Thursday, 16 December 2010


I was beyond excited to see the TBA, alias To Be Adored, Spring 2011 lookbook pictures emerge yesterday. Filled with rose and nude coloured chiffons embellished with the label’s signature peter pan collars, BinBin McNiven has designed exactly what I plan to wear next season. The lookbook, set in the bleak, chilly English countryside emphasises the delicate femininity of the pieces by contrasting them with the gloomy atmosphere and melting snow. Each piece is toughened up by chunky desert boots from Clarks (adding to the Englishness of this collection), though they are still teamed with frilly, white ankle socks (this label is designed by a woman for the shamelessly feminine). Highlights include ruffled polka dots and the beautiful ‘cibelle’ dress pictured above; a combination of a delicate lace bib, flowing sleeves, peter pan collar and midi length in apricot silk. Visitors to the press day have also reported a range of pieces inspired by art deco styling and (most exciting of all) a ‘sunny swan lake’ print, featuring ballerinas and swans dancing across trousers, blouses and dresses. The collection hits stores in February and these light, delicate pieces are perfect for this Spring’s relaxed vibe (though possibly teamed with a coat at first). It is hard to believe that the label has only been in production for just over a year, McNiven has consistently achieved the ideal balance between luxurious fabrics, beautiful colour palettes and elegant, individual details.

TBA, you have done it again for Spring, I absolutely adore you.

Harriet Tisdall

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