Every Christys' Panama hat starts life not in Panama, but on the coastal plains of Ecuador, where most of the world's Toquilla straw is grown and from where the world's Panama hats are exported. Christy's hats are handwoven (in its natural state toquilla is too fragile to weave by machine) and the hoods are then shipped to the Christy's factory in Witney to be shaped and trimmed into the finished hats. This summer we are all about a trilby: classic narrow brim in cream, navy or pink and wider down turned brim. May the season's sunshine rain down on us.
We have gone paper decoration mad here. It's a paper explosion in the project space. Check out bunting, fans, garlands, honeycomb balls and ice cream cornets. Hell yes, every party should have an ice cream cornet. It's time to celebrate.
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.
If The Hambledon were a person (and it were to write a book) we would like it to be a bit like Megan Morton's book. Because this is a book we all love. About things we too love. It's got houses, and interviews, and funny tips, and tear out postcards, and vignettes (and we do like a vignette). Also she's Australian and we do like an Australian.
A trip to Copenhagen for a womenswear and menswear show turned into so very much more. We couldn't leave these beautiful cushions behind. They're a little bit naval signals flags (squares, triangles, squircles) but the colours are anything but nautical. Think this Summer's neon pops in home accessories. Choose from cotton duck or luxurious knits. All the best dressed sofas should be wearing these.
Can't go wrong with a conversational sock. These are just the right side of silly for the boys: featuring polka dots, summery stripes, a bit of floral and some bunting. And nothing says summer like bunting.
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.
Are these just about as American as apple pie? Although milk glass actually originated in Venice in the 16th century, we're going for a Depression era US/50s housewife/uber Martha Stewart version. These are super simple cakestands in jade, milk and brand new rose pink, with matching mixing bowls, made in a family owned factory. Surely guaranteed to release your inner Mary, or Paul. (PS Thanks to Victoria's daughter who is responsible for the baked goods shown!).
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.
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.