Arcadia Spring/Summer Press Day – Wallis – Metallics and Botanics

After a look at menswear featured at the Arcadia Spring/Summer Press day in yesterday’s post, today I’m moving onto ladieswear,starting with Wallis.

There were shades of Stella McCartney and Mary Ann Kantrantzou in the beautiful,vibrant prints of the Wallis Spring/Summer collection. Green, orange and pink bouquet shades were the order of the day, with bright prints being married to pleats to make wonderfully floaty skirts, both midi and maxi lengths.

The mood echoed the 1930s, maxi dresses and wide leg palazzo pants are a definite style story, whilst lace is still around in the form of teadresses.

With the Olympics just around the corner, the use of metallic gold, silver and bronze in the form of knitted tops and thin sweaters could only evoke London 2012. But the metallics, teamed with sandy shades give this a desert feel, a sense of 1930s Cairo. This Safari vibe will be a big trend for early Spring,  and will then move onto the more tropical, botanical prints, digital prints with handkerchief hemlines and side printed panels that again evoke 1930s elegance.

For high summer, sports luxe will be huge (Olympics again?) in delicate silks that will take up little or no room in your holiday suitcase. There will be some gorgeous citrus shades of tangerine and lime used in the form of mouth-watering sequins that are just amazing, definitely top of my Summer shopping list. All in all a really varied collection that offers something to savour.

Wallis – in stores now

Stone Tropical Scarf Tunic Price: £38.00 click to visit Wallis

Green Ruched Collar Belted Mac Price: £50.00 click to visit Wallis

Oriental Floral Print Dress Price: £40.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Poppy Jacket Price: £33.00 click to visit Wallis

 

In love with Lowie!

A few weeks ago I attended the Forward PR S/S press day and was introduced to the brand Lowie.  Lowie are an ethical knitwear/handicraft brand, who will branch into organic cottons for Spring/Summer 2012. I fell in love with the Lowie brand and, in particular, the riviera style nautical prints that will make up a large portion of their S/S collection.

Lowie was started by Bronwyn Lowenthal 10 years ago. Since then, she has taken the brand from small market stores to the shelves of luxury department store Liberty’s. Lowie’s emphasis is handicrafts, bringing the likes of hand-knitting, crochet, hand-embroidery and hand-stitching into the 21st century as they are incorporated into almost every piece in the Lowie collection.

The brand is developing a celebrity following, with Zara Phillips wearing a customised Lowie cap to Cheltenham Festival ladies day in April this year, and with Fearne Cotton and Erin O Conner amongst the brands fans.

So what exactly do I love about Lowie. The first thing has to be colour! Lowie makes knits bright and colourful, full of sunshine and mouth-watering shades. They dispel the myth that winter dressing needs to be toned down, and so brighten up even the most miserable day, whilst keeping you warm and snug. The designs may be using ancient techniques, but they are bang up to date, with cardigans that have a real military feel,yet they also embrace the current love for Nostalgia with their 1940s style knitted tea dresses in berry and red.

tea dress berry £235

military jacket cobalt £178 

merino snood red £68 

For Spring/Summer 2012 Lowie will be launching out into organic cottons for their decidedly nautical collection. This will feature a range of pretty dresses, cotton skirts and tops in pretty retro riviera style prints. There will also be a range of gorgeous crocheted collars that could be added to tops and dresses to create a range of new looks. You can get a sneak preview of the upcoming range below.

To find out more about this great British brand, visit the website http://www.ilovelowie.com/