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While browsing the Beau Monde collection to put together your dream wardrobe, treat yourself to a tale by best-selling young author, Anouchka Grose. The Story So Far... recounts the ongoing adventures and high jinx of one Beau Monde devotée and her new suit!

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Summer 2016

Faye often wavered between the various versions of herself. She was well aware that people responded to her differently according to how she was dressed. Soft and floral made people see you one way, while dark and elegant set up a different set of expectations. She knew that clothes would be …

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Winter 2015/16

While Faye would probably have described herself as largely happy and relatively confident, there were days when reservoirs of doubt seemed to dampen her mind, or even threaten to overflow and drown her. No matter how much she was loved at home and respected at work she could still sometimes …

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Winter 2013-14

 

Ed wasn’t at all the jealous type, but he seemed somehow rattled by Faye’s return to work.
  ‘I’ll miss you being at home,’ he said. ‘I liked thinking of you and Clarice hanging out here while I was at the studio. It won’t be the same …

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Summer 2013

Faye hadn’t been quite sure what to feel about going back to work after such a long break, but Clarice was happily installed at nursery now and there was no longer any excuse for staying at home and eating biscuits. She’d managed to find a part-time post as the registrar at a small …

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A Bit Of A Celebration

When the big day arrived Faye found it hard to pitch herself between the two opposing poles of ‘At last!’ and ‘Already?’ She’d spent so long not getting married that it was quite a surprise to find herself doing it. Being unmarried certainly hadn’t stopped her …

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Pregnancy, Winter 2009

Life had a habit of taking swerves. While Faye was busy daydreaming about diamond rings, frothy veils and stout men in long black dresses with table runners round their necks, her body had been hatching other plans.   ‘You always did things in a funny order,’ said her mother, …

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Winter Collection 2007

Since the age of six, Faye had been the most grown-up member of her family. While her older brother was out crashing cars and her parents were at home hurling antiques at each other she would be upstairs planning her future. This meant writing out lists of professions (very neatly) and …

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Spring/Summer Collection 2005

Faye’s intuition had been correct. Ed was not only an interesting artist but also an excellent man. He didn’t seem to have it in him to lie or play games. He was full of funny stories. And, best of all, he made it absolutely plain that he adored Faye. Even the more difficult things …

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Spring/Summer Collection 2003

Faye was horrified to find that she was the first to arrive. Even the artist was nowhere to be seen. She felt disappointed. She'd wanted to meet him after seeing the work he'd done on the Ransome project. And, more importantly, after spotting him in the design studio in a scruffy pair of …

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Spring/Summer Collection 2002

Christmas again. And, more to the point, single again. Patrick's Scottish sojourns had proven to be somewhat more exciting than he'd led Faye to believe - as a midnight phonecall from a sobbing girl called Moira had revealed to her. In truth, it was almost a relief. Patrick, since …

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Spring/Summer Collection 2001

A weekend in Gloucestershire with Patrick sounded all right in theory. Faye had heard all about his parents' country house the place where he'd spent all his school holidays clambering about in haystacks and wallowing in the stream. It would be interesting to meet Mr. and Mrs. Pelham …

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Winter Collection 2000/1

Faye had never been a big fan of autumn. She didn't like rain. She didn't like dark evenings. And she certainly didn't like going to work and back with a carriage full of damp - smelling, snuffling commuters. In fact the only aspect of autumn she liked was that it offered the …

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Spring / Summer Collection 2000

Dinner with Faye's snotty friends went OK if you like roast fennel. The biggest revelation of the evening was James, whom Faye had met only once—briefly—and who seemed to have built this single meeting into something of a personal zenith. From the minute Faye arrived he was …

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Winter Collection 1999/2000

Cyra and her husband were easily the most stylish people Faye knew. They'd just moved into a flat above one of the hippest bars in the East End and had arranged to meet there for drinks before heading upstairs to eat. So what was Faye going to wear? To make it worse, Patrick was away and …

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Autumn Collection 1999

Three months later...

For the first time in her working life, Faye felt as though she fitted in.

Sometimes she caught her reflection in the frosted glass panels and shiny marble walls that epitomised the interior of Neenan's and marvelled at her own capacity to play the role of a …

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Summer Collection 1999

Faye looked in the mirror and realised things were probably going to be OK. Her legs were still her legs and her hips were still her hips but, wrapped in such a great suit, it didn't seem to matter. It was uncanny the way it changed the way she felt. Only ten minutes before she'd been a …

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