkok Style Fair – an invitation to which was generously extended to Eponine by the Thai Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP).
The EPONINE Artisan dress is made up entirely of pieces of hand embroidered fabrics sourced from rural communities in Thailand
We are thrilled and honoured to use these beautiful, colourful, make-your-heart-sing fabrics. As a means of expressing this, we would like to donate the full proceeds of the first Eponine Artisan dress ordered to Her Majesty’s SUPPORT Foundation. 10% of all subsequent sales will also go to SUPPORT.
If you would be interested in ordering this dress, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
We have not yet made our annual trip to the National Portrait Gallery for its BP Portrait Award
The BP Portrait Award is the most prestigious portrait painting competition in the world and represents the very best in contemporary portrait painting. Every year it’s the top of our cultural to-do list and, from the looks of things, this year shall not disappoint.
MARGARET AND FLO
(MARGARET WEARS THE SS17 SILK BALLERINA DRESS)
amongst friends and family, jet is known for the decorative installations she creates in her home
We simply love these installations. we love them so much that a photo of one of them was used as the design for a ready-to-wear print - the fruit dove
We hounded Jet for some photographs and she finally relented.
Cotton midi dress with a boat neck, open back & three quarter length sleeves
Stylist, Personal Shopper, Wardrobe Consultant, Brand Consultant - it seems Sarah Kate Byrne can do it all. We caught up with her in the midst of the summer heatwave, where she told us about her love for vintage, why she loves Amal Clooney, and how thinking outside the box really is a top styling tip
HELLO SARAH! WE’RE SUCH FANS OF WHAT YOU DO. PRAY TELL, HOW DID YOUR STYLING JOURNEY BEGIN?
Completely by accident! I was the creative director of a company I founded and that entailed looking for PR opportunities, so I started doing shoots with friends who worked in TV and film and then, viola; I ended up going full time as a stylist. My specialising in occasion-wear, and particularly race-wear, makes sense as my family are heavily involved in horse racing in Ireland and Canada.
Would you say you have a particular styling look? If so, what is it?
Yes. I love classical and timeless looks with a twist. I love vintage fashion but try not to style in a vintage way and rather make it contemporary by mixing and matching.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE BRANDS?
Eponine, obviously, given its nod to 60s fashion. Otherwise I don't choose based on brands, favouring unique and timeless vintage pieces instead.
Do you dress differently to how you style your clients?
Yes for sure. Doing a good styling job means that your clients personality should shine through. I tend to be a bit braver with my own choices while for clients I want them to feel comfortable and like themselves, though I will try to coax a client out of their comfort zone as much as possible.
You are also a Personal Shopper, a Wardrobe Consultant and a Brand Consultant - which of these would you say you enjoy the most and why?
I think my favourite task would be specific occasion-wear styling. So a bride, mother-of-the-bride, an Ascot look or a glam event as I can flex my creative muscles and be a bit bolder with choices and suggestions.
Who is the best dressed person out there at the moment (apart from Francesca Cumani of course)?
This is a tough one for me to answer as I dont tend to follow the latest style news! But I do love Amal Clooney's choices - I might be biased as she loves her vintage! I also have to say, Georgia Toffolo has a great sense of style and really knows what suits her. She’s brave with her choices. One of her Royal Ascot looks (pictured below) was to die for!
What is your ultimate styling advice for someone putting an outfit together?
Think outside the box. I have a lot of pieces that don't quite work for an event so I’ll mess around with belts, safety pins, ribbons and jewellery as I know they have potential. Scarves as tops, skirts over dresses where the hem is too short, wearing things back to front!
You have styled Francesca Cumani in a couple of Eponine designs. What first drew you to Eponine?
The red and white dogtooth dress (pictured below) I chose for her first Aintree Ladies Day! I am a sucker for dogtooth and even more so when its not traditional black and white. The dress had the most amazing swaying hemline which I knew would look great as she walked for TV.
It was also a dress that I got to play around with - I put a mans shirt underneath and then added a black bow to break up the bust. And then topped it off with a magical Philip Treacy hat!
Is there an Eponine design or collection which you particularly like?
The ready-to-wear collection this season is incredible and makes Eponine more accessible for those without a bespoke budget. The style and shape is as good as the bespoke line too.
We’ve just launched our new ready-to-wear collection. How would you suggest someone wears their dress in a city where it’s raining one second, sunny the next?
These dresses are quite versatile actually! I wore mine to a birthday party recently on a rainy Saturday but as soon as I got there the sun came out and it transitioned perfectly! In the winter I’ll be wearing a poloneck under it and knee high boots.
We were delighted to see the mighty Dame Helen Mirren wearing our Lovebird dress at the Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw premiere last night
EMBROIDERED SLEEVELESS HMONG DRESS
WE NAMED EACH DRESS FROM OUR SUMMER READY-TO-WEAR COLLECTION AFTER a BIRD WHOSE COLOUR PALETTE THEY SHARE
(it’s our favourite season for bird watching after all)
THE MANDARIN DUCK
THE FRUIT DOVE
THE RUDDY KINGFISHER
thank goodness for birds
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HMONG INSPIRED COTTON DRESS WITH ROUND NECK, THREE QUARTER SLEEVES & POCKETS
we absolutely adore the photographs of Tim Walker
. . . so finding out that the V&a are housing an exhibition of his work has well and truly made our week
To celebrate this upcoming September exhibition, we have gathered some of our favourite Tim Walker photos for you to enjoy
(after which you must, you simply must, book tickets to this exhibition)