29/01/2015

Born in London in 1946, actress, singer, model and muse Jane Birkin has been a consistent inspiration to the world of fashion for over four decades. Rising to fame in the late 1960’s after appearing in in films such as the era-defining 'Blowup' (1966), Birkin was hailed as an icon of relaxed, laidback style. 

Her classic and pared-back aesthetic – often grounded in denim – maintains a contemporary relevance, feeling as fresh today as in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Equally effortless in wide leg flares or worn-in classic straight legs, Birkin is a true denim girl who encapsulates the MiH blue-jean spirit.

Despite how many trends come and go, the one piece that outlives them all is the Breton. Introduced in France in 1858, the original Breton was the national Navy uniform. It featured 21 stripes. One for each of Napoleon’s victories. 

Inspired by the French sailors and their patriotic uniform, Coco Chanel introduced the design into her 1917 nautical collection. She designed the Breton top to be worn with long flared trousers; perfect for the fashionable Saint Tropez holidays of the time.

The look was made popular by Brigitte Bardot, Edie Sedgwick and Audrey Hepburn, and is now frequently seen on the fashion girls of our generation, like Alexa Chung and Kate Moss. Paired with denim, the Breton is a piece which transcends time and trends.

The Hutton Breton from the MiH Pre-Spring/Summer 2015 collection. Shop here.

15/01/2015

London based ceramics artist Lubna Chowdhary is forging her own very unique artistic signature.

 

Known for her playful geometric creations, Lubna works with ceramic tiles using specialist hand-glazing techniques. Combining unique compositions of vibrant colour, shape and pattern, Lubna’s creations have transformed spaces all over the world including the Wales Millennium Centre, the Saatchi Gallery and the Park Hotel, New Delhi.

 

lubnachowdhary.co.uk

Almost exactly 3 years ago, we photographed our Autumn/Winter 2012 lookbook at the Master Shipwright’s House, Deptford.  A treasured piece of English Heritage, the house was the perfect pared-back setting for our seasonal shoot. 

 

The last remaining part of the Royal Naval Dockyard, the Master Shipwright’s House was built in 1513 and lovingly restored in the early 18th century. The house has five bedrooms with large light-filling windows, stripped walls and original wooden floorboards all surrounding a dramatic focal staircase. An expansive garden, complete with a characterful lookout hut, overlooks the Thames. 

 

The house is open to the public once a year as part of Open House Weekend offering an insight into Deptford History.  

  

For more information visit www.openhouselondon.org.uk

Exterior images copyright of Deptford Dame 

23/12/2014

During its short existence of 33 months, New York’s Studio 54 became the world’s most famous nightclub. Its wild success was put down to one rule: “The key to a good party is filling a room with guests more interesting than you.”

 

The star-studded disco was populated by celebrities such as Michael Jackson, Andy Warhol, Bianca Jagger and Truman Capote and surprised with showstoppers, ranging from white stallions to flamboyant dancers, almost every night of the week.

70s darling Cher captures the free-spirited air of Studio 54 in this atmospheric black and white shot by the club’s in-house photographer Robin Platzer.

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