Hehe! It’s 2011 and the SS11 collections are starting to roll in. I could not be more excited about Topshop’s new Snake Valley theme – punched leather, crochet knits, tie dye, snake print, cowboy hats and boots, turquoise jewellery, tassels, fringing, fringing and more fringing! Imagine sitting outside with your friends on a hazy summer evening, dressed up like a gypsy rock chick and listening to The Eagles on party speakers. If you happen to be in the middle of a Californian desert under a pink sunset, even better.
My only concern with this trend is that it involves a lot of layering – which usually means a lot spending! Unless you happen to already have a tasseled blanket cardigan, aztec print vest and fringed black leather shorts hanging around in your wardrobe? No. Thought not.
Of course, this isn’t really much of a vintage look. I mean you can easily incorporate some of the 70’s shapes and prints into it, because they’re both very festival-based trends; but the 70’s aren’t my decade of choice. As you well know, I’m firmly in the 1940’s-50’s, and perhaps the early 60’s, with plenty of tight waists, midi skirts and floral prints. So how I’m ever going to work this lazy-desert-gypsy-rock’n’roll look into my outfits, I have no idea! All I know is that I love it too much to give it a miss. Expect to see me regularly checking Miss Selfridge to see if this cardigan has been further reduced in the sale, and wearing my new turquoise cuff with everything:
On a negative note, Dorothy Perkins have sunk to the depths of boringness by naming their newly launched, introductory, headlining spring collection…….‘High Seas’. Yes, ladies and gents, it’s entirely nautical. Primarily made up of denim, stripes and coral florals, with the occasional on-trend satchel; it’s a total flop as far as I’m concerned. Dismally average with no stand-out pieces, and recycling the oldest trend ever for yet another season, it seems to me that DP have vastly underperformed in the new-season-excitement stakes. I mean, compare blue chambray and ditsy cardigans to the wild prints, precious stones and rock star fringes of Topshop’s offering – who wants same-old nautical when they can have something as cool and intricate as Snake Valley? Well, if you think I’ll be purchasing a pair of anchor-shaped earrings you can put your money somewhere else!