Sweet and Sour

Sweet and Sour

Winter coats take centre stage in our seasonal wardrobe, so its essential that we find one that not only looks good but keeps us warm on those long cold winter nights. When I first came across my now favourite yellow coat, it broke all of my usual rules. I normally go for something versatile, warm and snug, and something that can be used as a transitional piece for the next season.

We are often told that pastels and bright colours are meant for the warmer months. So my challenge in buying this coat was to make it as versatile and season appropriate as possible. I was about to find out exactly how to make yellow work in the coldest of seasons.

As you may or may not know I try not to let trends dictate what I wear. However I like to keep my eye on the radar for special trends such as the ‘Sweet and Sour’ trend which was featured in some of the shows this season.

The ’Sweet and Sour trend is a colour clash of pastels and vivid bright colours alongside a masculine cut or a 1960s detailing.  In my opinion Prada, and Christian Dior demonstrated this very well this season so I decided to take some inspiration from this.

In keeping with the look I styled the yellow coat with a baby pink cashmere turtle neck, grey high waisted skinny jeans and a gladiator- esque high heeled shoes, and not forgetting the shades. The colour combinations reminded me of bubble gum and lemons, you can’t get anymore sweet and sour than that.

I paid homage to 1960s styling by making use of the turtle neck and round shaped sunglasses and kept it modern with the use of skinny jeans and the heels.

That’s all for now guys but look out for my next post. I’ll be showing you how accessories can be added to this coat to create a very different look altogether.

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Coat - Zara | Cashmere Polo neck - Brora | Skinny Jeans - All Saints | Shoes - Zara | Sunglasses - Other Stories | Bag - Zara |
Photos by CANO

Bespoke or not to Bespoke…

Why choose Bespoke?

The Bespoke service offered by the Rita Colson brand allows you to create a one-of-a-kind dress designed especially for you. You may wish to modify silhouettes or cuts from our Bridal dresses to create your own unique design, or it might be that you have ideas of your own that I can apply my skills and expertise to help you realise.

What are the benefits of choosing a bespoke dress?

Each bespoke dress is made from scratch in our studio. Often, this will require several fittings over and above our normal Couture service, as we need to create a brand new pattern.

I will work very closely with you to understand your needs, likes and dislikes and will guide you in what fabrics and shapes will work best for your unique shape, to ensure you walk away with a truly special piece.

How long will it take?

Bespoke wedding dresses take time to make to the exacting standards we insist on, therefore we advise brides to leave between 6-12 months between the commission and collection of their dress. If you have a shorter timescale, please get in touch, as sometimes we are able to accommodate you.

Real Bride - Lois Shimmen | A hand pleated gown with a touch of lace and a ruffle tail. Photo by www.mariadragan.com

Attention to detail - the inside of the garment should look just as good as the outside.

Work in progress - Fitting the dress.


Fur – ‘Faux’ it or against it

Fur – ‘Faux it or against it’

Whether you’re ‘faux’ it or against it, fur always makes a bold fashion statement. With the rapid change in weather, there’s nothing like a bit of fur to update your look and get you warm and cozy for the cold weather ahead.

What’s that one piece of clothing that’s going to take you through the autumn into winter? What item will enable you to smoothly merge your current wardrobe with the cold season ahead? Which item can you dress up or down without it becoming repetitive? If you have not considered it as an option before, it’s about time you invest in a fur stole/bolero. I think this is undoubtedly the new investment piece of the season. I promise you won’t regret it.

The piece I’m wearing here is a 1930’s (real) fur bolero, a timeless piece that has seen me through many winters. It’s also a great throw on piece for formal or casual wear.

On this occasion, I’m wearing it with my trusted H&M double-breasted navy jacket with skinny jeans, for a dressed down casual look.

So what are you waiting for? Don’t ditch that practical boring winter coat just yet. Why not simply add a bit of glam and accessorize with a faux fur/vintage stole.

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Fur Bolero - Portobello Market | Jacket - Gap | Photos by Mista skee

Collaborating with Cliveden House

Collaborating with Cliveden House

Every now and then I like to look back and reflect on my achievements so far. I was reminded of the shoot that started it all. I had the opportunity of designing a mini collection based on Cliveden House, a luxury country house, a wedding venue in Berkshire.

It was the perfect setting for an enchanted wedding shoot. The fairy tale architecture, lavish interiors and breathtaking grounds set amongst 376 acres of National Trust parklands, overlooking the grounds. Wow!! It’s all coming back to me, it was truly breathtaking. Cliveden is surely one of the finest places in the UK to consider for a fabulous wedding.

With the venue so enriched in tradition and ornate, elaborate decor, I was mindful of not making my designs too traditional but rather marrying the traditional with the fashion forward slender silhouettes that the Rita Colson bride represents. The outcome was long sleek vintage lace dresses and soft tulle princess styled dress in blush.

Meghan Fay of Extraordinary Day Events was the mastermind behind the shoot. Bringing together the industry’s finest to create an A Team. I had never been on such a well thought through creative shoot before this one. The shoot has been published three times, Bridal Musings, ‘So you’re getting married’ and English wedding blog. It continues to serve as inspiration for wedding ideas.

Take a look, let me know what you think.


Bridal Gowns - Rita Colson London | Location - Cliveden House |
Photo by Ben Wetherall  


Madmoiselle Privé

Mademoiselle Privé

Chanel the iconic French Fashion house, made a temporary home for itself in London this autumn. Karl Lagerfeld and CHANEL presented a captivated journey through the House’s creativity. The Mademoiselle Prive exhibition opened the doors to Chanel’s lavish history, from Coco Chanel’s exquisite bedroom and Atelier rooms to current director Karl Lagerfeld’s famous dresses and imagination.

Installed on all three floors of the Gallery, the enticing adventure brought to mind the House’s essential elements: audacity, freedom, and innovation whether it is the history of Gabrielle Chanel’s inspirations or Karl Lagerfeld’s inimitable take on CHANEL’s codes, symbols, and icons.

The free exhibition showcased the first and only jewellery collection designed by Coco Chanel dating back to 1932. Worth 1 million pounds the diamond encrusted jewellery was the showcase to open up the world of Haute Couture in the exhibition.

Inside the gallery, the life story begins from the original hat shop where Chanel’s career first began in a factory which portrays the conception of Chanel No5, to the totem room which celebrates Chanel’s signature pieces.

Although it was only opened for three weeks, Chanel’s Mademoiselle Prive made a lasting imprint in the hearts of all Chanel lovers. It provided an in-depth insight into the brand and affirmed the reasons why it still rivals the fashion industry 106 years on.

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