It’s Friday and as the weekend draws closer, my thoughts can’t help but turn to weekend plans. With temperatures set to be heating up this weekend (at long last) I can finally consider wearing a dress with shock horror, no tights! Tomorrow I am visiting Brighton for the first time and I’m really excited about the beautiful things I’ve been told to see and do. My recent purchase of the Zaina dress from the Spring / Summer 2013 collection will be making an appearance so I decided to give you a taste of how I will style it tomorrow.
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This week I caught up with the designers to see what they’re looking forward to this Spring/Summer.
Me: Hi Pip
Me: So, tell me, where did you take your inspiration from for the Spring/Summer 2013 season?
Pip: My inspiration came from a number of places, from boating in Venice to travelling in the 50’s. Around this time period, the journey was as important as reaching the destination. I looked to the movie ‘My week with Marilyn’ and this transpired in the collection to cinched in waists, cropped body shapes and deep ribs to create a more fitted shape on the figure.
Me: What is your favourite piece from the new Spring/Summer ‘13 collection?
Pip: I love Alisa, a cotton sweater featuring a graduated stripe and I really like ‘Bella’ it’s a great throw on cardigan and a brill way to add a block of colour to your outfit.
Me: What is your favourite item of clothing you have in your wardrobe at the minute?
Pip: My green jeans, they’re high waisted and look great dressed up or casual with my converse.
Me: You have a forthcoming trip to Japan, what are you most looking forward to?
Pip: It’s going to be a very busy trip but we’re staying close to Osaka which is a beautiful place. I’m definitely going to spend a weekend in Tokyo to get some shopping in!
Me: What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
Pip: A scarf – the perfect accessory.
Me: What is your one piece of style advice?
Pip: Get a blunt cut….and always try and wear one piece of colour.
Gemma, is our menswear designer and has worked at John Smedley for 8 years. A playful Gemma talks us through what is hot and what is not this season.
Me: Hi Gemma
Me: Where did you take your inspiration from at the start of the season?
Gemma: I was influenced by Ivy League styling for a preppy look and a nautical theme lead to a variety of stripes. We are known for our stripes so I worked to make a range of stripes to suit everyone.
Me: What is your favourite sweater from the SS13 menswear range?
Gemma: I’d have to say, Wesley. It’s a really playful stripe and I think its the perfect choice to inject some colour in to your wardrobe.
Me: What’s your favourite item of clothing?
Gemma: I love a good cardi. When you work in a 229 year old factory you have to be able to acclimatise, one room might be 1000 degrees and the next, freezing cold!
Me: What can’t you live without?
Gemma: Lip balm at the minute! I had loads for Christmas and instead of saving them up, I have about 10 open now. Today it’s raspberry crush, yum!
Me: Are you going to any gigs this summer?
Gemma: I’m going to see Skunk Anansie at Rock City in a few weeks time. I’ve seen them live before and they rocked, takes me back to my youth!
Thanks to Pip and Gemma for taking the time to chat with me.
* Please note the styles mentioned in this interview will launch shortly on the John Smedley website and at our Flagship store, 24 Brook Street, London W1K 5DG.
We’re super excited to launch our Spring / Summer 2013 collection online next week. Here’s a little teaser of some of the seasonal colours that feature in the range. From soft, pastel colours like ‘Eggshell blue’ to dark, rusty ‘Tayberry’ there is a colour in John Smedley’s Sea Island Cotton for everyone this Spring.
I’m in love with this picture taken from the John Smedley Spring / Summer 2001 Collection. The coral colour lips are a hot trend that we will see a lot more of in Spring / Summer 2013 and is suitable for a range of skin tones. The roll neck sweater worn with the pleated skirt and ornate belt nods to the 1950’s – super cute look!
Here is a sneak peek of our Spring / Summer 2013 Sales Conference. Without giving too much away, the collection sees a huge injection of colour and new classic styles that you’ll wonder how you ever lived without. Held at the Museum of London, John Smedley presented the new collection to our fantastic agents who had travelled a long way to attend the launch. The day was a huge success and we would like to thank all our agents for attending and their positive feedback. A lovely BBQ was put on and we all got to enjoy a burger and a chilled beer! The designers are now working on the Autumn / Winter 2013 collection which lets be honest, is way too far in the future to think about right now!