Last season (Spring/Summer 2012) ethical designer Jeff Garner took a break from London Fashion Week, but this season he’s back. Titled ‘Courtly Love’, Garner was inspired by Princess Grace and her noble gentleman who courted her.(image 11 & 12) Not sure why the first models had a Scottish theme but it’s always great to see a man in a kilt. (Top right) Here a red tartan kilt and sporran style bag was paired with waistcoat and red check shirt giving a rugged look. The next outfit was more dapper with a plain grey kilt teamed with a dark red jacket,...Read More
Author: Karen Grace
Titled ‘Dark Arctic’, James Small’s collection had plenty of furs ranging from the full fur jacket to just adorning the sleeves. Cargo pants mimicked the ski pant with their attached braces and slight padding, but in a softer and cosier jersey material. With their utilitarian deep side pockets and teamed with check shirts, this was definitely a working arctic expedition. For a more streamlined look, there was the alternative skinny jersey jogger looking smart casual worn with belted wool jackets and fur jackets. Jackets buttoned up at the side, some in a muted check pattern but all with patch...Read More
Designer Patrick Grant took his inspiration for this season from minimalist sculptor Richard Serra’s heavy graphite pieces, military cloaks ranging from Japanese Jinbaori to the Household Cavalry and the battered hats and tweeds of the Everest mountaineer Mallory. Quite an eclectic mix. The coats style varied from the soft raglan-shouldered with wide sleeves and the dropped-shouldered boxy parka style to the more tailored and structured single-breasted crombie style. All are minimalistic in their detailing with hidden buttons. Colours range from the sombre black, navy and shades of grey with only a glimpse of red lining showing as the models...Read More
Ashley Isham looks at the new socialite for inspiration – the confident and savvy city girl with a passion for clean lines and tailoring. Evening wear saw short dresses sparkling with sequins and beads. But Isham’s signature draped fluid jersey dresses were never far behind with their Grecian asymmetric style long and short in deep teal, frosted grey and a prints of python and floral. Rich colours included plum, petrol blue, emerald, carmine pink, smoked pearl and antique gold. Looking forward: Best outfit for The Cheltenham Festival 2013 OK the...Read More
The Spijkers en Spijkers collection looks back at the eccentric but sheltered Edie Bovier Beale. The twin designers chose ‘Birds of Paradise’ as their title and inspiration: a phrase the Dutch use to describe eccentric and colourful people. They used socialite Edie Bovier Beale, a true bird of paradise, as their muse. Colourful embroidered exotic birds adorned (or should I say perched upon) jackets, dresses and shirts. The colour palette featured: Ceylon yellow, Bordeaux, lime green, mulberry purple and burnt orange with flashes of black and night shadow blue. The style was the early 1940s in luxurious fabrics of...Read More
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