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Ile de Re: The Inspiration behind the dress

Deborah Mistry

Ile de Re: The Inspiration behind the dress

Lured for many years to further and more exotic destinations it was a September trip to Ile de Re in 2016 which reminded me how much I love France. Just 22 Kilometres long, the island is connected to La Rochelle by a bridge. I couldn’t believe that such an easy journey could take me to somewhere so idyllic; you can literally see the bridge from the airport and it takes minutes to cross. Such a short transfer is perfect when you are travelling with a toddler! We rented this charming house in La Noue, one of the tiny, pretty villages which...


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...