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.
If there’s a dress we could all imagine pulling out of our wardrobe fifteen years from now, it would surely be a Goat number. The epitome of timeless classic, these dresses make elegance effortless. The clean lines, beautiful tailoring and luxurious fabrics do all the work you need of them. And this season is no excepetion. The celebrated anywhere/everywhere Lola shift is back in a lovely, delicate needle cord. Then there's Pandora, fitted at the waist with a flared sleave, and Purdy, all sophisticated babydoll in wool crepe. What we're really falling for though are the colours, the gorgeous colours. Deep blackberry purple, vintage gold, blush pink and soft grey. Hook, line and sinker.
While we always love new arrivals, pre collections can often prove a little tricky to contemplate. But with no end to the decidedly unseasonal weather in sight, yesterday's delivery of the Made in Heaven AW12 pre collection was met with much excitement, slight relief even. Not at all out of place. Simply gorgeous and perfectly now.
Red Ear is the surprisingly under the radar premium denim and clothing line from acclaimed Brit designer Sir Paul Smith. Perhaps it's because you need to turn the clothes inside out to truly appreciate them. Rob reckons the quality and attention to detail is as good as mainline Paul Smith. Either way, inside and outside, we think this season's super cool collection, inspired by the work of the late artist Louise Bourgeois and the director Jean Luc Godard, is deserving of some serious attention.
Print takes centre stage at Engineered Garments this season and this great little film gives a flavour of the stripes, checks and Hawaiian styles you can expect. What the camera fails to capture however is the close-up and this is another brilliantly thought through collection, unparalleled on detail and heavy on texture. We strongly recommend a closer look.
Favourite French label Paul & Joe Sister return to womenswear this week with their wonderfully eclectic style. Gorgeous floral prints get thrown together with broderie anglaise and a touch of tweed. And somehow it all just works.
We're always amazed by just how fabulous Marilyn Moore's frocks look on so many people. And we're quite certain that her SS12 collection is going to deliver the same high standard. From light cotton daytime options in bright primaries (including the Miki, of course!) through to super luxe silk pieces in gorgeous pearly pinks, soft greys and gold, we challenge you not to find something that suits.