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7 Cities in 7 Days

Posted in Academic Research, London, Switzerland, Telecommunications, Uncategorized, United Kingdom, Virgin, Wearables with tags , , , , , on November 18, 2016 by harlette



A few weeks ago  I woke up to a rainy Lake Geneva. Amazing experience to have the opportunity to observe a United Nations International Telecommunications Union meeting on one of my favourite topics space.

As well as designing swimwear and lingerie have commenced a PhD and designing a new out of this world project combining fashion & technology that is a little secret squirrel more soon.

Travelling from a university in London to a university in Manchester at the other side of the country and back to London all in the same day was an awfully big adventure.

You can see the seven cities in seven days photo’s on Harlette Swimwear new flickr site and you will also spot beaches in Australia like Shelly Beach, a personal favourite and the spectacular Surfers Paradise with the symphony of high rises.

Where, when I touched down in LAX, discovered I left my voice on a virgin train. Sunrise in London Hyde Park with swans & squirrels to finish the day watching  the sunset over Santa Monica beach before meeting with the director of my 4K TV project IT Girl Lingerie to discuss the project, story and new things in Geneva & UK.

Executive Producers that are interested in assisting this project are most welcome to reach out.


Final touch down in Sydney to start new swimwear collection and this new one is going to be really fun to frolic in and on. Of course what a shock was Leonard Cohen, I heard his new song Leaving the Table as I was in a good old trusted black cab outside Buckingham Palace on the way to the university. With the benefit of hindsight its a little prophetic this song.

I was listening to his new album You Want it Darker the whole week, while glued to Bloomberg for US Election updates & the markets reaction and then suddenly the news that he passed away, on remembrance day at 82 after he saw the new President elect Donald Trump come to power. The night before I saw the Opera House covered in poppies and the video is available at Harlette Swimwear new flickr site

Donald Trump no doubt he is 100% #teambikini & excited that Red is the colour of 2017. Having worked with Miss Universes in our shoots & catwalks Harlette Swimwear are excited at seeing Donald work to make America great again.

Exciting times ahead for the whole world and infinitely more exciting with a bikini or two.








Pacifique Swim Collection Catwalk by Harlette

Posted in Australia, Beachwear, BIKINI, Cruisewear, Elite Traveller, Fashion, Fashion Design, Fashion Manufacturing, Fashion Week, France, Harlette, Lifestyle, London, Luxury Lingerie, Luxury Swim, Luxury Underwear, One Piece, SWIMMING, Swimwear, Sydney, Uncategorized on July 9, 2016 by harlette

Harlette Swim debuted their 2nd Swim collection, in the Caribbean on the island of Curacao as part of international Swim Fashion Week. Included a 100% made in France luxury bikini called Jet Set. The jet set bikini features iconic Paris, and 100% made in Britain Velvet which is 1st in the world design by Harlette.

The Harlette Swim collection was launched in the Caribbean on the island of Curacao, as part of International Swim Fashion Week Harlette were the only British Brand to be invited to showcase the collection. The Collection includes Bikinis, Plunge One Pieces Harlette’s Signature Design Bikini. Featuring exotic prints from Tahiti, to Atacama Desert to Arrive in Paris. This inspiration behind the collection is the journey of the Black Pearl and the trip it travelled from Tahiti to make the first show in Paris.


The British brand, rated by the Economic Times as the 5th most unique company to supply services globally and as seen on Billie Piper in the 4th and final series of Secret Diary of a Call Girl. Harlette have moved production back o UK, Harlette are the only company in the world to hold a patent for a diamond and platinum suspender clips and the first company in the world to make a luxury south sea pearl lingerie set. Harlette have a couture lingerie service in London 100% made in Britain.

The concierge on demand bespoke service is available for delivery globally. Appointments are made when you arrive in London. You make your selection & Design and Construction of your garment will then follow and can be shipped to your home or holiday destination if you leave London.

The Luxury Jetset Bikini by Harlette

Posted in Beachwear, BIKINI, Cruisewear, Dubai, Elite Traveller, Fashion, Fashion Week, France, Harlette, Hollywood, Japan, Jewellery, London, Los Angeles, Luxury Swim, Malaysia, Private Island, SWIMMING, Swimwear, Uncategorized with tags on March 15, 2016 by harlette


100% Made in France

Jetset Luxury Bikini by Harlette began life in France just a few days ago, it took just 5 day to make. The bikini left France Monday, arrived in London Tuesday, passed through Miami Friday, to arrive in the Caribbean Saturday to be the star in a sizzling hot beach shoot on the island of Curacao.


The bikini, then crescendo’s as the final closing Showpiece for Harlette catwalk in the Caribbean on Saturday night 12th March as part of the opening show Day 2 International Swim Fashion Week Curacao at Papagayo Resort as mentioned by Harpers Bazar Malaysia



Harlette, already has received orders back in London the day after the show for Jetset Luxury Bikini to be Show, Click & Buy.

This Bikini travels just as much as you.

So if your in London or New York and want it delivered to you in Monaco, Dubai, Tokyo or Caribbean,

Harlette will deliver to you any where in the world.

Pre Order 100% Made in France JetSet Bikini here and experience a complete certain luxury experience with every detail designed for you especially the jewellery features.

After the show, people said they really enjoyed the music.

The Harlette Swim Parade 2016 ~#isfwcuracao track list

The Show opened with

Track 1: 2012·Baccara – Yes Sir, I Can Boogie / Cara Mia (1977) RCA Victor

Track 2: Tape Five – La Passifleur

Track 3: Chic – Le Freak

Track 4: David Bowie – Lets Dance

Track 5: Inxs  – Need You Tonight

This show closed with

Track 6: Kylie – All the Lovers
Love Harlettelipstick-kiss


Behind the Scenes: Filming 24k Gold fabric with Sony 4K @ Pinewood Studios

Posted in Fabric, Fashion, Film, Harlette, Reality TV Show, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2016 by harlette


The 4K journey has begun here at Harlette.

Along the 4K journey, the questions start, how will a 24K Gold fabric work and what camera will bring out the best in the 24K gold?

Harlette worked with Sony to test what a fabric with 24K Gold and Platinum would look like using a 4K top-end motion picture camera

The results were more than interesting and with the right lighting and movement.

“The fabric danced and the 24K Gold on 4K mesmerising!”

This is just one of the most surprising experiences, to see a fabric come to life,  even before its made into a garment.




This is a behind the scenes view of a fabric test with 24K gold conducted at Pinewood Studios thanks to Sony. The camera used for the fabric test is the F65.




Happy Valentines

Posted in Diamonds, Love, Relationships, Space Travel, Twitter, Uncategorized, Writing with tags , , on February 14, 2016 by harlette


This year, as you eat your chocolates, nibble on strawberries and take time out to smell the roses. Have you thought about who spread the idea of celebrating “Love” on 14th of February?


According to Chaucer and the Cult of St Valentine, there is much debate and speculation around when St Valentine stepped into the limelight to become love’s IT Guy and why 14th of February was the day to celebrate Love.

According to a quick whip around the online bible aka Google. The day first became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.


The first recorded association of Valentine’s Day with romantic love is in Parlement of Foules (1382) by Geoffrey Chaucer.[24] Chaucer wrote:

For this was on seynt Volantynys day
Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make.

[“For this was on St. Valentine’s Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate.”]

Now it gets interesting reading into the pages of Chaucer and the Cult of St Valentine, three other people were writing on this topic of Love around 14th & 15th Century and it took time for these ideas to spread. Savoyard Oton de Grandson, John Gower and Valencian Pardo.


These days we have an idea around the planet in 2 secs with the wonder and magic of #hashtags, YouTube, twitter & Facebook. Ideas circle around the planet in 140 words or less thanks to everyone that retweets & likes. Back in the 14th century ideas had to walk, they had to talk, take horseback, take boats, mature, mellow and then get dipped in ink.

Just think about how quickly everyone was Twerking, Planking, and all the other things that Twitter and Facebook have taught us over the years.

The fact that we celebrate love today is a miracle when you think about it, and I wonder exactly what our generation will get to share with future generations?

My vote is with #spacerocks


This was the #quote of the week

Sex in outer space. “While NASA officials don’t categorically state that there has never been any sexual activity in space, they have consistently drawn a veil over public discussion of such questions.” According to NASA spokesman, John Ira Petty, “We consider all aspects of long-duration space flight. Obviously there are various psychological stresses (that crews would have to face), but in terms of experiments in sex in space, that’s just not on the agenda” (reported by MSNBC TV, February 24, 2000).



New Year New You

Posted in Uncategorized on January 21, 2016 by harlette

WP_20160101_09_47_54_ProNew year always brings the best and worst out in us. All the good intentions aside, there is that looming  “list”… All the things you thought were going to happen and then all the things that didn’t.

“A goal without a plan is just a wish”

I did my contemplations for 2016 curled by a fire, bit like taking a stocktake over tea, 2015 to 2016.

The list of questions went like this listening to songs that America horse with no name and Stevie Wonders That Girl

1. List things you discovered in 2015 that nurture you, that you want to take into the new year.

2. List things you discovered that take from you, that you want to leave behind in 2015 and be free in 2016.

3. List things that you want to discover in 2016.

4. List things you thought you would discover in 2015 but didn’t get to, do any still need to be discovered in 2016?

5. List 3 things that have nothing to do with things that you should do or other people expect of you, that delight you, make a promise to do at least 1, for your own Joy before 2017.

On New Years Eve, I had the joy of talking to all those special in my life, from the other side of the world, the funniest and best thing I heard was from “Sister and her Husband” they were jumping into 2016 hands up high screaming on a rollercoaster ride of being so good, its almost like listening to a pair of angels that had grown wings and were not afraid to use them.

They greeted 2016 fasting, no little sips of champagne,  no little sneaky blini’s with smoked salmon in the kitchen cupboard, no chocolate truffles, no green juice fasting either. 100% breatharians. Their mantra goes a little like this

Why set resolutions, we are doing it now, we don’t set resolutions, we live them we are living them right now. . It was one of their finest moments.. as came the comment that became, I think is 2016’s river of gold “We are the Resolution”.

This was a really interesting thing to think about, what do we do every day that we are already living our resolutions that don’t need to be put on that “List”

Keep Going with your 2016 plans

What ever you dream of make it true

That’s what designers do, make things that are in the mind come true, turn dreams into reality. Here is behind the scenes view of one of the pieces that became a reality in 2015.


Breast Cancer Bowie and the Love of Fashion

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 12, 2016 by harlette


Many of you would notice I have not written in a very long time, yesterday my mum called to tell me the news about David Bowie. The conversation was a different one than what you would expect. It was a little more closer, it was a little more real and it was personal.

My mum the same age as Bowie, also has cancer, 2015 was the year that my mum was diagnosed twice, she has endured two different surgeries, for two different types. 42 days ago I fainted to the floor of the hospital back in Australia as she came out of surgery for a breast cancer. I had to fly out in an emergency.

As the anaesthetist rubbed my arm and tried to prepare me, before they brought my mum back, she knew what was about to happen. In your life there are some doors you don’t want to open, but you must open them, walk through them, even though every part of your being does not want to. It was a moment in my life and my mothers life that we can never forget. I discovered what the love for another human being really means.

To see someone you love, suffer in pain, can cause a pain inside so deep, that you can loose your breath in shock, and fall faint collapse from that feeling. This was not a Jane Austen my corset is too tight moment, it was a moment that brought her life, my life, flashing before me. A feeling in my stomach I can not explain but to feel it turns me white.

The courage of my mother to get out of bed to walk 2 days later, to get out into the sunshine at day 32  and then to call day 42 to talk about someone born in the same country, the exact same age, only a few days apart, that had died yesterday from the same disease with the same very same word cancer is hard to reconcile.

We worked through the moment as one does, how life has changed my Mum was in London when Bowie began and she was in Australia when the songs came to an end. I first saw Bowie in Australia on a show hosted by Ian Molly Meldrum called Countdown. I remember the lyrics

“My mother said to get things done you better not mess with major tom”.

I remember the imagery of the clown, the crashed muted kaleidoscope colour scheme of the video. I was a baby but Bowie was it for me and on his final day I was in London.

A London boy, oh a London boy
Your flashy clothes are your pride and joy
A London boy, a London boy
You think you’ve had a lot of fun

The hearts in London are beating for Bowie, the lyrics of London boys recited from those born in Brixton. People visiting the streets where Bowie album covers created. Words like Pioneer, Genius, radio stations, TV stations all moving mountains to play his final play list.

I woke up with Bowie lyrics this morning, where does that come from?

“I’m only Dancing “

Mesmerised by what Countdown glowed and shimmered toward me, hints of what that fashion, music and the future could be. Then came stand and deliver Adam Ant, U2 New Years Day singing on a barge  .. but nothing felt as “Fashion” like Madonna and Bowie “put on your red shoes and dance the blues, lets sway”. Suddenly there was “Paris”  “007” “View to a Kill” and that unusual repeated name “Duran Duran”.

George Michael covered my school locker and it all went according to plan. Well so they thought, in truth I spent the days studying IT at uni and occasionally leaving to draw ball gowns on the beach. There was that elective subject that also didn’t get on my academic transcript called retail therapy 101 … My best friend and I got high distinctions you can see here head to side perfected with years of practice for my first Marchesa moment.

For me Bowie meant fusion “Music” “Fame” and “Fashion” how amazing that I was born in a time that I could see the first music videos, that I could hear about the 60’s and the Moody Blues my mum used to play this song to me as a child.

Nights in white satin
Never reaching the end
Letters I’ve written
Never meaning to send

She took me to my first Michael Jackson concert, and pushed her way across a stadium to take me right up the front so I could see and dance. My mum is cool, she had band speakers, she played them really loud we were the only ones I know ever to have them. Then she got her first Mordaunt-Short (the great British speaker) and well let me tell you Moody Blues did sound a little better on these. Well so we were told and shown (many many times).

We went through them all from Nana Mouskouri to Demis Roussos and then its best not to discuss the Yanni years or the Enya or the Enigma for that matter because no matter how hard you try they are definitely not her definitive Black Sabbath, Marianne Faithful or Santana days.

The mother I love ignited my passion for fashion, music, art, literature, movies, ballet, belief in the fairies at the bottom of the garden and “entertained” the possibility that we might not be alone in the universe.

The first time I listened to sergeant pepper’s lonely hearts club band in its entirety and got the album was moment of musical graduation. At school, I studied music, you name it, sang in the choir, played piano, wrote my first sonata, sang for my final year, played the clarinet, the tenor horn, (not at all glamourous). I read music, wrote music and love to hear a stolen sample of Iggy Pop show up in a rap song on the best of days.

“I am the passenger “

Yet there was also that awkward bit, in my musical journey, when I did not get John Lennon, and as I have grown up the brilliance of Mind Games has not been lost on me.

“Yes is the Answer you know that for sure”

Where were you when you first heard Chicane Offshore? I was visiting from Australia, and was in the office of London Records, in Hammersmith, my friend played me this song, I had never heard anything like it. At the time she was PA to a DJ you might have heard of him Pete Tong (& he had some radio show possibly).

I had another moment like this when I heard Random Access Memories Daft Punk in 2013 I would jog to this in the botanical garden in Sydney past the Opera House do my sit-ups looking at the harbour bridge in the Sunshine and boom I heard track 13. “Contact” it was like Daft Punk asked a question and then boom track 12 Paper Gods 2015 Duran Duran answers the Question with their song “Universe Alone”.

I wonder is it because conduits of sound, Nile Rodgers appears on both albums and of course David Bowies Lets Dance, one will never know.

Let’s dance

Put on your red shoes and dance the blues

Let’s dance

Dance to the song they’re playing on the radio

Let’s sway

While colour lights up your face

Let’s sway

Sway through the crowd to an empty space

How does all of this interrelate and influence designers, film makers, writers and artists. Are they linked,  Bowie asks the quintessential question?

Don’t you wonder sometimes ‘Bout sound and vision.

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