Vogue Festival 2014: The Power of Two in Fashion

DSC_0005The first talk we attended as part of our time at the Vogue Festival 2014 was The Power of Two in Fashion. The impressive panel was made up of Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of fashion powerhouse Proenza Schouler and long-term collaborators Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier, who Marc Jacobs personally hired as creative director and design director to head his Diffusion line in May 2013. Blimey. They spoke about the pros and cons of doubling up in the fashion world, something which naturally appealed to us! Come on Marc, it’s only a matter of time.

The dynamics of the duos were distinctly different, with Jack and Lazaro appearing very much equals and seemed extremely content in their relaxed and friendly partnership. ‘Our partnership wasn’t too thought out, we didn’t weigh out any challenges. We would not have been friends in high school, but it works now as we bring different references to the table’Jack.  Luella and Katie, on other hand, although clearly great friends seemed to have a more typically business relationship, with Katie appearing the more dominant and focused of the two whilst Luella was allowed to be the creative spirit. They described how when they were first introduced by Katy Brand in a pub in Chelsea,  they liked each other straight away and, based on that initial meeting, began to work together. It was really interesting to hear them describe how their partnership just feels fun and right.

It was apparent from both duos that being able to trust that your partners’ views are almost always going to be the same as yours is essential to being a successful duo. ‘I’ll always refer back to Luella, but I know the decisions that she makes would be the same ones I would make!” – Katie. ‘The conversation is the best thing about working together. It’s exciting and inspiring. We create a bigger force together, but there is a trust where we can make decisions on our own… you become one in a way. We feel connected all of the time’ – Luella. Jack and Lazaro also suggested that this was a great way to divvy up the less exciting parts of their world, such as meetings. They know that only one of them has to be present in order for both voices to be heard.

It was great to hear these super successful duos discuss the pros and cons (although there didn’t seem to be many, if any, cons discussed. Natch) and we certainty recognised some of the perks that being a pair can bring, most pertinently that there is always someone on hand to bounce ideas off of!

Thanks again to Boden for sending us!

J&V

Company Style Blogger Awards 2014

Company Blogger Awards 2014Good morning and a very merry Monday to you!

We begin the week with a plea for nominations for the Company Style Blogger Awards 2014! Now, we promise not to harp on endlessly about this but being shortlisted really would be the cherry on top of a fantastic first year of blogging. We do absolutely adore writing She and Hem and we hope that if you enjoy reading it (even if it sometimes makes you poorer) you will consider giving up a teeny bit of your time to nominate us for an award. There are a number of categories to choose from but, as we like to think we are the PJ and Duncan, Batman and Robin, Mel and Sue or perhaps even the Harold and Lou of the blogging world, we would suggest the duos category.

It only takes a couple of minutes to nominate and, if you are on Twitter, you can then enter yourself into a competition to win £250 to spend at Miss Guided, the awards sponsor. Simply tweet ‘I just nominated @sheandhem in the #companystylebloggerawards2014 now I want to win £250 to spend at missguided #MGBLOGGERS“.

You can of course swap @sheandhem for the twitter handle of a different blog. We won’t hold it against you, honest.

Thank you!

J&V

Company Blogger Awards 2014

Double Thumbs Dresses #33

Howdy partners! It’s DT time! Your weekly *sideways glance* roundup of the dresses we have deemed worthy of the highly coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval. Before we crack on, I am going to make a shameless plea! The nominations for the Company Blogger Awards 2014 have opened and we would be chuffed as nuts if you would consider voting for us. There’s even a blogger duo category! Shameless plea over, it’s frock o’clock.

Map Print Cotton Fit Flare Dress £85 from Laura Ashley
Map Print Cotton Fit Flare Dress £85 from Laura Ashley

I have been waiting forever (at least 3 weeks) for this beauty to hit the Laura Ashley website and it sure was worth the wait. It’s got the most gorgeous old world map print, complete with big ships, whales and deckchairs! Yes, more deckchairs! I hereby declare deckchairs to be a SS14 essential.

Vintage Floral Midi Bardot Dress £85 from ASOS
Vintage Floral Midi Bardot Dress £85 from ASOS

Oh me oh my, ASOS are killing it with the dresses at the moment. They rather inconsiderately keep selling out before I have the chance to buy them (and by that I mean they aren’t hanging around long enough to go into a sale), which is a real bummer. This gorgeous vintage style dress has a beautiful off the shoulder neckline and sublime fit and flare shape.

Organza Prom Dress £25 from Matalan
Organza Prom Dress £25 from Matalan

Matalan are also bringing the pretty this season with some lovely feminine florals. This gorgeous organza prom dress has a super flattering silhouette and the all important  mesh panel.

Wish You Were Here Dress £60 from Great Plains
Wish You Were Here Dress £60 from Great Plains

This postcard print dress from Great Plains is surely worth writing home about (unlike my jokes, eh). I do enjoy a shirt dress and this one happens to have a lovely rounded collar and a very pretty peach and blue pallet going on. It’s also got birds on it. So that’s nice. Continue reading Double Thumbs Dresses #33