As many of you will already know, we spent the weekend at Port Eliot festival on the beautiful St German estate down in Cornwall. As soon as we arrived, we were blown away by how pretty everything looked. From tipis and retro camper vans to bunting and lanterns, the house and its sweeping grounds had been injected with a dose of festival-inspired fun every which way we looked.
While we were drawn to the Wardrobe Department where we had so much fun making paper-dresses alongside Rubbish magazine and got into heated debates about feminist fashion icons with the girls from Pamflet, we didn’t spend our entire weekend within its walled gardens. We do however have to admit that our minds were never too far from style as we snapped many a great looking girl on our rambles around the grounds.
Although there were tones of amazing festival outfits, the band, The Half Sisters, really had us lusting after their remarkable ensembles. As Luella Bartley pointed out in her talk with Sarah Mower about her book, Guide To English Style, these three really did look amazing in a very eccentric English way. And believe it or not, they were camping!
As well as stumbling across a talk in The Idler Tent on the history of glamour by fashion historian NJ Stevenson, another highlight of our weekend was watching The Red Shoes under the stars at the outdoor cinema. We couldn’t have dreamt up a prettier setting and fell in love with the film all over again. If you haven’t seen it, make sure you do – it's one of those films that you have to see at least once.
As we love saving the best until last, just before we headed home on Sunday evening, we took a tour around the sprawling Port Eliot house where we marveled at the amazing array of furniture, paintings and artefacts on display.
The most amazing part was seeing Mary Katrantzou’s triptych of Port Eliot dresses hanging from a floral embellished chandelier. We loved these pieces when we saw them make their way down the catwalk at her AW11 show back in February but seeing them hang in the house that inspired them gave us a whole new level of appreciation for this collection. As well as depicting the Van Dyke paintings and Georgian chandeliers that inhabit the house, we adore that Mary also included modern touches such as Countess Cathy German’s glittery piggy bank and the surfboard portrait of her and the Earl which they had painted while holidaying in Hawaii.
Driving back to London, we couldn’t stop smiling! This was a truly magical weekend and we know we’ll be back for more festive and fashionable fun next year. Thanks to Sarah Mower and her amazing team from The British Fashion Council for getting us involved – we loved every minute of it.