Ok, so I'm a little bit excited about Collectif's new range. Way back at London Edge last year, they had quite a few pieces on the stand and I couldn't say anything about them, but oh I wanted to. Warm weather clothes are always my favourites and there was so much to love. Their lovely marketing lady was clearly as excited to show us the new pieces as we were to gaze at their beauty and I came away wanting pretty much all of it!
A few pieces really caught my eye though, so here's a sneak peek while the spring/summer London Edge is happening... I couldn't get there this time, but that wasn't going to stop me from showing you the pretties if I could! First up, top photo - notice the buttons on the waist here? That's right, it's a two piece. Not only that, it's mix and match and I just love the idea of that because you all know how much I love my separates. But separates that can make a playsuit or a dress? Take my money!!
And here we have the other piece I'm really excited about, a shirtwaister style dress with an adorable border print. I've wanted a proper shirt dress for a long time but I've never found one in the repro world that works for me. They don't really seem all that common, which surprises me as they were such a staple of mid-century style. Either way, Collectif is here to save the day this coming season. Not only have they made a shirtwaister that might actually stay buttoned up over my bust, they've stuck a Jasmine skirt on the bottom of it! This means I can actually wear a border print - something I usually avoid because you can't take them up. As far as I'm concerned, the Jasmine is a universally-flattering swing skirt that both the short and the tall seem to be able to wear. Don't believe me? Here is said style on me and Miss Amy May, who is about twice the height of me. And if you don't love this print, you may just find there's an alternative on offer... I'm hoping this shirtwaister style is here to stay in the Collectif range :)
Here's a closer look at the Janet dress and oh hello, a different skirt for the mix and match set! There's shorts and pants too, it's amazing.
If you're anything like me, you love a nice full-skirted coat. You're in luck, because the Collectif trench coat is back and this time it's had an upgrade. The marketing lady explained that it's now thicker, so much more able to take on the British spring. Judging by the sheen, it looks like it could be water-resistant too, in a way the older style isn't. Annoyingly, I just picked up a second-hand version of the older style, but as I can't afford to invest in a coat at the moment anyway I will just have to admire this picture. On the left here you'll see one of my favourite prints of the new season - and there's a lot of pieces in this fabric if you like it too. Who doesn't like a dreamy palm? It's my absolute favourite when repro brands go beyond the norm and have unique prints.
And finally, while I don't usually get too excited about the Bright & Beautiful range, it's taken rather a different direction this time around.
This range is usually quite 60s-heavy and full of mini-skirts and peter pan collars, but not this time. It's got a much more 70s vibe now and the range is huge. These two dresses are two of my favourite pieces because I feel like they're somewhat era neutral - that dress on the left could even pass for an older style than 70s, I feel. Love the light blues too, one of my favourite colours.
So what do you think, anything here you love as much as I do? Collectif have just uploaded some of their lookbooks onto their website too, so do go have a browse if I've piqued your interest.
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