During London fashion week schedules are always pretty hectic, sometimes you can end up with four shows clashing! I really hate to let any of the designers down and miss the show so a huge thank you to Lawrence for attending on my behalf and writing this fantastic review. I am enthralled with the delicious AW12 collection ‘Once Upon an Innocence’ the Wilhelm pants and ethereal prints, everything is so right for now:
I was very delighted to swipe Pearl’s invitation off her oh-so-busy schedule to attend the Teatum Jones presentation at the ravishing Heritage Suite on the third floor of the iconic Liberty of London department store. As I clutched the textured forest green invitation at the entrance of the stunning monochrome tutor building, a man approached me and immediately directed to the lift, leading my way to the third floor. Subsequently upon arrival, Ushered in by friendly ladies from Trace Publicity. Then a sharp looking waiter appeared after I scribbled my name down on the guest list – I picked up a glass of fresh apple juice with lashings of ice and walked into the beautifully carved wooden walls of the suite.
I was greeted by ½ of Teatum Jones; Rob Jones who designs with his pal Catherine Teatum (who I also shared a few words with) – As you probably have noticed by now, the label is named after each other’s surnames combined. Having both been separately schooled in menswear design they both had work experience working for Luella Bartley, Warren Noronha and John Richmond before setting the label up in 2009.
Rob was telling me that the inspiration for the collection was a blend of 20th century Hollywood crime scene photography and 19th century Grimm’s fairy tales in a modern way– If Hansel & Gretel was to happen today… It would receive a front page story of every respectable newspaper (WORLDWIDE) But I shall say this; the odd inspiration did translate into something very exquisite and alluring.
The colour palette was a mix of conservative shades of charcoals and khaki against the electric magenta pinks and fluorescent lime green a somewhat accustomed trademark of the label with their colour schemes. The fabrics ranged from chalky tweeds, stonewashed silks and thick pressed wool. The fabulous cocktail dresses had special hidden pockets and pleats within that revealed coloured smoke clouds in the panelled print that was splattered across skirts, trousers, free-hugging blouses and frilly backs of the tasteful midi dresses. The waist and neckline was underscored by the use of pony hair neon kelly green belts – The colour was also used on seams and colour-blocking silk turn-ups. The bygone Hollywood glamour inspiration was thrown out of context by the idea of children playing in their father’s jackets – Acted out by the exaggerated gold-poppers, chunky zips on the oversized tailored coats with bubble sleeves and patch pockets.
Overall the collection is excellent, Charming and sexy without being outrageous. I’m quite certain Liberty will pick up the collection in store for sale – Fingers crossed a few pieces will be featured in editorials to come. I wish Rob and Catherine the best for your pretty label, it was very nice meeting you and now I know that I remind you and look like your intern ;D
Big thanks to Pearl and Trace Publicity
Lawrence (Eclectic Uniform blog)