Other culprits, tipping me over the edge into being a wannabe Fashion Designer include the ribbons, tie backs, tassels and trimmings shop VV Rouleaux.
VV Rouleaux image taken from their blog
The first time I went into their London Marleybone shop I thought I had died and gone to heaven! The mix is more eclectic than an Englishman's Pimms Party and the range of colours, hues and tones makes a Brazilian street parade seem a tad drab.
The final culprit - a spell working as a project architect for Selfridges, London. That really sealed my fate. Walking past Marni, Dolce & Gabbanna and Prada on the way to one's coffee break was really rather lovely.
A heavenly creation by Love June Boutique
I actually make a fair few items of my own clothing. I can make a simple A-line skirt and get a moderately difficult dress to fit me. But I know, that to get this cut and drape requires more, much more. I look, admire and aspire.
Equally heavenly creation by
Project Runway season 5 winner Leanne Marshall
Leanne's work keeps surprising me. I enjoy the way she disrupts the surfaces of the clothes she designs. She gives them volume and presence.
Pamela Tang's work by comparison is quiet, minimalistic and in a word...perfect.
Saffron Dress with hand pleated neckline by Pamela Tang
It epitomes the edict 'Less is More'. The clothes speak of honesty and have a kind of Amish reductive quality to them. I personally find them spellbinding.
Finally, there is a part of me (when I'm not attending the opening night at the Royal Opera House in Love June, or assisting as a bridesmaid in Leanne Marshall or being artistic in Pamela Tang) that loves the slightly edgy. Just a little bit of grit. For such an occasion Joodito fits the bill.
Celeno by Joodito