Liberty Prints…Not just for Christmas

If you want to choose a last minute Christmas gift that has history and heritage behind it, then you need to pay a visit to Liberty, or at least to the Liberty London website if you can’t make it to the stunning, Tudor facade, store that dominates Great Malborough Street in London.

Liberty print has been an iconic design classic since the Victorian era, when it first emerged as part of the Arts and Crafts movement. Since then the iconic prints have appeared on numerous items, some predictable (scarves are the perfect place to see such glorious prints), some just totally inspired (Doc Marten boots are the strangest place, but do merge to British design classics.

This year there are some beautiful, new prints featuring the Christmas Tree of Life design that is both seasonal and timeless, as well as gorgeous watches with Liberty print straps that range from chintz to psychedelic. And my favourite Liberty piece, the one I couldn’t resist tweeting about, the impossibly cute miniature suitcases, the peacock style print being an absolute must.

So this Christmas, give a little bit of heritage and classic British style.

Liberty Print Suitcases Blue Hera Print Miniature Suitcase £65.00 click to visit Liberty

Liberty London Collections Large Kaylie Sunshine Print Gold Knot Watch £59.00 click to visit Liberty

Liberty London Scarves Pink Christmas Tree of Life Print Silk Scarf £135.00 click to visit Liberty

Liberty London Bath and Body Medium Hera Print Tana Lawn Wash Bag £40.00 click to visit Liberty

Dr Martens Large Martens Flower Liberty Print Satchel, Dr Martens £195.00 click to visit Liberty

Liberty London Scarves Blue Christmas Tree of Life Print Silk Scarf £135.00 click to visit Liberty

Barbour Charcoal Beadnell Scarlett Liberty Print Wax Jacket £229.00 click to visit Liberty

To view all Liberty print items, click here.

 

Art Deco styling from Next

A good friend once said to me that Art Nouveau was all about summer – pretty colours, swirls and florals, but that Art Deco was Winter – a stark palette of black, white, cream with a few bright primary shades thrown in. I would take the metaphor further and say if Nouveau was day, then Deco was most definitely night. And maybe that’s what makes Art Deco styling so perfect for glamorous festive evening wear.

Next have taken the Deco trend that has been such a key story in recent seasons and have reinvented it for Winter 2012. Taking all those stark, contrasting colours – the black and white, or black and cream, and then adding a dash of gold or red or green, Next have made the Art Deco palette strong and modern. Dresses are shorter than they would’ve worn in the 1930s, but the elements of Deco are all there, with geometric shapes and cutaway details and intricate beading that could come straight from vintage sources.

Next have shown that you can add Deco style to your wardrobe with a few accessories, the stunning Pyramid effect bracelet would be the perfect talking point against a little black dress. And there are also nods to daytime wear – just how incredible is the black and camel day bag that would hold everything, but needs 30s style tweeds to show it to its best advantage.

 

 

Black And Camel Colour Block Textured Bag 

Black And Gold Embellished Clutch 

Berry Sequin Stripe Dress £50 

Stud Dippy Hem Dress £55 

Green Embellished Dress £60 

Gem High Neck Top £32 

Embellished Vest £32 

Black Beaded Peep Toe Shoes 

 

Mid Heel Peep Toes from £28 c

Crystal Effect Pyramid Expander Bracelet 

 

 

 

 

Swan by Clements Ribeiro for Evans Pt 2 – It’s almost here!

Last week, I was invited to Arcadia HQ to enjoy a very special preview event of the new Swan by Clements Ribeiro for Evans collection. As I was a real fan of the last collection, this was something I definitely did not want to miss. A whole host of lovely bloggers had been invited along for a chance of having a girlie gossip, enjoying a glass of fizz, and, most importantly, getting the chance to try the new pieces on for themselves.

with fellow Brummie Blogge Diane wearing the Swan collection

I truly loved the last collection, which had the theme of pin-ups, and was very Mad Men inspired. This time around, there was a very Art Nouveau feel to the collection, most notably the sketches of Aubrey Beardsley. There are beautifully printed dresses in the sort of stretch jersey fabrics that make them wonderfully comfortable to wear (whilst avoiding the ironing at all costs – hurray!). There are also pieces that have one eye looking towards the festive season, with sequins, sparkling thread and lace all making a welcome appearance. My favourite dress was a stunning beaded 1920s dress that I wouldn’t normally consider wearing due to its shapes (weren’t all flappers built like boys???), but this dress, with echoes of Gatsby and Downton Abbey was surprisingly easy to wear and quite flattering, so much so that I didn’t really want to take it off.

The showstopper of the collection is a wonderful black lace dress that is based on the design Clements Ribeiro produced for Adele to wear when performing at the Grammy awards. Slightly modified – the skirt is slimmer – this is sure to be the standout and sellout when this part of the  collection hits stores in October.

The Adele dress - Love!

The collection officially launches tomorrow, click here to read more about the collection and for email sign -ups, and watch out for a launch post tomorrow.