An evening with Jacques Vert, Grand Central Birmingham

Last Thursday the gorgeous Jacques Vert flagship store in Birmingham’s Grand Central hosted an evening of shopping and fizz as it showcased its key looks for the upcoming party season.  A sort of early Black Friday, there was also a massive 30% discount on the night, which was a tempting incentive to snap up a series of gorgeous looks. I went along to check out this season’s style and to get a better understanding of why Jacques Vert is no longer just the destination of choice for ‘Mother of the Bride’ outfits.

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SPARKLE CLUTCH BAG was £99.00 now £64.35 Click to visit

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BOW FAUX FUR LEATHER GLOVE was £49.00 now £31.85 Click to visit

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Left: SPLIT SLEEVE TUNIC was £99.00 now £64.35 click to view    Right: : PETITE JACQUARD PROM was £149.00 now £96.85 Click to view

 

Jacques Vert is a British High Street icon. The company was originally founded in 1972 by Jack Cynamon and Alan Green, two tailors from the East End of London. In 1977 they created a fashion range, combined their names and added a French twist (Jacques Vert is just so much more sophisticated than Jack Green) creating the Jacques Vert brand and public company. The brand is synonymous with quality, I collect piece of the brand from the 1970s and 1980s and they are still so washable and wearable due to the excellence of the design and fabric. But in recent years Jacques Vert has taken a new direction, it is no longer just about beautiful occasion wear, the coats, day time looks and party frocks are also very important to a brand that has moved with the times. Mother of the Bride is not forgotten, but she may have to share the space with her younger daughter now.

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LACE AND CREPE DRESS was £129.00 now £83.85 Click to visit

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OFF THE SHOULDER VELVET DRESS was £199.00 now £129.35 Click to visit

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CREPE COWL DRESS was £129.00 now £59.00 Click to visit

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LUX MOONLIGHT PROM DRESS was £169.00 now £109.85 Click to visit

There are some really lovely, stylish pieces both in store at Jacques Vert, and online ad they show that the brand is able to cater for a gamut of style and taste. In particular, the retro inspired  Lux Moonlight prom dress, and the off the shoulder velvet dress that could have come from Princess Diana’s wardrobe, are absolute winners. At the opposite end of the spectrum,  the crepe cowl dress is a perfect day dress that would work for the office or the boardroom.

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JACQUARD AND DRESS was £149.00 now £96.85 Click to visit

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TWILL FAUX FUR TRIM COAT was £229.00 now £148.85 Click to visit

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OVERSIZED CHECK COAT was £199.00 now £99.00 Click to visit

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DRAPE CAPE DRESS was £169.00 now £109.85 Click to visit

Jacques Vert is already embracing Black Friday with all their deals now available in store and online. Click here to visit Jacques Vert online.

With my friend Terry of Terry Terry jewellery

With my friend Terry of Terry Terry jewellery

Fashion Heritage Reading

My favourite looks from the Tony Awards

Last night saw the ‘Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre’. Of course, you probably know them as the Tony Awards, which recognise achievement in live Broadway theatre. This year it was a very glamorous affair, with British interests well rewarded with a best actress award for Helen Mirren for ‘The Audience’ (playing The Queen is definitely lucky for Helen, after an Oscar for The Queen.) Young British actor Alex Sharp was also awarded for his role in one of my favourite plays ‘The Curious Incident of the dog in the night-time’.

There was some seriously, jaw-droppingly gorgeous looks on display, with Jennifer Lopez in particular, moving away from the skin and bead dresses she has been wearing of late, and reminding me why she used to be one of my favourite best dressed ladies. Her blue, strapless gown and 1940s style hair was pure Old Hollywood, elegant and exquisite in equal measure.

There were other great looks too. Helen Mirren is always immaculate. Her dress was stunning, a lovely lace confection with wide sleeves and a deep v neckline. I loved Ruth Wilson in hot pink, whilst Amanda Seyfried showed that a cocktail dress can look appropriate on the red carpet, providing it is baroque and ornate in style.

There is one final dress that I wanted to mention. Blurred Lines model turned actress Emily RatajKowski wore a navy Marc Jacobs dress that was almost identical to one that had been worn by Claire Danes at the 2015 Screen Actors Guild awards. I didn’t like the dress on Claire, mainly because the green colour and tight neckline, teamed with the belt gave it a GI Jane look which just didn’t work. On Emily, the navy shade, and less fussy neckline makes this dress a winner.

Tony Award Dresses

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Emily Ratajkowski

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Ruth Wilson

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Helen Mirren

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Jennifer Lopez

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Amanda Seyfried

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Vanessa Hudgens

Tony Awards Worthy dresses from Lorcan Mullany for Jacques Vert

DIAMANTE ONE SHOULDER GOWN Item No. 010037853 £399.00 click to visit Jacques Vert

DIAMANTE ONE SHOULDER GOWN
£399.00
click to visit Jacques Vert

AQUA OFF THE SHOULDER GOWN Item No. 010037854 £399.00 click to visit Jacques Vert

AQUA OFF THE SHOULDER GOWN
£399.00
click to visit Jacques Vert

NAVY SATIN MAXI GOWN Item No. 010037868 £399.00 click to visit Jacques Vert

NAVY SATIN MAXI GOWN
£399.00
click to visit Jacques Vert

NAVY RUCHED COCKTAIL DRESS Item No. 010037864 £299.00 click to visit Jacques Vert

NAVY RUCHED COCKTAIL DRESS
Item No. 010037864
£299.00
click to visit Jacques Vert

The AEGON Classic Ladies Day at the Edgbaston Priory

Yesterday was pretty much my perfect day. It was glorious in the sunshine, filled with delicious food and Pimms by the jug. I spent it with wonderful friends and we watched some really impressive tennis in the sun. And I got to wear a gorgeous dress from Jacques Vert that had been specially gifted for the occasion. Yes, it was the AEGON Classic ladies day, held at the Edgbaston Priory in Birmingham, and it was all just fab!

DSCN7651[1]Ladies Day is always a pretty special occasion, a time to dress up, dig out the fascinator, and basically have a day of being glamorous – a real break from the norm. Last year the weather did not play ball (ahem – tennis reference there) and the day was filled with dark clouds and rain that ensured the covers stayed firmly on the courts. What a contrast to this year, where the rain shone for what seemed like every minute of the day, ensuring a continuous flow of tennis from the likes of Ana Ivanovic, Kimiko Date Krumm and Samantha Stosur.

I attended ladies day with the lovely Emily Jayne, who looked so fabulous in a dress she had made herself (so jealous of her talent). We started the morning with a little look around the village area, including checking out some of the amazing jewellery from our good friend Terry Terry. There was also time for a bit of posing for Harvey Nichols Birmingham and a spot of food before we took our seats on centre court.

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The first match we were privileged to see was my new heroine Kimiko Date Krumm’s demolision of last year’s winner Daniela Hantuchova. Kimiko is 43 and yet ran around the court in the midday heat like a teenager. She was totally amazing, and won the match 6-4, 6-0. That said, we all fell in love with Daniela’s fabulous dress in peacock blue! Kimiko proved to be a popular winner, and was very sweet in her post-match interview with BBC’s Dan Lobb.

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With Dan Lobb for the post match interview.

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Centre court selfie with the lovely Liz.

DSCN7675[1]We also enjoyed another fabulous match between two Australian stars, the powerhouse Samantha Stosur and her fellow countrywoman Casey Dellacqua. Strosur seemed to be in control, she had us literally gasping with serves of over 110mph, but after taking the first set easily, Dellacqua seemed to get the measure of her, and won the next two sets to take the match.

All in all, this was a most amazing day, one which will be hard to forget.

My Jacques Vert dress

I was very lucky to be gifted the perfect dress for this occasion by Jacques Vert.  The floral detail shift dress is a beautiful gown perfect for a special occasion like ladies day, a wedding or a day at the races. The dress is fully lined in a raw silk fabric, with mesh netting on the neckline, and gorgeous applique flower detail that is exquisite.

The dress sits just on the knee, and is fully lined. It was a very hot day, but the dress felt cool to wear – a combination of the fabric and the sleevless design. I chose to team this dress with silver accessories, a bargain headband from New Life that I picked up for just £1, and a pair of strappy silver sandals from New Look. I added just one piece of jewellery – a Butler and Wilson bracelet, since the neckline of the dress is already embellished and therefore need no necklace.

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The nature of the fabric means that this dress will crease a little as the day goes on, the bottom picture was taken after I had been wearing the dress for 10 hours, and had been on two train journeys, two taxi rides and spent all day at Edgbaston, and I think it has held up pretty well. This is just a dress that you feel super pretty wearing, and will certainly elicit an awful lot of praise and lovely comments.

Floral Detail Shift Dress now £119 click to visit Jacques Vert

Floral Detail Shift Dress now £119 click to visit Jacques Vert

With thanks to Charlotte Harper and the Edgbaston Priory Club for the invitation, and to Jacques Vert for the dress.