It's always great to discover the talent we have here on the Cote D'Azur and I have recently come to know a very cool, quirky designer called Manuela Biocca, based in Cannes, who has created a brand called 'Victorian Woman' and as the name suggests, it's all about the style of the Victorian era. Think Steampunk, think the recent Alice in Wonderland film (Johnny Depp in that hat), think the Sherlock Holmes film (hey, Sherlock Holmes 2 is out in December!) think all of these and this will give you a feel for Manuela's brand.
Manuela herself is quite gothic and romantic in her personal style and she translates this beautifully into her creations. Every item in her collection is handmade with passion and attention to detail and is a reflection of her own love for this era. She has made her own clothes and created her own style for as long as she can remember and when passers by stopped her on the street to ask where she bought her clothes, she knew it was time to give this sense of style more life by creating her own brand.
Her first collection has just launched this summer and new additions to the collection will be made regularly although not necessarily by new season, more by new inspiration. Each item is original and unique and made by Manuela in France and every piece is dispatched with a certificate of unique authentication and has a limited edition number and is completed with a handwritten note.
Her collection is made with unique details; semi-precious stones, vintage laces, embroideries and handmade flowers.
Her customer is someone looking for a level of exclusivity in their wardrobe and someone who embraces their own vintage style with an edge of romanticism.
She creates a total look with each collection featuring corsets, hats, cloaks, spats as well as jewellery and hair accessories. So you can choose how much or how little Victorian influence you want for each of your outfits.
She also creates custom pieces for special events or weddings to help create that exclusive, one-off look a customer might be looking for.
All the photography is done by her husband, Sylvain Renault a freelance photographer who helps and creatively supports Manuela.
September/October sees the release of a special limited edition 'steampunk' collection and I for one, can't wait to see it! Take a look at the collection below and to find out more, visit http://www.victorianwoman.fr ......
Ruby Lou x