This latest batch of high street hook-ups has certainly made me sit up and take notice. After Beth Ditto for Evans on Wednesday, I went to a breakfast salon show on Thursday to launch Roksanda Ilincic for Whistles. Totally spot on, these seven limited-run cocktail dresses retail from £175-£300 and are the perfect marriage of Roksanda’s luxe touch with Whistles’ commercial clout. One nice element is that each dress is made in a colour to complement a particular skin tone. As Roksanda is a bit of a whizz with the old colour palette, this translates as a rainbow of orange, pink, turquoise, navy, chartreuse and jet black.
The location, Bob Bob Ricard in Upper James Street was beautiful, a newish restaurant serving things like Valrhona chocolate milkshakes (ooh!), posh burgers and comfort food with a twist and where breakfast is available all day and you can make your own toast using one of the toasters placed in each booth. Fun! As there were only seven dresses, the wafty model walk-through didn’t take very long but they then considerately stood in a row along the bar at the end. Cue all the online press stampeding to get the all-important we-saw-it-first snaps. I nearly headbutted poor Susie Bubble in the melee but managed to get out unscathed. Very pleased with the goody bag, containing a glossy black corsage pin which chimes nicely with my emerging trend for ‘neck jewellery‘! The collection arrives in early September and will be stocked in the Whistles flagship store in St Christopher’s Place as well as other Whistles branches plus Harrods, Selfridges and Brown Thomas. Here are some pics from the look book:
Lots of excitement bubbling up about the Beth Ditto for Evans shebang, set to drop on July 9th. I had a quick shifty this arvo but sadly no snaps – stealth or otherwise – there’s a massive embargo due to some exclusive or other, *huff*!
Anyway, the good news is, it will be worth the wait, Ditto was obviously the right girl for the job. My highlights:
*A purple sequin dolman sleeve T-top, brilliant slouchy shape with the necessary amount of glam-rock snazz
*A black sweater dress with 80s face graphic and huge silver sequin dots. This will surely fly out
*Cat-face print jersey tunic tee with elbow-length sleeves. The cat has crystals for eyes – sounds totally dodgy but looks fab.
The accessories offer is small. Two pairs of black and white flats including a brothel creeper-esque pointy lace-up and all shoes go from UK size 4-10 – brilliant! The black suede slouch bag with silver pyramid studs is another one set to move faster than Ronaldo on rollerskates. Luckily I got one in my goody bag – cool!
Elsewhere, there are a few safer jersey and print pieces, some good domino-print leggings and a waxed cotton crop biker jacket. The attention to detail was duly noted – domino-print linings and cute tags adorned with a cartoon of Beth akin to the 2-tone Beat girl I remember doodling over and over back in the eighties.
On the other side of the room, the regular Evans stuff was also looking strong, especially some biker-western hybrid boots, patent heels and slouchy patent bags. More dolman sleeves sweater dresses made the grade alongside a good selection of leggings including the now-ubiquitous legging-jean – I guess that was inevitable.
I’m really fascinated by this Beth Ditto collection and how it will impact on fashion for ‘big girls’. It’s still such an under-exploited market and I know Evans are keen to get the next generation of shoppers through their doors which this will definitely do. It will also get some non-typical Evans customers in which I’m sure will help break down barriers. I guess only time will tell…
My new Calvin Klein sunnies! A special gift from Calvin Klein (the brand, not the man, obv), I’ll be wearing them with: My black Helmut Lang 90s-style blazer, turn-up ankle-freezer Levi’s, man shoes, no socks and a Breton. I’m thinking Jean Seberg meets Warhol meets APC. Now if only this sun can hold out for a few more rays please…