The SS10 press days are in full swing! I wasn’t partaking last week as I was fully engaged in a week-long project but I just managed to catch the end of the Oasis press day on Thursday evening. Oasis always put on a good show and this time we had hair make-overs from Charlie le Mindu, manicures by Butter LONDON and even a pop-up art bookshop. But the main event was the Oasis SS10 collection. My verdict? It’s all about the seventies…
Book of charms by designer Vanessa Harrington is a beautiful idea, a hollowed-out book with a necklace and a choice of charms that would make a super-special gift. Selling price isn’t confirmed yet but the figure they gave me was unbelievably keen! (Double click for a closer look.)
Friday morning, trend-hunting in Portobello. Overriding the vintage haberdashery and leg-of-mutton Victoriana is fur, fur and more fur. Coats, capes, hats, tippets – you name it, there it is in all its mink, fox or rabbit glory.
“Why so much fur?” I wondered aloud. “It’s probably just, like, popular?” offered one stall-holder – approximate age, 13 – after a moment’s thought. No kidding. “It’s the cold,” suggested another, heavily swaddled in coats, scarves and gloves. “It’s the Russians,” observed a third, “you get a lot of Russian girls and they’re into the vintage furs.” Who knows the truth but we’re definitely in for a fur-wrapped winter.
[Pic: Grey Gardens]
The twinset also appeared at menswear label Sibling’s presentation (below). As designer Joe Bates admitted, “it’s me needing a twinset that started the whole thing off”. Actually, it’s the idea of a twinset as menswear that I really love. I’d wear one with mannish cigarette pants and my Maxmara-from-Bicester-Village brothel creepers to give it a non-prim twist.