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.
Paul & Joe Sister goes on a jetsetting extravaganza for SS13. Returning with prints of all permutations in every colour under the sun - from blowsy English florals to a full blown Tahitan jungle scene. A strong shirting offer sees flocks of birds and teeny honey bears make an appearence for maximum girliness. Metallic neon tweed outerwear covers spring city chic. While fun and flirty dresses range from rainbow embroidered daytime cotton through to balmy evening floaty numbers. There's an option here to see you from early spring through to late summer, wherever in the world you might be.
How we're longing to shed the thick socks and heavy soles. And when that time comes we'll be stepping straight in to this lovely lot from Bloch. Lined up patiently from pretty pink patent to chic grey snakesin. Very simply the best ballerina pumps around.
For us, Leon & Harper SS13 is a tightly edited collection with two extremes and plenty of pink. On one end of the rail we have great t-shirting basics in the softest cotton. Pink, grey and white. And at the other end we have the jacket of the season. A fluro patchwork spectacular, zipped and nipped in all the right places. With t-shirt underneath and topped off with one of their lovely star print scarfs, it's spring's top half nicely taken care of.
It's a curious thing. All the elements that Baum und Pferdgarten pull together in their collections. Combinations, contrasts and contradictions that shouldn't work. But then do, in their perfectly composed Danish way.
This season it's a total medley. Sleek pleated silk. Electric blue pvc. Candy pink cable knit. Navy lace. Sporty zips. Floral and geometric prints. Stripes and dip-dye. No, no, no in theory. But yes, yes, yes in the flesh.
Borgen, The Killing, The Bridge. We have been hitching a ride on the whole Danish thing. But shed any notions of bleak dockyards, creepy killers and slightly matted jumpers, we were in a very different, fashiony, cool and colourful Copenhagen. Day 1: Gallery Fashion Show and we discover a super gorgeous knitwear brand and have a lovely appointment with Stella Nova in their beautiful showroom. Day 2: New homeware show in old cattle market and we're very excited about brand spanking new Scandi things about to be delivered to sunny Winchester. And then much wandering about in the Meat Packing district. Go to Mother for pizza (very good). Visit vintage shop Affaer (very good but they don't take cards).
There is nothing not to love in this beautiful collection from our favourite new American. We love a cashmere knit. We love a bold stripe. We love a bit of fluoro trim. We love a Petersham ribbon. Big fat ticks in all the boxes. This is a man who knows what we want.
A little bit of everything and no peas. Great Plains work their magic for this season with super useful, pretty, every day clothes. There's a nautical stripe story for any landlubbers amongst you (dress, t shirt and long skirt); an angora knit story for budding Jayne Mansfields; a cute velo print for anyone with a feeling for Chris Froome; a great fitted jersey dress for a Victoria Beckham on a budget look and the sought after basic jersey tees that you always need and can never find. It's not necessarily the most coherent of collections but each piece is really, really, really good.
Jeans and shirts have always been good friends. It's a dynamic that MiH, a brand steeped in denim history, have been exploring for many seasons now. And we've been watching with interest, as their offering of beautiful shirting has developed from something complementary into something quite central to what they do.
Now, with main SS13, we think the unison is complete with a wonderfully full and varied collection holding its own alongside the denim. Shirts oversized, high collared, short sleeved, swing, and circle, solid pistachio and strawberry, melting into lemony stripes and giving way to fluro pink and green polka dots. We challenge you not to find your match.