5.11.13

The Fabulous Miss K Dress Collection

Since starting this blog almost 3 years ago, I've been lucky enough to meet some amazing people, one of which is Karen of The Fabulous Miss K. With more than 20 years experience in the fashion industry Karen has spent the last year or so making her life time ambition come true with her very own dress range.

Inspired by her late mother Barbara, Karen has created the start of what will become a capsule wardrobe of classic pieces of clothing, based on vintage designs. During Norwich Fashion Week 2013 we were given a look at the prototypes of Karen's first collection, and Karen asked me to style hair and makeup for the girls that modelled her dresses in the Vintage Show. A few months later than planned, some of those dresses are now available to buy. 

Photograph: Joe Black
Model: Demi
Hair: Missy Vintage
Makeup: By Demi
Photograph: Joe Black
Model: Grace
Hair/makeup: Missy Vintage
Insisting these dresses were made in the UK, Karen has spent months trying to find the right manufacturer that would appreciate and do justice to the attention to detail she wants her designs to have, from the side zips and the covered buttons to turn ups on the sleeve. 

Whilst admitting she's found the delays frustrating, Karen also feels that getting these dresses available to buy quicker by sending the manufacturing over seas was something she wasn't prepared to do. Having these dresses made in the UK was a very important part in creating her collection. 

Another frustration on the journey from design to sale occurred whilst working on promoting her collection the Barrellhouse Stomp event in August, where two of the sample dresses were stolen. (one of which was the red dress in the first picture) Sadly despite being reported to the police the dresses were never returned. But if you do happen to know the whereabouts of these samples their return would still be appreciated. They can be returned anonymously to her office : Fabulous Miss K, Olives, Elm Hill, Norwich NR3 1HG

Photograph: Joe Black
Model: Annie (Sandra Reynolds Model Agency)
Hair/makeup: Flamingo Amy
But finally the first pieces of the Fabulous Miss K collection are here! I think my personal favourite is the Barbara dress, I just love a dress with pockets and the bottle green colour is just so lovely for these darker days, although forties in style, I think these are essentially good classic pieces. I can see that I could wear the green Barbara dress with a faux fur stole and forties inspired hair one day but make it more seventies looking with tan knee high boots and a floppy hat the next. 

I recently attended a soiree held to showcase the arrival of the much awaited dresses, and they really are gorgeous. Depending on your budget £135 may feel a lot, but they'll make a beautiful addition to your wardrobe. If you're after the perfect bridesmaid dress that can be worn time and time again - this could be it? 





I worked with Karen again yesterday on a shoot for these dresses styling hair and makeup for model Nakita, I can't wait to see what photographer Joe Black comes up with this time, but whilst we wait for his images, here's a sneaky peek behind the scenes.......






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  1. Such an amazing collection. The 1940s inspired red dress is to die for, I'm so sorry it went missing :( :( I hate hearing stories like that :( So so beautiful though - I'm broke at the moment but maybe one day!!

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