So it is mid July but finally feeling summer has arrived at last. We’re back to hosing down the newly planted shrubs and freshly sown grass seeds as soon as the sun goes down! The cushions have finally been relieved of their vacuum packed space in the loft and have been gently puffed up on the all weather seating outside; its all looking good for the next few days of British Summertime at least! This is my work space today as its far too lovely to stay indoors and at least I have shade to see my laptop but am multi-tasking as am also storing up on the vital Vitamin D which I will need to function in the winter months. I guess I am doing my body some good then by being out in the open today…well that’s what I’m telling myself anyway!
So the big question today was what to wear to feel cool and comfortable in my fabulous new office space. Mulling this over with my first coffee of the morning I refocused on what the drive was behind the creation of MOV. We wanted to design garments that had longevity, were transitional and very much part of the ‘slow fashion’ movement that is rapidly gathering pace today. We wanted our customers to really consider the items they were purchasing and to think where the garment was brought. We also wanted them to question how it was produced and at the same time be safe in the knowledge that their purchases were of the highest quality, but stylishly designed as beautiful timeless pieces. We also wanted to create garments which have multiple uses and can be worn transitionally and so that brings me on to what to wear to the ‘garden’ office today!
Despite sitting in 30 degree heat (albeit in the shade) I’m wearing our incredibly versatile Madeleine skirt which I normally wear at its maximum length, as that’s my preferred look, and ideally with boots and a leather biker jacket. However even I can’t hide my legs away today so have folded the waistband over to shorten to a pencil skirt look but its so much cooler for the temperature out there. As for my top I’ve gone for the Martinique racer back in white. This piece has a gorgeous cowl neckline and can easily be worn for added glamour to my Pilates class all year round, as well as looking great as a comfortable daytime piece on summer days such as today. Therefore two stylish pieces which can be worn all year round giving superb value for your purchase and giving a meaning to what we wear and how we wear it too. Now just how long is it till Pimms o’clock ??
MOV at its conception chose colour schemes soothing to the mind and body to reflect our ethos of wearable beautiful clothes. So, our colours at their core are neutral in tones of grey, black and white echoing the simplistic beautiful designs which hold them. However…. we do like to have a bit of fun when letting our hair down and so for each collection decided we would work outside our ‘neutral’ box and have a bit of fun with colour and fabrics which aren’t part of our core collection So,on choosing which colour to introduce to our first collection the beautiful tones of orange in pumkin and cumin screamed to be included. We loved the connect of warmth, yet vibrancy, of this beautiful colour and introduced it to two of our new designs. It seems we aren’t the only ones to wake up and notice the workability of these Orange tones as seen in this recent Guardian article discussing it’s many merits too! Our long sleeve top, above, is perfect for lounging around infront of a warm fire in the winter, or throwing on over a bikini by the beach as it gets towards sundowner time. The burnt orange encourages comfort and warmth and the gorgeous fabric feels so good to snuggle in. In contrast our Sienna Slip, above, is made up in a beautiful crepe backed satin and reflects the vibrancy we envisaged feeling when wearing this fabulous dress! And what better colour to offset our core neutral colours as the Sienna slip will look amazing when teamed with our gorgeous greys !! Our long sleeve top will be available soon to purchase on monksonvacation.com. However, being the true perfectionists we are proud to be at MOV, our Sienna slip is a ‘work in progress’ but will be available online in January for SS16.
So this exert appeared on my twitter page this week from a colleague who has followed the MOV story from its concept and how fantastic that others are now seeing what we conceived when venturing down this path. We wanted to create beautiful wearable clothes which were both flattering yet comfortable to wear and could interchange their function as our busy lifestyles require! So our Maxi Sweat ( seen here in grey melange) has been a huge hit (we’re bringing this out in other colours due to popular demand !).This is due not only to the beautiful soft jersey it’s made up in, but because it looks fabulous on and great to wear, whether dashing to do the food shop (via a dog walk and school drop off), to snuggle up in on a cold British beach with a Sundowner or by a cosy open fire watching a good movie with a large glass of red ! Our ribbed pants too are comfy and practical but have a flattering kick flare and the fabric is of such amazing quality you don’t get any sags or bags however much you wear them. The Rushy pants above are perfect for any busy day with an oversized waistband which not only covers everything but also acts as an extra ‘layer’ with that skinny vest or oversized top as seen with our stunning L/S White Top. . Our Walberswick pants are created from a soft stretchy grey rib with oversized waistband and cut beautifully to flatter the body. These will be available in Jan 2016 (in other colours) and we are taking early orders on these already! So, there’s absolutely no excuse not to enter the autumnal climate wrapped up in gorgeous oversized flattering garments available now online at monksonvacation.com.