Nike UK x Alex Monroe: How to get this necklace

Friday 4th April 2014, 13.48

 

 

This medal-inspired Alex Monroe necklace is the coveted prize for Nike We Own the Night finishers, presented in a Liberty print box and unveiled exclusively in-store.

Liberty print nike necklace box

10th May will see thousands of like-minded women take to the streets of London after dark for a fitness-busting 10K race. The cause: a portion of your registration fee will go to charity Us Girls Starz, giving young girls a brighter, active future. The prize: this beautiful Alex Monroe necklace.

Designed by Liberty jewellery hall favourite Alex Monroe in his London workshop, the concept is simple: a fittingly fashionable piece that carries memories of the day, yet subtle enough to wear with pride every day.

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Presented in a Liberty print box, the delicate chain features gold, silver and bronze-tone discs, each engraved with a Nike momento. The necklace will be unveiled and on display exclusively in-store from Monday 7th April, alongside the latest Nike x Liberty collection of footwear and apparel. The necklace won’t be available to buy though…the only way to get it is to run.

nike and alex monroe necklace

Register here for We Own the Night and run alongside teams from Liberty, Alex Monroe and many others.

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Meet Keighley from Liberty’s Design Studio

Friday 28th February 2014, 14.31

Behind the Print with Keighley

Ever wanted to learn how to make your very own clothing, but found the thought of following a dress pattern more daunting than Everest? Print aficionado, Keighley is here to put you at ease. We caught up with Liberty’s loveliest print designer to pick up some dress making tips, and pry into the world of the Liberty Design Studio and what it’s like to work there. We also got a glimpse of Keighley’s collection of handmade garments – flirty floral frocks, retro A-line minis and a host of snug fleece sweatshirts – all enough to make you green with wardrobe envy.

 

How long have you been a print designer at Liberty, and how did you end up working in the Liberty print design team?

I’ve been at Liberty for about two and a half years. I studied fashion print at Central St. Martins and was on a sandwich course so I could spend a year in the industry before my final year, most of which I spent at Liberty. I loved it and was offered a job for when I finished my degree which was really exciting.

What part of the print design process do you love and find the most exciting?
I love the actual designing part the most; drawing, painting or lino printing the design. But getting the brief and the research part, when I’ve got lots of ideas buzzing around my head, is pretty exciting too. Once the design has been approved the colouring stage is really interesting. When the design starts to be coloured it really comes to life and it always amazes me how colour can transform the design.

You sometimes go on field trips to get inspiration for the seasonal fabric designs. What has been the most memorable trip you’ve taken with the team?
The most memorable trip was Florence. One of the other designers and I went at the end of last year and it was just incredible. There is so much beauty packed into such a small city. We went for three days and managed to see so many inspiring things, I can’t go into too much detail as it was research for Autumn/ Winter 2015 – which is still very top secret!

Working so many seasons in advance, how do you ensure designs will remain relevant and current?
It’s great working so far in advance because it allows us to almost set the trends and create designs that will go on to inspire others who will use the fabrics in their collections. Our briefs are always so inspiring and within our collections we try to create gorgeous designs and beautiful colours that will appeal to a variety of customers. We also have an innovation team who search for great new base fabrics to put our designs on to. We have recently launched denim and fleece, which are both amazing and so wearable (I think I have five Liberty fleece jumpers now!).

Keighley projects

What is your favourite Liberty print, and what does it mean to you?
Oh that’s quite a hard question! I’m going to have to mention a few. I’m quite attached to all of my designs as I work on them for so long, then we can name them after someone and that makes you feel even more attached! I named my very first design ‘Jacqueline Helena’ after my mum; I designed it at St. Martins when we did a collaboration competition with Liberty in our second year. My first design as a designer here was inspired by sound and was named after my brother, ‘Joshua Graham’. I also love ‘Kevin’ (my dad!), a design from Autumn/ Winter 2014 which was inspired by star constellations. From Spring/ Summer 2014, I think my favourites are ‘Sheree’ which was inspired by the Liberty Bath House and named after my auntie, and ‘Jess and Jean’ which was inspired by the furnishing room. I’ve just seen that Sessùn have used it for a dress which I’m really excited to buy. I haven’t even mentioned the designs I love that I haven’t designed! I must just mention ‘Alice’s Garden’, a design from Autumn/ Winter 2013. This is ‘Anna’s garden’ (also a beautiful print which was inspired by a scarf print from the archive) made really tiny and put onto fleece, it’s just gorgeous. ‘Wild Flowers’ from Autumn/ Winter 2014 was created from a paper cut sculpture of a botanical book, it was also printed on fleece, so I made a gorgeous jumper and also recently upholstered my wooden desk chair cushion with it, which looks lovely.

Is it true there is a print named after you? Have you made anything from the design?
Yes! ‘Keighley’ was designed in Spring/ Summer 2012, I absolutely love it and have brought metres of it. I can’t decide what to make, it has to be something special. Luckily, Paige Denim used ‘Keighley’ and made a really cute pair of denim shorts which I obviously bought.

You make many of your own items using Liberty print, what has been your favourite project so far?
When I was interning I collected lots of different scraps and made a quilt which is on my bed so I love waking up to that. But making clothes is fun; being able to see something I like then try and re-create it is great. I went through a phase of making lots of fleece jumpers, but at the moment I seem to be making lots of A-line mini skirts out of the denim and also material from our new Furnishing Fabrics collection. I also really enjoy making presents, it’s lovely to give someone something you’ve made, even if it’s something little.

Many people feel daunted by the prospect of making clothing, what advice or encouragement do you have for those first timers?

Don’t be daunted! It really is quite easy if you start with something simple, like an elasticated skirt, for example, or a T-shirt style dress. The best way to start is to get hold of a garment that you like the shape of and that you can ideally cut up to create a pattern. It’s a really good way of seeing how garments are put together and the more you practice the more you will get used to knowing what the patterns need to look like to be able to fit the body. Trial and error is the best way to learn if you haven’t had any training in it.

Finally, will you be making anything from the new season ‘Gallery of Prints’ collection? If so, which print will you be using?
As we design so far ahead I’ve had the Spring/ Summer ’14 fabric around for a while, so I’ve made a smock dress from ‘Jonathan’, some boxer shorts and an iPad case out of ‘Sheree’ and lots of cushions out of ‘Jess and Jean’, which look lovely. Also, a little rag doll for my niece’s first birthday with a patchwork dress of ‘Sheree’, ‘Jess and Jean’, ‘Jennie and Steve’ and few other designs from other seasons. I went to have a look at the collection on the shop floor the other day and was reminded of how much I love ‘Isle of Wight’, so I really want to make something out of that… I’m not sure what yet.

 

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Sophie Pate: What Gets Me Through Fashion Week

Tuesday 18th February 2014, 15.13

Senior Press Officer Sophie Pate is accompanies Kate Brindley, Head of Marketing and Communications, to each of the shows twice a year. Often photographed during the five day event by street photographers, it’s imperative she is looking her absolute best at all times.

Sophie talks us through what she’s most looking forward to seeing at the Autumn/ Winter 2014 London shows and what helps keep her looking camera ready between shows.

 

What gets you through fashion week?
I drink a lot of coconut water to rehydrate, but I always carry sachets of EBOOST which is great for a natural energy boost, the acai pomegranate flavours are yummy.

Which shows are you looking forward to seeing?
I am really looking forward to seeing J.W. Anderson as he is new for us for Spring/ Summer 2014 so it will be good to see what he has designed for next season and he is always one to watch at fashion week.

What’s your Fashion Week beauty essential?
I have a few… Always a good strong lippy, so either a fab red from Ellis Faas or any of the lip pencils from Nars. I cannot live without the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer, it’s great to have at hand when you need to touch up between shows.

What’s inside your Iphis print Liberty London pouch?
Well mainly all my tickets but I love to double up and use this as a clutch , so all my essentials too – phone, water, mints, make-up and by the looks of things a brolly! It’s surprising how much you can fit into it!

 

Follow all the action during London Fashion Week and beyond with the Liberty Press Team and Sophie Pate: @Liberty_Sophie

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Kate Brindley: What Gets Me Through Fashion Week

Tuesday 18th February 2014, 12.06

London Fashion Week is always a busy time of the year for team Liberty. Our buying and press staff are out in full force surveying the forthcoming fashion landscape for Autumn/ Winter 2014 as we speak – there are many shows to travel to, people to meet and parties to attend, ensuring our iconic store is represented at every stage – the five day event can really take its toll.

Head of Marketing and Communication, Kate Brindley, shares who she is most looking forward to seeing this fashion week and what helps get her through the non-stop schedule of shows.

 

Which shows are you looking forward to seeing?
I’m really looking forward to seeing Peter Pilotto‘s show, especially as they just won the Vogue Fashion Fund. I’m expecting something a bit different from them. I’m also super excited to see Michael Van Der Ham‘s show as I think he’s so talented, and I always love myself some Richard Nicoll.

 
What gets you through fashion week?
Hanging out with my pals (I always like to seek out a real friend at each show), putting the world to rightss over Japanese food with Head of Fashion Buying Stephen Ayres and soaking up the energy and hysteria of it all. LFW always makes me fall back in love with London as a city too.

 
Where do you rest up between shows?
Something I like about LFW is how you often end up in places or areas you’ve never been to before, so I like to drop in to unexplored bars or cafés next to the show venues. I also have been know to commandeer a seat in the LFW Daily team’s Mercedes Jeep and bum a lift to the next show while catching up with editor, Cat Callendar.

What’s your Fashion Week beauty/ grooming essential?
Nars lip pencils to distract from tired eyes – right now I’m loving a magenta shade, a Margaret Dabbs Medical Pedicure before the shows start so I can skip round in heels and as much coconut water as I can lay my mitts on.

What’s inside your Iphis print Liberty London pouch?
All my show tickets, as it’s the perfect size for that, and a travel size flagon of Carnal Flower by Frederic Malle which always lifts my flagging spirits.

 

Follow all the action live from London Fashion Week and beyond with the Liberty Press Team and Kate: @Liberty_KateB

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London Fashion Week: Five minutes with womenswear buyer Rhian

Friday 14th February 2014, 13.18

Rhian london fashion week

 

 

London Fashion week is upon us again, so we caught up with Liberty womenswear buyer Rhian Grimstead to get her essential tips, designer must-haves and a sneak preview of what could be hitting the Liberty rails next season.

Which shows are you looking forward to seeing?
Christopher Kane because last season it was one of my favourites, also Jonathan Saunders as the collection really evolved last season so I’m keen to see what he’s done this time around.

What gets you through fashion week?
Baobab Aduna vitamin and mineral powder, we sell it online at Liberty.co.uk.

Where do you rest up between shows?
Back in the office or I’ll grab a cup of tea on Somerset House cafe if I only have 10 minutes to spare.

What’s your Fashion Week beauty essential?
This season it’s a scraped back ponytail with a bow in reference to Roksanda Ilincic SS14, the hair by Luke Hersheson was beautiful in the show, and with the wind and rain a blow-dry isn’t an option. I like to toughen girly hair up with a biker boot or leather jacket.

What’s inside your Iphis print Liberty London pouch?
Blackberry, Iphone5, Laura Mercier Secret Concealer, tissues, mirror, coco butter lip balm, travel card, show schedule and fashion week pass. And my show invites of course! They fit in perfectly as the pouch is big enough to hold everything!

For live updates from the shows, make sure you’re following Rhian on twitter @Liberty_Rhian.

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