• The Hottest Hues in Town

    Orange is hot! All the fashion editors are mad about orange in all its hues. Try our latest dress in ombre chiffon which combines pinks and corals and has a lovely drop side hem.  A matching shawl in ombre completes the outfit--or try on its own over anything! to brighten up a dark colour or a pair of your favourite jeans!  A Statement orange handbag?  A coral cotton jacket over that little black cotton dress?

    I feel happy in any shade--i have my eye on a pair of rosy coral trousers with a hint of stripe which is coming in on the 16th May, to lengthen my little legs! and an ivory a.m.s jersey top with a hint of faggoting to flatter my new sun kissed cheeks (from the weekend ahead by the beach in Brighton)

    I love the orange print sarong featured in this week's newsletter-- note, must book a holiday and buy this to go over black swimsuit.

    Posted by Jacqui Green
  • May Day

    Weather is improving-definitely, i have it on good authority.  And the event season is upon us.  Whether weddings, race days, Henley, Glyndbourn, it is time to buy that special outfit for that spring event. Unusual orchids bloom on our latest outfit.  We have fashioned  exquisite satin back crepe in palest aqua , added a bouquet of prints to the front of the camisole and  the back of the jacket, added a calf-length skirt, cut them on the bias  to flatter-and wow, you will have the most chic outfit in town.

    Prefer the jacket in plain, with the reverse satin cuffs and lapels, still looks great with the skirt which has a matching satin band-just add an ivory satin back crepe top-add a matching aqua hat-stunning!

    Not your taste? Try an aqua crepe jersey coat in modern bell shape , add matching aqua jersey top and black palazzos or slimline pull-ons for understated elegance,  chesca has designed an aqua range, the colour is subtle, the fabrication sensual and the fit fantastic

    Alternatively, pick our coral textured cotton, add a black jacket in the same fabric and a coral hatinator -and you will be a winner at the races.  A balloon hem dress, a shaped jacket which is shaped lower at the back for the ultimate in style-add our wide-brimmed  coral hat for panache with a capital P!  

    chesca is there at the smartest events-with 5 gold star rating!

    Posted by Jacqui Green
  • Easter Egg Hunt

    Maybe you'd like a little fun with a prize at the end of it?  Last week we had pink eggs scattered through the chesca website, this week, they are orange.  We will add some more throughout next week  and if you click on to them, you will get an Easter gift worth up to 30% discount off that item.

    There are dresses, knits, jerseys and even coats for those of you who are still feeling the chill-or who need that special coat for a christening, the races, or because you live in Northumberland, North Wales, or Scotland! I noticed we sold 2  blue  barrel coats this week in chesca, JohnLewis Partnership Newcastle and even one orange wool in House of Fraser Glasgow.

    Then , we introduce our Easter "bonnets".  Our hats are now so popular that they sell in their dozens, and often, by Ascot, we are completely sold out.  Have a look on line and just add a note and we will send you a complimentary hat box as our gift.

    Editor's note: just bought a pair of Michele jeans and a Basler t shirt from our sister website, www,franchescafashion.com , perfect for that Easter break I have ahead.  do log on and see the brands, some of which go up to size 26 -(a chesca 24 to our loyal customers)

    Posted by Jacqui Green
  • Imogen is set to wow Hollywood!

    Met the most fascinating lady today in  the Designer Room in John Lewis Oxford Street, Imogen Sutton .  She has been nominated for a Bafta and an Oscar for her short animated film, Prologue-and needed outfits for Kensington Palace, Bafta ceremony and a host of festivities in Los Angeles.  Quite dizzy learning about lunches, cocktail parties, parties and that special red carpet ceremony, when needless to say, she will be stunninngly attired in chesca!  A diminutive size 3, we had a great afternoon, trying on jersey tops, (she bought a navy striped cardi to go with a pair of easy pull on navy pants and a zany black and ivory stripe to go with the same trousers in black) , velvet dresses and a mouthwatering pleated dress in midnight for the red carpet.

    I am so flattered that she has been a customer of ours for ten years, on  Jlp online, in jlp Bristol and in our own  shop in Regent parade, Leamington Spa where her sister lives.  I am really privileged  to chat with so many interesting ladies, be it Imogen, or Lesley , a teacher who was worrying about her young son's wedding ,and who bought our 5 star reviewed navy cornelli dress with jacket, or the lady who had come all the way from Dorset to try on a 3 piece trouser outfit for that special event.

    I love visiting the stores and the amazing insights I have into the lives of people all over the country and i learn such a lot-and hope i bring that knowledge into making curvy ladies confident and elegant.

    Join with me in wishing Imogen the best of luck at both events, I for one will be watching closely tomorrow and in the coming weeks,


    Posted by Jacqui Green
  • london fashion week

    London is the most exciting metropolis with people all over the world  coming to visit the capital.  Already seen one or two leading fashion editors in John Lewis , Oxford Street, no doubt looking for the key trends this season prior to the shows.

    Florals abound, whether  vintage roses, or exotic orchids with an oriental twist. Try a tunic with jeans, or a shrug in apricot roses with a black tshirt and 50s skirt.  Lace has a new lease of life with lace lace motifs drifting on silky skirts with mesh overlay and  wide elastic waistband. Don't keep lace for evenings or events but try for day -perfect for a 50s Audrey Hepburn look , perhaps with a black top with laser cutouts emulating the lace.

    Geometric designs are everywhere, with spirals and stripes, curves and octagonal blocks.  They look best in edgy spring coats and dresses with the new cocoon shapes- and are a key trend this summer.  i like bright florals combined with neutral geometrics for an edgy fashion statment.

    Pleats are back, whether defining a shapely silhouette or floating drapey styles in sensuous satin or matt crepe and chiffon..  In store now, -but do look out for our ombre print maxi with matching "Isadora" scarf , for beach discos and night life in Monte Carlo in our summer ranges.  Textured cottons contrast with these satin pieces and are perfect for work or play.  Vivacious coral is key and adds a note of drama to black and ivory  monotone.  A coral dress with a black jacket, a black dress with a coral coat -try a single coral piece-and the key colour this summer will be white, from brilliant white to ivory in skinny jeans, button back tunics, silk t-tops .  chesca will sizzle this summer!




    Posted by Jacqui Green