There are some truths we must face as fashionistas; like the fact Prada shoes are always ugly (seriously, why is that?) and that super kitsch accessories always seem to sell out before they hit the stores (so unfair). Also among these truths is the fact that the ‘summer of love’ will never, ever stop inspiring designers, year in, year out.
This season, Kloset’s ‘Holiday Heartbreaker’ Spring-Summer collection has been heavily inspired by the seventies, with plenty of fringing, headbands, bell sleeves, and whimsy. Oh man, do designers love a little spring-summer whimsy.
But that’s not to say this collection is a copycat of everything you’ve ever seen every summer since you were born. No, there’s a little more to it than that.
In fact, Kloset pinpoints Kenya as its inspiration, with bold floral prints, beautiful, intricate embroidery and fluid, lightweight cottons and feathers. But, whether it’s Kenyan or seventies boho the collection conjures up, it’s certainly a bricolage of influences, textures and styles.
While the themes look familiar, we’re not bored – there’s a definite charm to the collection. The fabrics lend themselves to a Bangkok summer; lightweight and easy-to-move in while the graphic prints and pretty embroidery add drama. The prints may seem less inspired by Kenya and more by your grandmother’s kitchen curtains but, regardless, they’re feminine and pretty.
This collection won’t change your life or take fashion in a new direction but, let’s be honest, all we really want is something pretty to wear.
Highlights include a khaki mini dress with fabulous feathered sleeves which, by the way, we’re going to wear to Every. Single. Festival this year, a blush pink dress with a flowing feathered middle (so much whimsy we can barely take it) and an update on the flapper dress; a baby blue heavily feathered number that was made for dancing in.
By Gaby Doman