Every once in a while I get sent a press release that really excites me. This morning it was one from a brand I hadn’t heard of before: Black Eyewear.
The label’s glasses and sunglasses are designed by 67 year-old Robert Roope, a jazz fanatic who was born in Hull and managed to travel to different parts of the world, accumulating over a thousand vintage frames along the way. All of the frames for sale are inspired by and named after jazz musicians of the Forties, Fifties and Sixties.
I’ve not seen such a brilliant range of sunglasses in ages, and with prices starting at £70, these are now on top of my spring wish list.
Buy online from Retrospecs.
I’m not a big fan of Rodarte – it’s all too whimsical – but I do love their new collection for Opening Ceremony. The range of 50s-inspired sun glasses is just perfect!
Really nice new range of dresses from London-based label Dahlia
I’m off to meet my boy in Venice for carnival in March – hugely exciting – and am wondering what to wear. I don’t really want to wear a full-on costume but stuff with a hint of harlequin that I can still wear whenever. I really like this Harlequin dress by tba.
This 60s mini skirt by Atelier Mayer is another favourite but I’ll never ever fit into a size 6.
Or perhaps I should do as Mia Farrow (pictured here with her then husband Frank Sinatra at Truman Capote’s Black & White ball, 1966) and go for monochrome?
I love love love Lancashire-born, London-based designer Charlotte Taylor, who used to work with Luella. I’ve seriously not been this excited about a new label in ages. Penguin print? Cape dresses? Genious!
I’m rather taken by Topshop’s spring collection, particularly their Graduate-themed one (“preppy with a 70s twist”), which has a range of good, basic pieces.
Cream striped bow blouse, £38
Coral leather bag, £55
Tan suede skirt, £55
3.1 Phillip Lim ss11 dress