Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor..

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor..

With autumn around the corner, it's time to invest in some key transseasonal knitwear. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana cited Surrealism as the key inspiration for their AW09 women's collection - specifically the work of Man Ray, Salvador Dali and his collaborator, couturier Elsa Schiaparelli. Indeed, the Schiaparelli influence seems to be popping up all over the place - with Stephen Jones featuring her "Shoe Hat" (a collaboration with Dali) in the exhibition of millinery he curated for the V&A earlier this year. The kitsch and quirky London based design duo Antoni Burakowski and Alison Roberts (aka Antoni & Alison) have been delighting those in the know for years with their irreverent take on fashion. Their AW09 women's jumper collection is delightfully naive, featuring trompe l'oeil prints. The bows are reminiscent of Schiaparelli's iconic "Bow Jumper". Comprising of five playful styles, my favourites are the red "Tin Soldier" and navy "Bow Jacket" jumpers. Toughen up your Toy Soldier sweaters with a pair of super-skinny jeans and killer heels to keep things directional. With Nautical style a perennial trend for spring, the navy "Bow Jacket" is a great investment piece as it's bound to be something you'll wear again and again.

Red "Tin Soldier" jumper £210
Navy "Bow Jacket" jumper £198
Stockist: 08450 944 012

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