Wallis introduce W Crimson Collection

The second drop from the Wallis W collection for Spring 2014 is now available in store and online. Called the Crimson collection, this one still has an emphasis on neutrals and nude shades, but is now jazzed up with the introduction of orange and tonal pinks. As before the collection has elements of tailoring, with structured jackets and cigarette pants, and this time there is the addition of smart shorts that can be worn with a blazer for a twist on office chic.

For me, it is again the dresses that I admire most. Thinking towards holiday packing there are maxi dresses that explode in print, and soft silk shifts that will become multi purpose when Summer comes. The pink layered shift dress is a particular favourite, cool enough for the office in Summer, you can add heels and a clutch bag to wear this for a summer wedding, or pack it carefully in your suitcase to wear with a colour clash sandal for sightseeing in Europe. Clearly a dress that will work hard and earn its keep in your wardrobe.

The other piece designed to be labelled ‘hero’ is the gorgeously soft, nude pencil skirt. I love the knee-length and the pencil shape, which again allows this to be worn smartly with a silk shirt, or more casually with a simple white or black (actually any colour would work with this.) t-shirt. Currently on promotion for £76, a saving of £19 – this is a brilliant buy that will work all year-long.

Here are my faves from the new collection – what are your thoughts?

Pink Printed Maxi Dress     Was £85.00     Now £59.50 click to visit Wallis

Pink Printed Maxi Dress
Was £85.00
Now £59.50 click to visit Wallis

Pink Layered Shift Dress     Was £55.00     Now £49.50 click to visit Wallis

Pink Layered Shift Dress
Was £55.00
Now £49.50 click to visit Wallis

Pink Chain Strap Camisole     Was £35.00     Now £31.50 click to visit Wallis

Pink Chain Strap Camisole
Was £35.00
Now £31.50 click to visit Wallis

Nude Leather Pencil Skirt     Was £95.00     Now £76.00 click to visit Wallis

Nude Leather Pencil Skirt
Was £95.00
Now £76.00 click to visit Wallis

Pink Tailored Trousers     Was £45.00     Now £40.50 click to visit Wallis

Pink Tailored Trousers
Was £45.00
Now £40.50 click to visit Wallis

Coral Tailored Jacket     Was £75.00     Now £67.50 click to visit Wallis

Coral Tailored Jacket
Was £75.00
Now £67.50 click to visit Wallis

Coral Tailored Shorts     Was £35.00     Now £31.50 click to visit Wallis

Coral Tailored Shorts
Was £35.00
Now £31.50 click to visit Wallis

Coral Stripe Knitted Top     Was £26.00     Now £23.40 click to visit Wallis

Coral Stripe Knitted Top
Was £26.00
Now £23.40 click to visit Wallis

Floral V Back Dress     Was £60.00     Now £54.00 click to visit Wallis

Floral V Back Dress
Was £60.00
Now £54.00 click to visit Wallis

White Metallic Shell Top     Was £55.00     Now £49.50 click to visit Wallis

White Metallic Shell Top
Was £55.00
Now £49.50 click to visit Wallis

To view the complete W collection at Wallis, click here.

To look at previous collections, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday Scarlett & Jo

One of my favourite brands is celebrating its first birthday this month. Scarlett & Jo, which is stocked exclusively in Evans, has had a very successful first year, establishing itself as one of the leading stylish brands for plus size ladies. With an emphasis first and foremost on creating beautiful dresses, Scarlett & Jo has very quickly become a place to find the perfect dress, either for work, the weekend, or that very special occasion. And, with its signature power fit dress, it has created an iconic piece of fashion.

To celebrate this very special anniversary, Scarlett & Jo have launched their new collection. The hero pieces in this collection are a range of 1940s inspired tea dresses entitled ‘Spring Romance’. They have drawn on archive prints to produce beautiful retro designs with faux wrap and front button styles that are ultra flattering and romantic.

Spring Romance

Scarlett & Jo Black Retro Wrap Front Daisy Print Midi Dress     Price: £45.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett & Jo Black Retro Wrap Front Daisy Print Midi Dress
Price: £45.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett & Jo Black Retro Button Front Floral Bouquet Midi Dress     Price: £45.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett & Jo Black Retro Button Front Floral Bouquet Midi Dress
Price: £45.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett & Jo Black Retro Button Front Ditsy Floral Midi Dress     Price: £45.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett & Jo Black Retro Button Front Ditsy Floral Midi Dress
Price: £45.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett & Jo Black Retro Wrap Front Midi Dress     Price: £45.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett & Jo Black Retro Wrap Front Midi Dress
Price: £45.00 click to visit Evans

If tea dresses are not your thing, or you are looking to add some colour to your wardrobe, there are some lovely tunics in purple and red, as well as some great colour blocked fit and flare dresses.

Scarlett & Jo Purple Dipped Hem Tunic     Price: £35.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett & Jo Purple Dipped Hem Tunic
Price: £35.00 click to visit Evans

Scarleet & Jo Red Panel Fit and Flare Dress     Price: £40.00 click to visit Evans

Scarleet & Jo Red Panel Fit and Flare Dress
Price: £40.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett & Jo Blue Panel Fit and Flare Dress     Price: £40.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett & Jo Blue Panel Fit and Flare Dress
Price: £40.00 click to visit Evans

I love Scarlett & Jo, and will be sharing a review of another dress from the new range next week.

To view all the current collection, and a few sales offers, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

Barbara Hulanicki – latest drop for George

The latest collection from Barbara Hulanicki is now in Asda stores and online and is a perfect transitional collection. Again utilising Barbara’s retro style prints so reminiscent of the iconic Biba collections, paired against classic black, this 10 piece range perfectly bridges the wardrobe gap between Winter and early spring by using jersey style fabrics and longer sleeve lengths.

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The prints are mainly based on geometric designs, with stretched diamonds and ovals being the key designs. Added interest is provided in the use of metallic threads to give a very 1970s feel – I’m thinking the classic Missoni styling of adding fine gold thread to bright colours. There are also elements of geometry added to floral prints. This works really well, particularly on the Geo Floral print smock dress.

Barbara Hulanicki Cowl Neck Geo Print Dress £18.00 click to visit George at Asda

Barbara Hulanicki Cowl Neck Geo Print Dress
£18.00 click to visit George at Asda

Barbara Hulanicki Patterned Knit Tunic £18.00 click to visit George at Asda

Barbara Hulanicki Patterned Knit Tunic
£18.00 click to visit George at Asda

Barbara Hulanicki Geo Floral Print Smock Dress £16.00 click to visit George at Asda

Barbara Hulanicki Geo Floral Print Smock Dress
£16.00 click to visit George at Asda

The collection is not just about dresses. The prints are also applied to a jumper, printed shirt and a very pretty red blouse. I am also pleased to see a rather stylish little black dress in the collection. This is most definitely the most versatile piece. It could be easily dressed up for a night out, or worn with flats or boots for a more daytime look. The slightly puffed sleeves, in particularly, are a real standout detail.

 

Barbara Hulanicki Patterned Front Jumper £16.00 click to visit George at Asda

Barbara Hulanicki Patterned Front Jumper
£16.00 click to visit George at Asda

Barbara Hulanicki Printed Blouse £16.00 click to visit George at Asda

Barbara Hulanicki Printed Blouse
£16.00 click to visit George at Asda

Barbara Hulanicki Floral Print Top £10.00 click to visit George at Asda

Barbara Hulanicki Floral Print Top
£10.00 click to visit George at Asda

Barbara Hulanicki Floral Geo Print Shirt £16.00 click to visit George at Asda

Barbara Hulanicki Floral Geo Print Shirt
£16.00 click to visit George at Asda

Barbara Hulanicki Dropped Waist Dress £18.00 click to visit George at Asda

Barbara Hulanicki Dropped Waist Dress
£18.00 click to visit George at Asda

Barbara Hulanicki V Neck Top £10.00 click to visit George at Asda

Barbara Hulanicki V Neck Top
£10.00 click to visit George at Asda

 

Click here to view the complete Barbara Hulanicki range at Asda George.