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.
There are certain things we've come to expect from Goat knitwear; luxury yarns, impeccable quality, beautiful statement buttons; classic wardrobe staples so understated and so reliable we've become accustomed to just letting them have their place and do their thing, season in, season out. But suddenly, with their SS13 offering, we find them clamouring for our attention with a pallette of notice-me colours, bold patterns and great new shapes. We are loving the Onassis button back jumper and that cobalt blue is crying out for a place at the forefront of our spring summer wardrobes.
We love Hudson for their 'foot forward' approach. Acknowledging trends while giving them their own idiosyncratic twist. This season we have good evidence of that philosophy in action.
Starting with the brilliant Mirar ankle boot - a classic shape, tweaked on the upper and finished in snakeskin. They look great with just about anything, provide a bit of height yet are so comfortable they can be worn all day long. Lucy has finally found her perfect work boot - hurray!
Bolero follows, working the questionable slipper trend. Cast assumptions aside and what you actually find is a perfectly versatile little summer shoe; an ultra feminine silhouette finished in snakeskin or a colourful print for a good measure of Hudson character.
Finally, taking statements one step further is Charlie, a sturdy two-tone lace up brogue. Classic but in no way unoriginal.
Here's an instant hit of happy if ever there was one. A peek at the season ahead in all its sunshiney pastel, candy pretty, fluoro popping, sparkly gorgeousness. Get ready to love. A lot.
Prepare to be excited. This was the big find of Victoria and Lucy's trip to Gallery in Cophenhagen last year and it's like nothing womenswear has ever seen before. A bit out of this world even. But in a really good way. Centrepieces include the sparkly and structural 'Moon Walker' A-line skirt, silver bomber jacket and flouro blazer. A collection inspired by the moonlandings it might be, but no we're not on another planet. Pulled together with floaty silk tops and delicate knits, all pretty peachy pink, it really is sublimely beautiful and wearable.