Looking to Eastern Europe I discovered these “prisoner handcuffs” in a warehouse just outside Potsdam. Reminiscent of chains they link onto the hand very cleverly and are the perfect modern bedroom accessorie!
Whilst you wait in your hotel room carry the handcuffs subtly in an Eastern Europe Messenger bag..distressed PVC with the client logo and the original name and address print on the inside….in a beautiful Client shade of Grey…my favourite colour x
NEW CLIENT LONDON WEBSITE LAUNCHED TODAY
The new Cliert London website www.clientlondon.com has launched today and we are so proud with the new look.
There is a fabulous new collaboration with novellist Fraya North who writes a bi-monthly vignette and more collaborations to come with a sexy artisan and coco-de-mer mask maker called Cecilia Lundqvist.
Go and visit the new shop now and explore the website where you can watch our fashion video, read our blog and find out more about us.
What Is It About Stewardesses and Confined Spaces
I was reading the paper the other day when I noticed and article about being able to pay to join the ‘Mile High Club’. I had never even thought this was a thing you could buy?
There are websites and companies out there offering to fly you up in a plane so your can bonk you way around the earth…literally. Essentially it is a private jet flight and instead of eating crap microwaved aeroplane food with plastic cutlery and and sipping orange juice from a flimsy cup with a tinfoil lid, you can nibble melted chocolate from your partners belly button while he is sipping a glass of champagne…or vice verse. I cannot imagine the privacy you will get with a red velvet curtain as your main wall from the flight attendants, or what happens when the plane hits turbulence half way through your love making and you have to buckle up in the nude!
I thought the mile high club was about furtive glances at each other from across the cabin; eye pointing at the toilets so that no one else can guess what you have in your dirty mind. My impressions were that it was all about squashed sex in a toilet where you accidentally put your foot down the loo, hands against the door or fall out of at any second; unless you travel business/first class- where the toilets are far more spacious (huge compared to economy) and nicely decorated. The second option is much better for that Mile High Experience if this is what you have in mind to keep your self occupied on your flight instead of watching UP or Lost in Translation for the 3rd time on the journey and doodling on the kids colouring books despite being 25 whilst intermittently checking out which country you are currently crossing on the very slow moving map of the world on the small screen in front of you.
So what is so thrilling about the infamous mile high club? What is it about confined spaces, sexy stewardesses and being surrounded by 500 or so people that might hear your moans and fulfilled cries of ecstasy?
Could it be because it is illegal and the thought of getting caught is thrilling?
I was talking to a flight attendant on a long plan journey back form Australia about 7 years ago and asked if there were any stories he would like to impart to me about the infamous club and he told me about an ex colleague Stewardess who disappeared on a flight with a British and very handsome A-Lister only to be caught and fired- nothing happened to him.. but her career as a flight attendant was definitely over and she could never get work as a stewardess again. A little harsh I think, but at least to she got to have a moment in the toilets with Ralph Fiennes…
So what is the secret about stewardesses? Her hair is always perfectly coiffured or in a neat bun, she has regulation make up and her outfit in impeccably tailored and she is always slim, flawless and smiling despite answering everyone’s needs on a packed flight. I remember watching Gwyneth Paltrow in the 2003 film View From The Top and wanting to be an ultra sleek stewardess traveling the world, much like the 1958 stewardess Birgitta Lindman who at 23 landed the cover of Life magazine beating 53 other stewardesses from other airlines to the position.
A little about the SAS (Scandinavian Airline System)
A pioneering airline, SAS was at the forefront of aviation and world travel when in 1967 they marked the beginning of the Trans-Asian Express, a short cut that linked Copenhagen with Singapore and Bangkok creating a new faster way to travel and opening up the busines slink with the East far wider than ever before. Infact, travel was cut by a third the amount of time it would have taken than before even with a stop over in Tashkent in Uzbekistan. The uniforms for Trans-Asian Express were designed by Pierre Carven of Paris.
In 1969 SAS welcomed the first female commercial pilot outside of the Soviet Union, Turi Widerøe to their crew. You could have said aviation was in her blood as she was the well educated daughter of aviator Viggo Widerøe. On the topic of her pioneering accomplishments Tori lightheartedly remarked that a woman can be anything she wants if she tries hard enough.
By early 1970s SAS had two Boeing 747 jets flying between Copenhagen and New York and the new Trans-Siberian Express that flew between Copenhagen and Tokyo. Around this time SAS revealled the new uniform design by none other than Chrisitan Dior, a simple, un fussy tailored uniform that complimented the colours and textiles of the cabin interior.
(Photo: The blue uniform on the right http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandhealth/gallery/2008/apr/24/fashion.workandcareers)
However despite a brilliant parisian designer lending his hand to the design of the SAS uniforms, my favourite is still the powder blue summer unform of 1967.
The Client London SAS Stewardess Dress (www.clientlondon.com) which is inspired by the SAS uniform of the late 1960s to early 1980s that was designed by Carvet Mallet of Paris. A powder blue uniform shirt dress with short lapels and gold buttons to the waist, infinitely better than all their other uniforms.
Client’s take on the Uniform
Client’s take on stewardess dress is far smarter, sexier and flattering, creating a beautiful silhouette through clever tailoring and design. The colour is less powder blue, more steel grey with dark blue satin inserts darted in the pleat of the skirt and the cuffs of the girl puffed sleeves. The dress is also available in off white with red satin in the pleat which reminds me of the winter-summer outfit changes airlines often made. Nipped in at the waist this dress was made for wiggling down the isle of a 747, bending down briefly to pick up an item off the floor and realising the whole cabin is staring at you backside, because it would be hard not to admire the shape you make in the SAS Stewardess Dress.
Next time you board a plane, strut in to the office or stop by the bar for cocktails with the girls, wear the Client London SAS Stewardess Dress and find out what happens.
By Client L
To Ride Astride- Bicycles, side saddles, Women’s Liberation and Christian Grey
I briefly glimpsed the mass of riders and horses jumping over hedgrows and through fields chasing a man with a scent marker the other day- the modern day hunt- when I noticed a couple of the women riding side saddle. I haven’t seen this since I watch that scene in the 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle, the ultimate Mr Grey and Anastasia Steele partnership-minus BDSM.
(Photograph: Modern Day Side Saddle by Client A: www.clientlondon.com )
Along with the bicycle, riding astride could be linked to women’s liberation in the sense that to do so one would need to be in jodhpurs, not a full length skirt, and this was only really accepted with the emancipation of women. A major turning point was in 1918, when women in the UK over 30 got the vote, shortly followed 10 years later in 1928 when all women (ages 18+) were able to vote.
Before this, the first place to allow women to vote was the Wyoming Territory in USA in 1869 (Information: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/womanshour/timeline/votes_to_women.shtml)
I look down the list and I notice that it wasn’t till 1971 that the ever neutral Switzerland gave women the vote and shockingly, some women still aren’t able to express their political views through voting and the latest to join was Bahrain in 2001 who finally relented.
It is so interesting to look in to the history of women’s lib, a term I usually associate with GCSE history lessons; painful sketches of suffragettes getting run over by horses, starving themselves, passionate and un-empowered cries for political and social equality.
Whilst doing a little research about side saddles I have unintentionally stumbled on something I overlooked- the link between horse and bicycles- Saddles.
(Image: Modern Day Side Saddle oregonregency.blogspot.co.uk)
This article titled “The Importance of the Bicycle to Early Women’s Liberation movement” covers a great deal on this subject and the evolutionary design of the bicycle to fit the needs and social graces of women- encouraging the freedom of women.
“The bicycle builder James Starley at the Coventry Machinist’s Company made a side-saddle, lever-driven model in 1872 which, while a nice gesture, was an impractical design. (Ritchie, 151) The Ordinary bicycle prevented women from participating in the sport for nearly twenty years. There was simply no practical way to get around the hoopskirt issue with this design. For the most part, and for many years, women had to stand by idly and watch as the men in their lives experienced the new sensations of bicycling.” (Quote: http://crankedmag.wordpress.com/issues/issue-4/the-importance-of-the-bicycle-to-the-early-womens-liberation-movement/ this article is actually a very informative and good read.)
Also from the same article is a quote by Susan B Anthony which I think is quite fair and fitting.
“Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel…the picture of free, untrammelled womanhood.” (Quote: crankedmag.wordpress.com)
Originally it was fashionable for women to be the delicate English flower. “The frailty of a ‘lady’ was such that preventing females from studying, working, voting and doing much of anything at all seemed a rational measure.”… “A proper lady was seen as weak, defenceless and entirely dependent on men.” (Quote: http://mentalfloss.com/article/19373/how-bicycle-emancipated-women#ixzz2M0doAyR4 )
This article discusses the fashion of women, their hobbies, their frailty and their appearance on all levels and the reason clothes were corsets and long skirts. The article goes on to talk about the side-saddle as,
“Before bicycles came along, the horse was the best means of individual travel. Of course, women’s access to horses was limited. Horses were dangerous and difficult to control; conventional medical wisdom suggested that riding them could damage a woman’s genitals. Women were supposed to ride sidesaddle, with both legs hanging off one side. In that unnatural position, women were unable to ride for long distances, reinforcing the idea that they shouldn’t be riding at all.” (Quote: mentalfloss.com)
So what do I make of side-saddles? Considering that to ride certain bicycle tours during the height of its popularity women had to provide references from 3 sources and un married -over30, married or widowed to “protect women from becoming morally debased by their bikes.” (Quote: mentalflos.com). I have always wondered how people do it- cycling incredible distances, when I do it I can’t sit down for a long time afterwards. My friend encouraged me to go to ‘spin’ classes with her before she left for Turnkey where she will be running the Istanbul Marathon, and the reason I was apprehensive at first was not because it is gruelling but because I thought my backside would be painful afterwards. Men must have a different idea of this because I never once hear them saying their coccyx hurts or their buttocks are painful.
I can also remember sitting side-saddle style on my older brother’s bike holding on to the t-bar as he peddled around the streets of Pakistan when we were younger and it was a lot comfier, even though I was only a passenger and about 7 years old.
So although I think riding astride is incredibly practical for long journeys, I would try the side. I mean, look at these inspirational women who managed to be leaders of the jumps in the early days in full length skirts and bowler hat!
This is Mrs Esther Stace from Yarrowitch riding side-saddle and clearing a record 6’6” at the Sydney Royal Show in 1915, two years before women first received the vote in the UK and 13 after Australia’s women received theirs. What a woman!
By Client L
50 Shades of Grey First Date
While the whole world is wondering “Who will play Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele?” in the coming 50 Shades of Grey trilogy I am wondering…who will design their outfits? Whoever they pick to be CG will ultimately not be the man for everyone and the actress they choose to be Ana Steele will not fulfil the role to each fanatical reader’s expectations. She has to be beautiful: but not know it, innocent, gawky: yet irresistible. Slight references to Taming of the Shrew come to mind when reading it, but Steele isn’t shrewish; she just has no idea how irresistible she is to billionaires with a penchant for pain.
So whoever they eventually find will be irrelevant, CG will have reddish brown hair and blue eyes, he will be tall and muscular and “beautiful” AS will have blue eyes, brown hair and be mousy, slim and innocent looking. Now we know.
The whole look of the film will be down to the design of the locations and the outfits they are wearing. Take the film 5th Element whose wardrobe was designed by the insightful Jean Paul Gaultier who produced 954 costumes for the film. If he hadn’t put Milla Jovovich in that white bandage cut-out dress, and created a futuristic style, the film would have held a completely different feel to it and probably not been the same.
I know 50 Shades of Grey isn’t set in the future, more 2011. But regardless-the outfits are mentioned quite a lot from jeans and converse (is E L James after commission from the trainer brand?) to sharp suits and sleek dresses.
Whilst reading the 1st book I was thinking about her first date with Christian Grey. Probably this would have been the coffee in Portland after the shoot for the magazine, but as first dates go…this is pretty flat. What about the excitement getting ready with your girlfriends; trying on outfits and wondering if you look ok? Your best friend doing your hair and you borrowing her shoes; practicing what to say and what to do if he makes a move and who should move first, which side is your best side? Do you touch your hair, do you wear the red lippy or is that too much? Ahh the pre date sick stomach feeling.
What would I have done if I was Steele’s best mate, Katherine? Probably shoved a glass of rose in her hand, sat her down on her bed and gone through her wardrobe…then realising nothing was suitable, gone to mine and picked out a black dress. My vintage inspired “Secretary Dress” from Client London with red silk lined short sleeves that you can turn up to show a flash of colour and which hugs your curves like melted chocolate on strawberries. It has black engraved buttons to the waist and a slash of red in the pleat of the skirt that becomes visible when you move, a daring dress but also assertive and doesn’t show too much flesh. It can be worn night or day, for work or play. You don’t want him to think you are a push over, but want him to know that you have curves hiding under the fine wool dress, tantalising. Teamed with a Pair of nude tights (if you live in arctic weather like me, tights are a necessity offering a little warmth when you would otherwise be freezing) or going bare, with smooth waxed legs in case his hand or his foot wanders on to her knee during dinner. Finish the outfit off with some simple back courts, or for an ultra chic and match, matchy outfit- Christian Louboutin “Pigtail Patent” courts (will he notice the name reference?) The red soles are perfectly made for the dress; sleek and black with a flash of red.
(Photo: Lily Robinson for Client London)
Hair: I would suggeeeeeesstt…loose volumous barrel curls. Anastasia has long brown unruly hair; lucky for me I have heated rollers and a barrel brush. Face: Simple, nude lips- my Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme: Lip Colour, for perfect kissable lips and a cat eye created with eyeliner and a slick of “Sumptuous Bold Volume Lifting Mascara” by Estee Lauder for lashes that could blow you away with one blink (Ana does that thing with her eyes where she blinks a lot when she is surprised or doesn’t quite get it…Maybe Christian will need a harness to tie him down for a change.)
Now at least she will look the part for her first date with the ultimate man of mystery and if she needs she can text me from the toilet if she needs a hand with any advice.