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Lean closer, mes amis, and let me tell you about the fun night the Muddy team had at the first Antoine and Lilli V.I.P. fashion event (psst any Muddy reader can go to the next one...)

Let me tell you, mes amis, what a fun night the Muddy team had at the first Antoine et Lilli V.I.P. fashion event (the fancy name is Salon Privé, but any Muddy reader can go – just get your tickets here for the next one). Antoine et Lilli as you may recall is the fabulous French fashion brand that opened its first UK boutique in Canterbury a year and a half ago and mon dieu, we all need a splash of this stylish and vibrant fashion label in our lives.
Celebrated fashion historian, TV presenter and author, Amber Butchart, was the celebrity guest speaking about how her passion for vintage fashion has shaped her life. Antoine et Lilli’s distinctive bold pink interior was the perfect backdrop for this fashion-filled and thought-provoking discussion. It did make you consider how important it is to invest in clothing that will endure and capture a moment of its era in years to come.
With scrumptious canapés, special shopping promotions and pink (obvs) champagne flowing, you can easily see why people were banging on the door fifteen minutes ahead of time to browse the new A/W collection (majority of colours reflecting a glorious Autumnal day by the way) and then grabbing themselves a place in the front row.
Much heated and hilarious debates followed Amber’s talk with many guests staying on to linger to chat to with the TV presenter and pick up a signed copy of her latest book, The Fashion Chronicles: the style stories of history’s best-dressed. I know it’s September and I really shouldn’t say the C word but a top gift for any fashion-conscious family member of friend or maybe just little old YOU come December.
If you missed their first Salon Privé, fear not – the next soirée is available to any Antoine et Lili customer or fashion fan (get tickets here), and is on the 25 October. The guest speaker will be Professor Julia Twigg of the University of Kent, and her talk is entitled ‘Whatever happened to Mrs Exeter? Vogue and the Rise of Ageless Style.’ (Mrs Exeter was Vogue’s cover star introduced in 1949 – elegant, good-humoured and in her 50s, she was something of an icon).
Killed off in the 1960’s by the rise of youth fashion, Mrs Exeter disappeared without a trace – almost. Join in an evening to explore Mrs Exeter’s demise and how this gave rise to an altogether new take on fashion that would be applicable to everyone. Why don’t today’s fashion magazines find space for older women? Share the secrets of ageless style – complete with canapés and pink champagne, of course.
Until then, we shall be wondering if we can pull off a turquoise blue turban with as much artistic flair as Amber. If you love the vintage look or just want to update your wardrobe with some colourful and creative clothing then it’s time you too tottered over to this pink fashion fantasia.  facebook.com/Antoineetlilicanterbury
Words: Hettie Allison

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