Although as I type this, it has been raining for seven solid hours, the British wedding season is now in full bountiful swing. Whether 2017 is your year of weddings – we’ll all experience those, together with the corresponding hen dos – or you’re only planning to attend one or two evening receptions, the high...Read More
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today, I am wise, so I am changing myself.” – Rumi, 13th Century Persian poet and Islamic scholar I am in the business of looking at women and their bodies. I am not a doctor, personal coach or stylist. I measure women’s aspirations and...Read More
As I sat on the plane I marvelled at how I was on my way to New York with Uma, a Semple client. What began as a throw away remark while we were having an indulgent coffee after a ‘bootcamp’ gym session one Saturday, turned into brand Semple arriving in New York during Fashion Week...Read More
Adrian, a friend of Semple’s, recently posted some bold views on our company LinkedIn page on a truism about women and interviews. He commented: “With an uneven gender balance in senior positions, many more aspiring female managers and directors are interviewed by men than vice versa. Subconsciously or not, colour, length, style of dress (did she dare to...Read More
I took a photograph of my shadow recently while in Ostia, the local beach near to Rome. I started to think about what shadows mean and wondered how I could develop a narrative around shadows and fabric, the reason why I was in Italy. I began with the following notes: ‘Am on an early train to...Read More
I used to say to my team that August is a month that doesn’t exist. I encouraged people to come in slightly later, go out for coffee and generally use the time to tidy up. I’m not quite sure when August became a month that did exist at Semple but it is now as busy...Read More
The little black dress is a must have for every female out there and one (or perhaps 10) LBD’s can always be found at the back of the wardrobe for a rainy day. With only 20 minutes in which to look and feel fabulous there is your old reliable friend, the safe and easy option which...Read More
The maxi dress is one of the ultimate go-to summer staples. Not only can they be stylish they’re comfortable and a perfect fit for any occasion, plus you don’t have to worry about matching your top to your bottoms, just slip it on and away you go. Now that the weather is taking a turn...Read More
The New Year is a time to reflect, it’s a time for change. We celebrate the next chapters of our lives while closing the last. New Year is a time of fun and laughter, it’s about friends and family. But, New Year is also a time for great dresses. If you are starting to think...Read More
Recently my work has led me to travel widely, meeting many groups and individuals in a corporate context. As I travel I have been considering an important part of the Semple Dress Collection project, ‘the uniform’. We would all probably like to think that we left uniform behind in school; the uncomfortable wool fabrics, the...Read More
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