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Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal
11 July - 25 October 2015 The Bowes Museum and the Fondation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent are collaborating to create Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal, the first exhibition in the UK to present a comprehensive display of the French fashion designer’s work and life. The YSL show will highlight the defining elements of his vision, and the significant influence it has had on fashion and the way we understand womenswear. So excited to have this fantastic exhibition of a legendary fashion designer in the North, who says everything happens in London! http://www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk/en-gb/visitus/whatson/yvessaintlaurentstyleiseternal.aspx
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Opening of Coach House Restaurant, Middleton Lodge
A friends birthday breakfast introduced me to the newly opened restaurant at Middleton Lodge I loved look with the combination of reclaimed timber, antique brass light fittings, tweed banquettes, country-kitchen tables and comfy leather chairs, a great place to meet for sharing ideas and good local food. We have since been back for a family Sunday lunch which was a great success. http://www.middletonlodge.co.uk/coach-house-hotel/coach-house-restaurant/
Julian Opie
Inspiration at Bowes Museum
The opening night of the fabulous new exhibitions at Bowes Museum in North Yorkshire was fantastic, Julian Opie Collected Works, 25 October 2014 - 22 February 2015. The exhibition brings together the works of Julian Opie with that of his personal collection of works of art from the ancient world and 17th and 18th century British Portraiture. Birds of Paradise: Plumes & Feathers in Fashion, 25 October 2014 – 19 April 2015, A tribute to the elegance of feathers used in the fashion industry past and present, featuring extravagant catwalk creations from British, Belgian, French and Italian designers including Alexander McQueen, Dries Van Noten, Jean Paul Gaultier, Thierry Mugler, Balenciaga, Prada and Gucci. I really couldn't chose which one I liked best as both so inspiring!
Cosy Cabin Style

With winter on our door step and nights drawing in what better way than to embrace the season than with a cosy pair of Brushed Cotton PJ's and a warm place to read a book or watch a favourite film.

I love this rustic style bed, layered with textured blankets and throws and surrounded by natural wood and light. Textures and layers are a good way to create a cosy atmosphere.

 


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Summer Bridal Accesories

Summer Bridal Accessories

Summer brides who what to add something individual to a simple style dress can do so with clever use of accessories.

Alice & Astrid love to idea of flower head dresses, vintage lace & jewel trims and shrugs to cover bare shoulders.

Our silk chiffon Frou Frou would add a feminine feel to a strappy dress and you will be able to  wear it again layered over a pretty camisole.

 

Pinterest

Follow Astrid on Pinterest, a fantastic way of sharing images we love.

Working as a Trend consultant for the last 10years I am constantly looking at the world for inspiration, through nature, art, history, photography, architecture and design. Alice & Astrid's collections are created with a timeless appeal which I think in today's fast paced life has an important place giving us a sense of connecting with the past, along with fresh innovation and quality.


Spring

A fresh burst of energy comes with the season.  While vibrant flowers bloom outside my studio, spring lambs frolic in the fields and birds song fills the air, it is a paradise.

As well as Alice & Astrid I work for Trend companies planning seasons ahead to bring ideas together to inspire interior and fashion markets. Most recently I have been to Denmark working with the Scandinavian Trend Institute, PEJ Gruppen.

I have been busy with trips to London, Fashion Week and can also recommend the exhibition Design of the Year 2012 at The Design Museum.  If you are in the North East check out Mima in Middlesbrough and my personal favourite Bowes Museum which is the North’s answer to the V&A, the textile archive is fantastic and the current exhibition, Lucile-Fashion Designer, Titanic Survivor inspirational.

http://designmuseum.org/

http://www.visitmima.com/

http://www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk/

 

Cosy Christmas
Merry Christmas

Much has happened this year, the biggest, having had a baby daughter Freydis who is now 6 months old, smiley and gorgeous. We have also moved and are now located in Yorkshire, a big studio space with a speedy rail link and airport near by and lots of family support.

The Alice & Astrid collections are available to buy on line, our fabulous brushed cottons  and silks are a timeless winter classic and just right for this chilly weather. They are the perfect solution to Christmas present dilemmas or if you are visiting family or friends and wish to look your best in our beautiful nightwear.


Mother's Day

They need to be thanked for all their unconditional love and support, what would we do without them! Being a Mum myself, my son is almost 2years old now and I am expecting again in early June the day seems all the more important, especially as my own mother is so key in helping me out when I have a business to run too- Thank You

Why not show thanks with a gift that all Mothers I am sure will appreciate, beautiful nightwear. Alice & Astrid offer classic brushed cottons for those who feel the cold, and there certainly is still a chill in the air or gorgeous silk nighties, pj’s or dressing gowns which are true winners on all occasions.

We love

Scarlet & Violet in Kensal Rise, their beautiful flowers featured on our home page are always inspiring and uplifting. www.scarletandviolet.com

Wait for Me! Memoirs of the Youngest Mitford sisters by Deborah Devonshire, half way through this book at the moment and find it fascinating.

Mother’s Day - 3rd of April

Update Nightwear

The nights are getting chiller and days shorter…

A cosy night at home wearing some cosy brushed cotton Pj’s and you will be happy to welcome those winter months.

Apologies for those who are waiting for new collections, we should be getting them in for November, and onto the site as soon as we can. We have had delays with our hand printed silks due to cloudy weather conditions in India. It is natures hands, as the traditional print technique we use is reliant on the sun for it to be developed. We will keep you updated.

http://www.aliceandastrid.com/aashop/styles/27/brushed-cotton-flannel.html


Notting Hill Design Fair III

20th Century Theatre, 291 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2QA

A great opportunity to do some truly special Christmas shopping, designers will be selling stunning jewellery, home wears, ceramics and of course Alice & Astrid will be there with our cosy brushed cottons and baby alpaca knitwear and luxury silk nightwear collections.

We would love to see you there, come along and bring your friends.

Private View / Late Night Shopping - Friday 12 November 2010, 3 - 8pm

Open Saturday 13 November 2010, 10 - 6pm,Sunday 14 November 2010, 11 - 5pm

Entry free, Cash or Cheque only www.nottinghilldesignfair.co.uk

Summer Update

I hope you’re still all enjoying a brilliant summer. I rejuvenated and re-charged the senses on a two week break, heading north for the summer, up to our family cabin in the south coast of Norway; nature’s health spa! One stormy day, I crossed the fjord, safe from the waves out in the open sea, over to the next island where Wagner was once forced to stay during a storm. Hidden away in a beautiful location, I discovered a local artist Sidsel Hanum, whose delicate ceramics form organic shapes in the most elegant colours and have been exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery and at Flow Gallery, Notting Hill; her husband carved wood on a mammoth scale.

http://www.hanum.no/ http://www.flowgallery.co.uk/

Have a look at our gorgeous full length silk polka dot dressing gowns, if you’re planning a break this is lightweight luxury and easy to pack, at home it makes you feel fabulous, indispensable once the summer warmth starts to fade. Dressing Gown

We are expecting the new brushed cotton nightwear in mid September, the silk nightwear collections, include an exclusive berry print (so pretty), this will be arriving later in the month. It won’t be long until the mist and shades of autumn set in, the oak leaf fades and the holly berry ripens, so let’s all look forward and take pleasure in the beauty of autumn and the magic of winter.

Ha det bra/all the best Astrid


Alice & Astrid goes Online

  Alice & Astrid is now exclusively available ONLINE and from selected retailers. After 5 years at our location in Notting Hill we have made the decision to close the boutique. I will be concentrating on design which is my passion, along with looking after my son Konrad who is now 14 months. The web site will have a new zoom feature, I hope it will show the detail and quality of our product which we are know for. We will be adding new hand selected items to our boutique site which we will keep you up to date on. Currently we are low on stock but our beautiful hand printed silks are on order and we will be adding new designs along with our classic collections to the site in the coming months. Enjoy the summer, Astrid 

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Westbourne Grove Shopping Event

Alice & Astrid's boutique and a selection of our neighbours will be open late night on the 2nd of December, the event will be held from 4 to 8pm.We will be offering drinks and seasonal nibbles along with 20% discount on Alice & Astrid nightwear and loungewear.

I hope you can join us for some festive cheer.

Throughout December the shop will also be open on Sundays from 12-5pm.

You can shop online too at www.aliceandastrid.com


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New In- Christmas Gift Ideas

Alice & Astrid specialises in Christmas, as well as our cosy brushed cottons and luxurious silk nightwear available online we have some gorgeous new accessories in the Westbourne Grove shop including

  • Hand made felted slippers by Woolenstocks
  • Baby alpaca scarves, fingerless mitts and bed socks
  • Scented hand poured soy candles
  • Scandinavian style Christmas decorations
  • Pretty jewellery from Poppy Rocks
  • Holistic Silk brocade slippers, silk pillow cases and lavender filled eye masks.

Plenty more will be arriving, beautiful silk and lace knickers, new Alice & Astrid camisoles and nigthies but as usual everything is limited edition so don’t delay!

We are counting down the days to Christmas.