Our AW14 Bellerose edit is all about strong separates. They're the pieces you turn to for instant fixes; pieces you can throw on with a pair of jeans and head out with confidence. Silk print top, glittery knit, ticking shirt, trim detail tee, fake fur coat and micro dot corduroy jacket. The result is that effortless, playful and elegant kind of dressing we love. Hats off to Bellerose. We can always rely on them to show us how it's done.
And Daughter, 1951 Maison Francaise, Barena, Baum und Pferdgarten, BeckSondergaard, Bellerose, Bill Skinner, B.L.F., Bonne Maison, Cash Ca, Chinti and Parker, Christys', Custommade, Diega, Frame, Goat, Great Plains, Hudson, J Brand, James Jeans, Just In Case, Laurence Dolige, Leon & Harper, Levi's Made & Crafted, Mads Norgaard, Marie Sixtine, MiH, Moscot, Paul & Joe Sister, People Tree, Pernille Corydon, Queene and Belle, Rabens Saloner, Scott Stephen, Stella Nova, Trois Petits Points, Vilagallo, Woolrich and YMC.
Anonymousism, Apenteur, Baracuta, Barena, Buzz Rickson's, Carhartt, Christys', Converse First String, Edwin, Engineered Garments, Fidelity, Filson, Folk, Gitman Bros, Grenson, Iron heart, L.V.C., Merz, Moray Cashmere, Moscot, New Balance, Norse Projects, Oliver Spencer, Orlebar Brown, Our Legacy, Redwing, Sunspel, Tanner Goods, Tellason, Trickers, Universal Works, Vetra, Woolrich.
MiH eases our way into AW14 with a pre-collection pitched perfectly between the seasons. Chloe Lonsdale and her team have eschewed their perennial love affair with all things blue and embraced a more sophisticated and subtle palette. Dark indigo denim - bodycon jeans, dress, skirt and coat - is the backdrop for luxe peachy knits, caramel silk shirting and soft grey flannel. Phoebe Slim, which was our favourite jean in the Summer, is back with a patch and in super dark indigo. Every look in the lookbook is who we want to be this season.
Here we are, summer is in full swing and we're just getting comfortable in our lightweight threads. And then the pre collections come along, vying for our attention with an irresistible taste of things to come.
First up is J Brand, and that suits us fine. Summer it may be but jeans are never far from the front of the wardrobe. This is our most technical collection of denim yet - jeans for all shapes and requirements - so here's a little guide to help suss them out.
The Hambledon is the home of a mainland UK exclusive. Daiki Suzuki's Workaday makes an appearance in the basement. This is the continuity utility line from the Engineered Garments team. Expect every day staples (Bedford jacket, 19th century shirt, selvedge denim, pocket tee and cords) which maintain pattern, construction and quality season after season.
Rabens Saloner has arrived and once again has us lusting after distant shores. That place where we float around in cheesecloth and cotton voile; loose tunic tops and strappy sun dresses; slightly crumpled because we don't have a care. That place where cream, carbon, soft grey and peach complement sunkissed skin and tie-dye, lace and sequins are best accompanied by a sundowner. All together now *sigh*.
Our other favourite Belgian brand launches this week. And Just in Case bring a touch of glamour and prettiness to the proceedings with a collection titled 'Take This Longing' (no,we're not sure why either but they obviously had a feeling for Leonard Cohen). The jackets are signature jaquard (tasteful or crazy depending on your mood). The cotton sundresses are perfect holiday wear (elegant stripes or faded chintzy) and the knits are all a little bit glittery and very pretty. Not one single piece to suit the Bard of the Bedsit though.
This collection is here by pure chance. Victoria and Lucy were at a buying appointment when they caught sight of a crazy colourful rail of clothes in the corner of the room. Turned out to be this season's answer to occasionwear.
All the way from sunny Spain, Vilagallo delivers great shapes (pencil dresses to a-line tunics), lace and sparkle in showstopper colours; dresses that somehow manage to pull off attention-grabbing and tasteful at once. We think they're equally suited to a glam Ibiza party or English country wedding. One celebration or another, one thing's for sure, we have finally been tempted away from our boyfriend jeans.
We've got a lot of love for this label. Each season they head off in a bit of a fresh direction. But unlike some other labels, they never lose their way. It's always effortlessly cool. And you always know it's Bellerose.
This season is still a little bit American teenager but now she's gone on a European holiday and met the ever talented Mr Ripley. Gone are the eclectic get-ups and mad clashes of colour and print. Instead, the pallette is super gentle; all washed out blues and greys and hits of yellow. The t-shirts and knits are all easy peasy. And the classic stripe is a cause for celebration; bold over cute cotton sun dresses and Breton-style tops; fine over floaty silk maxi skirts.