It was club Tropicana at River Island‘s beach themed press day display; complete with delicious cocktails and yummy pick’n’mix trolley. What struck me, apart from the sweets, was the vibrancy of the collection; a combination of soft pastels and bright neons. With six main trends established within the collection (Miami, Spring Break, Prairie, Ethnic, Purist and Sugar); each was more daring and bold than the last. I got an individual feeling from each – multicultural inspired Aztec and African prints full of fun and freedom, or tassels and suede leather which would of had me reaching for my bow and arrow had I of been in a Western! There was a definite timeline feel to the designs and fabrics used – from Mary Quant and ’60s inspired crochet and sheer items, to the more futuristic fabrics and foiled looks of several body con pieces.
Stylist to the stars, Mark Heyes (more commonly known for his appearances on Lorraine), was there to have a sneak peek and seemed taken with the Ethnic collection. Personally, I’m a sucker for shoes, so my eyes were constantly on the lookout, and I have to say they didn’t disappoint. The accessories and shoes were just as bold as the clothing lines, with every piece making a strong statement of their own.
Reported by Elizabeth Hudson