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Discovering Tour de Force at Luna and Curious

Gibraltarian designer Camille Roman makes the most exquisite headpieces, worn by the likes of Paloma Faith, Kate Nash and Jessie J. I discovered her in Luna & Curious, a beautiful boutique in Shoreditch.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Tour de Force headpiece by Alicia Rosam
Tour de Force headpiece by Alicia Rosam.

Luna & Curious used to be at the end of my road, malady but in February they relocated to a new store on Calvert Avenue just near Arnold Circus – part of the famous Boundary Estate, one of the first ever council housing schemes in the world.

Luna and Curious Calvert Avenue shop

Their stock remains excellently curated by founders Rheanna Lingham, Polly George and Kaoru Parry but the bigger space allows for a larger range of exciting designers to showcase their work. So it was through them that I was introduced to the delights of the Tour de Force headwear range by the Gibraltarian designer Camille Roman, who graduated from Central Saint Martins before working for Lanvin, Zac Posen and Johnny Loves Rosie then launching her own range of luxury accessories and womenswear. Luna & Curious were her first UK stockist two years ago and since then the brand has grown and grown. I caught up with Camille ahead of an exciting Easter project with Bompas & Parr.

Tour De Force Budding by Gareth A Hopkins
Tour De Force Budding by Gareth A Hopkins.

How did growing up in Gibralter set you up to become a headwear designer?
I didn’t actually grow up there, but all of my family live there, so I spent every summer and holiday with them. There have been tailors and seamstresses in my family and their love of fashion and hand-crafted detail got me hooked as a kid!

Tour de Force Headpiece SS 2011
Tour de Force Headpiece from the S/S 2011 collection.
 
Where does your studio look like?
It gets overcome by waves of chaos and a lot of ‘stuff’ everywhere – and then I will hide it all away for a little while – but I am not one of these people that needs to see structure to feel calm. I kind of love a whirlwind process.

Tour de Force Headpiece SS 2011
Tour de Force Headpiece from the S/S 2011 collection.

How did you first get your hats onto the heads of celebs such as Paloma Faith, and have you had any strange requests from a celebrity?
I met Paloma a long time ago through a friend. However, I had previously seen pictures of her from her early burlesque performing days and really wanted to dress her already… she has an amazing presence! I had someone ask for a rodent-inspired piece once, which was cool.

Kate Nash in Tour de Force
Kate Nash in Tour de Force.

Broken Hearts in Tour de Force
Broken Hearts in Tour de Force.
 
What inspired the designs for the current collection?
The S/S 2011 collection is inspired by the spirit of the Glad Game created by Pollyanna in the classic children’s tale: a contrast of innocent optimism and a sense of hardness. For A/W 2011 my inspiration was taken from the Jean Cocteau film Orpheus, about a woman who works for death. This was mixed with arid, volcanic landscapes and structural concepts found within product design to make interesting structures out of rubber.

Tour de Force from the S/S 2011 collection.
Tour de Force from the S/S 2011 collection.
Tour de Force S/S 2011 collection.
 
Who do you see wearing these designs?
Someone with a big personality like Jessie J (who wore a Tour de Force piece for her Brit Nomination appearance) or generally anyone who loves a bit of a dramatic stamp and a stare in life or on stage. I love when celebrities showcase my pieces and enjoy them, but I don’t have a set muse.
 
Tour de Force Struck-Eye Headpiece By Jess Purser
Tour de Force Struck-Eye headpiece by Jess Purser.

What are you working on now and next?
I just made some Dada-inspired Oompa-Loompa headpieces for Bompas & Parr, who have created a real chocolate waterfall for Easter! I am also making something for a Vogue editorial shoot and starting to design for S/S Womenswear 2012 which is always exciting. So lots going on at the moment!

Luna and Curious can be found at 24 ~ 26 Calvert Avenue, London E2 7JP, and is open daily from 11am-6pm. All stock can also be purchased online at Luna and Curious. Check out the Tour de Force website here.

CHOC WATERFALL POSTER bompas and parr

You can visit the Bompas & Parr chocolate waterfall at Whiteleys Shopping Centre in Bayswater between 22nd – 25th April 2011 for £5.00. It was inspired by the 40th anniversary of Willy Wonka’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory film and attendees will be able to walk through the installation before having the chance to create their own chocolate Easter treats to take away. Tickets are available from the Bompas & Parr website.

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One Response to “Discovering Tour de Force at Luna and Curious”

  1. Kathy Purser says:

    What a delightful collection Amelia! My daughter is Jess Purser, the artist whom you featured on your page, and coincidentally, her 6year old daughter is Amelia too. I live in Spain, and love keeping up with the blogs connected to Jess’s own.
    Continue with those wonderful creations, I’m sure more of the flamboyant celebs will be clamouring for them!
    Regards, Kathy.

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