Calling all collectors! Kenzo has joined forces with Liberty to create an exclusive, limited edition range of scarves this season. The best selling Liberty Art Fabric ‘Tree of Life’ print – first launched in 1976 – has been updated with Kenzo’s signature tiger motif to create a covetable accessory with a combination of classic and iconic design. The flowering tree is based on traditional Persian designs symbolising fertility with its exotic fruits, flowers and creatures – a suitable setting for the ferocious tiger synonymous with Kenzo’s 1970 jungle themed boutique.
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This season, our vast emporium of unique and wonderful treasures and designs from all over the world celebrates its heritage and eclectic collections in the form of a special keepsake. ‘Liberty: British Colour Pattern‘ is a lavishly illustrated book that takes a look into the vaults and archives of our great store and explores the history of our remarkable range of products and prints. Including previously unseen photographs of pieces buried deep in our extensive archive, the book features 135 years of Liberty’s most iconic and groundbreaking textile prints, as well as its collaborations with contemporary artists, fashion designers and illustrators.
Head of Design for the Liberty Design Studio, Emma Mawston, was one of the contributors to the book. We caught up with her to find out how she helped the publishers and authors gather content from the archives and the Design Studio to retell the history of Liberty print.
“This is a historic album of pattern and design for all those who treasure anything artistic and inspiring – especially those who love Liberty. I found the early parts of the book fascinating and learnt wondrous things about Liberty that I was unaware of. It is a work of art to be read over and over again, and each time you pick up on something that you may have missed in previous perusal.
On pages 68 to 87 you’ll find my fashion fabrics. We started with hand printed colourways found in my attic, complete with peeling off paint (as we often painted over and over colourways to achieve the desired colour combination). We became masters of colour mixing and discovered which tints mixed best with which. Purple lake was a great base colour. I delved back fifteen years to pull out past collections to give an insight into the brief surrounding each. The most important and relevant collections which most represented each concept were then chosen to be published.
The first collaborator I worked with was Grayson Perry for autumn/ winter 2009, and I can’t think of a more amazing artist to have worked with. Not only did Grayson come up with amazing designs never seen before at Liberty or anywhere else, he also worked each design into perfect repeat by hand. The majority of textile designers struggle to do this. It is very fitting that two pages of the book are dedicated to Grayson where readers can view his sketches of original artworks for the prints Cranford, Sissy and Flo, which are usually only accessible to Liberty and high end customers. Since then we have worked with the most amazing collaborators, not all mentioned in this book but all contributing to the look and ethos of Liberty Art Fabrics.
Just about every designer who has worked within the Liberty Art Fabrics Design Studio has a least one design within the ‘New Direction’ section, representing the diversity of print within this era. We are lucky to be able to draw and research in the most relevant way for each collection, creating original prints from hand drawn artwork.”
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Just in time for Christmas and the cold winter months ahead, Liberty’s hero print, Hera, makes a dramatic return to the scarf hall and Liberty.co.uk. With its iconic feather motif, it was originally created in the 1880s; the colourful peacock print was named after Greek goddess, Hera, for her love of the beautifully plumed birds. Truly decadent, this Deco style design is synonymous with Liberty and our glorious Neo-Tudor flagship store, and has been translated for use on a myriad of timeless pieces.
In four exquisite colourways, the re-worked design features a larger, bolder depiction of the instantly recognisable print with utterly luxurious elements, making it the ideal gift for someone special this Christmas. Screen printed in Italy using no less than thirteen different dyes, the result is a symphony of richly intense colour, with shades ranging from warm jewel tones, to subtly calming pastels. A contrasting border, with smaller print and more subdued colours, leads to a gently fringed edge. Each scarf is hand-frayed – a process which takes expertise and craftsmanship as care must be taken to protect the design from tearing. Then a special finish is applied for the ultimate softness, and given the scarves are created from cashmere and silk, the result is a disarmingly luxe accessory.
Whether buying for an avid collector of Liberty print, or the woman who has everything, the new Hera design makes a memorably opulent gift. Treasured, it is a trustworthy piece destined for years of trans-seasonal wear.
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Forget Christmas (well maybe not quite yet), spring has come early with the arrival of the new season Liberty London accessories collection! We know just how much you all loved our autumn/ winter 2013 collection of red, purple and blue Iphis print pieces, so fresh for spring/ summer 2014 our lovely design studio has reproduced the same collection in two new hues – a zesty green and pretty pink.
“We [the design team] visited fashion photographer Miles Alridge‘s exhibition at Somerset House in the summer and were inspired by the way he combines acid colours together and, as such, decided to research other artists who use vibrant colours in a similarly confident and unusual way. Bright, but unusual colour combinations are a characteristic of the Liberty London collections every season and we are always researching new ways of working with these colours.” – James Millar, head of design for Liberty London fashion and accessories.
From there, the team then looked at four contemporary artists who use bright, contrasting colours and neon pastels in their work, such as Mary Heilmann, Dan Flavin, Michael Craig Martin and Wolf Kahn. The collection of luxury leather accessories includes all the pieces from the previous collection, such as the tote bag, iPad sleeve, iPhone 5 case, card holder, zip-around wallet, and zipped pouch. Vivid and primed for sunny summer days, they are ideal for the passionate traveller or busy girl about town.
Ideal as a thoughtful and stylish Christmas gift, the new Liberty London collection is the perfect way to fast track a friend to their new season wardrobe ahead of the crowds.
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It’s not every day that an award winning beauty journalist comes up with a brand new product that’s set to change the way we view a certain area of our bodies. But that is exactly what Kate Shapland, beauty columnist for the Telegraph Magazine, has done.
Introducing Legology Air-Lite Daily Lift For Legs, a new generation contouring and smoothing cream that delivers deep drainage benefits to lighten legs, reduce puffiness and cellulite, dissolve aches, pains and fatigue, rejuvenate and energise. This new miracle cream could be the answer you’ve been looking for all along and key to the best looking legs of your life – just in time for party season! So who better to explain the work and method behind Legology than the brains behind the brand herself?
“To say creating Legology Air-Lite Daily Lift for Legs was a labour of love is no exaggeration. The foundations to the concept started many years ago – certainly at the beginning of my beauty writing career some 25 years ago. Initially, the focus of my fascination was cellulite – and I’m still interested in that. But it dawned on me over the years that cellulite is a manifestation of many factors, so requires a whole body approach to treat, and that there are a host of other leg issues women have – some of which can contribute to cellulite (like fluid retention) – that aren’t being addressed. It felt to me like leg care had been hijacked by cellulite, a problem which is tricky to shift (if at all), and that seemed a shame.
I was also extremely inspired by the way legs were cared for at The Leg School on Capri. This is the most wonderful clinic that Italian women go to, and have their cellulite, thread veins, stretch marks addressed, while their husbands go to The Heart Clinic next door. The whole approach was so elegant and done with a real love for the female form, not a dislike for bits that add curve and softness to a figure. Of course I do see why a streamlined shape is the goal for so many of us; I just think we could be a bit kinder on ourselves and achieve that goal with more patience and panache.
I wanted Legology to perform like a complete workhorse – to really help with puffiness/oedema, cellulite and heaviness – but to feel like a total treat to use. The science behind great legs is frequency – any massage therapist will tell you that you must stimulate your legs (and body if time allows) daily to get the blood return and lymph healthy, because that’s how legs stay streamlined. And never underestimate how much better and more nimble you feel when your legs are lighter. It changes your whole mood. You need to love applying a product to keep doing it, otherwise it becomes a chore and you give up. I like to think Legology Air-Lite gives you energy from your toes up – like champgne bubbles.
It took me many years to get the point where I was ready to launch my product. I wanted every single aspect of my cream to be right – from the way it felt to apply, to what it did, its scent and how it looked. I believe all of these aspects are important to the success of a product. I finally found myself on the factory floor in September this year for the first production, having spent much of the previous night hand-numbering the jars (I only made a limited 500), and when the line manager handed me the first jar off the production line – my talisman, which happened to be my lucky number 4 – I had a quiet cry under my protective hair net. To see your dream brought to being after many years and the inevitable ups and downs, is an emotional experience – how could it not be? I feel extraordinarily lucky to be able to share that dream with Liberty customers.”
Kate’s favourite picks from the Liberty beauty hall
I confess I’ve been walking around with a bag of Liberty gift coins in my bag for nearly 3 months now. There is clearly an issue and that is that I simply cannot decide what to spend them on. Let’s just bypass the jewellery, stationery and haberdashery departments for now, the beauty department is enough of a problem. Those coins will go on one of the following, but which?
Hourglass Cosmetics – founder Carisa Janes is a true entrepreneur. She has created a make-up brands which is genuinely groundbreaking in formula and design. Her Ambient Lighting Powders are absolutely beautiful, so refined in texture and nuance; her Femme Nude Lip Stylo is a genius concept – a nude for every lip: I’d like all 6 shades.
Essie – a favourite nail polish brand. Shades St Lucia Lilac and Merino Cool are complete classics.
Anne Semonin – one of those quietly brilliant brands. I especially like her Precious Serum – a mix of rose, St John’s Wort, geranium and lavender, a great skin pick-me-up.
Sisley Ecological Compound – proof positive that the beauty business is not about newness. There are some incredible products that have been around for many years and continue because they are exceptional. This is one of them. It’s the perfect light milk moisturiser, made for wearing under makeup.
Eve Lom Cleanser – still the best hot cloth cleanser ever invented.
Laboratoires Perfumes Samphire Fragrance Candle – I love everything about this, from its neat little beaker presentation to its scent. Samphire! The aroma of the sea and a departure from the usual ozonic notes.
Carthusia – naturally, with the island of Capri being such an inspiration to me for Legology Air-Lite, I adore Caprissimo Eau de Toilette, Aria di Capri Parfum and Fiori di Capri Eau de Toilette.
Anne Semonin Botanical Body Oil – no one makes a body oil like Anne Semonin. This is like liquid gold and there isn’t a trace of grease to it.
Omorovicza Gold Sugar Scrub – what a I call a proper body scrub: you don’t end up ‘chasing the grain’ around your legs, in other words it’s lovely and crunchy!
Guam Salinated Algae Bath Salts – an excellent detoxifier and surprisingly nice to soak in, unlike many seaweed baths. The trick is to keep the water on the warm side of hot and have lots of soft towels to wrap up in afterwards.
Better You Magnesium Oil Soak – this works well to detox too, but I tend to use it more when I get psoriasis flare ups and when I need a good night’s sleep. It’s very relaxing.
Decléor Aromessence Sculpt Balm – this is unusual in that it’s a balm, but for me that makes it all the better because as a balm it allows you to really give it a good massage which is absolutely key to enhancing the contour of your figure.
Nesti Dante Fiorentini Cypress Soap – who knew bath soap could be such an utter joy? I could develop an unhealthy addiction to this.
Sisley Eau de Campagne Bath Oil – the freshest bath oil I’ve ever tried, this is sublime. Of course, rose is lovely in the bath, but sometimes all you want is freshness and, ideally, a lovely view across the fields from your bathroom window while you soak in it.
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