When out doing Bonfire Night stuff over the weekend I noticed that the more stylishly cozy folks were wearing Penfield. This is an American brand with a strong heritage in outerwear and high standards in performance. It’s also a brand that I have always associated just with menswear. Well, it seems that I’ve been missing a trick.
I love this ‘High Winter’ collection, titled ‘The Coldest Day’. Penfield have delved back into their archives from the 70’s and 80’s to inspire this mens and womenswear collection that looks both authentic and absolutely current. Functionality and fashion in perfect harmony- although I’m not sure how cozy you’d be in those shorts…
The other day I was researching a lecture that I was planning on brands and how they interact with social media. I chose Burberry as my case study because even though they celebrate their heritage and roots at every turn, they are also very possibly the most progressive of luxe labels when it comes to the way they interact using social media, constantly embracing new opportunities and also driving this field forward. I knew pretty much what Burberry had been up to in this field, and then I came across a new initiative that they had introduced at their AW’13 show in February. If you fell hard for any of the new coats or bags shown in that wonderful latex, skin printed and heart filled collection, you could order one (or ten?!) straight from the catwalk, with the additional free option to have your name engraved onto the metal coat tag or on the bag plate. Now that really is a bespoke service.
Aside from the joy of owning a piece of new season Burberry before the rest of the planet, and having it personalized to boot, each of these items will also feature some rather snazzy in-built technology. By passing your smart phone over the product, or by standing in front of special mirrors in the Regent Street store, you will reveal video footage showing your selected style’s journey from inception to production. Amazing.
We’ve been keeping a close eye on Tallulah and Hope since the label launched in 2010. You can read up on the founders and their inspiration behind the collection here.
Well, we are several collections down the line now and T&H has gone from strength to strength, swiftly finding a place in many very stylish women’s wardrobes. They have diversified the range, adding lots of new shapes as well as introducing swimwear, yet most importantly they have retained their original vision and built upon their unique handwriting.
Their newest collection launches on the Tallulah and Hope website on 1st August, but the collection is already available in-store at Selfridges London, Fenwick Bond Street, Boutique 1 Dubai as well as Harvey Nichols Riyadh.
We asked Zoe and Lisa about the inspiration behind this collection and they told us “This season we have taken a graphic approach to recurrent themes in our work – water and light, creating bold, directional stripes that have a strong nautical feel.”.
Wwwwhhhhhhooooooaaaaaaaaaa. My fashion prayers have been answered! It’s a tough fashion life when you have champagne taste but a beer budget (oh the glamour of running your own business!). Well, it was a tough call until H&M introduced their genius fashion collaborations.
The designer who’s collection I, season after season, lust after the most is that of Isabel Marant. Can you imagine how excited I was this morning to wake up to an email from H&M announcing that its autumn collaboration is this very Parisian designer! With her effortless, urban yet boho chic style, Isabel Marant has single handedly changed our perception of French fashion as well as created trends imitated by the whole fashion high street.
Put 14th November in your diary with multiple reminders, alarms and extra post it notes just to be sure, as this is the launch date for this collection in around 250 stores worldwide and online, the collection features clothing and accessories for women and teenagers. Isabel Marant will also, for the first time, create a collection for men.
Isabel Marant for H&M
“I am flattered by this collaboration: H&M works with the best designers and this invitation is an exciting honour. I aim at creating something real, that women want to wear in their everyday lives, with a certain carelessness, which I think is very Parisian: you dress up, but do not pay too much attention and still look sexy. The collection is infused with this kind of easiness and attitude. Everything can be mixed following one’s own instincts: my take on fashion is all about personality” says Isabel Marant.
This new London label, 1205, is a really interesting one for many reasons. Firstly, it’s been founded my St Martins graduate, Paula Gerbase after honing her creative skills working on womenswear at Hardy Amies and then as Head Designer for Savile Row tailor, Kilgour. The next thing that I really like about this label is that it feels very utilitarian, however it is still incredibly refined, tailored, considered and sophisticated expressed through a really subtle and selective colour palette. Finally, the collection works for men and women. Some items are exclusively for men, and some for women, but then there is a section of the offer that is unisex- or perhaps better explained as flexible enough to appeal to either sex, and look good on whoever chooses to wear it.
As there’s something of a sexual revolution taking place right now (men modelling as women, women modelling as men, the androgynous look feeling really appealing etc etc) the emergence of more labels or collections offering unisex, or non-sex-specific collections feels like the perfect way forward.
It seems I may be a season or so in discovering this new London based womenswear label. But better late than never I suppose! After coming across Trager Delaney at London Fashion Week it seemed as if I suddenly kept spotting this label everywhere (a huge window display at Joseph, an article in Vogue, product in Matches). This pair have made quite an impact on the British fashion scene.
Dane, Kim Trager and Brit, Lowell Delaney met while studying fashion at St Martins. After interning at prestigious labels like Celine, Sonia Rykiel and Haider Ackermann they have brought together their respective experience and channeled it into this rather brilliant own label. Aside from the AW’13 collection just looking incredibly fresh, innovative and sophisticated, the pair have utilized some really exciting technical fabrics yet this doesn’t feel like a ‘function’ driven offer at all. If anything it’s ultra elegant in a really modern way. I do wish, however, that there wasn’t fur in the collection, but perhaps this is related to Trager’s Danish heritage. I wonder what the Brit retailers will make of that part of the collection?
Trager of Trager Delaney, with their house model at London Fashion Week
We spent a brief moment talking with Kim Trager at London Fashion Week, while Lowell Delaney was busy showing buyers the collection. It seems the duo have a very clear plan for their brand which involves a slow and steady growth and a very conscious focus on selling through the very best boutiques (Joseph and Matches are not a bad start don’t you agree?).
I really look forward to seeing where this duo go next with their collection. If all of the attention they are currently enjoying is anything to go by, they have a very exciting future ahead of them.