ESCAPE… Amsterdam inspiration

I try and make sure that every work trip I do is also a source of inspiration. I see something that catches my eye and imagination everywhere.  What interests me I capture , save, then reference. My recent trip to Amsterdam was particularly inspirational , it’s a city I love full of colours and tucked away corners. So here we go, I am sharing my ‘inspirational highlights’ with you, will be interesting to see what of these filters down to my next collection

Amsterdam is:

Cheese & cheese newspaper

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Van Gogh:

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Flowers & Urban gardening:

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Canal side living:

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Bakeries:

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some of the best Indie shops I’ve seen ( Matter.of.material)

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Lovely Paris, The Boss!!

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Bold colours in doorways, that match my Brewer Travel bag to perfection

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Finally home again from college

Blog by Ophir

Photography by: Fiona Yaron Field

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I’m a creative and preforming arts student and home for the Easter break I went out and about in London Town with my things from the cool Nadia Minkoff.

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As an artist I’m in to bright and like contrasting colours and I love the beautiful blue of this bag. I also love the movement of  the tassels I feel free,funky and cool.

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(  I went to the Tate modern to see collections called materials and object’s.)

In my own patterns as artists I am into bright and like contrasting colours and the balance of them.

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I thought the earrings were blue crystals and then I discovered the skulls  – super cool

 

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Ophir models:

Nadia Minkoff London,The Angel bag in Blue

Nadia Minkoff London ,Crystal Skull & Spike earrings in Metallic Blue

Red Leather coat: My mums red coat is from a Vintage shop in Cheshire St, off Brick Lane

My red nails has been done at my lovely local nail bar

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My leopard coat is from Pull and Bear.

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I went to Tate Britain , Covent Garden, Paddington station saying goodbye to my friend that been visiting  and took her around London.

Also been to the Southbank.

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Escape… Thailand’s Islands, Koh Samui

My travel bags: The Brewer Holdall, The Angel bag 

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Travelled with: Thai Airways from Heathrow /£750.00 return ( Mid Feb) , 12hrs to Bangkok/13 hrs return to Heathrow. Perfect service and customer care from start to finish.

Connecting flight Bangkok to Surat Thani with Thai smile £35 single ( mid Feb ), 55 mins. Great service, you even get served drinks and a snack

Bus from Surat Thani to Don Sak port, then boat to Koh Samui approx 2 hrs, spectacular scenery and air conditioned decked cabin. I chose to sit on the deck and watch the views.

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Stayed at: Bandara resort and spa from £85 per night including breakfast. The breakfast is on the beach restaurant and quite spectacular, not to mention the views

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Bophut fishing village is a 5 minute walking and is totally charming with a large selection of chill out cafes on the beach as well as restaurants and a weekly market selling just about everything from fried grasshoppers to suits.

Chaweng

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Optional day trips:  Chaweng, Big Buddha

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Eat: fruit- lots of it, Fresh fish- sold by weight, grilled in front of you, Phad Thai- it’s so, so good

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Drink- Coconut Cappuccino, as many fresh coconuts as you can

Relax- enjoy the sunsets

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NEXT: Escape Thailand’s Islands, Krabi and Railay

The Rena bag… with a touch of French

Location: Chelsea Harbour

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Model: Emilie R

Bag: The Rena bag in Taupe

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Coat: Sandro, Paris

Lipstick: ‘Bad blood’ by Urban Decay

Photograhy: Brian Minkoff

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All but given up on our British summer? well we certainly have at NM HQ. So, here’s a quick masterclass in how, if you are French and experiencing a London summer, you transforms our cool Rena bag into something very chic and pretty hot in just 3 easy steps:

1)Remove the detachable strap- you now have a soft, oversized clutch bag with contrast detailing around the Zips

2) Add red coat

3) Apply red lipstick

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When the British sun comes out, catch a snap of it!

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The beating heart of creativity

Unrestrained design is the beating heart of creativity, the rest is about ensuring that all the connections running in an out of it function properly.

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It’s a hard act running a successful commercial design enterprise with all the disciplines it requires: commercial edge, on trend, well executed, timely, fashionable, desirable, accessible, aesthetically pleasing, easy to merchandise, functional, well priced

Whilst at the other end of the spectrum, right at the core of the business and the seed that got it going in the first place lies a creative with a desire and innate need to let go of commercial constraints and purely enjoy creating.

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Over the years (and to my surprise) I discovered that transforming my creative ‘cottage industry’ into a commercial enterprise in itself is a very creative process requiring vision, understanding, awareness, a whole new set of skills, patience and a lot of stamina.

Still, the desire to keep those creative juices flowing, to make something outstanding, bespoke, ‘one off’, not to be repeated, in no way commercial but purely a statement piece is always there.

I know now and can say for a fact that the best way for my company to be at the forefront of commercial design is to regularly create individual pieces with no restraints. I have made it an absolute prerogative of the business to ensure that every few weeks we immerse ourselves in the joy of creating be it for photoshoots, for stylists, for Red Carpet events, for individuals or just for us to enjoy, recharge and to have at our atelier.

 

 

Elections, elections or things to do before, during and after…

After months of political wrangling, campaigning and endless pledges, Election Day finally arrived. A serious affair by all accounts, some shall we say took it more seriously than others whilst many of us in the fashion industry saw it as the perfect excuse to party. So this is how we dealt with the elections at Nadia Minkoff London HQ:

1) Tuesday May 6th, pre-election party at Wolf & Badger Notting-Hill. So who will get the vote will it be Wolf or will it be Badger? luca-5

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2) Wed May 7th, Election day. OK OK, so I did vote, nice and early despite the fact there was no party that I really wanted to vote for but there were a couple I didn’t want to see voted in.Voting was swiftly followed by a coffee in Le Sable D’or and yet another vote- will it be Croissant or will it be Pain au Chocolat?

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3) May 7th, post election and our designer Luca heads off for yet another fashion party in Trendy Dalston and the re-opening of LN-CC shop, minimalist and oh so trendy.

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So what did we vote? we voted Black and Orange together with our Kensington clutch. Best result of the day we think!

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8 steps to the perfect photoshoot

Yesterday, we had out Spring summer 2103 photoshoot in collaboration with clothing designer Nico Didonna. Sometimes it works like clockwork and sometimes no matter how hard you try… it simply doesn’t. Yesterday fortunately, was one of those days where it just worked from the word go. So here are my ‘behind the scenes’ 8 little steps to a perfect photoshoot:

1) The makeup- you can never have too much

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2) The accessories- you can never have too many

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3) The model, beautiful always but lovely is a big bonus

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4) The grooming- you need a good creative and a lot of grooming

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5) The little details- every angle counts so attention to detail is paramount

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6) The photographer- engaged, calm and completely focused

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7) The perfect silhouette- it’s what most of us girls dream about and what we like to see

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8) and finally, it’s all about attitude

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