The Gallery. 239 pieces of art line this dining room. The Maître d’ knows me when I walk in (or he’s so good he makes me feel as he doesn’t see me enough), he never fails to flatter me in his charming french way, a personal touch I’m sure. I’m usually afraid of skin to skin touching but I’m somehow at ease with his. The food is always excellent; excellently served, excellently presented, excellent in taste. The service is its twin as is the ambience. I’m talking of Sketch. Officially my favourite place in all of London. Un petit de francais en londres. This is the place monsieur first checked out my derrière (a thing that solidified his pursuit of Mercy) so there is an emotional attachment, it’s also the place to eat, to dance, with rooms of eclecticism set to a background of good music and interesting people, where you can buy the plate you eat on, fly to the moon when you visit les toilettes and be certain to be amongst the French without fear of rejection.
Always inviting, this isn’t just a place I’m recommending and this post isn’t simply a review or a ‘my fav place you must go to’ in fact, true to the value added you get from just visiting, Sketch is an exhibition that changes it’s decor and art biennially and in this cycle, I have fallen more in love with Sketch; David Shrigley is the name for my reason and India Mah-davi created the setting to which allowed it.
When you enter the magnifique dining room you’ll understand why ‘love’ is the appropriate word. India Mah-davi (architect & designer) has coloured love soft pink and gold and David Shrigley has drawn it. You are compelled to capture your moment here, you have enough material to start engaging conversations and the food, wine along with the soft pink seats will wrap you in content.
For me, love, like, fashion, art, music and all manner of things are organic growing entities informed by connections, experiences and curiosity. Most if not all the time the people, places and things I discover are through a natural inquisition or informed by another thing that is a continuous journey – lucky for me I suppose that these are the things that then become indicators of good taste. Without too much thought, more feeling an openness you must allow it to consume and lead you somewhere – this is what Sketch will do. Firstly it will lead you to David Shrigley and who knows where David Shrigley will take you.
Merci à Sketch because I now own a little art of Shrigley that will greet my guests at the dinner table and I’m certain that these items will make for an interesting conversation that will likely lead me into another discovery!
I’m completely flattered! Mildred Magazine Issue 98 (based in Australia) featured MERCI ME & me in their fashion finesse section.
The driving force behind choosing fashion before any other career path was her love of the idea that you can make something beautiful out of a piece of cloth. “To think that you could transform your own shape and visuals made me fall in love with the idea of becoming a designer. It’s completely empowering and self-assuring to know you have a talent that comes from your mind, heart and hands.”
Merci Me’s mix of bold colours and prints paired with classic and feminine shapes make for a style you won’t find in other fashion brands. The latest collection features unique shapes and cuts and inspiration from her African heritage that embrace the female form. The colours, lines and structure of each piece create beautiful movement in every garment.
In preparation and celebration of the sun coming out I’ve taken to dying my hair grey (a stylish interpretation of this fashionable stress) and I’ve been parading around town in brown (and beige and white). Perfect, because my MERCI ME LONDON wardrobe is prime provider of this look! I’m finding that the Calla coat with all its admirers is becoming a staple piece that I’m sure will be worn even when the season has completely turned. It’s meant to be a transitional piece; spring to summer and summer to Autumn but I’ll probably be wearing this coat pre, during and post season. I’ll even coin it the summer coat. It now exists, it isn’t a myth, no, in this season – temperamental London it’s fact and necessity!
CURRENTLY WEARING; (in order) Structured white Tee, Brown Calla Coat, White Hyacinth maxi skirt, Calla coat Coat.
Despite the obvious and of course the unnecessary introduction – because Champagne is always the answer as pictured above – I did not realise these bubbles (the ones after my heart) had more benefits than divinely dancing on the tongue and daintily trickling down my throat. Not that I wish to make alcoholics of you but let’s see what the Champagne Campaign has to offer… Read more
So Instead of wishing for a white christmas, I created my own white winter and wore all white everything. In fact this season I am more drawn to white than any other colour. I’m suspiciously drawn to it. Nope, I’m not considering it’s cold outside and the expectation to wear brown, dark greens, blacks and blues for the end of the year. But in fact, white is so clean and defining it’s super hard for me to resist. Particularly in contrast to scenery – you stand out like a star in a dark sky. I think I may have just discovered my suspicious reasoning.
MERCI ME LONDON Winter Whites; The Rose Jacket, Datura Top & Rose Swing mini Skirt
Photography by Yong Ah Goh
Of course the first thing I did was take a selfie. Drank water. Then had a coffee.
I’m home alone (very rare) so today’s pace is a pretty easy one. I’ve had my water, I have my coffee beside me, I’m writing this post, then i’ll check my emails, send some also (all in bed). If i’m not ready to get out of comfort Read more
You may have noticed the new ‘hot’ trend, not many are confident to try but most will admire…Pastel hair. I’m deeply considering it. In fact i’m obsessed so it’s no longer a consideration. On the contrary, this hairstyle is a future fact for me. My hair; I’ll be cutting it, bleaching the tips and dying it pastel. In fact I want her hair exactly…but only brown because i’m probably too dark to carry a blonde and pastel look. I’m breaking all my rules, typically there is never a hair update I just appear with a new look but this look is so irresistibly beautiful that the excitement won’t keep me quiet. Alas, stay tuned to see how it all pans out.
IF YOU ASKED ME WHAT SEWING MACHINE I WOULD RECOMMEND.
You’ll probably want to start an indoor hobby, what with winter coming. Learning to sew is a strong contender. Recently I’ve been asked by a few people what would be the best first sewing machine, my advice was as follows… Read more
Needless to say I LOVE WHAT I DO, lower case would not illustrate the conviction. I am a designer not solely but a lover of it all and a wanderer to possibilities. Of most creativity has been sitting in the large part of my heart since it was something I could understand and identify. I love what I do that I’m mostly in what I do. Especially those things that go on to create on their own, like this dress.
It moves to a life of its own, but in tandem with your walk, mannerism and your subtle signatures of posing and standing and talking. It picks your small movements and ever so gently amplifies them with an easy beauty, it plays with the wind while you walk and the wind without you. It touches you lightly so you feel you may not be wearing anything at all. This isn’t an advert, for me it’s the truth and no manner of picture or even video can represent it, you simply just have to see it and wear it for yourself.