Anna and Simply Be came together last week to invite bloggers in to the studio for a bloggers event. Showcasing Anna’s Simply Be clothing and new lingerie range, and the new Spring Summer 14 black and white label collections, the room was full of prints and colour. A high tea selection was put on with lovely canapés with edible flowers and plenty of prosseco.
Amongst the guests, we were lucky to be included in some filming by the BBC .
The event gave bloggers the chance to see the collection and even try on pieces (which everyone took advantage of.) Our bomber jacket stole the night with everyone wanting to try it on. The floral space dress and butterfly prints also caught people’s eyes. Here are pictures of the guests and a sneak preview of the collections, which are slowly making their way to the website.
All the guest gave positive feedback and both the Simply Be and the Anna Scholz team enjoyed themselves. Thank you to all that came and to Simply Be’s amazing duo Charlotte and Laura.
‘I thought I’d share my photo of my AS sale buy, brightening up a dull day at the office ‘
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Les Sapeurs, also known as The Society of Atmosphere-setters and Elegant People, are a group of men who live by a moral code where style and attitude counts over occupation or wealth. The clique is made up of blue-collar workers who dedicate their off time to dressing in colourful and dapper fashion.
Situated within Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo, this group of men turn the art of dressing in to a cultural statement.
Recently paid homage to in the new Guinness campaign, directed by documentary filmmaker Hector Mediavilla as well as Solange Knowles ‘Losing you’ music video, the Sapeurs look set to launch from beyond the Congo to screens across the world.
This sub culture emerged in the early 20th century when Brazzaville became a hot spot for Africans flying to Paris and returning with European style clothing. Papa Wemba, a famous singer has been credited with popularising this dashing look with his rumba group ‘viva la musica.’ Visually challenging and rebelling against the strict non-western dress code enforced shortly after independence, he created the acronym La sape, with its followers ‘Les sapeurs.’
This sense of style is flamboyant, polished and impeccable; paying close attention to detail and style. European-style suits tailored to fit, complemented by pocket squares , textured ties and bow ties, accessorized with pipes, walking sticks and bowler hats. It’s rare to see a gentleman without a designer label with Suits by Yves Saint Laurent, Jean Paul Gaultier and Armani all in demand.
Against a back drop of war and poverty, they stand out, but with dressing with such style, detail and flair, there is a strict behavioural attitude that comes with being labelled a Sapeur.
“The Sapeur is a model of gentlemanly behaviour and mannerisms; it’s also the language he uses, the way he walks. How you treat people is very important. For a man to be a Sapeur he must be gentle, he must not be aggressive, he must be against war, he must be calm tempered.” Quoted byHector Mediavilla