Is it sad that one of the longest relationships in my life has been with a clothing label? Whatever; since 2009 I’ve religiously lusted after Sydney label Secret Squirrel‘s bi-annual collections – I even wrote about their AW ’09 collection for Indie Art + Design – see.
So imagine how chuffed I was to receive an email from none other than Andrew Prince, one half of the SS creative team (alongside his partner, Bri Cheeseman). My new mate Andy had kindly sent me the lookbook for their Spring/Summer 11/12 collection, ‘Botanica’. I’m sure this would’ve been way more exciting had I posted this first thing like I intended, but life tends to get in the way. So even though it may no longer be breaking news, allow me to present to you my favourite items from ‘Botanica’:
Gardenia dress (digital) $360 Chameleon playsuit (burgundy) Gloriosa halter dress (olive) $390 Larkspur dress $330 Hollyhock tie top (citrus botanical) $190; Alocasia shorts (lime) $185 Hellebore shirt $240; Camelia Hidcote shirt $230; Foxtail skirt skirt $290 (black) $340 Columbine sundress $195 Tuberose top (dove grey) $210; Camelia skirt (digital floral) $290
Bri and Andrew were inspired by the organic shapes, muted colours and soft beauty of traditional English gardens. The highlight of the collection, however, has to be their collaboration with renowned jewellery and graphic designer Elke Kramer on the botanical and digital floral prints. It’s a big call, but I think this is Bri and Andrew’s finest collection yet (you can make up your own mind by checking out their past collections).
So even though it’s a long weekend and the weather outside may be near perfection, you’ll find me squirrelled* away inside, saving my pennies until one of these babies can be mine.
*I do so love a dreadful pun.