Girly I most definitely am not. I have spent my entire life since the age of 15 stomping around in DM’s and other chunky footwear and am definitly not someone you will catch shopping in heels and cute handbag on a Saturday afternoon. I like chunky and I like geometric. I like colour blocking and I like graphic shapes. But every now and again something catches my eye that’s the polar opposite to my usual sartorial attitude and I end up donning something like this.
Not only is the skirt floral- its frilly at the hem. Not only is the skirt frilly but the blouse is too. All the way around- 360 degrees. Not only that but I’m wearing heels to boot. As if all that wasn’t enough I worked hard to get this blouse, messaging Simply Be HQ when it sold out online, calling my not very local store and interrogating the staff, then finally going out of my way to pick it up in store. So enamoured am I with this blouse that I bought another frill shirt a couple of weeks later. Is this the end of the DM boot wearing season of my life? Ha- not on your nelly.
Skirt- Evans (Clements Ribeiro Swan from several seasons ago thought I bought it 2 weeks ago at the bargain price of £8!!)
Shoes- Evans from around 2008
Paint splash jeans spotted in Evans Marble Arch in London, but not yet available online….
£78- Melissa McCarthy at Evans
To quote Ice Cube- Today was a good day.
The 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 yesterday, and on my bod this morning. No dust is settling on this number. No fussy accessories needed apart from my day to day silver fly studs by Silver Spot Studio…
…and my black New Look wedges from last year. The fabric is a knitted polyester/ lycra blend in a substancial weight that is smooth to touch. A quality YKK zip runs along the back (YKK is the bees knees of zippers if you didn’t already know) and there are contrast lace panels at the side front and back of the bodice. With the contrast panel across the middle too and the camo print there is a lot going on but it doesn’t feel fussy.
This has immediately become one of my favourite dresses. People around me- be prepared to be sick of seeing it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A beautifully beaded (and very heavy) heirloom piece with Downton Wedding written all over it. Another showstopper.
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.
And from Dorothy Perkins…
So that was the preview folks. Now back to reality with the wind, rain, and the current six degree temperature.
I may be a little biased but London Fashion Week has always been my favourite fashion week since day dot, and this season the promise of the Evans Design Collective show gave me another reason to look forward to it. Imagine- Evans on the main LFW schedule slap bang in the middle of the week. Well where else would it be- could you imagine putting any Phillip Green associated show off schedule? Ha! I think not. The Evans team plus six established designers- Giles Deacon, Clements Ribeiro, Hema Kaul, Lulu Liu, Jamie Wei Huang, and Vita Gottlieb- all showcasing clothes I can fit into. The collection looked great and it was good to see directional pieces that wouldn’t have looked out of place in any other LFW show for younger customers, alongside more classic fare for their core customer. The mix was good and as a brand that tries to be everything to every fat body, I think they did well.
Watch the show. What are your favourite pieces? Mine are the green evening dress, the white asymmetric dungaree dress and the silver leather laser cut skirt. Oh and the white burnout midi skirt. And the translucent silver floaty skirt. And the……..