James Millar’s Print for Liberty Loyalty’s 15th Anniversary Card

Wednesday 23rd April 2014, 11.18





Discover the inspiration behind James Millar’s print design for the the Liberty Loyalty 15th anniversary card.

James Millar's print for Liberty Loyalty 15th anniversary card

James Millar is the name behind the eye-catching purple and greyscale rose print limited edition card for Liberty Loyalty. Created through layering photographs of roses taken on a recent inspiration trip to Granada. The individual photographs were taken within the beautiful gardens of the world famous Alhambra and then collaged together to create this final design, both abstract in its style and unisex in its appeal.

James Millar Liberty London Head of Design for Fashion and Accessories

“I wanted to create something slightly more unisex so I decided to produce a photographic based design rather than a drawing. I had just come back from a trip from Granada, Spain and I had taken some rose photos whilst in a beautiful garden there so I decided to use those photographs to collage together my design. I also wanted to play with the existing card colours of silver and purple but re-interpret and use them in a new way, hence the colour scheme used in my card.”

When deciding who to ask to design a limited edition print for the Liberty Loyalty 15th anniversary cards, Head of Design for Liberty, James Millar, was an obvious choice. James oversees all accessories for both women and men, including our world famous Liberty scarves, iconic Iphis collection of small leather goods and bags. He has previously worked for leading fashion labels including Jonathan Saunders and Loewe, and is a graduate of the prestigious MA fashion course at Central St Martins, London.











Five of the Best Spring Jackets

Wednesday 23rd April 2014, 10.00





Our womenswear buyers pick the best jackets for spring.

Five of the Best Spring Jackets

It’s not always easy to judge the UK’s weather patterns between February and May. One moment it might be hailing down with rain, snow and anything in between, the next it could be bright and glorious sunshine with temperatures raised to that of the Med. So if there’s one thing a fashionista, and sensible British dresser needs in their wardrobe come the warmer months, it’s a versatile but equally stylish spring jacket.

This transeasonal staple is not always the most straightforward piece to buy for one’s wardrobe, however, with an abundance of options available (see the catwalks of SS14) you might find you’re debating which styles to opt for. For an effortlessly chic look that can be dressed up for day or night with the right dress and heel, depending on the occasion, opt for a boxy bomber jacket in whatever colour, print or embellishment takes your fancy. This enduring emblem of the sports-luxe trend has received couture-worthy treatment from the likes of Stella McCartney, Teatum Jones and Alexander Wang to make it the covetable piece of the season.

Equally, more tailored styles such as those by Sessún, YMC and Acne have their merits, with their elegant structures and materials – perhaps a little more on-trend for more feminine, classic trends. As usual, the humble denim jacket has been reborn, as it is every season, with timeless panache. Vintage, beaten and worn to death is the way to do denim this spring, so choose styles that look like you’ve owned them since your teens.


Acne Studios Rita LA Liberty Print Leather Biker Jacket

“Adorned with no less than three classic Liberty prints, this leather biker jacket is not only a true collector’s item, but also a statement addition to style seeker’s wardrobe. I love that the boxy cut of Acne’s Rita allows the panelled design to take centre stage.”

DKNY X Opening Ceremony Contrast Sleeve Denim Jacket

“Opening Ceremony’s spring collaboration features exclusive styles reissued and reinvented directly from Donna Karan’s 1990s archives. This edgy take on a classic letterman jacket will infuse any look with instant  New York cool.”

Stella McCartney Python Print Jacquard Bomber Jacket

“The mix of the print and casual shape of Stella’s luxe bomber effortlessly interprets two of the British designer’s most popular high-fashion trends for spring: sports luxe and wearable animal prints.”

T by Alexander Wang Textured Neoprene Bomber Jacket

“Sports couture is part of T By Wang’s branded DNA, and this neoprene bomber jacket is an effortless way to incorporate the aesthetic into your wardrobe. The classic, versatile bomber shape will work with everything from J Brand skinny jeans to a Kenzo mini dress.”

Teatum Jones Jessica Floral Print Bomber Jacket

“Graphic florals were a major story on the SS14 catwalk and this longline silk jacket by Teatum Jones is a strong homage to the trend. The perfect punctuation to an everyday look, this jacket will brighten up rainy British days.”

For more spring cover-up inspiration, discover more jackets and macs in our exclusive online edit.


How to make crystallised flowers with Lily Vanilli

Thursday 17th April 2014, 8.00

Unique cake decorating techniques for the perfect spring bake.

lily vanilli main image

Baker and cake decorator extraordinaire, Lily Vanilli has been wowing customers at her East London bakery with her naturally delectable designs. Boasting the best bakewell in town, the shop on Columbia Road opens solely on Sundays, offering Lily’s stand-out bakes and a cosy vintage-feel interior to enjoy them in. Cakes feature fresh flowers, fruits and nuts as her decoration techniques focus on putting nature firmly at the helm.

In this easy to follow guide, Lily shows us how to make crystallised spring flowers, perfect for giving your Easter cake that extra wow factor. She also shares her thoughts on traditional Easter baking and her top picks from our Kitchen collection.

“For the first time in recent memory, April actually feels like the start of spring and not a stretch into the abyss from the previous winter to the next one. The sun is out (mostly), the flowers are blooming at the right times and the first spring crops have been healthy. This is good news for the pastry chef, who looks forward to this time of year when some of the best fruit and edible flowers are on their way into season.

As traditional Easter baking (bunnies, eggs, chicks) has never really been my thing I have been busying myself with crystallising the first crop of edible spring flowers. If done carefully enough (it can be painstaking work, though the kind many bakers enjoy, myself included) they will last up to a year. Store them airtight in a cool place and make sure they are fully sugar coated.
Use them fresh or crystallised to decorate cakes and pastries for a really pretty spring look with subtle, fresh flavours.”

Some lovely edible flowers out now include:
Blackthorn blossom
Viola and cultivated/wild primrose
Brassica buds/flowers
Sorrel flowers


To crystallise a handful of edible flowers you will need:

1–2 egg whites, loosened with a few drops of water (approximately 4 drops per white)
Small bowl of caster sugar
One baking tray, lined
Fine, clean paintbrush, not used for anything besides food

1. Clip the flower stems as close to the base as possible and snip away the sepals (the green pockets on the back of the flower). Place a flower on your prepared tray and use the paintbrush to coat with the egg white, making sure you are thorough. Brush away any excess egg white. Hold the flower by what’s left of the stem over the sugar bowl and sprinkle generously with sugar. Turn it over and shake gently to release any excess sugar.

2. Do the same for the back of the flower, making sure the entire flower is coated. Place it face up on the baking tray. Repeat with the other flowers, and when you are done, put them in a cool, dry, dark place overnight or until the flowers feel crisp to the touch. Store them in an airtight container.

Lily’s Baking Picks:

Shop Lily’s top three kitchen picks from our inspirational Baking Essentials edit and kit yourself out like a pro. From the all important wooden spoon, to recipes from the Peruvian Kitchen, these pieces will enhance any culinary collection.

lily vanilli picks

1. Blue Six-Piece Enamel Prep Set by Falcon, £55.00
2. Olive Wood Spoon, £4.95
3. Ceviche Peruvian Kitchen, £25.00

Lily Vanilli’s first book, ‘Sweet Tooth’ will be available from the Liberty Home department soon!

Share your Easter baking successes with us and Lily:
Twitter: @Libertylondon @lilyvanillicake
Instagram: @LibertyLondon @lily_vanilli_cake


Emma Mawston’s Print for the Liberty Loyalty’s 15th Anniversary Card

Wednesday 16th April 2014, 15.14



Inspired by an archival print and repeated roses pattern, we reveal the story behind Emma Mawston’s print for the Liberty Loyalty 15th Anniversary card.

Emma Mawston Liberty Print

In celebration of 15 years of the Liberty Loyalty programme, the loyalty team asked four of our most cherished designers and brands to each design an exclusive print to feature on the limited edition anniversary cards – including Liberty Art Fabrics designer Emma Mawston, Head of Design for Liberty London Fashion and Accessories James Millar, London jewellery designer Annina Vogel and renowned perfumer Le Labo. This print by Emma Mawston, Head of Fashion Fabrics for Liberty Art Fabrics, takes its inspiration from a 19th century floral spray found in the Liberty London archive. The artwork has been completely re-drawn and hand painted in repeat from a selection of roses by David Austen and a rose bush called Rosa Xanthina. We caught up with Emma Mawston to find out her design process and choice of flower.

“Roses have always been one of the most popular flowers on Liberty Art Fabrics; they are the emblem of England and Liberty prides itself on its heritage. They are one of the most wonderful flowers to paint and draw as they come in so many amazing colours, shapes and sizes. Even the same species on one bush can be so varied.

The Rose is cherished not only for its floral beauty but also for its fragrance which makes rose gardens one of the most evocative and memorable experiences in English gardens. Literature and especially childrens literature features roses in such diverse and illustrative ways some of which we have translated into designs, examples are ‘Snow White and Rose Red’ and ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’. The latter was the inspiration for ‘Rose Xanthe’ a design named after my younger daughter which is a larger version of the rose design represented on the Liberty store card. The design was inspired by ‘Would you please tell me’ said Alice a little timidly, ‘Why are you painting those roses red?’ and will be on sale in Spring Summer 2015 in a cream un-painted roses colour way and in a deep rich red representing the painted ones.

The design promotes Liberty’s design heritage for hand drawn, original prints with inspiration taken from the famous Liberty archive. This design represents Liberty Loyalty customers as their continued support for our fabric collections has made them the most successful part of the Liberty business in recent years.”

Liberty Xanthe Rose Sketch

Emma has worked at Liberty for nearly 22 years, starting as a colourist in 1992. She took over as Head of Fashion Fabrics in May 1998 and her first collection was produced in Spring/ Summer 2000. After helping to produce over 30 fashion fabric collections, she has now moved over to head up the Liberty Art Fabrics Furnishing Fabric design studio as well. A mother of two, Emma’s two little girls continue to make her laugh every day and inspire her work.

The Liberty Loyalty programme celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. Why not join us for the celebrations and pick up a limited edition card? You don’t have to be a new member to opt in for a new card! Join Liberty Loyalty now and, as a member, you will have a chance to win a luxury stay. One winner will be chosen every month from April to December 2014. Liberty Loyalty members will receive exclusive discount invites, new collection updates, loyalty vouchers and beauty loyalty benefits.