On Thursday evening I attended the first ever Reiss blogger event and got to have an exclusive preview of the upcoming spring/summer 2013 collections. Their beautiful showrooms were kitted out with the new season must-haves, including menswear, womenswear and the new Reiss 1971 collections.
I loved the candy shades and feminine tailoring of the spring/summer collection which was a perfect antithesis to the dreary winter days of November. Scalloped edged shorts, frills, lace, ribbons and pleats gave extra dimensions to classic summertime pieces, bodycon shapes and ice-cream shades.
If you're a regular reader you'll know that I have something of a bag addiction, and the box shaped bags and oversized clutch bags were right up my street. From berry-pink leather to tortoiseshell perspex, I loved them all. But the tortoiseshell perspex box bag (below) is going straight to the top of my wishlist. Not very practical but oh so covetable.
Sensual and graphic, SS13 incorporates voluptuous materials and looks to the work of Nick Knight for inspiration, celebrating vivid colours and blurring them for effect.
There’s a play with fabrication in a tonal way. Colour or print is worn head-to-toe but realised in different textures and fabrics. A sheer shirt, brocade jacket and jacquard jean all appear in colour unison but each resonate a new texture. A modern match.
Ruffles are served up in structured fabrication across skirts, dresses and jackets reflecting the modern femininity that runs across the collection as a whole, whilst lingerie trims and detailing offset bodycon garments.
Dominating colours include: graphic black and natural, pale pink on black, and pops of watermelon, cornflower, olive and navy. A play on texture is exercised in natural fabrics of: raffia, linen and canvas.
Reiss have also launched a new feature on the site, an interactive 'Wishlist' so you can email your Christmas wishlist as a not-so-subtle hint(!) or just help you plan your dream outfit. And every week before Christmas Reiss are giving one lucky person the chance to win their wishlist. So start creating yours and enter for a party-perfect capsule wardrobe. Create your wishlist here.
Are you already skipping autumn/winter and thinking about spring/summer 2013?