Thank you so much for your amazing comments on my last post. I’m glad you managed to understand what I was trying to say – I wondered whether I’d waffled too much.
Moving on from Evans, I also nosed round Arcadia’s other brands to see what they’d come up with. For your information: Topshop and Miss Selfridge run to UK16 (though Miss Selfridge had a capsule range on Very that included UK18); Wallis runs to UK20; Dorothy Perkins runs to UK22, although they never seem to stock above an 18 and have begun to make their more fashionable garments stop at 18, GRRRR! But I digress.
I’ve always found Wallis a more mature and womanly brand, but they had some great looks in their collection. It was divided into sections dedicated to different seventies style icons – one was Jerry Hall I believe, and was reminiscent of Marc Jacobs‘ sultry 70’s/80’s bohemian disco. They had this incredible dress that was a plum and pink colour-blocked kaftan – the model stretched out to show the sleeves were part of the same sheet of fabric . It’s hard to explain but I adored it! They also had an entirely white section that was influenced by Bianca Jagger, again with the luxury, disco aesthetic.
My favourite was their selection of re-imaginings of original 1950’s Wallis dresses for their heritage range, 1923. That was the year Wallis began trading, so they have lots of archives! The purple floral dress at the back is a genuine Wallis dress from the mid 50s, and it’s gorgeous. I would happy take home all of these, especially the red rose print – straight out of Oscar de la Renta and Erdem!
I haven’t paid much attention to Miss Selfridge in recent years, though I was OBSESSED with them in my teens (not that I could fit into their clothes, even back then). I think in the 90’s Miss Selfridge were kinda what Topshop are now, it was THE high street shop for fashion.
Fast forward to now, they had some cute pieces although overall it felt very eclectic. I was taken with the sequinned jumpsuit and grey maxi!
I have to say… wasn’t feeling Topshop‘s preview much. But that’s probably because I am counting down the days ’till the 90’s are over, and these guys aren’t ready yet! I did love this print though – winged horses on flying over space desertswith a neon sunset? YES. PLEASE.
Dorothy Perkins had gone for the colour pops and appliques – as a result they were very much my favourite preview on the day. But then I should have known that. DP has always been the brand that seems most aligned to my tastes – probably because as much as I hate to admit it, I am a bit preppy at heart. And DP can do quintessentially British prep like no other.
I briefly spoke to their lovely knitwear designer who noted Jonathan Saunders and Marc by Marc Jacobs as the most influential designers on the overall look, and I can definitely see the influence. Everything was citrus coloured, light and breezy and covered in kitch patterns. My absolute favourites were a denim pencil skirt that had tiny hearts sewed on individually, and a white jacket emblazoned with giant daisies that fluttered. Absolutely loved it. I just hope they make it to the shops – and in my size! Although, I won’t hold my breath…
What do you lovely people think?