July – F A U N E

July

 

Weddings are Back!...

Summer is upon us – even if it doesn’t feel like it, yet – and here at FAUNE HQ we are planning our holiday wardrobe and dreaming about beach dresses and kaftans, and cool house dresses for hot days… FAUNE dresses… Wedding guest dresses From the prettiest flower girl dresses and bohemian bridesmaids to vintage brides – weddings are back! And that means wedding outfit shopping is back, too – we have so many vintage wedding ideas to share with you, for glamorous, effortless wedding guest dressing.Our children’s Victorian nightdresses and vintage cotton dresses are perfect for flower girls, and will keep them cool and comfortable all day.

 

 

 

  

 

With schiffli lace angel sleeves, framed by a delicate lace trim, the Hibiscus is an exquisite special occasion dress that exudes relaxed luxury. Or for an elegant, vintage look the Embroidered Wren is finished with beautiful scalloping and embroidered cutwork – the signature wings add a contemporary update from the back that flower girls will love. Bridesmaids and stylish wedding guests will love our resort wear, whether you’re heading to a beach wedding in Ibiza or a country wedding in Suffolk.

   


  
                         

Our boho-luxe Azalea in soft sandstone blush with striking metallic gold leaf jacquard is simply stunning, while the understated chic Dahlia, in sheer oyster crepe with kimono sleeves will keep you cool. And for vintage-inspired brides, the romantic Camelia cotton dress has beautiful schiffli cotton lace frill sleeves which fall softly at the back, and a loose fit that skims all the right places to create a relaxed, glamorous wedding dress. The vintage white colour is ultra-flattering for all skin tones.

  
  

 

 

FAUNE loves…

Alice Mary Lynch, Artist This month we caught up with textile artist Alice Mary Lynch to find out about her creative inspiration. Having grown up with artist parents, she was always destined to earn a living from art, even if it took a while to discover her creative calling. Lynch studied fashion at Kingston University, and it was here that she designed and made her first doll, when a jewellery designer was looking for someone to make some little puppets. “I made a lobster boy, a wolf boy and Siamese twin cats to accompany his collections. Then later a pair of black and white unicorns. It sparked something. On this small scale I could combine what I loved about art, fashion, theatre and storytelling. I was quite an introvert at the time and they became a form of personal expression, taking me on magical journeys as I made them,” explains Alice. After college she spent a whirlwind few years working in Paris Fashion Houses but despite the fabulous adventure that it was, Alice felt the desire work in a more sensitive environment, “with less background noise and more space to breathe.” It wasn’t until she became a mother at 27, that she had chance to recalibrate, ““I always loved costume and theatre and liked using fabrics and clothing to express identities and character. I began to devote myself to making little textile characters fulltime. With small children in the house it fitted in with family life, and it was a wonderful way to channel my thoughts and imaginings.” Taking inspiration from stories, dreams, circus, theatre, dance and personal emotions, Alice’s magical creations have been exhibited in Anthropologie on Kings Road, London, at the Jonathan Cooper Gallery in London, while she has collaborated with the likes of Alice Temerpley and Pearl Lowe.

 

 

  

For the past three years she has produced a Christmas collection for Harrods, and is already working on the next one: “Christmas 2021 will mark the fourth year of this collaboration and new fantastical pieces will arrive at Christmas World once again, inspired by Harrods’ seasonal themes combined with my imagination.”

Being an artist can be both challenging and rewarding, says Alice. “Being able to work remotely, yet communicate and collaborate with people and projects all over the world is amazing. Working alone in my studio though, I can listen to hours of wonderful music and radio while I stitch and paint and allow my mind to wander freely. “I do have to be careful though, when I am in the midst of a particularly creative and inspired bubble, I do get very obsessive. When the creative juices are flowing, it is sometimes difficult to put the needle and thread, or paintbrush down.” “Our house can be quite chaotic, my husband is creative too, so we tend to chat about our projects. I show my daughters what I make, and I ask them their opinions, they give me their input and have become my fiercest critics, which I respect and admire. They certainly have had a rather ‘sparkly’ childhood so far- finding beads and crystals everywhere, in the floorboards, in their beds, in their hair and between their toes, I am sure they will remember that at least!” Alice’s beautiful hand-stitched dolls are made to be treasured for years to come, not discarded after a season. “We could get lost in a digital abyss, but I still want to touch people. Make them smile and feel. What I do is instinctive and I like the idea, that, after everything, we should all still trust our instincts.”

 

Alice has recently launched a series of limited edition prints and hand paintings featuring some of her fantastical characters in paint and paper form, she will be launching circus inspired wall puppets this month.

 

 

 

FAUNE shops…

Each month we shine a light on one of Faune’s fabulous stockists – we’re really proud of the beautifully-curated businesses that we work with, and we’re sure you’ll love them, too, so we thought we’d share our address book with you… Tulsishop This gorgeous shop in Puglia, Italy (at present our only shop in Italy) is owned by the inimitable Deborah Nolan, a fashion nomad who has lived in India, South America, New Mexico and now the small Puglian village of Salento. Her lust for travel permeates through the carefully edited collection of kaftans, dresses and antique textiles that Deborah hand sources from across the globe. As she explains “Tulsishop is a reflection of what was once just my private collection, and today – 13 years later – it gives me great joy to be able to share my finds and the excellences of craftsmanship around the world with people who love it as much as I do.” www.tulsishop.com

  

 

FAUNE escapes…

Our summer dresses and luxury loungewear are made for high days and holidays, so here’s where to wear your FAUNE creation this month… Puglia With its whitewashed hill towns, ancient farmland and miles of pristine Mediterranean beaches and Ionian coastline, it’s easy to see Puglia’s appeal. The southern Italian region – it’s the heel of Italy’s boot – is still incredibly rural and rustic with a relaxed vibe. The area’s distinctive ‘trullis’, stone huts with conical roofs are unique to Puglia, while the beaches and rocky coves are backed by scented pine forests – we love the white sands of Punta Prosciutto (Porto Cesareo), one of the wildest in Salento with vast dunes backed by woodland and laidback beach shack bars.

 

 

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