Collette Dinnigan is back with a high summer collection of extraordinary beauty. Situation normal then. This is what we have come to expect from Australia's designer of choice for laid back chic. This season sees classic lace, embroidery and a super pretty print on her trademark tunics, tops and sunny dresses.
Staying true to their name, we love that we never know quite what to expect from YMC, apart from great quality and detailing. Here they go mix it up again with a collection we think granny had a hand in. Highlights include a whimisical 40s floral tea dress crafted in colourful sand washed silk, a patchwork crocheted cardigan in sugary brights, and a highly practical classic swing cut mac in an uplifting shade of lime.
This season Peter Jensen adds Barbara Hepworth to his collection of oddball muses. And oddly enough, cites her blandness as his inspiration. Jensen, as we know, doesn't do bland and there is certainly not a dull moment here. We see a a nod to the artist's smock in the the shapes of the dresses; a depiction of her home town of St Ives with a fun and colourful beach print; a play on her specialty for organic shapes in a series of pebble, pink and white dresses; more reference to her work on layers and holes in beautiful broderie anglaise; a definite sculptural form to the coats; as well as an effort to capture the austerity of her era with a print of hand-drawn sequins. What that all adds up to is a collection with Jensen's unique chic meets charming mastery written all over.
The business of fashion is full of flaws, but People Tree are one label we cannot fault on any front. Their dresses fit really well, their prints are always super pretty, they keep it interesting with some great designer collaborations, the quality is excellent, their eco credentials are inspiring and their price tags are unbelievable. You could call us the People Tree Appreciation Society.
After an off winter, we're pleased to have Shine back on very fine form for SS13. If summer is all about fun then this is what we'll be wearing. Sweats and super soft t shirting with stars, spots and broken stripes. And of course this summer isn't happening without some lurex thread. Time to hang out on Huntington Beach with our roller blades.
Maybe it's because we're partial to a period drama. Maybe it's because we're won over by immaculate quality and detail. Either way we have a certain affinity with Colenimo's "fictionalised take on the wardrobe a traditional country lady". This time designer Aya has captured our nostalgic hearts with 'Little Miss Poker Face' - a collection straight out of 1920s England inspired by tennis player Helen Wills Moody. We're casting ourselves as leading lady. Costume is simple cotton sun dresses, full pleated skirts, traditional shirting and silk sailor collars. Scene is a grassy riverbank for picnicking and punting. Act is misty eyed and utterly romantic.
Please welcome a neat little collection of exquisite pieces from Queene and Belle. Never straying far or putting a foot wrong, our rail showcases classic Queene & Belle at its best. Big glittery blue stars lining up on oatmeal cashmere. A giant pink rose emblazoned on the back of a snuggly oversized cardi. A beautiful beaded brooch adorning the prettiest embroidered cotton dress. When you try on a piece of Queene & Belle, you appreciate the craftsmanship. When you appreciate the craftsmanship, you fall in love. And when you fall in love, you fall hard.
All the staple faves are here but summer wouldn't be summer at The Hambledon without throwing some colour and excitement into the mix. So here we are with J Brand introducing our favourite 8/11 skinny in kumquat orange and white; the supper cool Cass with ankle zips running up the back of the calf; and all new Aiden, a lovely slouchy boyfriend fit in this season's must have washed out denim blue.
Lucy describes it as Marliyn on acid, and while we're quite certain this isn't the case, we're totally smitten with the new supercharged Marilyn we're seeing this season. You won't find any Marilyn Moore quite like it in your wardrobe already. The beautifully tasteful and sensible classics are shouting far louder than ever before, but in a really good way.
One chintzy floral print takes centre stage, cut perfectly into knee covering Norna, sixties shift Nixie and all time favourite Miki. Take your pick between garishly good orange and pink, and far from subtle yellow and green. Then go clash it all up with the most divine textured lime green cashmere, a silver lurex bolero or a bonkers pink floral frock coat.
Audrey devotees won't be dissapointed with Samantha Sung's SS13 instalment. Four new summery prints to chose from plus more temptation than ever to stray and find a new wardrobe soulmate. New styles include the pure cotton full skirted Stella, like Audrey minus the sleeves; the super flattering fitted Gisel dress; and the brilliant stitched pleat skirt Zelda. All hot contenders to be Audrey's successor.