Monday, 31 January 2011


I often find that the Australian winter collections perfectly encapsulate what I would like to wear throughout the chilly English summer. Designer Arabella Ramsay creates clothes with a feminine, vintage aesthetic and has designed a stand out collection full of whimsical prints and bright florals. ‘The Alice’ collection described as ‘an ode to Australiana,’ contains an eccentricity that would not look out of place at afternoon tea in the English countryside. The standout prints including garden florals, polka dots and a particularly striking animal print (literally covered with different woodland creatures), however, do contain more than a small dose of Australian humour. The mixture of mid length skirts, denim shirts, thick knits and chunky mustard platform heels perfectly encapsulates the grandma, seventies look that feels so relevant for spring. The collections contrasting prints and fabrics fit perfectly with this spring’s print trend, particularly the mixture of a lace blouse and plaid mini skirt. The structure of the stunning garden floral dress pictured above is even reminiscent of an early Ghesquiere design. Ramsay is yet another example of an Australian designer creating stylish, wearable collections that sum up exactly what I would like my wardrobe to contain.

Click here to view the collections impeccably styled look book and lust from overseas (however, could anyone send me that animal printed dress, my wardrobe is demanding it).

Harriet Tisdall

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