I love what I do. One of the favourite parts of running ‘Liberty Kelly’ is meeting all my fantastic clients. People come back show after show, year after year and I hear all about their lives, loves and lows, and most importantly how they have enjoyed wearing their Liberty Kelly jacket, which means so much to me.
Customers often end up chatting to one another on my stand at shows, telling them how many compliments they receive when wearing a Liberty Kelly jacket or poncho and how they like wearing them best.
People always ask me how Liberty Kelly started, how it’s going, and are interested about my family. In short, customers have quickly turned into friends, bringing me coffee (and ice cream!). Who could ask for more than that?
Because of this I decided to start this blog to share a little about me, my life and the Liberty Kelly journey, which I hope may also inspire a new generation of designers! I will share news and images that I think are fantastic and inspire me. I may not be the best writer in the world but I look forward to chatting to you all, as I do when I see you all at the shows!
I hope you enjoy...
Inspired by Vogue
On a gloriously sunny day the week after Badminton, I met my mum in the Café at the National Portrait gallery. After a quick catch up and coffee (and perhaps a small pastry!) we headed into the Vogue covers exhibition.
As we walked in we were immediately struck by the stunning images that filled the room. They were without exception, stylish, colourful and elegant.
I had no idea that Vogue had first gone into print in 1916 during the First World War priced at 1 shilling! (a little different from £4 these days!) Amidst the chaos of a country at war, Vogue really put itself on the map. It was not just a publication that was “Pretty girls and fashion” it addressed real issues within its pages.
Lee Miller, a former model turned photographer took her images from the front line of the war. She gave the magazine a dimension that was unimaginable in the outbreak of the First World War. Delivering stunning and hard-hitting images of women, she became Vogue's very own war correspondent. Stylish black and white images filled the walls of the Portrait Gallery; women stood next to fighter planes, rallying together to keep Britain solid while its men were away – fashion redefined!
Cecil Beaton followed suit in the later years with stunning images capturing the life of the British men and women in the Second World War.
Editor Dorothy Todd (1916-17) always said it was really important to have a mix of high and low brow culture which was published with a flair that Vogue is so well known for. It is surely this mix of class, style and relevant topics that has kept Vogue top of its game for the last 100 years.
There was such an array of people strolling around the exhibition, all looking stylish in their own unique way. I absolutely love looking at the outfits people put together. Some play it safe and take advice from magazines while others throw caution to the wind and combine amazing pieces that give them such a great sense of self.
My mum has an amazing flair with clothes and colour and is often stopped in the street and asked if she minds having her picture taken! She played a huge part in me developing a love for colour, within both clothes and interiors.
Great photo by Mario Testino which reminds me of my mum (yes really!!)
I believe Vogue gives people the confidence they need to put together their own style whilst providing a safety net that many rely on to enjoy clothes and fashion to the full. I think the most important thing, no matter what you wear (whether wild or simple) is that you feel confident in it. I know it’s hard!
In my world, by the time I have got the children up and dressed (why is that always such a struggle??) I can barely eat breakfast let alone decide on what to wear myself.
I decided recently to only keep the clothes that I LOVE, hoping that when I do ‘chuck’ something on from the wardrobe I will hopefully love it rather than attract amused looks because of a mismatch combo!!
When women try on my tweed jackets and tweed ponchos I can literally see them grow in confidence; I have proved women wrong when they say they have no waist, and their boobs are too big for my clothes and more often than not they bounce away in a jacket that gives them new confidence in how they look.
When I picked out a few of my favorite images I realized that Vogue’s images show women with a great strength and confidence, maybe that’s why it is so loved, not just in Britain but worldwide and still 100 years later holds such an important part in the world of fashion.