Tag Archives: laura ashley

  • For the love of velvet

    December 15, 2014

    Velvet is popular throughout the year, but never more so than at Christmas. There is always room in your wardrobe for a classic black velvet skirt and pair of trousers, which can be teamed with a variety of silk shirts and sparkly tops for maximum versatility, but we also love to wear our velvets at this time of year in berry red, deep purple and emerald green.

    Here is a small selection of our favourite velvet pieces from the current catalogue, but because we love it so, you'll find dedicated virtual rails of velvet frockery in our Find by Fabric section.

    purple velvet dress

    Monsoon purple velvet halter neck dress

    berry red velvet dress berry red velvet dress

    Monsoon berry red vevet dress with back bow

    green velvet hat black velvet hat

    Vintage velvet hats in green and black

    black velvet opera coat

    Laura Ashley embellished black velvet opera coat

    red velvet stretch dress

    Laura Ashley stretch red velvet cocktail dress

    brown velvet skirt set

    Laura Ashley brown velvet two piece

    midnight blue velvet cocktail dress

    Opera midnight blue velvet cocktail dress

  • Whiter shades of pale

    April 13, 2014

    Now that the days are  lengthening and the sun is beginning to put in more regular appearances, our thoughts have been turning to weddings, proms and other special occasions which are always a perfect excuse to add  lighter, brighter, whiter shades of pale to our wardrobes.

    We currently have in stock some temptingly beautiful ivory, white and dreamy cream pieces from various eras which fit the special occasions bill without breaking the bank.

    Let's start with the dresses....

    This newly arrived stunning ivory floaty chiffon dress, embellished with the tiniest black beads, is from Coast.

    Coast ivory occasion dress Coast ivory occasion dress

    And we have this lovely embellished ivory lace cocktail dress with a bit of sparkle from Planet.

    ivory lace cocktail dress

    This classic white linen dress from Jaeger can be accessorised to suit any occasion.

    Jaeger white linen dress

    This 70s John Charles prom dress has a 50s debuntante look to it and has gold dots all over for some subtle sparkle.

    john charles prom gown

    This cream silk batik print dress is from the Twiggy Collection.

    cream silk batik dress

    We also have a collectable 70s Laura Ashley Edwardian style white cotton maxi dress which is in great condition, although its original white sash belt is missing (but could be easily replaced). We love it as it is very similar to one the chief frocker bought in Edinburgh's Lothian Road shop around 1974.

    70s Laura Ashley white Edwardian maxi dress

    Need to wrap up over your posh frock ? How about this luxury Astraka white faux fur coat with a touch of grey?

    Astraka white faux fur coat

    or a shorter vintage white faux fur jacket?

    vintage white faux fur jacket

    If you are planning on a flutter on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot, this Peter Bettley statement hat is a pretty safe bet!

    peter bettley ascot hat

    We also have this pretty ivory cream romantic hat and  cream occasion brimmed hat.

    ivory cream romantic hatcream occasion hat

    These cream shoes with a touch of gold  and white bejewelled mules are comfortable to boot!

    cream and gold shoeswhite bejewelled mules

    As for accessories, we have a selection of scarves, stoles, gloves and bags in complementary shades.

    Cream mohair stole

    cream mohair stole

    Bridal batik shawl

    Bridal batik shawl

    Long ivory evening gloves

    ivory evening gloves

    Ivory silk bridal purse

    ivory silk bridal purse

    Ivory beaded evening bridal bag

    ivory beaded bridal bag

     For more cream crackers and bright whites, why not take a browse through our Colour Focus section?

     

     

  • Frockery Focus on Laura Ashley

    July 20, 2011

    Frockery founder Alison first discovered Laura Ashley back in 1974 when she was a student at Edinburgh University. She and her friends used to frequent the Lothian Road shop which was temptingly filled with covetable cotton dresses in feminine floral prints, all designed to stretch the student grant to its limit. (Yes, we had grants back then!)

    When she got married five years later, it was in a Victorian style cotton dress with a pin tucked bodice, self-designed with a strong Laura Ashley influence, and the bridesmaids wore dresses made from Laura Ashley fabric. Later she dressed her daughters, and continued to dress herself, in Laura Ashley clothes, ranging from day dresses and business suits to cocktail dresses and ballgowns. The attention to detail was always meticulous and the quality of the garments was unsurpassed on the high street during the brand’s heyday.

    By way of background, Laura Ashley (nee Mountney) was born in Wales in 1925 and educated in London. Following her marriage to Bernard Ashley in 1949, she designed scarves from her London home for John Lewis and other retail stores. Her designs proved immensely popular and Bernard soon joined her in the fast expanding business which had also started selling by mail order.

    Moving from London to Kent, then back to Laura’s native Wales, which had been the inspiration for many of her country floral designs, the brand enjoyed enormous success and in 1968 the first Laura Ashley shop opened in South Kensington, London. Increasing international interest and the addition of  several thousand overseas outlets helped  Laura Ashley grow a global following by the early 80s, although the brand sadly lost its creative force and much of its direction following the sudden tragic death of its founder after an accident in 1985.

    The Frockery sells a wide selection of Laura Ashley brand clothing, mostly from the 80s, but occasionally we have earlier pieces on offer. Here are a few of the examples we currently have in stock, all at affordable prices and in excellent condition, and all timeless in their appeal.

     80s cobalt blue Laura Ashley ballerina dress

    cobalt blue ballerina dress laura ashley

     80s Laura Ashley floral print sun dress

    80s Laura Ashley summer print dress

    Laura Ashley red dress with back bows

    red dress with back bows

    Black velvet Laura Ashley prom dress

    And coming soon!

    Navy and white polka dot 80s Laura Ashley sailor dress

    navy sailor dress laura ashley

    80s does 50s vintage Laura Ashley print dress

    50s style laura ashley dress

  • New stock!

    April 18, 2010

    Another catalogue update has just been completed and we are especially loving this grey longer length cardigan with colourful motifs and this fabulous cream ostrich leather handbag which will complement any outft. As promised, we have listed a selection of lovely Laura Ashley dresses, some of which have already been snapped up.

    Thank you to all the lovely customers who have taken the time to send us feedback on our services and suggestions for our website which is currently being redeveloped to include a host of new features. We are trying to include as many ideas as possible to improve the Frockery shopping experience and should be ready to unveil the new look website by the end of May. We have to say we are more than a little excited at the prospect!