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Model wears 'Clara'

Silk & Sawdust, the vintage-inspired fashion label with a unique remit, is thrilled to present its third Autumn/Winter collection. The label takes some of the clean silhouettes of the 20th century and reinvents them to create pared-back, timeless pieces. Each design is made to last – bringing effortless elegance, sophistication and a subtle sexiness within everyday reach.
The Autumn/Winter collection, available online at with prices from £69 to £189, takes it’s inspiration from the stand-out styles of the last seventy years. So whether it’s Forties glamour, the Sixties spirit or Seventies decadence,
each piece is rooted in the past – and for a reason.

Owner/designer Claudia Orrell explains: “I wanted to get away from the ‘wear-it-then bin-it’ approach of the high street. My favourite wardrobe staples are invariably vintage pieces that are special because they’ve been made with old-fashioned tailoring skills.
I felt that the attention to detail was missing in so many modern clothes.

“My aim is to balance classic elegance with a truly modern ethos. In some ways my designs are slightly anti-fashion because you can wear them season after season. So they’re real investment pieces. But I’ve kept the costs reasonable too. I don’t believe
you should have to bankrupt yourself to own statement-making clothes. A great deal of my inspiration comes simply from a desire to make women feel gorgeous – whether they are an at-home-mum or a high-flying executive.”

All of the pieces are hand-tailored by skilled dressmakers. The fabrics are selected to ensure the clothes move with the body to flatter and make you feel extra glamorous – just like they did in days gone by. Claudia says, “I love this time of year – not least for the chance to replenish my wardrobe. The days may be drawing in but nobody minds treating themselves to a new coat or dress for the season. I’ve taken my inspiration from the jewel colours of the Bangkok markets where I source many of the materials for each collection. I’ve also had a little fun with hems this season – frills, diaphanous layers, and some cheeky shorter structures add even more variety to the look.”

Silk & Sawdust was a winner of Pure London’s Next Generation competition, presenting this A/W11 collection at Pure Spirit at Earls Court in February this year. The brand has also been involved in Norwich Fashion Week, receiving extensive press coverage.
Photography and samples are available upon request.
For more information, please contact:
Emma Fernandez, PR Manager
Tel: 07849748434

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