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It’s that time of year - the nights are drawing in and we are beginning to feel autumn has truly arrived. In recent months, more than one of us at Palava has been yearning for our winter wardrobes and all the fun and excitement of the colder months. The first stop must surely be Halloween! To get into the spirit of things, we've enjoyed carving our own pumpkins this year, featuring our very own Palava animal characters! If you'd like to enter our pumpkin carving competition, we'll give you £10 to spend in our online store, plus a prize of £30 to the most creative Palava inspired pumpkin! For full details, read on! First things first, food! We decided to make the most of our pumpkins - so as well as carving them, we conjured up some delicious pumpkin dishes. Two of our recipes come from award winning chef Yotam Ottolenghi, whose cookbook Plenty is a firm favourite with our founder and chief designer Bryony. The first recipe is for these delicious pumpkin wedges, garnished with breadcrumbs, parsley, thyme and lemon rind and served with soured cream. These were delicious and an interesting, different way to enjoy pumpkin! We also made this gorgeous risotto – based on Ottolenghi’s lemon and aubergine risotto – adding in our own roasted pumpkin chunks. Serve with a glass of cold white wine and you have the perfect autumnal dinner. Now for the crafty part! We had lots of fun in the studio carving these Palava inspired pumpkins. Annabel chose our Reindeer - as featured on our Mabel dress, Bryony chose a woodland scene and I carved our very own Mr. Fox – star of our recent popular Mabel Fox Dress. If you like to enter our special Pumpkin carving competition, we'd love to see your special Halloween pumpkin, inspired by Palava! This could be one of our animal characters, a scene from a storybook, a detail from one of our prints...any ideas sparked by one of your favourite Palava dresses! If you'd like to use one of the Pumpkin designs we made here of Mr Fox or our elegant Reindeer, you can save the images from the links below: Palava Reindeer   Palava Fox 1. Print the image, cut out the shape of the reindeer or fox and fix it with masking tape on to the front of the pumpkin. 2. Draw around the design with a pen - and get carving!  3. Bring your lantern to life with a little tea light candle!   Each entry for the Palava pumpkin competition will receive £10 to spend on our website! The grand prize for the most creative pumpkin will receive £30 to spend. Tag a photo of your Palava pumpkin on Facebook or use #palavamyway on Instagram. The deadline is Thursday 2nd November. In celebration of Halloween, we're also offering 15% off some off our darker Palava prints. This includes our new Beatrice Black Hungarian Flowers which has already proved to be a very popular piece from our new collection. It's the perfect chance to treat yourself! Hope you have a fabulous spooky weekend whether you're trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving, dressing up for a party - or simply enjoying the cold autumn evenings curled up at home. Enjoy!  
27th Oct 2017
Last weekend Palava were lucky enough to return to the fabulous Goodwood Revival – a three-day weekend of classic cars and vintage glamour. Despite being one of largest historic motorsport events worldwide, Goodwood is as well known for the authentic vintage attire sported by its visitors. We were very excited to be selling our dresses to such a stylish and interesting set of customers! We were set up in the shopping hub at Goodwood - surrounded by a fascinating bunch of stallholders, selling everything from original vintage motorsports memorabilia through to vintage coats, hats, and jewellery. For our little Goodwood shop, we brought back a range of our autumnal prints, alongside our summer dresses. It's always good to give a girl a choice! Our stall was decked out by our experienced visual merchandiser and newest Palava recruit - the wonderful Kara Louise. Didn't she do a fab job? Some of the autumnal dresses we have re-released are the Ballroom print, our Cocktail print, and our Dancers print. It was lovely to see them out on the rail, and being tried on in our little dressing room by the stylish Goodwood clientele.  One of our best sellers from the weekend was our Beatrice Teal Ballroom dress. We sent several of these off to their new homes, including the one from our display which caught the eye of a very discerning customer... We have also brought back our autumn coats! We took our Cocktail coat and our Beauty Pageant coat to Goodwood - and these have both now returned to our website. They have a lovely padded lining and are nice and warm for autumn.  The best things about pop-up events and festivals is the chance to meet the fabulous people who buy our dresses. We certainly are looking forward to doing more of these in the future - nothing beats the magic of a customer fitting perfectly into a Palava dress and falling in love with it on the spot! And nothing is more special than seeing some of the little one's decked out in a Palava dress, hat and petticoat! Does it get more cute? Here's another happy customer...this little one chose a Blue Dancing Ladies dress - sported with a muddly pair of wellies for the ultimate festival chic! And here I am with my lovely boss Bryony. We're wearing our favourite autumn Palava prints - Bryony in Cocktail and me in Ballroom. Unfortunately, the weather didn't hold up and we started the weekend with torrential rain! The upside of this was the excuse to get back into autumn tights and petticoats...plus we finished out outfits off with these fabulous sparkly animal ears from our friends Woodstock London. We were lucky enough to be sharing a stall with Charlie of Woodstock - who designs and handmakes all the ears herself. She's a very talented lady! Here are a few pics of Charlie's side of the stall and the beautiful hair bows and headbands she creates. We collaborate with Charlie on all of our own hair bows - made from the scrap fabric of our production. You can see our full range of hair bows here.  Now for some more of the marvellous Goodwood...one of our favourite places to visit at the festival is Betty's, a beautifully re-created 1950s hair salon. Here you can visit one of their experienced stylists and get yourself an authentic 1940s-1960s hairdo- created with hair rollers, hairspray and plenty of backcombing! We enjoyed visiting and just watching all the magic unfold... Here's Bryony, pondering which hairstyle to choose! Inside at Betty's there was magical glow of dressing room lights, vintage fashion magazines and all the hair stylish equiptment of your dreams! Our very own Kara Louise posing under the amazing vintage hairdryers! Here's the stylists and customers from Betty's showing off their impeccible style... The site is also filled with newspaper and program stands, with all staff wearing suitable vintage attire. Check out these two! The tearoom at Goodwood had colourful bunting and vintage photographs aplenty! We stopped here numerous times for essential tea breaks and eating as much of their delicious lemon drizzle cake as we could manage...the perfect way to reboot after a long day in the shop!     We've talked plenty about the sartorial elegance of Goodwood - but that's not to say our hearts didn't race at the sight of some of the gorgeous classic cars. Here's a little low down of some of our motorsporting highlights from the weekend. These vintage BP petrol pumps are a good place to start... This little service truck caught Bryony's heart. Doesn't it look fabulous alongside her Palava dress ;-) And here we were lucky enough to meet one of the race winners! He was such a character. We were particularly impressed with his floral wreath and bottle of champagne! One of the other special aspects of Goodwood is the funfair, situated a short walk from the main racecourse. We're always partial to a ride on a carousel! We even ventured on to the Ghost Train. Which we genuinely found quite scary! (We're not used to loud bangs and skeletons appearing out of nowhere!). It certainly gave us the giggles once we were back out in the fresh air. In addition to classic cars, motorcycles and mopeds are popular at Goodwood. We particularly liked this Lambretta, parked just outside Betty's salon... And now for some of the serious motors! Cars can only enter a race if manufactured between 1948 – 1966 – the original golden era of racing at the Goodwood racecourse. During this era, sports and Grand Prix cars were raced in events such as the Tourist Trophy and the Glover Trophy. Internationally renowned drivers such as Stirling Moss, Jim Clark and Juan Manuel Fangio all claimed trophies at Goodwood during these years. We can imagine them racing in one of these beauties!  The Fiat 500s were another highlight...I loved the little red one myself! There was in every colour of the rainbow.. And one final shot from our Palava Goodwood shop...these lovely ladies posed for a picture - we adored their headscarves and aprons!  Despite the wind and rain, we managed to have a wonderful weekend at Goodwood. It was lovely to meet some Palava customers old and new - we are so looking forward to the next one! Hoping you all have a fabulous start to autumn. Our Autumn/Winter collection is coming soon...it's going to be a good one! Until then, have a look at our final reductions in our end of season sale. There are some extra special bargains to be had. For children, browse the sale here. Enjoy!  
16th Sep 2017
Two weeks ago I was lucky enough to travel to the Elaphiti Islands of Croatia to soak up some summer sun. Travelling during central Europe's heatwave, I arrived in a simmering 37-degrees. It was a welcome shock to the system after the milder temperatures in London this month. A car journey and a boat ride later,  I arrived at one of the many charming and tranquil idylls of the Adriatic.      Dalmatia is the most popular region of Croatia for holidaymakers, for its wonderful clear turquoise beaches, delicious Mediterranean cuisine and long, warm summers. The Dalmatian coast runs along the east shore of the Adriatic Sea, parallel to Italy. Scattered in between the two countries, are 79 islands and 500 islets. So choosing an island holiday truly leaves you spoiled for choice! Some of the most frequented include Hvar, Vis and Mljet. The magical Elpahiti Islands, my own holiday destination, include Lopud, Kolocep and Šipan. The culture, cuisine and language of the region are rich with history. Dalmatia is named after an Illyrian tribe called Dalmatae who inhabited the region during Greco-Roman times. The Republic of Venice later controlled Dalmatia between the 15th and 18th centuries, and consequently, the region developed an Italianate flair. Šipan, experienced its heyday during the 15th century when it was a top holiday destination for Dubrovnik aristocracy. Its first town Suđurađ, is home to many notable historical buildings from this era, including the 16th-century castle of the Stijepović-Skočibuha family. The head of the household was a wealthy sea merchant who also constructed a beautiful watchtower in Suđurađ, intended as a look out for pirates. Each morning I read up a little on the history of the island over breakfast - I love taking in the details of a place before exploring it in person. Breakfast consisted of fresh bread, french pastries, and fruit. I especially enjoyed the juicy blood oranges - the tastiest I've ever eaten! One of my adventures was to find this beautiful 15th century garden in Suđurađ. Sadly it was closed to the public during my visit - but a little door has been left open so you could peek through and take a look. I always love imagining all the interesting characters who must have sunned themselves in here during years gone by! Despite being the largest of the Elaphiti Islands, Šipan’s population is a tiny 500. Šipanska Luka, the island’s second town, remains busy with fishing boats heading out for their daily catch. The rest of the island is filled with palm trees, vineyards and citrus groves. Several of the restaurants have no menus - only a fish of the day, beautifully seasoned and grilled, fresh off the boat.  Despite being in Croatia, I took full advantage of the U.K's National Prosecco Day! With this exception, I stuck to local Croatian wine at dinner such as Pošip, which I highly recommend it for its dry, gentle flavour. The perfect accompaniement to fish and seafood.   One of the joys of Croatia's position on the Adriatic coastline is the countless harbours and boats you stumble across. This beautiful harbour was our departure point from the mainland towards the Elaphiti Islands. We stopped here only briefly to catch our boat - but I had to capture a photograph!   My adventure in Croatia was made all the more fun for the Palava holidays dresses that accompanied me. Our Kew Gardens dress is one of my all-time favourite Palava prints.  I was glad to wear something lightweight and white during the heat. And nothing is more cheerful than exotic animals exploring a greenhouse! Here I am having a little stroll around Šipanska Luka,  taking in the view of the beautiful harbour.  Our Rose Pineapple Heaven was also a good choice for the holiday. Here I climbed up to a little spot above the water to shield from the sun. The colours of the Croatian scenery were so vivid and beautiful. Just look at the colour of that water! I returned to London dreaming of the magical blue sea.     Both of these lovely dresses are in our big summer sale. You can also get an extra 10% off this weekend only by using the code EXTRA10 at the checkout. I hope you've all had a wonderful summer. I certainly don't want it to end! Luckily as I write this, the sunshine has returned to London and we look set for a warm bank holiday. Fingers crossed we get another good few weeks of summer wardrobe weather before Autumn descends!        
26th Aug 2017
August is here, which means holidays! Several of team Palava have trips coming up this month. I am lucky enough to be travelling to Croatia next week - I'm so excited I have already started packing. Here's a selection of my holiday essentials, chiefly - sunglasses, books and dresses!  This is my pick of books for the trip: an anthology of women travel writers, a novel by Elizabeth Bowen and my favourite novella by W. Somerset Maugham.  Elizabeth Bowen was an Irish born writer from Dublin. Born in 1899, her first collection of short stories entitled 'Encounters' was published in 1923. Bowen went on to be a prolific short story writer - her work is often taught as part of creative writing and literature courses as a shining example of the craft. This novel, 'A House in Paris' was first published in 1935. Split into three parts, it follows the meeting of two children in France's beautiful and majestic capital city. From there we travel back in time to learn more about the boy's parents and the family's history in Paris - their lives, loves and adventures. William Somerset Maugham was born in France in 1874. His influence as a writer is apparent in not only the continued popularity of his novels and short stories but also the many film adaptations of his work. One of my personal favourites is 'The Painted Veil'. Maugham himself was an interesting character - during WW1 he served with the Red Cross, going on to work as a government spy. He fictionalised his experiences of espionage in 'Ashenden: Or the British Agent' (1928) and other short stories.   'Up At The Villa' (1941) is both a literary classic and the perfect holiday read. I have read this twice before - the last time was a few years ago, so the memories of the story have faded a little. One of the most enjoyable things about returning to a book is the different perspective that time can provide. The nuances of characters and plot can shift, depending on your own experiences and the context or the place in which you read the book. Without giving too much away for those who haven't read it, 'Up At The Villa' is essentially a tale of romance with a dark twist. The clean prose and vivid characterisation enable you to get lost in the luscious Tuscan countryside where the novel is set.  'The Virago Book of Women Travellers' is a collection of short stories by female authors: including Mary Wollstonecraft, M.F.K Fisher and Joan Didion. Selected for their common theme of travel - all stories take place with the author or lead character visiting places far away from home. The stories date between 1717 and the later part of the 20th century, and are fascinating snapshots of women who were fearless in their ambition to travel and explore the world, even during times when it was particularly unusual for women to do so. I am looking forward to dipping into this during my own summer adventure!   Now that I have my book choices sorted, on to the dresses! These are all currently in our big Summer Sale, alongside countless other styles. I picked these three for myself and am looking forward to wearing them in Croatia.  The detail on our Kew Gardens print is very special - featuring Mr. Giraffe and several of his animal friends including a crafty snake, a few birds of prey and a magnificent peacock in full plume. The vibrant colours, unique print and flattering cut make this one of my favourite Palava designs.  Irene Coral Doodle is a lovely lightweight summer dress that was designed by Bryony after an afternoon doodling. A little sketch on a notebook transformed into the print you see on the dress. The muted coral colour is vintage inspired and perfect for summer. Our Rose Pineapple Heaven dress is a classic - with a V-shaped neckline, pretty pink waist tie and lovely knee-length skirt. I love the fun quality of the novelty print.   I can't wait to share some photographs from my holiday with you all, so stay tuned. In the meantime, have a browse of our sale. Many of our gorgeous prints are limited edition and won't be made again. Which makes them even more special!     Whether you're going away in August or staying at home, here's to a good month ahead!    
05th Aug 2017
Who doesn't love afternoon tea? We had some special guests this week at the Palava head office and took it as an opportunity to get creative. As part of the floral theme we have been exploring, we baked a Victoria Sponge with a difference. In addition to a double cream and strawberry jam centre, we decorated the centre piece of our afternoon tea with edible flowers.  Restaurants and cafes are using edible flowers more than ever in sweets, savoury dishes and cocktails. We got ours from Maddocks Farm - one of the most popular producers of organic edible flowers in the U.K. Cut flowers from florists and supermarkets are generally not suitable for eating due to the chemical sprays used to preserve them. Maddocks Farm is based in Devon - close to wild and rugged Dartmoor. As an eco-friendly farm, the production of the flowers includes solar powered electricity, use of natural spring water and environmentally friendly packaging. No chemicals are involved in the production of the flowers, making them perfect for adding to recipes or as decoration to your home baking.   We were excited to incorporate organic flowers into our afternoon tea. As a company we value the ethics and quality of organic production greatly and are ourselves committed to using organic cotton for our dresses and skirts. This ensures a more ethical means of production and results in fabrics that are softer and kinder to the skin.  Our cake recipe was from Bee's Adventures in Cake Decorating by Bees Bakery by Bee Berrie. A gorgeous book, filled with creative ideas that has certainly rejuvenated team Palava's baking creativity! We stuck with the basic, fool-proof vanilla sponge recipe that was as easy and delicious as promised. We are now looking forward to trying out the colourful and unusual recipes such as aubergine cake, beetroot and chocolate cake, orange veg cake and avocado icing. We also decorated these tasty prawn and cheese slices - made especially by our boss Bryony from a favourite family recipe. To make these, simply mix freshly cooked prawns with cream cheese and dill - season with salt, pepper and lemon and serve on freshly sliced wholegrain bread. Add as many edible flowers as you dare!  To wash down the cake, we enjoyed a pot of earl grey tea and a few glasses of Italian sparkling Rosato. It was certainly an afternoon tea to remember! We continue to celebrate flowers and nature this week and the various ways we are inspired by them. Our pick of the week includes a selection of our floral skirts - a great alternative to our classic dresses. Enjoy!      
23th Jul 2017
At Palava HQ we are celebrating a two-week floral extravaganza! Join me for a look at the inspiration behind our designs, as I discuss florals with our founder and lead designer Bryony.  Flowers and botanicals are so often at the heart of everyday life; from the food and drink we consume and the beauty products we use, to the way we decorate our homes and fill our wardrobes. Flowers are also symbolic of many aspects of human relationships and the way we express ourselves creatively - we give and receive flowers to mark anniversaries and celebrations; and produce poetry, music and art that attempts to capture their natural beauty. At Palava, floral inspiration comes in several forms. We make a point of decorating our studio with fresh flowers and have a rather impressive collection of house plants that add a natural splash of colour alongside our fabric swatches, notebooks and computers. This week, we chose shocking red gladioli. In addition to surrounding ourselves with floral inspiration in the studio, our designs themselves frequently pay homage to the vibrancy of nature. Bryony initially sketches our prints with pencil, paper and watercolour. These are then transformed into detailed, colourful illustrations which are carefully printed on to cotton and linen, ready to be cut into dresses and skirts. I sat down with Bryony over a cup of tea and asked her to tell us more about her creative process, hints of what she's working on next - and inside tips of where to visit to enjoy florals and green spaces throughout the seasons. To start, can you talk us through why flowers and nature interests you as a designer? Are there certain flowers or places you return to for inspiration? "Flowers offer such a wide variety of colour and texture, there’s so much to work with. I always seem to go back to my childhood as a starting point. Growing up in north Yorkshire I was very lucky to live very close to an amazing bluebells wood. When the bluebells are in season the ground is completely covered in beautiful, luminous lilac." "Photographs never completely do it justice – but they offer a glimpse into the colour and the effect this has on the light and feel of the wood. When it came to designing our Bluebells print, I wanted to capture the stillness of the woods: the feeling of being completely surrounded by nature, lost in thought – perhaps the freedom you feel as a child." "I’m also often drawn to wild flowers, growing in places they are not meant to - out of place with their surroundings. Foxgloves always seem to pop up on their own, often against quite bleak or homogenous backgrounds. The contrast and colour they offer is eye-catching and amplified. We tried to capture this in the Foxgloves print by choosing the stone-coloured natural linen. " I’ve also been very inspired by herbaceous borders and some of the ingenious designs at places like the Chelsea Flower Show. As a design concept it’s the perfect match for one of our Palava specialities - the border print dress." How you get from the idea itself to the print we see on the dresses? "It can be a long time until something comes to fruition. I have a huge folder of photos and inspiration I work from. I’m always keeping my eyes open, always snapping away. I’m constantly thinking of where our Palava characters Poppy and Fred’s next adventure might be happening. When I have time I enjoy taking a little sketchpad into somewhere like the bluebells wood and begin the illustration in person; really trying to soak up the atmosphere of the place. I think that makes for better designs. Saying that, the bulk of the work happens of course in the studio, where I pin hundreds of floral pictures to my noticeboard for inspiration."  Floral prints are central to one of our latest collections - Chelsea Flower Show. Where else do you visit in London for your floral inspiration, and why? “In summer, Regent’s Park - especially the rose gardens. I love learning the names of all the different varieties. It’s also a time to stroll and explore new green spaces – there’s always a new little square or garden I stumble across and discover. That’s the joy of living in a big city! In autumn, Curve Garden in Dalston. It’s involved with various community projects, festivals and music nights, which make it a great space to meet new people in a unique, outdoors venue. At Halloween they do an amazing themed evening with pumpkin lanterns that I would recommend! In winter, a walk on Hampstead Heath; the unparalleled views of London from Parliament Hill, the woodland, iced over ponds…I’ve walked there in the snow and watched all the trees and greenery cloaked in white. I love the way the snow changes the sound the place, muffling everything – it creates a beautiful quietness all around. The heath is probably the closest I can feel in London to the countryside where I grew up, because it’s so big you can almost get lost in it. In spring, nothing beats the flowers at Kew Gardens. I am always inspired by their tropical greenhouses and the exotic plants - the inspiration to our Kew Gardens dress. There’s then the history of the place itself. Kew Palace was a favourite residence of King George III – the house serves as a kind of museum, documenting the time his family spent there. I also admire the scientific research that Kew produces and its commitment to protecting species of plants and flowers. It’s a gorgeous, picture perfect park but education and research are at its heart." At Palava HQ we recently enjoyed some of your delicious homemade elderflower cordial. What are your other favourite floral flavours? "Jasmine green tea is delicious and very soothing. In terms of home-made recipes, I recently grew some borage in my garden and have discovered its magical secret…drop it in your gin and tonic and see what happens! Food-wise, rose flavoured Turkish delight always hits the spot." Which of the Palava floral designs from the Chelsea Flower Show collection is your personal favourite? “The Chelsea Flower Show design itself. It’s really the essence of our company; the border print, and this was the perfect design to showcase that. I create a storybook for each collection and  particularly enjoyed painting the illustrations and writing the story of Poppy and Fred getting up to all kinds of mischief. It's playful, colourful and fun - which is what Palava is all about. Plus, it features a topiary elephant!" What’s next for Palava florals?  "We have so much in the pipeline! We’re quite floral obsessed and have designed three completely new prints for Summer 18 to add to our Chelsea Flower Show range. This includes a bold tulips print that we’re very excited about. For Autumn/Winter 17, our popular Hungarian Flowers print will be released in a new colourway, giving it a very different feel - perfect for autumnal adventures!" We hope you've enjoyed a little insight into the background of our floral designs and the ideas that spark our interest. As part of our floral celebration, we are offering 30% off our top five floral dresses of the week - for both women and girls. This includes the beautiful Irene dress in our Flower Garden print. Enjoy!  
14th Jul 2017
In June, Bryony visited beautiful Lake Como in Northern Italy for a weekend of sunbathing, spaghetti and swing dancing.  An avid swing dancer, Bryony can often be found hitting the dance floors of London's Lindy Hop scene. Originating in Harlem in the late 1920s, Lindy Hop is a partner dance that unifies elements of jazz, tap, and charleston. Increasingly popular in the U.K and Europe, swing dance festivals have multiplied in recent years. You can now choose a dancing holiday in any country you like, from the beaches of rural Corsica, the lakes of Finland, to culture hotspots such as Berlin, Barcelona and Budapest. The Swing Crash festival is an annual weekender that brings Lindy Hop to the shores of one of Lombardy's largest lakes - the majestic Como. Bryony visited with four friends who are fellow dancers, renting an apartment close to the shores of the expansive 400m deep waters. Lake Como is known for its idyllic palatial villas, tranquil tree-lined towns and the mountainous terrain of the surrounding countryside. Its history in the arts is significant - Como has inspired literary greats such as Mary Shelley and Mark Twain and finds reference in the works of Ernest Hemingway and Samuel Beckett. The lake itself is fed by the river Adda. Full with greenery and rich vegetation; figs, olives and pomegranates flourish upon its banks.  Each of the group packed a Palava dress for their Como adventure. The warm temperatures of June required easy-to-wear summer dresses - but more importantly, the desire for something comfortable, elegant and eye-catching to dance in. We asked the girls to talk us through their style choices. Scientist Bella chose our Large Flamingo print, one of our most popular styles from the Walking In The Zoo collection.  "I love flamingos! And the blue is super flattering, along with the nipped in waist. Plus it could be worn at a wedding, or more casually, like dancing around the house!" Publishing professional Caroline picked Beatrice Cap Sleeves in our Red Walking Zoo print. Perhaps the most colourful of our dresses, featuring a parade of exotic hand illustrated animals: you can spot zebras, monkeys and peacocks on patrol.  "I love the colour. It matches my lipstick! The shape is flattering and easy to wear. Best of all, it's made from organic cotton which is very soft and comfortable. The quality speaks for itself."  Construction expert Victoria wore Audrey Foxgloves, made from high quality summer weight linen. The floral print adds a dash of colour to a classic, flattering shape.   "I've not come across many dresses with such a range of unusual and quirky prints. I was drawn to the botanical print. I like when objects from nature are used to make distinctive, bold prints. The neckline is also very flattering. I love the sustainable ethics behind the company, the use of high quality organic fabrics and the attention to detail of the prints themselves."   Housing professional Rosie loves Audrey Bluebells - a chic, sleeveless design with back zip, side pockets and slim fit. Our Bluebells print added a touch of springtime cool to the intense Italian heat. "My dress has such an elegant shape, I love the tailoring on the waistline...it pulls you in nicely and is very flattering. The bluebells pattern is quite striking...makes it a bit of a stand out frock!" Lake Como provided a rare opportunity to observe four very different Palava styles worn side by side. Be it during afternoon strolls around town in search of coffee and gelato, or dancing into the night - each dress passed the Palava holiday test! If you want to try one of these dresses for yourself, they are featured in our pick of the week selection. Enjoy 20% off - this weekend only, plus a few other summer styles. Have a peek now!    
07th Jul 2017
With the wedding season in full swing, we often get the chance to see bridesmaids - and sometimes even brides, dressed in Palava. Bryony recently attended a friend's wedding in Pesaro, Italy and was lucky enough to witness no less than four bridesmaids in our folk art inspired Hungarian Flowers print. One of the unique aspects of Palava is that our prints are designed for both women and girls - allowing our mini Palava folk to feel just as grown up and stylish as their adult counterparts. It's also an easy way to coordinate dress codes for special occasions. In the case of Claudia and John's Italian wedding - three grown-ups and one mini-me! Pesaro is in the Marche region of Italy; famous for its mountainous countryside, Verdicchio wine and coastal bays lining the clear waters of the Adriatic sea. In my view, nothing symbolises central Italy as well as tranquil, sweeping olive groves - and Pesaro has plenty. The morning before the wedding was spent wandering through the greenery - taking in the gentle, luminous scents of freshly growing fruit. Bryony's choice for the day was our Audrey Bluebells dress crafted from lightweight summer linen. Both Bluebells and Hungarian Flowers are vintage inspired floral prints; the linen and organic cotton fabrics work especially well in the high temperatures of summer.  It was the perfect day for a wedding, without a cloud in the sky... Here are the stars of the show! Our three grown-up bridesmaids looked beautiful in their Beatrice dresses - styled with elegant floral wreath bracelets. It doesn't get more summery than this. There's nothing better than capturing a Palava print against a beautiful floral backdrop. Italy did not disappoint. And last but not least...our mini wedding guest in Margaret Hungarian Flowers. Our girl's dresses are designed with style, practicality and comfort in mind. We want children who wear Palava to feel elegant and special - but it's important this doesn't get in the way of fun and adventure. From picnics in the park, dancing at family get-togethers, or simply eating with gusto - all of this is possible in Palava! Our children's dresses are very comfortable, easy to get on and off - and machine washable. They come up great with a bit of vanish if your little one gets their paws a bit mucky. What better example to set that having a little boogie! Part of the joy of weddings is the communal celebration; big and little, younger and older - all enjoying in the festivities of the day. It was a proud moment for team Palava. If you're looking for a summer wedding outfit, our Chelsea Flower Show Collection has many good choices to pick from; inspired by summer flowers, natural scenery and adventures abroad. Filled with plenty of floral, border and all-over prints, the dresses are a modern take on the summer styles of the 1950s. It was a joy to see this special Palava wedding in Italy...we can't wait for the next one!
23th Jun 2017