Designer and high street collaborations are becoming a regular occurrence with the likes of Topshop, River Island and H&M churning out sell out collections, but now it’s time for another label to take the fashion spotlight. Feast your eyes on this latest exciting hook-up between British fashion designer Giles Deacon and Ann Summers with the range offering an eclectic mix of four key lingerie and erotic ranges and fashion-forward ‘sexcessories.’
This collaborative collection marks a first for Ann Summers as the brand makes a move towards extending its offering and widening its appeal to take on other high street stores. Combining sexy lingerie with a touch of wit, grandeur and playfulness, this fusing of two British fashion heritages in one seductive range will have women’s confidence soaring.
Giles Deacon said about the collaboration:
“It has been exciting to work with Ann Summers on the Giles for Ann Summers capsule collection – Ann Summers is an iconic brand recognised and loved by so many and which occupies a unique and successful position on the British high street.
I knew at the start when designing the collection that I wanted it to combine great shapes, thoughtful details and to be of the highest quality that would enable the pieces to be aspirational yet affordable. I also thought about different women who might be buying these pieces when designing the collection, with different aspects to their personalities whether that’s flirtation, dominance or playfulness - the finished collection enables them to pick and choose and have some fun with all of the ranges as a collection of lingerie that can be the foundation for any outfit or occasion.”
Incorporating hand-drawn laces and prints designed exclusively by Giles for Ann Summers, the diverse mix of beautiful and sensual lingerie pieces are complimented with a hosiery range featuring unique prints and patterns. From babydoll dresses to plunging corsets and intricately detailed garlands and bra and knicker sets, the enticing designs have been created to draw focus and captivate those who dare to steal a peek. Fashion-forward ‘sexcessories’ include a rose gold intertwined necklace and cuffs, lurex lace eye masks and a feather tickler for women wanting to go for the full attire.
The premium collection does come with a higher price tag than what you would normally expect from Ann Summers, but all the pieces have been crafted using quality luxe fabrics and bespoke patterns which are completed with a premium finish. The hotly anticipated Giles Deacon for Ann Summers Spring/Summer 2014 Collection launches exclusively in stores and online today.
Pocket London, created by Made in Chelsea star Louise Thompson and Edward Page, has teamed up with designer Maya Finkelstein Amrami for its Autumn/Winter 2014 Collection Spirit of London. This collaborative hook-up infuses their different disciplines to rediscover the spirit of the inspirational city.
Known for creating staple jeans which feature a unique and understated trademark, the coloured pocket, Pocket London’s collaboration with the creator of Love MAYKA is a bold but exciting step for the British brand. Maya is known for her signature prints and authentic approach to fashion, drawing her inspiration from the world around her to create outstanding designs that appeal to an international audience.
The AW14 range has a sports luxe vibe and consists of printed jeans and fabric combinations, bomber jackets, Lycra bodycon dresses, Lycra leggings, t-shirts, tracksuits and a denim jacket. This urban feel of the upcoming collection captures London in a theatrical way which will make these beautifully vivid pieces stand-out amongst the sea of autumnal colour palettes.
H&M presented its first catwalk show at Paris Fashion Week last year and was an instant success, fitting in nonchalantly alongside top designers and is now set to be a regular seasonal occurrence at the event. The brand’s in-house team once again showcased their incredible design talent in the city of love under the new name H&M Studio for its unveiling of the Autumn/Winter 2014 collection.
The catwalk show took place at the historical Grand Palais which was transformed into an abstract cityscape, with graphic architectural lines and billboards punctuating the space. Miranda Kerr, Jessica Alba and Solange Knowles were just a few celebrities who flocked to see the host of seasonal key pieces which combine the hottest trends and statement items that brings a touch of high-end style to the brand.
Collaborations between high street brands and upcoming designers have grown in popularity over the last few seasons, providing a perfect platform for these creative individuals to get recognition in the hard-to-break-in-to fashion industry. For the 5th year running, British label Warehouse continues its partnership with the British Fashion Council to find the next design talent and for Spring/Summer 2014 Philli Wood has been given the chance to showcase her outstanding work.
Parka Style Shirt Dress, £90.00
Roll Neck Jumper Dress with Cable Knit, £45.00
A panel of industry experts including Lisa Bryne, Design Director at Warehouse, and Caroline Rush, the Chief Executive at the BFC, chose this year’s winner Philli Wood whose final collection, which was showcased at the University of Westminster Graduate show in May 2013, presented exceptional ability, innovation and relevance to the current and future profile of the Warehouse brand.
Crop Cable Jumper, £45.00
Abstract Knit Print Jogger, £60.00
Philli got to experience the full journey from the initial design process, through production, then finally to the campaign creation and PR launch making the six month placement with Warehouse an exciting start to the designer’s career.
The Burberry Prorsum show is always one of my London Fashion Week highlights as the brand is a true testament to how inspirational British fashion is. February revealed the womenswear Autumn/Winter 2014 collection, The Bloomsbury Girls, showing a wonderful balance of loose silhouettes paired with cinched in waists for beautifully subtle contrasting looks.
The fashion and a-list elite came out in full force to be a part of the unveiling of this remarkable range including Anna Wintour, Bradley Cooper, Harry Styles, Naomie Harris, Mario Testino, Olivia Palermo and Poppy Delevingne. Creative inspiration was taken from the British decorative art of the Bloomsbury set and Charleston, the country home and meeting place for the writers, painters and intellectuals who formed the group.
A host of top models including Suki Waterhouse,Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn, Sung Hee Kim and Xiao Wen Ju donned a host of visually stunning designs which featured feminine and abstract prints. A rich autumnal colour palette consisting of elderberry, cameo pink, blackcurrant and bright olive were teamed with English-woven cotton gabardine, leather, suede and shearling for a luxe countryside-esque appeal whilst lace hinted at an underlying romanticism theme.