Articles tagged with ‘Julia Clancey’

Lady Victoria Takes a Tumble Leaving Top Palm Springs Restaurant!

Posted on November 23rd, 2016 at 10:45 am by    

It was all going so well for Lady Victoria Hervey and her BFF – fashion designer Julia Clancey when the girls hit the town to celebrate a successful night on the runway in trendy Palm Springs, California.

Hervey had been in the desert doing magazine shoots and modeling for Julia Clancey’s new ‘Resort’ collection at Palm Springs Fashion Week.

Just hours earlier, the daughter of the late 6th Marquess of Bristol was dressed in an elegant gown as she sauntered perfectly along the catwalk.

But it was a different story later as the aristocrat was spotted leaving Clancey’s Fashion Show after party held at Eight4Nine restaurant.

Clearly, ‘Lady V’ did far better walking in Clancey’s fashion show than she did walking out of the trendy uptown eatery after getting her high-heel stiletto caught on the stairs outside as she departed the popular venue.

Being the ‘Lady’ she is, Victoria quickly bounced back and the two girls giggled as pal Julia helped Hervey back on her feet.

In the past, Hervey has made no secret of her love for champagne, she recently told The Telegraph, “Unless it’s champagne, I can’t handle it”.

Perhaps one glass too many? Oo-er!

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British Designer Hits the Runway in Palm Springs!

Posted on November 10th, 2016 at 8:21 am by    

Julia Clancey is a British fashion designer based in Los Angeles; her clothes have dazzled the world over in highly publicized shows like London, New York and Dubai Fashion Week. Her creations have been featured in magazines including Vogue and ELLE and Harpers Bazaar.

The petite brunette has spent the last couple of years focusing and developing her sophisticated accessory line. Her attention to detail and love of vintage led to the creation of her latest collection showing at Palm Springs Fashion Week when it debuts in mid-November. This will see Clancey take to the runway with her best friend and longtime muse, model and author – Lady Victoria Hervey.

Swarovski has endorsed the line, and as a brand partner, Julia uses the highest quality of all materials when constructing a new collection. Her upcoming assortment is all hand embroidered and made to order. The pieces are made to be cherished and passed down to generations as timeless statement adornments unlike most garments made in the modern day world of fashion.

Her target market is 25-to 70-year-olds. Representative garments are ballet skirts, baby-doll dresses, chic turbans (which have recently become her trademark), and crystal-encrusted accessories.

Clancey describes her aesthetic as glamorous and fun, and says her clothes are, “Floaty and very feminine based on silk georgettes, chiffons, and satins.”

He first ten years in the fashion industry, she worked in various capacities, including Editor of ‘Large’ magazine and Fashion Editor of ‘Cream’ magazine in Sydney, Australia and by styling for musicians as well as taking on numerous advertising campaigns and creative projects. Over the years, A-list celebrity clients, including Victoria Beckham, Dita Von Teese, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Megan Fox, Mischa Barton and Cameron Diaz noticed her work.

Clancey regularly shows her collection during London Fashion Week. Notable press includes garments featured in the pages of Vogue, Glamour, InStyle, ELLE, GQ, FHM, and Tattler. Julia Clancey products are sold in boutiques in England, France, Spain, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Kuwait, and Russia. Her primary business is done domestically, in London. The clothing of the 1920s influenced Clancey’s Fall 2007 collection.

This November Julia unveils The Riviera Collection at Palm Springs Fashion Week – Palm Springs. Vibrant magenta’s, pineapple yellow, papaya and watermelon green delightfully clash with a selection of lilac, peach and ice pink sorbets in a luxurious collection of voluminous kaftans, tops, robes, and summer gowns with matching headscarves. Brilliant whites teamed with gold and silver ties. All in cooling cotton silk and cotton satin carefully hand embroidered with gold sequins.

She says, “The inspiration? Very Elizabeth Taylor meets Cleopatra on the French Riviera.” Oo-la-la!

Sean Borg: Welcome! What brings you to Palm Springs?

Julia Clancey: I am going to be showcasing my resort collection Palm Springs Fashion Week and bringing along my brother and his line, Andrew Clancey.

SB: You seem to love Palm Springs you are there a lot.

JC: I fell in love with Palm Springs when I first visited about 6 years ago. I love the architecture, dramatic landscape, and climate. I love the old Hollywood influence and the history of Palm Springs. The rest time I stayed at the Parker I remember wandering around the grounds alone late at night with a martini thinking it should be my home. I adore Melvyn’s too and I am hoping I can squeeze in a visit.

SB: When did you first visit the city?

JC: I think it was about 6 years ago as friends all came from L.A. to stay at Ace for a long weekend.

SB: What sparked your early interest in fashion?

JC: I think I have always had an interest in dressing up and I used to design outfits when I was very young, although my only style guide was the Freeman’s catalogue. It was a progression. It took many years as I had many other jobs first.

SB: What skills are important for a successful career in fashion design?

JC: I am self-taught so never went to college. London is a bit snobby so I was never accepted as did not go to St. Martins, etc. I and the snobby side of fashion very amusing. I mean come on out seam lines are not saving lives. It is a lot of hard work and you need to be incredibly patient and focused.

SB: What made you take fashion more seriously and make a career out of it?

JC: I tend to do what makes me happy and making dresses made me happy. You cannot do it for the money, as the hours you put in are never ending. I was a fashion stylist before too so it really was a natural progression.

SB: How has your work evolved since you began your own label?

JC: There are still signature styles from my first collection that carry through to today. I’ve now had time to really create my signature style. I love dressing up, so I design for the woman that embraces that too. It amuses me when people say they adore my collection but have nowhere to wear it to. You make it happen, you create that situation!

SB: Are there any types of clothing that you avoid wearing or designing?

JC: Dungarees! Although, I do love a good jumpsuit. So, never say never to a Dungaree… However, I would market the designs as jumpsuits, definitely!

SB: What are you fascinated by right now and how does it shape your work?

JC: I am really getting back into doing gowns again. I said I would not go back into it. I am also designing a luxury yacht tender from concept and it is an incredible process. I’m hoping to do more after this one. It is always great to keep learning something new. I’m not sure I will sell may yachts in Palm Springs…but…

SB: What advice would you give to young designers?

JC: Have an understanding of your brand and where you see it. The fashion and retail industry is not in great shape and there is lots of competition, so what sets you apart from everyone else? Do you have rich parents or a sugar daddy? As you may need one…ha-ha

SB: What would you like to achieve before the end of the year?

JC: A few days off and being totally pampered. I am in desperate need of spa days. I would love to cycle through Joshua Tree too. I may be coming back…or not leaving Palm Springs for a while. Ha-ha.

SB: How do you stay up to date with fashion?

JC: I pay no attention to fashion and never have apart from when I was styling. I do not look at what other people are doing.

SB: Who is the most famous person to wear you?

JC: Gosh, well I did some accessories for Madonna’s tour. I dressed her dancers, but still great. Keira Knightly wore a headpiece. Dita Von Teese always looks incredible in any of the pieces. Oh, back in the day even Victoria Beckham. There have been a few and all very special to me for different reasons. The most exciting were when Prince contacted me to buy dresses for one of his artists for the Golden Globes, Grammys, and the Oscars. That was crazy…I was very shattered afterward.

SB: You worked with actress and Vogue cover girl Sienna Miller, how was that?

JC: I worked with her on Bernard Rose’s film, ‘Two Jacks’, and it was incredible. I had been saving this dress for the right person for years and then this lm comes along. I worked with some great actresses on that film and adored scenes with Izabella Miko too as she was thrown up in the air whilst dancing in one of the gowns. I love seeing the dresses coming to life and use a lot of fabric for the movement.

SB: Tell me about the collection at Palm Springs Fashion Week.

JC: It is a resort collection made from silk cotton, cotton, satin, and silk. Hand embroidered. All one size. Very luxe. All ages. I called it the Riviera Collection but we could call it Palm Springs…ha-ha…

SB: What’s next for the Julia Clancey Empire?

JC: Well once the yacht is done maybe private jets, hotels? Ha-ha, who knows? I would love a holiday home in Palm Springs!

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Stars Shine At BritWeek 10th Anniversary LA Gala!

Posted on May 5th, 2016 at 8:10 am by    

We Brits certainly know how to throw a party!

On Sunday evening the Fairmont Miramar Hotel played host to the 10th Anniversary of BritWeek LA with a star line-up of British celebrity.

Inside the no-expense spared bash the stage was draped with a British flag as the backdrop that featured some all-star performances from Alexander Jean comprised of Dancing with the Stars’ Mark Ballas and his fiancé BC jean, season 7 contestant of American Idol Carly Smithson, and So You Think You Can Dance winner Fik-Shun introduced by Nigel Lythgoe.

Pop up lounges in the hotel courtyard featured furniture sporting the British flag motif. A VIP reception and gala featured scotch tasting and specialty cocktails made with British products. Food included those staples of British cuisine – fish and chips, bangers, and shepards pie with meat and vegetables provided by FIG Restaurant.

Guests at the event were treated to some of the most beloved sweets and treats from the UK, and were able to sample former Royal Chef Darren McGrady’s confections including his famous Butter Toffee Bread Pudding, a favorite of Princess Diana. Simply yummy!

McGrady’s other treats served included his Chocolate Biscuit Cake which he has prepared for Princes Harry and William and chocolate birthday cake prepared for Queen Elizabeth.

Jane Owen, Henny Letailleur, Sean Borg and Caroline FeradayDJ Manny Patel and Actress and British institution Celia Imrie posed together on the red carpet before they enjoyed the celebration.

Later, Celia, and I had a good ol’ catch up, hugging me as she told me she was thrilled to be appearing in the upcoming Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie… my reply was, “Aren’t we all darling!” Celia is one of my favorites actresses, I loved her playing Claudia Bing in Ab-Fab!

Early nineties nostalgia came when singer Chesney Hawkes took to the stage to perform for the crowd which also included actress Maria Elena Infantino. Of course I couldn’t resist bopping away to one of Chesney’s biggest hits ‘The One and Only’ with TV host Caroline Feraday and top stylist Henny Letailleur. So much fun with the girls!

“BritWeek’s Tenth Anniversary was our best celebration to date, highlighting the great creative love affair between L.A. and the U.K.”, said BritWeek Chairman Bob Peirce prior to the event taking place. “We are grateful for all of the celebrities, partners, media and guests that came out to celebrate with us at the Fairmont.”

The event was proudly sponsored by Fairmont Miramar Hotel & BungalowsBBC Worldwide Productions, Marks & Spencer, and BLUE FISH among other generous sponsors.

Sean BorgAppearances at the Gala included: British Fashion designer Julia Clancey, Lady Victoria Hervey, PR supremo Jane Owen, Former Miss Universe Great Britain – Amy Willerton, Craig Robert Young, Film producer Julia Verdin, BritWeek co-founders Bob Peirce and Sharon Harroun Peirce, Huw Collins (Pretty Little Liars), Darren McGrady (former Royal Chef to Princess Diana), Harry Hamlin, British music industry legend Peter Asher, Karina Smirnoff, Lotte Verbeek (Agent Carter, Outlander, The Last Witch Hunter), and many more.

BritWeek is a non–profit organization, started in Los Angeles in 2007 by Nigel Lythgoe and the then Consul General Bob Peirce, to highlight the creative relationship between the United Kingdom and California.

BritWeek’s mission is to create greater awareness of the many ways in which Britain and the US work closely together, and further build this relationship to advance business, the arts, and philanthropy in both of these thriving regions of the world.

The organization continues to be a landmark event bringing together the best entertainers of the UK and the US, while supporting noble causes. BritWeek in LA will conclude on May 8.

For more information on BritWeek and upcoming events, visit http://www.britweek.org.

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Julia Clancey is Sienna Miller’s Fashion Fancy!

Posted on December 21st, 2010 at 10:59 am by    

This is what being in Los Angeles is all about… Julia Clancey has landed her first major break since arriving in Tinseltown a little over two years ago.

The British fashion designer has just signed on to style Hollywood indi-flick Two Jacks which stars Sienna Miller and Danny Huston (love him!)

Along with a bevy of Brits including Bernard Rose in the director’s chair and Julia Verdin producing, the film – a drama that centers around two different generations of a family starting in 1992, when a legendary filmmaker (Huston) returns to Hollywood after a lengthy absence to get financing for a new movie. In a series of wild adventures, he boozes, seduces a beautiful woman (Miller) and fights with studio execs, winning the money he needs in a poker game.

Clancey, who has dressed top stars Paris HiltonMegan FoxLindsey Lohan and Juliette Lewis to name a few, is thrilled to be styling Miller and the rest of the top name cast, including Billy Zane, Lydia Hearst, Jacqueline Bisset and Jack Huston. I’m told Julia has always loved Sienna’s style dating way back to her Boho chic days, and I reckon her designs will look fantastic on her!

There is no doubt about it, Sienna Miller still has pull, and this news is sure to get Hollywood’s A-list clamoring to wear Julia’s dresses at the Globes and the Oscars in 2011. Apparently her phone has been ringing off the hook already with requests for award season fittings.

Can’t wait to see Miss Miller in one Julia’s stunning creations very soon… Thumbs up to the film, its cast… Oh, and its very talented stylist of course!

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Julia Clancey’s English Garden Party Fashion Show… In LA!

Posted on October 23rd, 2010 at 6:38 pm by    

When you think of Los Angeles, one wouldn’t normally associate it with cloudy, rainy days, but lately that’s all we’ve seen. So when top British fashion designer Julia Clancey decided to show her Sensually Sorbet range on the rooftop of the Palihouse this afternoon, I thought the girl was off her rocker, and prayed the weather would hold up… As luck would have it, the sun shone!

With an impressive background of regular showings in London and garments selling in various boutiques all over world, Julia, showcases Sensually Sorbet as her Spring/Summer 2011 collection and part of her new ‘by appointment only’ boutique now open for business in West Hollywood.

Miss Clancey effectively used silks and chiffons in her ‘sensual’ designs to convey elegance and regality. What worked beautifully in her favor was the fact that each design complemented her model’s skin tones.

The cleverly choreographed show saw its models parading across a fake grass lawn runway in a 360-degree city view setting. And in keeping with the summer garden theme, models stopped periodically to play a spot of croquet… How classy!

You could see that Clancey took special care in the custom crafting and the creation of each piece as the models glided seamlessly, as if floating on air. Her use of colors to signify springtime made this collection pleasurable to watch.

Julia told me, “My inspiration for this collection comes from the perfect English summers day spent in the garden, lots of flowing dresses, they are fruity, vibrant and colorful, but of course I decided to have Champagne instead of tea at my soiree.”

Well, judging from the many faces smiling in the front row, ‘sensational’ Sensually Sorbet certainly seemed to put a ‘spring’ in everyone’s step…

Roll on summer I say, we Brits like a bit of croquet… Mallets at the ready!

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I Was ‘Teenage’ Papped With Adrian Grenier!

Posted on September 22nd, 2010 at 8:33 am by    

It’s been a while since I’ve seen Entourage star Adrian Grenier face to face, so when he sent me a text a few weeks back asking if I was free on the September 21st to see a film, I thought (ahem)… my luck had changed. Wrong!

I accepted the ‘date’, but had no idea at that point I’d be sharing the movie theater with at least 200 or so, of his other friends too. Nevertheless, I was flattered to be asked to the screening of HBO’s Teenage Paparazzo held at West Hollywood’s Pacific Design Center and I invited my dear friend, top fashion designer Julia Clancey to accompany me.

The documentary, directed by Grenier profiles a 14 year-old boy – Austin Visschedyk who lives in Hollywood with his mother, and is a unique example of our star-struck society. Visschedyk is a Teenage Paparazzi!

Schooled at home by divorced parents who often give in to their young son’s obnoxious demands, Visschedyk prowls the streets of Hollywood at nights, making a living photographing A-list celebrities, selling the images for at least a $1000 a pop to the tabloid press.

In the special, which premieres on HBO on September 27th, Grenier interviews Visschedyk, joining him undercover for a night of stalking the famous as he learns more about the nature of the celebrity press. Though it appears by turning the spotlight on the ‘petulant-pap’, giving Austin such attention seems to be making his youthful ego even more problematic.

Athough a slightly one-sided view of the notorious paparazzi lifestyle, I liked the film. At times, Adrian really captures the excitement and color that world has to offer, and what most folk only wonder about. The movie clearly points out how obsessed the youth of today are with likes of Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and TMZ, which I found naturally fascinating to watch even though already aware of.

Funnily enough however, the highlight of my evening was not the movie itself, but the after-party where guests where given a free Teenage Paparazzo ‘camera-styled’ chocolate bar (or so Julia Clancey and I thought), once Julia had taken a bite out of the novelty give-away, she quickly discoverd it was actually a bar of soap!

Finally, Miss Clancey washed her mouth out!

Don’t miss Teenage Paparazzo on HBO – September 27th… A must see!

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Jonathan Yeo is Porn Again in Beverly Hills!

Posted on July 9th, 2010 at 9:45 am by    

Lazarides Gallery in Beverly Hills was the place to be last night when British aristocracy and A-list celebs gathered in honour to celebrate the first solo exhibition by top British artist Jonathan Yeo (pictured with me). The title might be a little off putting to some, but the works of Porn in the USA are genius!

Guests included Lord Freddie Windsor and Sophie Winkleman, fashion designer Julia Clancey, actors Ioan Gruffudd and Alice Evans, Christina Aguilera, and former Wild Child Emma Ridley.

I overheard Emma and Christina (pictured) chatting about pole dancing of all things. Ridley was persuading Aguilera to come and try out a class at her new studio Goddess Fitness and as Christina’s upcoming film is called Burlesque (also starring the mighty Cher) it could be right right up her street!

Yeo, is known for his skillfully oil-painted portraits of stars including, Nicole Kidman, Tony Blair and Dennis Hopper, as well as a controversial collage of George W. Bush made out of pornographic images, but this exhibition features some of his most provocative works to date.

There are portraits of Sarah Palin and Tiger Woods, and I won’t even tell you which body parts I saw popping out from the collage, but after the year Tiger’s had, in his case the material was highly appropriate!

Go see this fantastic showing between July 9th and August 8th at: Lazarides Gallery 320 North Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

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Brit Chicks in Coachella Recovery Zone!

Posted on April 19th, 2010 at 2:58 pm by    

Brit chicks Catalina Guirado and fashion designer Julia Clancey had the right idea…  After a weekend of parties and rubbing shoulders with the A-list at the Coachella Valley Music Festival, the celebrity darlings kept the glamour alive by showing how to recover after a rock ‘n’ roll weekend that consisted of booze ‘n’ bands.

Surrounded by paparazzi cameras while sun tanning poolside at an exclusive hotel spa in Palm Springs, former I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here star, Catalina and Clancey, were joined by Hostel actress, Barbara Nedel (formally Nedeljakova).

As the trio showed off their sexy bods, they were overheard discussing their huge hangovers and which bands they enjoyed watching perform over the weekend. Guirado was obviously having a fab weekend with the girls, she was also celebrating her 36th birthday, while her guitarist husband, Matt Cheadle was away on tour on the East Coast, bringing truth to the saying ‘when the Matt’s away, the Cat will play!’

Clancey indeed partied till the bitter end, I saw her in the crowd watching the closing act The Gorillaz, whereas Catalina and Barbara were spotted drinking the night away in the VIP area, according to sources.

But Catalina’s hubby need not worry, our photogs spotted her heading back to the La Quinta Resort with her girlie gang – alone, every night…

Ahhh, such is married bliss, eh Catalina?!

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