Guest post: Hannah Copeland previews Monsoon, Monsoon Fusion and Accessorize S/S 2012
Phew! That was quite the mouthful. Well Hannah’s been really busy this week – aside from writing her intern diary (read days one, two and three), she’s been attending previews and scouring press books to see what we have to …
Phew! That was quite the mouthful. Well Hannah’s been really busy this week – aside from writing her intern diary (read days one, two and three), she’s been attending previews and scouring press books to see what we have to look forward to. Here’s her take on Monsoon, Monsoon Fusion and Accessorize.
The new collection from Monsoon is due to hit stores very soon. The pieces are all very neutral and floral, as a lot of their stuff usually is. For spring time, there are a lot of rustic and earthy tones and also animal prints, which are starting to make an appearance.
Going into summer, the colours are a lot brighter and floral prints are seen a lot. The beach collection has a lot of Aztec patterns with maxi dresses and kaftans.
There are four main themes in this collection. The first, Parisian Chic (above), is very classic and what you would expect from the title. Navy is the main colour, with lots of Breton stripes and peter pan collars.
The second theme, Honey Drop, is very feminine and pretty. It’s inspired by the English country side, so it has wild flowers and butterflies incorporated into the designs.
Next it is Hacienda Retreat. This is a lot more vibrant and structured. Block printed patterns are seen throughout this range.
Lastly, Neo Mexico. This is inspired by the beauty of the jungles and deserts of Mexico. It’s quite relaxed, with colourful stripes, jungle patterns and pastel shades.
The new jewellery and accessories range from Accessorize is very summery and laid back- lots of sandals and straw hats. We are starting to see a lot of gold jewellery and the tan bag will be making a comeback.
Again, we are seeing the Parisian theme returning, with Breton stripes in bags and scarves. Ethnic tones and paradise patterns are being seen in purses and big, floppy summer hats. Retro glamour and Japanese patterns are making an appearance in scarves and jewellery.
The beachwear is very inspired by the 60s and 70s, with lots of playsuits and vibrant cover-ups.
Moving on to shoes, sandals and pumps are the main features, with flip flops also being seen – as expected – for summertime.