Gudrun Sjoden Women in Art Collection

Exciting times! The new Spring/Summer collections from Gudrun Sjoden have just been launched, and, as you would expect from the lady, they are bright, beautiful and totally wearable.

As regular readers are already aware, I fell in love with Gudrun’s designs at a press day a couple of years ago, pulled in by the fabulous quality of the pieces, the use of organic, Eco cotton, and the sheer fun and use of colour they inspired in my wardrobe. This season, my personal favourite from the current collections is the one inspired by ‘Women in Art’.  This is an homage to some wonderful Scandinavian female artists, in particular, Vera Nilsson, Suri Derkert and Tovi Jansson. These women were in mind to inspire a range that Gudrun says is a tribute to ‘Strong, unique females who had to fight for women’s place in art and society.’

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Tove dress, Siri Leggings. Click here to visit Gudrun Sjoden

As you would expect from Gudrun, the range is packed full of fabulous eco cotton pieces that are perfect for Spring. Loose tunics and dresses make this so easy to wear, the ultimate in comfort clothing. There is the obvious homage to the artist in smock style tops and jackets that have a slightly bohemian feel to them. Patterns feature heavily, the Siri is a cool mixture of waves and dots, whilst the Tove is super pretty florals on block backgrounds of both primary colours (I so love the deep green version) and cool white (with a striking pink/orange print).

Siri Tunic

Siri Tunic click here to visit Gudrun Sjoden

Siri Top

Siri Top click to visit Gudrun Sjoden

Another thing that makes this collection so fab is that Gudrun has used a variety of models, including some older women to prove the mantra that style is ageless and timeless. This is a great move towards more diversity in fashion, and the images themselves are just wonderful. They also show just how versatile the pieces are from the latest range, they truly suit a variety of people.

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A fabulous diverse campaign from Gudrun Sjoden

 

The Legacy of Lilly Pulitzer

The amazing Lilly Pulitzer died yesterday at the age of 81. She was the socialite turned designer who created the tropical and palm print shift dress that became a timeless style classic, one of those items that appears in designer collections and High Street ranges every single season.

Lilly created the original dresses by happy accident, she wanted prints that could disguise orange juice and fruit stains, and used a range of fabulous, over the top prints, and beautiful bright colours to create dresses that were fun and yet retained a simple elegance. By the 1960s her star was in ascendance as Jackie Kennedy herself was photographed wearing her designs.

Lily’s beautiful, yet informal dresses have become a byword for summer style. Her legacy is not to be dismissed. Think of your own summer wardrobe and you will probably own something in a tropical palm print, whether it be a dress or something else. Each year the style returns, it seems we all like to add a little bit of sultry tropical summer to our lives. Lilly’s original designs are now much sought after at fashion auctions and online sales, and much copied, with Sex and the City showcasing a host of Lilly styled designs. There is no doubt that Lilly Pulitzer will live on through the wonderful gift of sunshine she added to our clothes lives.

The Legacy of Lilly at Wallis

Orange Palm Print Dress Price: £45.00 click to visit Wallis

Pink Shift Dress Price: £45.00 click to visit Wallis

Blue Printed Dress Price: £45.00 click to visit Wallis

Purple Halter Neck Dress Price: £40.00 click to visit Wallis

Multi-Coloured Printed Maxi Dress Price: £55.00 click to visit Wallis

Pink Palm Print Maxi Dress Price: £60.00 click to visit Wallis

White Palm Print Dress Price: £40.00 click to visit Wallis