We'd been on the look out for a new European label for a while when Bellerose caught our eye. We wanted some of that continental cool but in clothes that didn't feel difficult or daring to wear. Bellerose have got it spot on. These are pieces you can easily layer up with the rest of your wardrobe, but that give an outfit an edge, a talking point even - lurex sweats, quilted sateen lined cardigans, fake fur jackets and best of all - "where did you get those?" sparkly socks!
The latest from Local is enough to prompt a late summer getaway. Beautifully embroidered cotton and silk pieces weather the last of the summer sun in style, slightly crumpled and faded the way we like them. Arrive home with a temptation knit thrown over and the transition couldn't be any easier.
We're all a bit giddy with the arrival of Chinti & Parker. Lucy's even declaring it her favourite collection of the new season. The perfect cotton basics are all here, as are the cashmere knits, playful stripes and polka dots (though they're blown up this time). The pallette of oatmeal, wintery white and deep navy makes us feel cosy and we're certainly welcoming new textures in heavy flannel and cable knit. But what's getting us really excited are the tiny little stars, trailing their way over the prettiest shirt, skirt and dress.
Look no further for the perfect silk shirt. 0039 Italy have it totally covered this season, from pussy bows and Peter Pan style to grandad collars. Here's betting they won't be hanging around long.
It's a collection that triumphed at London Fashion Week back in February and now that it's hanging on our menswear rails we can totally see why. Oliver Spencer has once again delivered garment after garment of beautifully wearable clothing. The trademark tailoring is ever present, as are the fanatstic shirts. But what marks out this collection is the colour, texture and pattern. Olive, red and ochre breaks up the navy, as do large checks, fine stripes, paisley, polka dots and tightly knitted Fair Isle. Layer up and look good.
Back for winter in super soft leather, Jack Purcell is our menswear sneaker of choice. Not only is it designed by a sporting legend (Jack was five times Canadian Badmington Champion), it totally trumps All Stars on comfort and personality with its cushioned footbed and iconic smile accross the toe. Rob's total no brainer for dressed down days.
To all our loyal James Jeans wearers, your new season delivery is here. The straight leg, high rise Hunter is as flattering as ever in a dark stretch fit as well as a heavyweight, everyday option. Twiggy also returns in super smart black and a navy slate twill which we are loving, loving, loving. And this is just for starters. Expect two more deliveries later in the season.
Once again Great Plains deliver our hardest working collection of the season. Polished and ladylike, these are skirts, dresses, blouses and knits that negotiate occasions from day to night with ease. Our trusty wide-legged trouser returns for business alongside neat shift dresses, pleated skirts and smart wool coats. Then there's the Rothko stripe pleat skirt and Chanel-esque cropped jacket which both totally belie their very reasonable price tags.
If there's a shirt Rob loves to wear it's his white Gitman Brothers Oxford. As clean and as classic as they come, and back on the menswear rails for A/W12 as part of another superlative offering from our favourite shirt-maker. Alongside our perennial favourites, the standouts are the beautifully intriciate Japanese poplins carrying micro dots and key collars, a trend which is firmly sticking around for autumn/winter.
Hats off to our first arrival of the new season - Levi’s Made & Crafted - who have managed to get us all excited about the prospect of rugging up come the cooler months. This is the way we like winter to look, all cosy and colourful. Think American trucker gets washed up on a cold Nordic shore where they love to brighten things up with a serious dose of colour. We’re loving the check flannel shirting, chunky knits and primary palette, and once again, the quality and attention to detail are excellent.