PORT ELIOT AND THE WARDROBE DEPARTMENT

Over the weekend, we headed down to Cornwall to join in the fashionable fun at Port Eliot where our first stop was The Wardrobe Department. Dedicated to the creative arts, fashion has always played an impressive part at the festival with legendary icons such as Barbara Hulanicki and Stephen Jones running workshops since Port Eliot began eight years ago.

Lucky for all those fashion-loving festival goers, for its ninth year, Countess Cathy St Germans who resides in the breathtakingly beautiful estate where the festivities take place asked Sarah Mower to be Port Eliot’s first fashion curator. A renowned fashion journalist and The British Fashion Council Ambassador for Emerging Talent, we knew this was the perfect festival for us to play a part in. 

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Long-time lovers of Louise Gray and her off-the-wall designs which never fail to make the style set smile; we adored the idea of Louise doing face and body painting using our very own make-up

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Drawing inspiration from the polka dots which adorned Louise's models’ faces at her AW11 show, as well as the glittery and neon make-up she often wears front row at London Fashion Week, we knew there would be queues outside her tipi all day long. It was amazing to watch this extremely talented and personable designer work her rainbow magic on girls of all ages and we weren’t surprised to see that her tipi was everyone’s favourite! She was booked up from start to finish and we loved seeing so many girls sporting Louise's fantastical eye make-up.

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Another three of London’s brightest stars were also on hand, creating headwear like you’ve never seen before at any festival, anywhere! Benjamin and Edward of Meadham Kirchhoff fame, as well as their close friend and milliner to the stars Nasir Mazhar had transformed their tent with foliage, flowers, and all kinds of curious objects that were then used to assemble the most amazing flowering headpieces. As you can see, these were real works of art and it was so great to see three of London's most imaginative designers working together.

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There were so many other fashionable happenings going on inside the walls of the garden transformed into The Wardrobe Department that we could have stayed there the whole four days! From fashion puppet shows by the ever-inventive team at  Rubbish magazine to clothes customizing with dreamteam Luella, Anna Sui and Barbara Hulanicki, as well as print making with The London Print Club, it was a truly inspiring part of the Port Eliot festival.

Check back tomorrow to find out what else we got up to during our time over this truly amazing weekend. There were other fashion highlights such as Mary Katrantzou’s triptych of Port Eliot printed dresses, as well as many non-style related enchantments such as watching the Red Shoes under the stars, to poetry on demand, and dancing in The Boogie Round tent!