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Before I decided to become a full-time illustrator, I was a fashion designer. It's a far less glamorous occupation than people expect. I didn't spend my days at catwalk shows and was instead more likely to be found slumped over a desk in India, during a power cut, trying to finish a technical drawing by the light of my phone.

To be a good designer you need more than creativity and a good sense of style. You have to understand fabric, production, costing and lead times as well as get your head around what your customer doesn't even know they want yet. The knowledge that I built up over the past 20 years is the reason I have a real respect for good quality well-designed pieces of clothing that suit lots of different people, like this dress. The quality of which really isn't something you can easily find.

 Almost camouflaged with the Bristolian street art....

Almost camouflaged with the Bristolian street art....

As soon as I saw a photo of the style I knew it would be a great shape, but when it arrived I could see that the standard of the make was really high (I'm a total geek about this stuff) and as a result it fits perfectly. There's no zip, so you aren't restricted when you wear it, but it also goes over your head easily without the stitches of the waistband stitches cracking - this is Harry Potter level stuff.

I'm wearing a size 14 in these photos and it seems true to size. I'm 5'4 and so maxi dresses are often too long for me, but this is the petite length and is great. If you're tall and have struggled to find a dress long enough before then give their regular dresses a try (the image on their website is of 5'9 size 8 model, wearing the non-petitie version).

 I'm wearing a size 14 in the petite length

I'm wearing a size 14 in the petite length

It could easily be wedding material, with heels and a bright bag, but I'm showing it here in a much more casual way - with flat sandals and a denim jacket. In the past I would have always tried to tone an outfit down by wearing neutral accessories, but nowadays I just go for it and this time went with full-on pom poms and tassles and I think it works really well.

The print is super colourful, and as it's on a base that is black in some parts and navy in others it's really easy to wear. I think it's great for all skin colours and all hair colours. It's called 'Frida', and I was so inspired when I received it that I decided to paint Frida Kahlo herself in my own version of it, covered in birds and flowers.

 If you're interested in owning a copy of this Frida Kahlo art print then do head to my online  shop

If you're interested in owning a copy of this Frida Kahlo art print then do head to my online shop

 I think all dresses should have pockets!

I think all dresses should have pockets!

I love the fact it has pockets, and that there is gathering over the back part of the skirt as well as the front (this means it doesn't cling to your bum). The fabric is polyester, and is something I don't own much of, but this is a really great heavy quality. It isn't static, it washes really well and it has a really beautiful drape. 

 Here's Portia adding a bit of Clinique Marimmeko lip gloss in-between shots (this was a gift from Clinique)

Here's Portia adding a bit of Clinique Marimmeko lip gloss in-between shots (this was a gift from Clinique)

 These sandals were a gift from Boden last year, they magically go with anything and everything!

These sandals were a gift from Boden last year, they magically go with anything and everything!

 Musings from a fashion geek....

Musings from a fashion geek....

I'd love to know what you think of this post, please do leave a comment below.

Niki

 Dress from Onjenu, earrings from Mango

Dress from Onjenu, earrings from Mango

Photography Remco Merbis.

Hair and MUA Portia Channell