Arcadia Preview Event

Last week I went to the Arcadia press day and had a grand time perusing the spring summer 2015 collections from all the brands, chatting with other bloggers and making off with free plants.


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So what are we going to be wearing next year? One word- CULLOTTES. Around 1993 I LIVED in a pair of black cullottes that I bought in Evans. They were the most comfy and practical thing I owned (I never wore jeans in those days) and wore them until they begged me for retirement. I’m happy to see that come summer, I can relive my student days in an array of fabrics and colours, but maybe without the aztec patterned waistcoat I used to team them with. And the jheri curl.

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Apart from cullottes that will be just about everywhere, we will apparently be wearing lots of pastels, white, and seventies style big prints which are all alright by me.

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As usual, I spent the most time looking at the Evans collection and while there are always pieces that I like in their main range, this season they have given us extra fashion power with their Cut for Evans and Design Collective ranges. Select pieces from the latter almost reduced a grown woman to tears of appreciation. Honestly.

 

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Cut for Evans, designed by Ellie Northway and eve Turley


This is the Evans dress to end all Evans dresses. The standout piece designed by Giles Deacon is truly a sight to behold and a real showstopper. The back is sheer, (you can just about tell from the photo) the fabric is luxurious with a subtle sheen, and the factor is WOW. A real class act which clearly amplifies the fact that I really need to broaden my social horizons as I have absolutely nowhere to where such a glorious creation to. My life revolves around school, church and sewing and this display of splendour is wholly unsuitable for  them all.
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I have no immediate need for a wedding dress, and if I did plan on getting married I’ve always said I would never wear white as there are too many colours in the rainbow to choose from. However this dress had me rethinking my decision.

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A beautifully beaded (and very heavy) heirloom piece with Downton Wedding written all over it. Another showstopper.

 

Now this dress……p7 p8

 

I really wish I’d taken better photos of it as its a must for my wardrobe and it rendered me speechless when asked by Evans PR to give my opinion on it. I love the bold camoflage print, the sheer lace panels, the drop waist- it basically ticks all my boxes.

 

Other items I loved from the entire Evans collection….p9 p10 p12 p13 p15

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And from Dorothy Perkins…

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LEATHER. CULLOTTES. PEOPLE.

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and Topshop…

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I can’t fit into it but boy, do I love the print.

So that was the preview folks. Now back to reality with the wind, rain, and the current six degree temperature.

 

 

 


4 Comments on “Arcadia Preview Event”

  1. I’m so glad I don’t follow trends, culottes are seriously unflattering in me, they sit in my widest part (tummy) and just add bulk to my bum plus the length usually shortens anyone under 6ft lol

  2. 90’s outfits are still stunning. They look so good in the eye. xo

    xx
    Karen @ Lookbook Store WordPress

  3. […] first time my eyes beheld this colourful camo dress was at the Evans Spring Summer Preview and I knew immediately that I was going to own it. Bought online last week, collected in store […]


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