Oliver Spencer kicks off the new season down in menswear with the signature stuff we love; classic wardobe staples bought to life with subtle detailing. The lightweight Farringdon mac is back in desert sand, featuring a great pop of colour under the collar. The navy cotton / linen single breasted blazer no wardrobe can do without also reappears. Further along the rail we see blocks of colour give way to some great striped t-shirts, playful shirting and lightweight textured knits, all working some variation on the seasonal pallette of red, white and blue. Another solid collection from an old time favourite.
Rob continued his adventures in Europe last week with a stop off in a -6°c Berlin. Of course the Germans have no problem with snow so it was business as usual. And inbetween explorations of The Bauhaus Museum and currywhurst consumption, some seriously efficient buying got done. The haul included amazing vintage loopwheel jersey products from Germany, New Balance trainers in lots of new flavours and styles, leather goods from Portland Oregon, made to last a lifetime, plus some exciting new product from our friends at Redwing boots. Our latest collaboration with Trickers was also nailed down to top off the promise of exciting things to come.
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.
Say hello to 0039 Italy and say hello to colour. A welcome additon to the shopfloor in the middle of January, and one that sets the theme for the season ahead. Here we have a great little collection of shirts, tunics and jumpers, and a label growing in confidence; embracing a stronger pallette, turning out a great printed silk and throwing caution to the wind with our favourite fluoro pink.
Rob headed off on his annual trip to Florence last week. He saw Rembrandts, Carvaggios and Da Vincis at the Uffizi Gallery, ate the best steak in Europe and partied at WP's 30th anniversary bash. And then came the serious business of Pitti and kitting out menswear for AW13. Top of the agenda was specialist denim and he managed to get a major tick with a new brand that manufactures in the spiritual home of denim, San Francisco. Workwear continued to feature heavily so expect plenty more unconstructed wool tailoring, only cleaner and more pared down than in previous seasons. All in all a pleasing haul but the most exciting find of all has to be a young, up and coming British tailor. Plans are afoot to work together, so watch this space.
We're off to the eternally sun drenched, super pretty world of Collette by Collette Dinnigan. Here the dresses are tailored in crochet lace, the tunics floaty and luxe, the tops boxy and cute and the broderie shorts, glorious on immaculately bronzed legs.
January calls for plenty of props and projects to get through the dark days. A current favourite here is the latest offering from Marion Deuchar's fantastic Let's Make Some Great Art series. This time it's fingerprint art and many hours can be happily spent creating handprint birds, lions and reindeer; inventing strange creatures by combining fingerprints; and creating a gallery of aliens and monsters. Take a look here for some inspiration...
Each season our favourite eco fashion pioneers People Tree secure their fashion credentials with the help of a big name designer. For SS13 they've enlisted Danish designer Peter Jensen and we think it has to be their biggest fashion moment yet; a capsule collection of cotton dresses, t-shirts and sweatshirts that are highly wearable, fantastically affordable and unmistakably Jensen.