Paisley patterns have a timeless design elegance and this one is no exception. I decided to name her ‘Madame Butterfly’, inspired by the beautiful costumes from the opera Madame Butterfly. A paisley top with her own added drama for the design, long tailed dropped sleeves, a mini Kimono styled theme. The sky blue crinkled jersey fabric is wonderful because there is no need to press her, you just need to wear her. The ruched neckline is finished with silk velvet turquoise ribbon (I did say drama), this bold ‘in your face’ paisley top, celebrates being different, her one-of-a-kind status.
Can you imagine her with white flared trousers, or shorts if taking her on holiday, then there is an evening out, tops such as these are all about standing out, being different. Now here’s the added bonus, if you don’t want to leave the sleeve tails hanging, they can be tied either front or back, adding another element of design to this style.
When you think of the colour orange you can’t help but smile, its the bright glow of the suns rays, and did you know it also reduces tiredness? Well there you go, so wearing this flame orange pure silk scarf, handwoven, with its counterpart of red, will keep you glowing from dusk till dawn.
Monochrome is always striking black and white wears beautifully all the time; aptly named ‘Paisley‘ a black and white patterned dress, derives her name from the print of her fitted shrug. A short-sleeved jersey dress with mock snakeskin cuff the theme is carried through to a fitted basque. A stretch jersey dress that is made up of 3 contrasting fabrics.
Soft cotton jersey is the paisley print, mock snakeskin for the fitted basque and sleeve cuff, tapered pencil skirt made of a black textured lace with a beautiful stretch that has depth and weight to her. Made to hug the contours of your body; both the skirt and basque are lined for additional luxury, comfort and structure.
I picture you wearing this cocktail dress to a black tie event; a day at the races with a black and white hat, (how about a herringbone fabric for the hat)! Silver jewellery, black and white, a splash of vibrant colour to spice things up even more, a cuff bracelet, its a beautiful canvass for you to add your personality too. An ‘Exclusive Original’ label, the only one made in these contrasting fabrics, a stand alone statement piece.
On a trip to Paris I came across a little fabric boutique, this textured jersey dress was the result from my fabric purchase thus the name ‘Paris‘; I was drawn to the raised textured pattern and its feel. This ready- to-wear column shaped jersey dress is wonderful for all figure types, gently clings in all the right places, has a lovely stretch, she is what I would call a ‘go to dress’ day or evening.
Playing with the textured fabric allowed me to create a ruffled collar, think of a garland of soft petals caressing your neck, looks wonderful with a revere collared jacket, as if you have a scarf peeking out. The abstract art print is also part of her charm, that’s the beauty of finding fabrics that are limited in supply, it adds to the unique style when made up. Take a closer look you will see the mustard flower looks like a large button. The dress is fully lined for luxury, comfort and structure, long sleeves formed from a drop shoulder. Accessorise with boots or heels, if you prefer not to wear a jacket or coat, how about a gilet? This dress would look great at a horse racing event. An ‘Exclusive Original’ label, the only one made in this textured jersey fabric.
Cream beaded jersey top, made in a devore fabric, a textile that shows off its intricate weaving to create the swirl pattern. It’s a delicate fabric, soft to the touch and against your skin, with a cowl neckline making your neck and face the point of focus. The fit of this top coupled with the simulated pearl beaded hem, speaks of elegance and sophistication, as it lends itself to a variety of apparel. It can just as easily be worn over a slip dress, as to trousers or a skirt. Zoom in closer to the pearl hem detail, you will see that it is made up of further tiny pearls and lace, all quite lovely!
I wanted to bring out the strong contrast in the purple shrug detail, and her contrasting knit fabric, creating the illusion of a sash with sleeves. Purple is such a regal colour, the cotton jersey fabric is soft and comfortable.
It’s all about contrasts of fabrics that work together, not only in terms of colour but also textures; however to make the shrug more eye-catching I decided to hand-bead the sleeve hem and around the neckline with bugle beads, red sequins and seed beads, picking out the colours from the circular abstract pattern. The kimono style sleeves is all about the drama this dress speaks to, she’s a chic cocktail dress.
The beaded ‘v’ neck still allows for a statement necklace, delicate earrings, subtle touches. The basque is lined and zips up the centre back, the abstract patterned tapered skirt rests just above the knee. Purple Lady is a Coral Turner Exclusive Original, ready-to-wear dress, the only one made in this fabric, a stand alone piece.
100% pure silk red scarf handwoven by the artisans in India, and finished with a fine tassel detail. The vibrancy of the colour red, imbues optimism and well being, this red silk scarf can be worn over a coat or jacket for the evening, as well as a draped as a shawl, width 21″ with a length of 75″.
‘Rosetta‘ as this dress is named, is a black and red cocktail dress featuring abstract floral roses with the drama of contrasting fabrics; the colour red is associated with vibrancy and power, the black velvet contrast creates an illusion of two styles of dresses in one.
The silhouette of this dress accentuates your curves; she’s a dress for a variety of occasions, Ladies Day at the Races comes to mind, coupled with an equally striking hat and clutch bag, and lets not forget heels, you are already ‘Best Dressed’ at the races.
Rosetta glides easily from day to evening wear, so you would be comfortable wearing her to a cocktail party. Couture details hand-finished velvet v-neck, a basque that cinches in your waist, long slim fitted sleeves, gore paneled skirt, subtle kick pleats, she’s also lined in a sheer mesh. An ‘Exclusive Originals’ label the only one made in this jersey fabric.
This design is all about ‘high glamour’ the jersey tie neck dress which can tied as a pussy bow, or leave free to hang as a scarf, has glass turquoise beads as part of the hand-finished edging. The fabric print has ‘Russian Nesting Dolls’ a classic Russian gift, thus her name ‘Russian Doll‘. Set on a denim background to a paisley print there’s an unusual tapestry weaved into the mix with gold flecks and a bloom of blue flowers.
Dropped capped sleeves with blue flower buttons, she opens on the shoulder seam; moving down the dress a daring yet elegant thigh high split on one side only, a couture interior finish with silk binding. I imagined this dress to be worn by a James Bond female adversary, she’s powerful, sexy, can fight her corner yet is totally charming! Make your own red carpet entrance, there is also a coralturner.com/shop/silk-scarves/sky-blue-silk-scarf/ that would drape beautifully as a shawl. Russian Doll is an ‘Exclusive Originals’ label the only dress made in this fabric, a stand alone statement piece.
Sky blue silk scarf with a reversible denim blue contrast is pure silk. Handwoven knotted silk tassels, soft and luxurious to the touch, this would look great on a gentleman’s suit, or as a shawl to accompany a dress such as ‘Truly Blue just like you’ it’s a his or hers scarf to share.
‘Truly Blue‘ just like you, what can I say, the title rhymed! This is not an ordinary blue swing jersey dress, take a look at the fabric, there’s a lot of fun with this dress, the cotton jersey print which an eclectic group of images in magazine format. A print featuring big bold sunglasses, shoes, beauty, it says it all. Also known as ‘Miami Heat Jersey Dress’ – what? On account of an American gentleman who said to me “Coral I see that sassy blue dress of yours on the hot ladies of Miami” I gently reminded him that England has ‘hot’ ladies too despite the weather!
Details the cowl neck jersey mini dress, handkerchief hem finish (a wonderful hemline to show off your legs) added interest created with the herringbone stitched hem. Turn her around, you will be wearing a deep ‘v-neck’ supported with a gilt buckle so you can wear her on one shoulder.
I class this as one of your ‘go to dresses’ timeless and ageless, can be worn for a variety of occasions, no restrictions in the waist or hips, she glides over your body. An ‘Exclusive Original’ label, the only one made in this jersey fabric, a stand alone statement piece.
A black jersey cocktail dress with long sleeves, also known as ‘the little black dress or LBD’ named ‘Velvet‘. This is a cute and sexy dress, which is brought to life because of the unusual black jersey fabric. The jersey fabric has a knobbly texture that forms the diamond pattern of the black, however, as you get closer you will see that in-between this pattern is a sheer gossamer texture subtle and yet very sexy, in my opinion.
This style of dress was best suited to being a semi-mini dress, so you can wear her with sparkly sheer tights, no tights and strappy heels; or thicker tights and long boots. Because of the stretch within the fabric this dress easily lends itself to a curvy figure complimenting your silhouette.
The fun of this cocktail dress doesn’t stop there, a deep black velvet collar that is made up of peaks that stand up are woven into the fabric. To celebrate your gorgeous legs the velvet theme is carried through to the hem using a bold velvet ribbon with a small velvet bow as an extra finishing touch. Drop shoulder slim fitting sleeves, easy to slip over an evening jacket, coat or a little leather jacket. Velvet is a Coral Turner ‘Exclusive Original’ label, there is only one of this ready to wear dress available made in this fabric, she’s a stand alone piece.
Party dress, garden party dress, cruise ship dress, take your pick; this exotic jersey floral print dress, named ‘Xanadu‘ has you covered. The vibrancy of this print is a throwback to 60’s psychedelic art when everything was groovy baby! A big choker necklace, or lashings of long coloured pearls is what this dress calls out for. The long sleeves have what I describe as petals at the sleeve hem, each piece is cut separately, but others might say its a ruffle hem. The shaping of this dress is all about your silhouette, with her a fitted basque, she cinches you in above the waistline for comfort, a flared long evening skirt drapes beautifully skimming your body.
Rather than have set-in sleeves, the shrug detail which falls into the basque is beautifully comfortable, coupled with fabric that is so soft to the touch. Strong jewel, floral colours of royal blue, hot pink, orange, red, set on a fuchsia pink background. The basque of the dress is lined in purple mesh which gives additional support and structure. ‘Xanadu’ is a maxi dress that I would say is a style statement, an ‘Exclusive Original label’ a stand alone piece, the only one made in this jersey fabric.