Notes from SS16 press season!

08.11

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Oh my, these last couple of weeks have been such busy ones! I’ve been up and down from London so frequently recently that I should probably have just camped out in a hotel room somewhere, my emails seem to have been pinging non-stop, and I’m certain I’ve missed at least two or three of the Very Important Jobs on my to do list.

Part of the reason for all this business has been that it’s press preview season! It rolls around twice a year, though this one, in the midst of the pre-Christmas rush, always seems to be just that bit more hectic.

I thought it might be fun to share a sneak peek of what’s coming up in the Spring/Summer ’16 collections from a few of my favourite stores, though be warned! You might be about to fall back in love with all things pastel-hued and floaty, and wish we weren’t teetering on the brink of winter…

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L A U R A   A S H L E Y  > >

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01. Soft velvet upholstery, muted green tones, & a line up of birds! That print is available on a few pieces, but I love that little cushion best.

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02. A simple grey and white colour scheme, and a beautifully modern chair. I loved this little collection from Laura Ashley especially. It’s a departure from their classic designs, and I’m keen to see more when the full collection is released!

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03. Pale blue patterns (abstract prints, & floral embroidery), and a collection of lamps with bases that can be filled at home with anything you might like to display! Clever, right?

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04. A dreamy set of floral gardening mugs and a matching Thermos. I just loved this set- so much prettier than my regular set of cream and green enamel mugs!

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01. Delicate pale blue knitwear, with the prettiest garden-themed embroidery! {Plus a teeny tiny baby swimsuit just behind, that I couldn’t help but coo over. Gorgeous, isn’t it?}

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02. Cath Kidston’s signature floral print pieces, combined with feminine broderie collar detailing and a 1950s silhouette. Oh, and hydrangeas everywhere, in celebration of the new hydrangea print that’s being released this spring!

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03. Scalloped collars with contrast stitching, and bold graphic floral patterns.

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04. A pretty collection of toiletries in the signature pink rose stripe pattern.

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01. A bold bright yellow mini-collection of bags, offset with grey on the larger pieces. I loved the tiny cross body bags from this range- so perfect to throw on when only a few essentials are needed!

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02. Clean lines and sporty shapes, for a summer sports-themed collection…

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03. Bright coral and palest pink, in Radley’s signature smooth leather. I love that colour, don’t you?

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04. That grey bag to the right of the photo above was my favourite from the whole collection. It reminded me of a ballet bag I used to carry when I was really little, and that elephant grey is just so chic. The shape is such an unusual one too!

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01. A classic trench coat, given a spring update in pale baby pink. Already hankering after this one!

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02. A colour palette that just screams summer holidays: rich, egg-yolk yellow, blush pink, indigo and pale chambray blues, and the whitest white.

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03. A couple of khaki pieces caught my eye- this spotty lightweight collar shirt, and an effortlessly chic sleeveless jumpsuit.

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04. Mixed prints with an abstract floral theme. I loved that blue dress right at the back of the rail especially!

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As far as I know, most of these collections will be available from January onwards! And is anyone else panicking to think that that’s less than two months away?!

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