Ille De Cocos: The Journal

Ille De Cocos Journal

The Inside Scoop, Part Deux: Highlights...


The show came and went in a flash. I'd waited an age for my Scoop/ London Fashion Week debut, then no sooner had I arrived at the Saatchi Gallery, located my very own stand adorned with stunning wall art and chic furniture, I was in dismantle mode. The 3 days in-between were nothing short of a whirlwind...

I was in a spin. Hand-shaking, business card-swapping, outfit-changing, selfie-taking, instagramming, tweeting, people watching, rail-reshuffling, fleeting exchanges, introductions, promises to follow up.....Buyers, Press, Bloggers, Photographers, Agents, Boutique owners - visitors came from far and wide. I tried to remember names and faces.


Anxiety crept in during quieter periods as I watched other busier stands. "Might as well reshuffle the rail. How about putting the Colour Block Sweater at the front of Autumn Winter? Visitors seem drawn to the pop of coral, excited when they discover the metal side zips, like shiny hidden treasures"...."No, let's leave the logo sweater at the front of Spring Summer. It has caught the eye of passers by who sound out the words "Ille De Cocos" as they wander past. Perhaps they will remember us..."

In the taxi back to the office, I made my descent back to Earth, arriving in Notting Hill with both feet firmly on the ground. An experience to remember, a foundation to build upon, leads to follow up. The journey continues...

By Deola Charles: Starter, Finisher, Creator, Style Tribe Member, Founder of Ille De Cocos

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Wearing Stripes: Fashion's Antidote

Virginia James, honorary member of the IDC Style Tribe, takes over the Journal contemplating Stripes as the perfect antidote to the pressures of 'fashion'…

“I have found myself continually reaching for items in my wardrobe, lurking like a forgotten teddy bear, items which have lain dormant for years.YES years!

I'm shocked...

As an avid collector of clothes, well style, I have most recently been in the most flamboyant of clothing choices. Referred to as ‘Bohonista’, ‘Rock chic’, ‘Princess’. My excitement for vintage finds was endless. Well now it seems ....a time for calm, to be in the moment, ready for the new, ready for change. The seasons are of course, in transition and with that a new clarity dawns upon us. Not to mention that the world is in chaos and perhaps that brings a new sobriety.

And so, ‘Simplicity of Style’ is a place to start.

‘When did this turn around begin?’ I hear you ask....worried for my boho dresses sleeping like fairy tale heroines in my over packed cupboards. Well, the trip to St Tropez in July was inevitably of influence. I brought back striped tops for all my 3 teenaged daughters. Which were (astoundingly for teenagers ) well received!! Understated, season-less chic with a straightforward ‘frenchness’ and a nod to AUDREY, BRIDGET ETC ...

In August, whilst sale-surfing in a very pretty boutique, my eyes fell upon a simple red and navy striped satin top. Stripes to last!! And that is the point. In these troubled unstable times let's keep things simple. There are so many choices, quick fixes, too many options and the wish for style to last is overriding. So now my wardrobe is easy: a white shirt, a stripe sweater, never ending navy, great jeans…But, I can't say no to ‘fantasy shoes’, a trinket or two of boho jewellery and YSL red lips ...

As COCO CHANEL once said "fashion was made to become unfashionable "(learnt from a matchbox and never forgotten). We are fed up of the cheap copies, we yearn for a sense of identity and longevity...Give yourself space, dress easily, nonchalantly, regardless of the pressures of being “up to date” and you will feel energised, individual and ready for the moment.

This of course, wonderfully reinvented by the studio of ILLE DE COCOS. Choose your style here for all the changes you need and never thought you'd be able to live without. You’ll fall in love with this amazing new collection ....and the choices you make will serve you well and mix in with your own look."

Virginia James (clothing addict /traveller/ IDC Style Tribe member)

Find more Stripes and inspiration here.

Great style to me is.....

We caught up with Virginia James, designer-at-large, mum of 3 and 'modern bohemian' to find out what great style means to her ...

Great style to me is…

choosing what you like…an extension of your personality. If it makes you feel confident, it’s probably working for you."

Laid back luxe to me is….

easy styling, soft fabrics, noble fibres, cashmere softness, relaxed shapes.”

London style is unique because…

it values creativity and bravery. It originates and is a hotbed of different cultures, art forms and history!”

My modern muses are….

Strong women: Cara, Kate, Isabel Marant, my daughter (Lydia) and Taylor Swift.”

Currently coveting….

Isabel Marant, tasseled sandals, my new Jangali jewellery collection.”

On my agenda for September is….

A new label, travel, new term, new beginnings. Navy.”

Follow Virginia’s journey on instagram, @virginiajames

We're going to Stylist Live!

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From 15-18 October 2015, Britain’s successful women’s lifestyle magazine Stylist will come to life at the Business Design Centre in Islington, with four days of cocktails, catwalks, culture and conversation hosted by Edith Bowman and Dawn O’Porter. There will also be an extensive shopping area featuring brands and retailers hand-picked by the stylist team, with a phenomenal range of fashion, accessories, beauty, food, drink, homeware, gifts and more all under one roof.  
We are thrilled to announce that we have been chosen to have a pop-up boutique on Stylist Live’s shopping floor. Over the four days, we’ll have our favourite products on offer, including our beautiful range of sweaters and capes and we would love to see you there.
Tickets are selling fast for this unique event so make sure you join us at Stylist Live by buying your tickets now! 

Ille De Cocos style muse: Alexa Chung


Alexa Chung is truly a girl after our own hearts, rarely seen about town without a trusty piece of chic and timeless knitwear. From classic shapes effortlessly draped over her shoulders to lift a casual T and cropped jeans, to statement intarsias and stripes “dressed-up” with a sassy mini or sleek pencil skirt, complete with vintage chanel bag and playful sunnies. The epitome of year-round, casual elegance, Alexa we salute you!

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