I was taken to Chelsea Flower Show last week by the lovely team from Gudrun Sjõdén and we had a fabulous time. While there I was introduced to the sisters Pippa and Alexandra Small. Pippa as you may all know, is a successful jewellery designer but it was her sister Alexandra Small Simondetti, who is a decorative artist, that I got something of a style-crush on for the way she was dressed. Alexandra has a casual easy glamour that shone through even though it was horribly cold for May. And don’t you just love that neon garden bench?
I really love jewellery worn super-layered like this, but it’s hard to make it look stylish rather than mad-old-lady. It looks great here because everything is of the same style. Of course it helps that your sister is a talented designer who has a bottomless supply of dangling gemstones on chains. I love how Alexandra’s Argentina jacket, jumper and shirt in similar jewel colours just consolidate the look.
But it was her hair that I got really envious about, we’ve been talking about going grey naturally for a while now and now I’me thinking long silver plaits might actually work, specially if you play about with them like this.
Alexandra decorated the Chelsea stand, including painting the inside of the Pippa Small artisan hut, using different leaves painted in gold leaf, the idea supports the coming together on many different cultures to create one beautiful story.
Pippa, who is a committed anthropologist as well as a designer, looked equally as fab in her kaftan-over-jeans and textured coat (it was a gold flecked fabric lined in wool, I think), scarf and jewels. Casual glamour done well.