Charlotte and Jane Autumn / Winter 2013 Collection-
Taking inspiration from the 1940s and 1950s with a dash of Edwardian thrown in on one particular outfit, their latest set of dresses ooze glamour and elegance with their considerable use of silks and tweeds.
So, sit back, drool over the dresses and here’s Jane to tell us about their new collection!
” Our last winter collection was definitely influenced by the 1940s, and indeed some of the patterns were genuine patterns from the 40s that we rejigged to reflect more modern silhouette. Particularly the keyhole neckline in the Marlena which is really good on tall and elegant women. It’s quite Cruella de ville this style , and she had simply fabulous ideas style wise…….
We were also aware of adding to our fabric stock by introducing more textured fabric like our new Kerry terracotta tweed with hints of raspberry designed by us and woven by Kerry Woollen Mills.This wasn’t ready in time for the shoot but we are using it non stop now for Christmas dresses.
We also have a delicious mustard and brown tweed from Portugal featured in the Katherine Hepburn in mustard and tweed . The black and white tweed was also keeping some patterned wool coming through into the collection with the Camilla style and the fake fur trim adding winter glamour to the dress. For some reason I think Anna Karenina when I see this dress and it is very far from the era. Maybe it’s just the winteriness of it.
The Dakota long coat in black is definitely hinting at Edwardian fashion a bit especially with the longer skirt peeping out in the shot. This is such an elegant coat. It swings out gorgeously at the back with flavours of riding jacket etc.
We decided to keep the silks to our Isabella and Jules swing skirts and the colors and textures of the silk really come to life in fuller skirts. The little saffron jacket matched with the Isabella skirt is sooo late 40s and we kept our colors subtle but warm with plums and terracottas.
The Diana top matched with the Jules Skirt was inspired by a client and we kept going with the idea as the shape was so beautiful and feminine , glamorously 1950s , great , sexy party wear too.
Good to have the warm colors in more subtle shades than just red and black. I suppose in September we do head towards autumnal colors but we have also learned that it suits an awful lot of Irish women, so it was an obvious choice for us too.
So….inspired by tweedy textures , autumnal shades in glowing silk and wool , and 1940s just about covers it.