The Notting Hill Carnival coming up this weekend is the largest street festival in Europe and a landmark in the London calendar. For three days, the streets of Notting Hill in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea close down to vehicles and welcome a vibrant array of colours, sounds and smells.
In the spirit of carnival, we’re celebrating the brightest and most colourful gems of our collections; the perfect accessories to bright summer dresses, tropical-inspired colours and bank holiday fun.
True to London’s eclectic roots, carnival began in the 1960s as two distinct strands – a celebration of Afro-Caribbean culture by the local community and an outdoor “hippie” festival promoting cultural unity. Organised separately, the two events shared an ethos of joyful celebration as well as local musicians, and by the 1970s the street festival as we know it today had began to take shape.
August is time to embrace vivid colour and bold sparkle, as in our multi coloured ball ring trio; glittering like the sequins on a carnival costume and evoking freedom, holidays and tropical colour.
Carnival spills through the streets of Notting Hill without an official boundary – the smell of jerk chicken and the sound of the music wafts through the area and draws in curious passersby.
It epitomises spontaneous summer energy; that party mood that comes with hot days and late evenings, and that encourages us to let our hair down, forget about decorum and sway our hips to the music. Along with the parade itself, thousands of revellers gather to celebrate the exuberant atmosphere and dance to the powerful beats of the giant sound systems installed on every corner.
Why not connect to the carnival spirit with a piece from the collection inspired by the streets where the party takes place – Portobello Road – with this fabulous peacock-inspired pendant, a showstopper in its own right.
If you’re heading to Carnival this weekend, have fun – and if not, bring your own colour to the Bank Holiday. Be inspired by the shimmering colours with these garnett tasselled earrings – perfect for meeting new friends and moving your feet to the rhythm of calypso sounds.