It’s been quite a year, to say the least. Weddings, bridesmaids, ladies who “don’t wear dresses” wanting dresses for weddings and discovering that, actually, they look amazing and that dresses are – and should be – fun.
Times move on and the new studio at St Mellion is almost finished, working is already happening there and the first frocks in the new children’s line, Harebell, have been made. The very first one, “Gracie” sold within hours of being shown online and it’s a most appropriate home, too.
“Gracie” in tulip print.
And here it is, proudly modelled by the muse who inspired its creation!
Grace first came into the Looe shop, The March Hare, when she was a tiny tot in a pushchair. She didn’t speak, just looked around with huge eyes, taking in everything as her mother, Krystal, had a lovely time looking in beautiful in a variety of frocks. Over the years, Grace has grown up (and up and up!) into a beautiful, self-assured young lady, who knows exactly what she wants and likes and somehow, with her love of vintage and retro styles and classic dresses, she’s always the inspiration behind the Harebell line. It was obvious that the first frock should be named after her, because it was the basic design that was created for her two years ago. The frock has various options (sleeves, necklines, sash/waist ties, skirt length and fabrics) but it’s the same frock and looks wonderful.
Grace modelling her “appley dappley” Gracie frock, with sweetheart neckline and no sleeves.
Grace spotted the Wednesday March Ready To Wear line in Lovely Lane, Looe, back in the summer – nothing gets past this young lady! – and was adamant that she wanted something in the apple print. Despite my slight misgivings as to the size of the print on a small person, Grace proved once again that she has a great eye for design as it works wonderfully. A round necked, short sleeved version of the dress is almost finished in a black background version of this apple print. Don’t tell Grace, though, as it isn’t her size…
No doubt Grace will continue to inspire the Harebell line as she grows up. Apparently, this week she has been glued to the movie “White Christmas” (Miss Wednesday’s favourite!) and has a long list of designs she needs to discuss!
It’s wonderful when customers become friends. Krystal owns the actual frock pictured on the WM business cards and profile pictures. Hopefully both mother and daughter will be inspiring things for years to come.
Happy New Year 2016! Here’s to new premises, new frocks, new friends and even more fun. Stick around, we have a party to plan!