Move on Summer 2016, you’re so over…

Hate to harp about the British weather but this summer (can I call it summer? ), well ok, this summer 2016 has so far been cold, wet , grey and in general miserable.

I don’t mix my personal political views with my fashion and as such be it Remain or Leave, whatever you voted for it seems like the heavens have opened up in the UK and London in particular finds itself right in the eye of the storm.

Thankfully at NM HQ we’ve managed to ‘ease’ ourselves out of Summer 2016, secured Winter 2017 some months back and here we are, getting ready to ‘sign-off’ summer 2017. With less than a month to go before we show our new Summer 2017 collections to buyers and press at Scoop International, we are entering ‘final countdown’ stage.

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The four key trends we identified for Summer 2017 were based around the 4 key elements:

AIR– all calm and mindful inspired by a new global love of Yoga, Pilates and looking after our core

EARTH– A patchwork of what we are currently as a society, a vibrant mix of cultures- a mash-up of tribal with modern and upcycling with abstract

WATER– is all about clean and luxurious, it’s about reflections and  crisp vibrant colours

Last but not least, FIRE– which for summer 2017 evokes all that is glamorous, think Flamenco: the sound, the movement, the colour. All engaging and all consuming.

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My colleagues at work will be the first to tell you that for all my love of colour and my passion for brilliant, vibrant hues I am in fact the one who reigns it all and my ‘process of elimination’ during our final selection means we end up losing that Flamenco Va Va Voom and we end up with a pretty safe canvas of cream, tan ,grey, black, the occasional navy but not much more than that.  When times are tough- safe sells and as the captain of this ship I try and avoid uncharted waters.

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Well, all I can say is that for Summer 2017, given just how gloomy 2016 feels we will be creating our very own sunshine in the brightest of yellow, the most opalescent of whites and the earthiest of greens.

Not long to wait now before we can actually show you our new creations but for now, enjoy your summer wherever you are, sun or rain.

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It’s a Scoop!

Finally, an opportunity to put pen to paper( or digits to keyboard), can’t quite believe I haven’t done so since the New Year but… having launched an all new website and completed our new winter 2014 collection which previewed at Scoop International this week, I guess there is some justification to my ‘blog absence’. And what’s the Scoop for winter 2014?? well- according to our gospel at Nadia Minkoff London it is a palette of grey- deep purple- black with some brown undertones. Key shapes are still totes- large, small and bucket shaped. Oversized slouchy clutch bags are still ‘de-riguer’ ( meaning a must have , as our French friends would have us know) , teamed up with a bib statement necklace and a nice pair of earrings- winter 2014 sorted!!!

So here goes, a sneak preview for you, my blog friends!

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Getting ready to rock London

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So, this is it two days left before we show our new winter 2013 collection at Pure London, one week left before our catwalk début at London Fashion Week. It’s now a case of ‘what we can’t do’ as opposed to ‘what we can’. Any designer or creative out there will most likely agree with me on this one- no matter how early you start, how many hours you put in and how focused you are..it’s always a last minute struggle and there are always compromises to be made.. the ‘what I can’t finish’ things. Friday and Saturday will be spent getting our stand ready for those all important buyers and on Sunday morning it’s all change.. it’s a ‘what to wear for the opening day?’ and ‘who will turn up today?’ morning. Fingers crossed, our collection will rock London. x Nadia

Of course I will be posting some hot pics and daily reviews, so keep  checking.

Can’t get enough London red

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Today is a ‘plan ahead’ day for our autumn/Winter 2013 collection which we launch in London in exactly 4 weeks time.  I guess from the photos I have taken and the mood boards I have put together it’s quite obvious that pillar box Red is a key colour. What can I say? it is lush.