The Great British High Street is ready to deliver for Spring/Summer 2013, mon cheres. Last week, I made a pit stop at the SS13 press day for M&S and was very pleasantly surprised. With micro collections dubbed under a range of monikers from ‘Doll’s House’ (which looks, endearingly, like Mad Men mixed with a sweet shop) to ‘Print Fusion’ to ‘Urban Utility’, the high street giant have compiled an extensively trend-led compilation of affordable pieces.
Standout pieces include a pair of must-have nude plexi heels (see below) as well as a bevy of vintage-inspired lingerie paired with modern garment technology, including Rosie Huntington’s super successful lingerie collaboration. Lust.
I’ve happened to get my socks in a twist over DUO a few times before, but for those who don’t recognise the brand, let me introduce you to a shoe brand that – led by a team of in-house designers – tailors every single one of their shoes and boots to sophisticated perfection.
(Yes, still talking about DUO.)
I had the pleasure of previewing their Spring/Summer 2013 collection last week and I am already itching to fill up next season’s wardrobe. With a beautiful selection of relaxed glamour, two of their standout shoes for me were:
- The Kesia – a bandage heel with ankle strap fastening (available gold shimmer patent & metallic leather orblack suede & cream leather)
- The Slippers (called ‘Bloom‘ and ‘Seine‘ – which has a 2cm heel instead of 1cm…score).
Which pair of shoes stand out to you?
We have finally made it to my final show of London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013! Let’s say farewell with a bang, shall we?
Jena.Theo rocked out with their collection – ‘Hell’s Angel’ – on the final day of fash madness to tell the story of a woman and her relationship to the environment. In particular, the duo wished to allude to Arthopoda (a large phylum of invertebrae animals that include insects, spiders, and crustacean). Thankfully, they left the multi-legged creatures and claws at home and replaced them with an earthy and alluring collection of wearable prints; favourites including light outlines of skulls, snakes, and hand-rendered tattoos.
By the time the glass beading rolled out, we had already been enamoured with buttery leathers, the ebb and flow of delicate organzas, spun silks, and a phenomenal ombre dress made of premium Japanese denim. I know very few women who wouldn’t pine for a piece of this collection.
If there was absolutely anything that could cure the effects of a Mad Men detox, Tata Naka‘s Spring/Summer 2013 collection would be it.
As always, the designers opted for a presentation as opposed to a fashion ‘show’ – this season set up like a 1950s pool party. For a few hours a handful of bombshell-styled models (including the wonderful Hanna Hultberg) reclined around a makeshift pool and hand-painted deckchairs wearing classic retro silhouettes…with a twist. Instead of a pencil skirt, Tata Naka introduced us to the pencil skirt with embellished sheer panelling. Instead of a playsuit, Tata Naka introduced us to a cut-out sleeve playsuit with a separated collar.
With clashing shows I wasn’t able to photograph every look, so I urge you to check Tata Naka’s Facebook for the full collection. Apologies to your wallet in advance.
Day Five. London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013. Leutton Postle. (Will link to freelance show report when available.)