Small Beige French Bulldog Long Silk Scarf as seen in The Scotsman

Small Beige French Bulldog Long Silk Scarf as seen in The Scotsman

Style Edit: A Seventies look!

The seventies look is so cool right now, and there's no better accessory than long scarves to get the look! I love wearing the Mini Dalmatian Twilly Scarf tied as a cravate to give this style a modern twist too. 

Cleo Ferin Mercury Silk Scarf as seen in Elle Japan

Style Edit: The Valentine's Day Sweetheart!

Yes the sweetest day of the year is finally here, and this is Valentine's day! To celebrate we've created the best look, wether you are planning romantic dates or hanging out with your Galentines! Enjoy!

Style Edit: Animal print addiction!

Pink Tiger Print Detachable Collar by Cléo Ferin Mercury ,  Leopard print Jacket by Zara ,  Black Dress by Cos,  Leopard Print Shoes by Top Shop, Pink Bag by Hillier & Friends.

Favourite fashion documentaries

Don't you just love fashion documentaries?

It's just so incredible to be given such a candid view of the fashion world. Whether it's looking at the life of a fashion editor (Diana Vreeland in The Eye Has to Travel), or the intricacies of running a top fashion house (Alexander McQueen in McQueen & I), or the inspiring life-long passion for style as seen in Lina Plioplyte's Advanced Style.

Below are the trailers of some of my favourite films about fashion. 

Diana Vreeland : The eye has to travel - Lisa Immordino vreeland

McQueen and I - Louise Osmond

The September Issue - R.J. Cutler

Bill Cunningham New York - Richard Press

Advanced Style - Lina Plioplyte

Scatter My Ashes at Bergsdof Goodman - Matthew Miele

Notebook on Cities and Clothes - Wim Wenders

Lagerfeld Confidential - Rodolphe Marconi

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The inspiration behind our animal scarves!

Watching  classic films such as To Catch a Thief by Alfred Hitchcock, The Big Sleep by Howard Hawks, and Casablanca by Michael Curtis was a big inspiration, not least because it got me into vintage clothing.

I love red lipstick, stockings with that classic line at the back!, stilettos etc.. but one of the key winter accessories in those days was the fur stole!! The rarer the animal the more valuable the fur, and therefore the more desirable the stole. Wearing a fur stole was the height of chic.

These days people are much more conscious of animal rights and fur has lost its allure. We wanted to recreate the glamour of the fur stole in a slightly tongue and cheek way that was completely animal-friendly.

 

We started by making silk foxes and jaguars, then added tigers and cats to the range. These proved so popular that we are now planning to expand to new animals, including pandas and wolves.

You can see some pics of bloggers and friends wearing our animal scarves below :)

P.S: show us how you style your CFM Scarves on Instagram @cleoferinmercury and #cleoferinmercury

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Designing a new line of scarves!

In a few days we will be launching our new Spring Summer 2015 collection on our website!! But before that I wanted to share with you the process of designing a new collection, from researching the inspirations to coming up with the final product.

Before starting any research Chris and I always begin with brainstorming ideas for new themes, until we agree! This season we have decided to go for a nautical theme. Lucky me, it’s one of my favourite topics!!

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Inspiration is endless. I am thinking Japanese wave illustrations, sailors, stripes, ropes and knots, tropical flowers, and mermaids!!! I head to Pinterest to work on my moodboards, and collect a good number of images that I can use as references for designing.

I select some of my favourite images and stick them on the wall near my desk. It's great to help focus on the theme.

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I start drawing ideas in my sketchbook, try different colours and scale options. I change to the computer when I have a clearer idea of what style and lay out I want to do and then start designing for real!!

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I ask Chris to come and have a look a the designs regularly during the process. He always has fresh ideas and comments on the designs. Designing can take a while, and I only stop when we are both super happy with all them.

The next step is to sample the designs. For the square scarves it means sending them to our silk printer and getting them hand rolled by our seamstress. This is a crucial stage as it is often only then that we can see if the colours and sizes are right.

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Finaly we modify the designs if necessary, and once we are completely happy we get them all printed, ready to show them to shops and our lovely costumers.

Make sure you follow us on our Instagram and Twitter to be the first to see the new line when it comes out, ahoy!!