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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

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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.

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Breast Cancer Bowie and the Love of Fashion

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

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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.

Harlette Debut in Tatler UK’s Winter Wish List

Posted in Couture Lingerie, Fashion, Fashion Design, Lingerie, Lingerie Models, London, Luxury Lingerie, Luxury Underwear, Magazines, TV, Underwear, United Kingdom with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 15, 2013 by harlette

Harlette have made their debut in Tatler UK  Winter Wishlist http://www.tatler.com/

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Black Label Double Trouble Silk & Signature Harlette Lace Cami Top as seen in Secret Diary on Billie Piper

You can shop Billie Piper’s look from the wish list directly from our e-boutique

http://www.harlette.com/luxury-lingerie/luxury-loungewear/double-trouble-luxurious-lounge-set/

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This set was personally picked by Billie Piper and her award winning costume director Edward K Gibbon to feature in the fourth and final series of Secret Diary. This set made its debut in Season Four Episode Two

Harlette Debuts in British Vogue & London Fashion Week SS14 Live Stream

Posted in Couture Lingerie, Fashion, Fashion Design, Fashion Week, Harlette, Lingerie, London, Luxury Lingerie, Luxury Underwear, Underwear, United Kingdom with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 12, 2013 by harlette

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Harlette made its debut in October’s British Vogue with Alexa Chung on the cover which went on stands in the UK earlier this week. Vogue featured Billie Piper wearing the Harlette collection and had this to say

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Harlette Luxury Lingerie collection has been worn by models Lara Stone and Laetitia Casta and was selected by Billie Piper to wear in Secret Diary of a Call Girl fourth and final series. They own the patent for the world first diamond suspenders and the Economic Times listed the the company as the 5th most unique company to supply customers globally. Harlette has appeared on reality tv show Britain’s Next Big Thing and has been featured in the book Saudi Arabia on the Edge, Thomas Lippman.

http://www.vogue.co.uk/magazine/archive/issue/2013/October

We are happy to share all the livestream action of London Fashion Week SS14 thanks to Rightster. Its boots and all to follow LFW from tomorrw 13th September till the 17th September here is a link to the schedule http://www.londonfashionweek.co.uk/schedule_ss14.aspx

Enjoy all the livestream runway fashion shows live here on Harlette.

 

Harlette debut in ELLE UK Little Luxuries & LIVE STREAM MBFW NY SPRING 2014 COLLECTIONS

Posted in Couture Lingerie, Fashion, Fashion Design, Fashion Illustration, Fashion Manufacturing, Fashion Week, Lingerie, Lingerie Models, London, New York, Underwear, United Kingdom, United States of America with tags , , , , , , , on September 4, 2013 by harlette

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Harlette made its debut in ELLE UK Little Luxuries – September edition featuring the fabulous Billie Piper from Secret Diary season four in our double trouble luxurious lounge set.

You can shop Billie Pipers look here

Thanks to rightster you can enjoy all the live stream from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 Collections in New York, taking place September 5-12, 2013 here on Harlette.

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Harlette Logo selected for British Logo Quiz

Posted in Beachwear, Fashion, Fashion Design, Fashion Week, France, Harlette, Lingerie, Luxury Swim, Paris, SWIMMING, Swimwear with tags , , , , , , , on August 16, 2013 by harlette

Our logo for Harlette has been selected for British logo quiz. The British Logo Quiz published on Google Play Store. If you have a minute, please take a look:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.babestudios.blq

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More images from Harlette Swim at Mode City our Vive La Revolution unique swim design was selected by Mode City to take part in their best of show Selection fashion show

Underlines Magazine caught this image of it on the catwalk

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To celebrate 30 years of Swim in Paris, Mode City held a soiree Bal at  le château de Versailles (Chateau Versailles).The evening was a very summery 30 degrees and images of the Anniversary  30 year Bal are available on our Harlette instagram page.

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Also another shot of our MIA Mayfair Minx

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UK Fashion Mag’s also shot our unique design

 

Guest Blogger : Abeer Maktabi CSM Student Creates her Bravolution with a focus on Middle East Women & Charity

Posted in Academic Research, Charity, Lingerie, London, Middle East, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Underwear, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Womens Empowerment with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 14, 2013 by harlette

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Late last year we were contacted by this weeks inspired Guest Blogger Abeer Maktabi. Abeer a fabulous CSM (Central St Martin’s) fashion student interviewed Harlette as part of her bravolution dissertation.

We followed up with her a few weeks ago to check how her project was progressing and invited her to be this weeks Guest Blogger.

Abeer had contacted Reem Asaad in 2012 in Saudi Arabia to discuss her dissertation and Reem suggested that Abeer discuss with the project with Harlette.  Abeer and Harlette discussed the project via Skype, and part of the interview was included in the CSM project.

We are excited to share Abeer’s inspiration and vision as its focus is on the Middle East, Women and Charity.

CSM Thesis Project  : BRAVOLUTION

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BRAVOLUTION (Bra+Revolution) is a social enterprise project, which uses the bra to support women victimised by sexual harassment and domestic violence in the Middle East. The bra is a garment that categorises the female gender as a woman and a tool that supports a woman’s body, which BRAVOLUTION aims to use metaphorically to support their human rights.

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Bravolution brings awareness, women solidarity and a platform for feminist activism. It uses the elite and the educated category of people to bring help to NGOs and women’s organisations. A collection of bra is exclusively designed for purchase as a sign of support for BRAVOLUTION in order to raise profit and share it with the organisations in the Middle East.

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By doing this strategy, financial support will be given to lobbyists and policy-makers to work on changing the laws and on raising awareness. Through this bra, I am bringing out a new, stronger and more confidant woman.

This project is based on the creative process, rather than the shiny object.

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BRAVOLUTION© from Abeer Maktabi on Vimeo.

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The direct link to the video is here https://vimeo.com/55352832

The details of her project can also be found here

http://mscatalyst.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/interview-with-creative-aiming-to.html

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