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The Allure of Glasshouses

Deborah Mistry

The Allure of Glasshouses

From my Granny’s greenhouse, packed to the brim and smelling sweetly of tomatos and geraniums, to my favourite building in London, the magnificent Victorian Palm house at Kew, with it’s lush tropical greenery and ornate white metalwork (rusted over years in the sky-high humidity) I have always been obsessed with glasshouses. When jetting off for some winter sun isn’t an option, I don't think there is a better alternative than spending a few hours in an indoor garden. It is a matter of taste whether you prefer the types of glasshouses that try and recreate the feelings of the tropics,...


The best ever Vogue Photo Shoot: 'Lily Takes a Trip' by Tim Walker

Deborah Mistry

The best ever Vogue Photo Shoot: 'Lily Takes a Trip' by Tim Walker

I fell completely in love with these pictures when they were published in Vogue in July 2005. Tim Walker’s amazing talent for creating dreamscapes is perfect for shooting in Northern India, a land which already feels like the backdrop to fairy tales. Add a model with a doll-like otherworldliness (Lily Cole) and some incredible dresses and you have the ingredients for images which exude magic. Never mind ‘eye candy’, these pictures are a ten course visual banquet of inspiration. I couldn’t pick a favourite, could you? Below are my favourite six though. The one of Lily on the staircase was...


The lure of the one shoulder dress

Deborah Mistry

The lure of the one shoulder dress

The one shoulder trend seems to come and go although I don’t think it’s ever reached the same heights of popularity as the off the shoulder or the cold shoulder have. To me this is part of it’s appeal; it’s always been a fringe trend, never too ubiquitous. Unfortunately, though it has also fallen victim to some very tacky interpretations and is synonymous in a lot of people’s minds with short tight satin dresses. This seems unfair though as it’s such a classic, elegant silhouette that suits a lot of body shapes. It’s sexy without being revealing (it doesn’t allow...


The best white dresses in films

Deborah Mistry

The best white dresses in films

There is nothing I love wearing as much as a white dress. Summer or winter they are the staple of my wardrobe. I even managed a maternity wardrobe of almost entirely white dresses. Over the years my passion  has been inspired but some beautiful white dresses on the big screen. Here are some of my favorites: Amanda Seyfried’s wedding dress in Mamma Mia (2008) This was the first wedding dress image that I stuck in my bridal inspiration scrap book. That tulle over the shoulder was just so unique and pretty. I also loved the tiny pale blue beads and...


César Manrique's Lanzarote

Deborah Mistry

César Manrique's Lanzarote

I’ll admit that I didn’t have very high expectations for the sight-seeing opportunities in Lanzarote and had, like a lot of people, just been looking for some winter sun and thought that it sounded like an easy option for a family holiday with our two year old. However, even as we drove from the airport I was struck by what an incredibly stylish looking island it is. The black and red volcanic hills make the perfect backdrop for the flat-roofed white houses and vibrant green cacti. No one understood the appeal of Lanzarote’s otherworldly beauty or campaigned so hard to...