New Year – New Directions…

New Year – New Directions…

And so 2016 dawns…

As some of you may know, after 2 years of joy and tears, I am wrapping up the current luxe-layers.com business model and taking it into a new direction.
Putting it quite simply, the luxury fashion retail business is in huge turmoil…

From the much publicised  inviability of designers coping with the production of 6 collections a year – in order to keep up with the pace set by the fast fashion giants, to the less publicised, inviability of luxury retailers moving the aforesaid 6 collections a year.
Collections that are all out of synch with the weather outside, meaning that consumers can pretty much purchase all their fashion cravings from the sales rather than at full price. Unless of course, one likes to purchase a winter coat in August when winter collections hit the stores, and keep it in one’s wardrobe, unworn until November, by when the Black Friday discounts are just around the corner…
Irrational business, if you ask me.

As much as I love fashion, and must add, have previously encountered financial success in the business; I’m no longer of an intern’s age or mindset, when working in fashion, even if it is for free, is all that matters.
Quite honestly, if I were to work for free these days, I’d rather do charity work in Africa.

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With my Mr. Dapper at the 2015 British fashion Awards

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With dear friends Emilio de la Morena and Aneta Gunn at the BFA

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With international designer of the year, Alessandro Michelle of Gucci.

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With Accessories designer of the year, Charlotte Dellal of Charlotte Olympia.

In light of this, 2016 marks a turn of focus for my beloved luxe-layers.com project.
I am in the process of planning the relaunch of luxe-layers.com as a multi faceted, inspirational site comprising of:

– a consultancy offering advice to new and established fashion businesses.

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– a honest, no filters lifestyle blog focusing mainly on fashion, but peppered with tips on food, travel, decor and beauty.

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Sailing in Croatia...

Sailing in Croatia

Less "clean eating" martyrdom, more delicious AND healthy food...

Less “clean eating” martyrdom, more delicious AND healthy food

– a pre-loved sale section, where readers can purchase designer items from my wardrobe.

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But first this week: a pit stop in Rio, in order to recharge the batteries, while enjoying the company of family and old friends.

Sunset in Rio

Sunset in Rio

Meantime, the luxe-layers.com SALE is online and a “closing down” sample sale is planned for before the March relaunch – simply sign up to our newsletters for updated details.

With Rio in mind, let me start the the year by sharing a piece of my other passion: cooking.

A 15 mins exotic dish that will impress even the most fastidious dinner guest:

Brazilian Muqueca.

1kg cubed cod fillets.
500 grams cleaned prawns, no heads or tails, the raw frozen type is just fine.
2 medium red peppers, diced.
2 onions, diced.
2 tbs of chopped garlic.
2 cups of frozen peas.
1 large bunch of fresh coriander, chopped.
2 green or red thai chillies, chopped.
1 cup of lime juice, from a bottle is just fine.
1 can of coconut milk.
6 tbs of palm oil.
2 tbs of olive oil.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Optional: a handful of diced fresh coconut and/or some whole grilled tiger prawns for garnishing.

The ingredients...

The ingredients…

 

The finished dish..

 

First, marinate the fish in the lime juice with some salt and pepper, ideally for 30 mins, but never more than, as the lime juice will “cook” the fish otherwise.

In a large, heavy based pan, heat the palm and olive oils.
Add the onions, garlic, chillies and red peppers and sauté them.
Add the fish and stirring as little as possible to avoid “breakage”, cook it for about 5 mins.
Add the prawns and frozen peas, season with salt and pepper and cook for 3 mins.
Add the coconut milk, turn the heat down and simmer for another 3 mins or so – just enough for the prawns to finish cooking through.
Turn off the heat, add the coriander and serve with rice and kale sautéed in olive oil and garlic.

Enjoy.

Flavia.
xx.

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4 Comments

  1. samantha January 10, 2016 Reply

    Dear Flavia – you are so right about the fashion industry these days – it is all just bonkers ! Anyway – I just wanted to wish you a very happy new year and all the best for your exciting new ventures in 2016. I will continue to follow your progress.

    All the best

    Samantha x

    • flavia January 10, 2016 Reply

      Thank you Samantha, it means a lot to me. Super 2016 to you!! xx.

  2. Glenda Borkowski January 10, 2016 Reply

    Best of luck to you. I am an avid follower of yours on Instagram will continue to be. I like your style and I like your moxy. I appreciate your honesty of your position of where life is leading you and how difficult it is to survive in the retail world these days. I myself am at a career crossroads, having worked in fashion retail in various countries for 15 years but no longer have the passion to put in the long, odd hours it requires.
    Enjoy Rio, enjoy the sun and again best of luck. I look forward to seeing how the future unfolds for you!

    • flavia January 11, 2016 Reply

      Hi Glenda. Thank you so much for your kind works and a happy 2016 to you!! xx.

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