Fa-fa-fa-fa-fashion - Plus Size Couture from Designer, Alicia Berkeley

Towards the end of last year, I had the pleasure of shooting a look book for fashion designer Alicia Berkeley. The moment I saw her designs, it was love at first sight - her level of detail from her choice of materials, print designs and finishing off techniques were utterly divine. With my studio being at home, #TeamHylda are fairly used to seeing dresses hanging in garment bags, but none had made quite an impression on them as this collection did. There was a whole lot of swooning being done over the tiny details and gorgeous cut of the dresses.

It was one of those magical shoots which started out as a business arrangement and ended with a friendship, and I was overwhelmed when Alicia made me my very own made-to-measure skirt. It was quite exciting as her focus has shifted towards the plus size end of the market, having recently dressed award winning model Sarah Hadzipasic in a couture gown for last year's British Plus Size Awards.

Skirt: Alicia Berkeley
Cardigan: H&M
Mesh Body: ASOS Curve
Necklace: Primark
Flowers: Pearls & Swine
Bracelets: Vintage
Tights: M&S
Ballet Flats: New Look

One of Alicia's other areas of expertise is colour analysing, where she reads what your palette is depending on lots of different elements. It was a lot more intricate than what I had imagined, but I was pleased to find out that I was mostly on the right path with the colours I was drawn towards. The stunning teal shade she chose for the skirt was something I wouldn't have normally picked up, and was pleasantly surprised to find how much it suited me, especially when teamed with golden yellows to really set it off. Also how cute is the clasp which fastens the skirt at the back? Along with the label, it was the perfect finishing touch!

I didn't want to add one of my black vintage bags to the look as I felt like it needed something colourful to accessorise with. So instead I used an amazing book clutch bag from Disaster Designs which was given to me as a gift from one of my lovely friends. The bag is a lovely emerald green and features a vintage inspired Garden of Eden cover. Styled as a hardback book, the strap can be removed to turn it from a shoulder bag to clutch and has lovely brushed gold corner protectors to finish it off.

This is definitely a look which I will be wearing now that we're finally starting to see signs of Spring. Bring on all the bright colours!

Until next time,

(All photos (c) Diana Thompson / Fashion Loves Photos unless otherwise stated. Please do not reproduce without written permission.)


  1. You look absolutely freakin adorable in this outfit, I love the detailing on the skirt too - great post once again! :) x

  2. Love the bag it's so quirky and cute xx

    1. Thank you Tammy! :) I literally squeaked with happiness when my friend gave it to me! :)

  3. This is my first time seeing this brand of clothing. The colours really pop and you've done such a great job with the photos.

    Laura from www.whatlauralovesuk.com xxx

  4. Love the skirt - detailing is phenomenal! And what a bag ... I love, love, love it!

    C xx


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