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Did you know that there is a Japanese tartan? Designed by David McGill in 2008 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first treaty between Japan and the UK (1858) and the arrival of the ‘Scottish Samurai’ Thomas Blake Glover in Nagasaki (1859) and based on the sakura (cherry blossom) in Spring (second from top). I am wholly committed to a check or plaid – particularly those by Begg & Co. (scarf and loom, above) and their recent boom on the runways – Delphine Manivet at top, Thom Browne and Derek Lam above. HF.

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Fall Couture ’14: Raf and Marie

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Marie Antoinette confections from Raf Simons: embroidery, quilting, beading and jacquard, all somehow rendered minimal. But it’s those smashing bangles that I can’t look past. Images from style.com. HF.

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Paper meadow: Su Blackwell

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I have just finished Patrick Ness’s The Crane Wife – a mystical heart-tugger of a little novel – and in the acknowledgements he mentions the paper-cut book sculptures of Su Blackwell. The delicacy! The intimacy! So lovely. All images from her website. HF.

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Fall ’14: Carmen Miranda

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Bird of Paradise kaleidoscopery at Dries, Tsumori and Chanel. Images from style.com.

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Fall ’14: camouflage

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Small prints and rorschach influence. From top: Kenzo, Givenchy x 3, Mother of Pearl x 3. Images from style.com.

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Fall 14: the new baroque

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Dense pattern, brocade, layers and bell shapes from Doru Olowu, Mary Katrantzou, Doru Olowu, Temperley London, Paul Smith, Temperley London & Clover Canyon.

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NYFW Fall ’14: nouveau fleurs

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These days the florals are more likely to be via brocade or patch work, with Erin Fetherston sticking to blowsy blooms. Karen Walker, J. Crew, Tory Burch, Erin Fetherston, J. Crew, 3.1 Philip Lim, 3.1 Philip Lim.

 

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