Tuesday, 16 April 2013

What is Style Colour Analysis?

This is something that's first on my clients FAQ list, so what is it?, what does knowing it actually enhance? Is it simple to learn and to practice? All these questions plus many more you can find below.  

First impressions allways count and for none other colour more than anything else creates the first visual and most noteable impression. So naturally you can understand why knowing “your colours” can be so important. Colour is a component of light, and this energy travels at vibrating waves at over 186,000 miles per second. It is meant to affect us physically, psychologically, and emotionally. It can propel us into action, motivate, or soothe us. However, it can also repel us too. People make split second judgments based on first appearances. So learning how to use colour is one of the most powerful things you can do. 


Colour Analysis is the process of taking a look at your complexion, eye colour, and hair to accurately determine the exact colours that make your features stand out. Most people associate this type of colour science with four seasons to categorise human colouring. While a great start, it only got us so far and was incomplete. Initially, it was assumed that all skin tones were either warm or cool. But in many cases, colour analysts found that warmth or coolness of hue was not definite. In fact, most people fall somewhere in between, which is referred to as neutral. So within each seasonal category, two additional tones have been added to allow for the expansion of the seasons to 12 tones, including all variations.


When someone says to me, “I can’t wear red,” it is because they don’t know exactly what kind of red they can wear.


Every single person can wear a representation of every colour in the spectrum, but the colour varies in hue, shade, and saturation. There may be some colours that look better on you than others, but this is revealed during the initial draping session, which will show us where you fall in the 12-season system. The purpose of this system is to have all the colours of your adornment – clothing, hair colour, accessories, and shoes – all in harmony with you and your personal colour tone. This is an excellent way to ensure a fantastic first impression. This is why I use colour analysis as the FIRST step in revealing your style prescription.

To start your journey of style, book your appointment with Lennie Taylor today

Monday, 8 April 2013

The Legacy of Coco Chanel

The Legacy of Coco Chanel 

Head designer and creative director Karl Lagerfeld took his bow at the end of the Chanel show last month in Paris, as he paid homage to the legacy of Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, who opened her first store 100 years ago.

Many celebrations will take place this year, not least a film directed by Lagerfeld himself of the madamme

Even if you do not own anything with an interlocking ‘C’, it’s worth wishing the brand many happy returns, not least for the fact that Coco — as she liked to be called (it was a nickname from her brief career as a singer) — changed the way women dress for ever.

 She even changed how we smell by launching her No 5 fragrance in 1921. It was the first perfume to bear a fashion designer’s name on the label, and with 10 million bottles sold worldwide last year, it remains the biggest-selling fragrance ever created.

Coco understood what the masses wanted to wear, and that ‘in order for there to be low fashion, there must first be a high one’. 

Most importantly, she forged an empire that still bears her name: Chanel. Coco worked hard all her life, often six days a week, immersing herself in her career. She died in her apartment at the Ritz Hotel in Paris in 1971, aged 87, having designed almost to the end.

Lagerfeld, who took over the house in 1983, can be viewed as a silly, vain man, but that he’s breathed new life into a house that had been languishing is beyond dispute. Under his watch, a Chanel fashion show has become an event.

Passports often need to be shown to black-suited bouncers, as if you are about to enter a different country — which in a way you are. His stage sets are increasingly outlandish: a giant iceberg featured in the ready-to-wear show in 2010/11, and last year’s couture collection show took place inside an aeroplane.

Lagerfeld has introduced some howlers: bum bags and fingerless gloves, for example. But as Chanel defied two world wars, and a recession, so too is Lagerfeld flying in the face of propriety, seeing his brand soar where others are faltering.

His show last month proved there is nothing new in fashion to be discovered: he featured over-the-knee waders, which Coco Chanel wore to go fishing in Scotland with the Duke of Westminster. Metallic thread brought tweed to life — just as it had in the Thirties.

An enormous globe hovered over the catwalk, covered with teeny flags depicting the location of every Chanel store on the globe — the Far East by far the area most densely speckled.

When I was an editor, I was once allowed to sneak upstairs to Mme Chanel’s private office — which positively reeked not of Chanel 5 but of loneliness, and of her giant suede couch.

Around that time, I was also given a black quilted ‘2.55’ bag with a gilt chain, which I promptly gave away to an OAP. Of all the freebies showered on me, this is the one item I wish I’d kept. You know you have grown up when you own a piece of Chanel — which is just part of the reason the brand has remained both iconic and current.

Lagerfeld might have added bling, but what remains are the slightly masculine lines that women of any age and shape can wear — although not, sadly, of any bank balance.

If you want to immerse yourself in the spirit of Chanel, visit the boutique in Rue Cambon in Paris. It opened at No 31 in 1919, yards from her first Paris shop at No 21 and right behind the Ritz. A shop devoted to accessories, perfume and beauty products soon stood alongside it.

Watch the last six minutes of the movie Coco Before Chanel for a parade of the house’s greatest fashion hits descending the mirrored staircase at her couture house.

You can also gaze at the 1937 black trouser suit made of fish-scale sequins, teamed with a silk chiffon blouse buttoned with pearls, which is currently on display at the V&A.

As Chanel herself said: ‘I gave women the ability to laugh and to eat without doing themselves an injury.’

Something which perhaps is sadly missed with the fashion designers of today

New treatment that banishes those saggy eyebags

Well there's a revolutionary new treatment that banishes your eyebags in just TEN minutes!!!


They say the eyes are the windows to the soul. And I’d always regarded mine as my best feature until two distinct ledges seemed to form under my windows.

Some days my eyes simply looked a little puffy, but throw in a few late nights and I soon looked as if I’d gone a couple of rounds with Mike Tyson.

For those who have considered eyebag removal surgery — a small incision along the lower lash line to remove some of the fat underneath — but felt the pros don't outweigh the cons: wrinkling around the eyes due to skin tightening, change in eye shape, the chance that the bags could return, not to  mention the £4,000 cost. 

Well there is now hope and a new, revolutionary ‘tear trough treatment’, which promises not only to make bags and dark circles disappear, but to do so in just ten minutes. ‘It knocks seven years off,’ one review stated.

In just ten minutes? I doubted it very much. But according to Dr Nikola Milojevic at the Milo Clinic in Harley Street, London, this really was the case. 

‘The treatment works on the depressions that run from the nose and around the under-eye area,’ he says. ‘They get more noticeable as the skin sags with age, and fat accumulates. While the surgical removal of eyebags gets rid of the fatty tissue, it doesn’t conceal dark circles.’   

This procedure, however, does. It involves carefully injecting a filler called Perlane above the bone of the eye socket, which is massaged into the pocket beneath the eye and around the fatty tissue, plumping up hollows, concealing dark circles and  blending into the cheekbones.
The results are instant and last nine to 12 months. Side-effects are mild bruising and swelling but at £500, the treatment costs a fraction of the price of surgery. And unlike an operation, if you don’t like the results, a second injection simply washes the filler away.