This so-called spring has had us clamouring for cosy cashmere. So out come our trusty Cash Ca basics. The favourite two pocket cardi and crew neck jumper return in black, grey, navy and cream, as well as a lovely lime and chalky blue. Indispensible at any time of year.
Chinti & Parker keep us happy this season with just the right amount of stuff we know and love, and a bit of new and exciting to fall in love with. Classic Chinti returns with the striped and spotted jersey basics we can't do without - Ts, vests, tunics and trousers for beach chic and ultra comfort combined. Then there's a smart and sensible turn with a lovely cotton tea dress in a subdued cross hatch print. And finally a fun streak with some super cute loveheart shirting. Has our hearts won again.
We're welcoming back some favourite styles from Goat this season. The dresses we turn to in times of need; our way of being a bit smart come a special occasion. The Purdey tunic returns with its gorgeous ruffled neck. This time its long sleeves even more billowey in a beautiful sky blue linen gauze. Rose bounces back in bright coral pink, perfect for that slightly tricky somewhere known as 'smart casual' with its relaxed pockets on smart lightweight wool crepe. Finally, Rosemary is fitted through the body and offers good knee and arm coverage; a full a-line skirt and beatiful bluebell sleeves in inky wool crepe. Proper fancy frock territory.
Jane lewis launched Goat ten years ago, spotting a gap in the market for luxurious yet understated timeless pieces. The label soon became the go-to cashmere range for the fashion cognoscenti. Now, entering it's second decade, the brand has developed in to a full ready to wear collection including those signature knits but now also encompassing it's equally recognisable separates, dresses and outerwear.
Describe your typical working day?
It’s varied. Production and sampling are simultaneous so there is always lots to do. I speak to each member of my team on my way in to the office and turn my attention to whatever takes priority. Fittings in the mornings, design meetings or fabric appointments.
When and where are you most productive?
The mornings. After my coffee and I have settled at my desk.
Who or what couldn't you work without?
Honestly? My absolutely brilliant team. They are inspired and dedicated. We work very closely and openly together.
And my favourite thick italic black pens which I draw with and a great big pile of white paper to hand ….
What do you like most about what you do?
It never gets old. There are so many creative opportunities and although making a collection is incredibly hard work it’s also really fun. I learn a lot each season. I love seeing my original sketches and then looking over at the finished product. It’s rewarding.
Who or what inspires you?
Anything and everything. A colour, a picture….
Tell us something we're unlikely to know about Goat?
I am not trained in fashion at all and I can’t sew a button.
What project, collection or achievement are you most proud of?
I am so proud of how the company has grown recently. I remember starting the business in my kitchen!
We are now a team of 12 and growing….
What has been the most important lesson learned?
To stay true to my own aesthetic. Trends come and go but style endures. As a company we have expanded a lot in terms of the range and it’s important to always remember my original handwriting.
What do you want to do in the future?
Have an accessories line.
What is the Goat team's guilty pleasure?
Breakfast. All important decisions seem to be discussed over coffees and poached eggs!
This is the label to turn to inbetween the seasons. Practical enough to fend off a stiff breeze, subdued enough to not appear ahead of the weather, lightweight enough to acknoweldge the beginnings of a seasonal shift.
All chalky grey, white and navy, we're loving their simple chinos, super soft t-shirts and outsize shirting. The swingy silk skirt looks equally as great with or without tights, while their signature outerwear is what makes wearing your spring wardrobe possible!
We're taking a road trip into the sun-drenched midwest with Levi's Made & Crafted this season. The boys and the girls are both on board, and we long to look like them, effortlessly cool in their beatifully crafted threads.
Colour, texture and pattern is the order of their free-wheeling days. As long as it's a touch sun bleached, saturated, washed and worn. Striped maxis, tie dye vests, candy pink denim, floaty silk shirts and washed cotton chinos for the girls. And the guys are sporting heavy patterned tees and colourful button downs with their faded denim. Standing side by side, hitching a ride, we have to say they look the picture of a perfect summer's day.
Beck Sondergaard has this season's accessories all taken care of once again. Scarves, soft and hazy in fine woven wool and silk. Flashes of neon stars and such craziness wafting their way over floaty cotton. Leather bags and purses, soft as can be in lemony pastel. Heavy canvas totes for heading straight to the beach.
When a collection says it's inspired by the impeccable summer dressing seen in Anthony Minghella's 'The Talented Mr Ripley' you know you're going to be easily won over. And that we are with Bellerose SS13. There's that hint of French riviera. A neat black cotton blazer, a full red skirt, a stripe t-shirt, a great cotton sundress. But then throw in a good measure of Bellrose quirk and charm; a sequin trim here, a fluro spot there and plenty of sparkly thread and you have something quite different; something we totally love. Piece together the Bellerose way to pull off their cool eclectic style or dip in here and there for classic everyday wearability.
You might have noticed we've gone a bit crazy for neon and lurex this season. So when we came accross Parisian label Marie Sixtine's range of jersey and knit basics, we were putty in their hands. Not so basic and with all the kind of details we like; fluro stitching, gold lurex elbow patches, neon pink ties, buttons and pockets used to great effect on a pallet of oatmeal and charoal. They had us there but then played to our affections some more with 100% organic cotton, linen and merino and a price tag we can't quite believe. Fair to say, we love.
If Lucy and Victoria both place sizeable personal orders at the same buying appointment, then the label in question must be doing something rather special. And rather special is exactly what Just in Case SS13 is. No question, it's the collection of the season. Where all the super pretty bright colours and glittery threads come together.
Slighty more refined and sleeker than in previous seasons, there's still a good spoonful of the romance and fluff we always fall in love with. A floral story, all sepia chocolate box roses on silk, a gorgeous ice-cream stripe theme, as well as a whole spectrum of plain bright coloured textures to slot through and work the whole fabulous shebang.