Floral Street, floral patterns, an Academy of Flowers in the distance? I could only be in Covent Garden! It's a place that doesn't let it's name down and boasts horticultural related monikers aplenty on various street signs. Flowers seems to be becoming a regular occurrence whenever I meet up with Lucy, Olivia, Carrie and Dunya and recently it was even more of a feature as we all wore something from the Celia Birtwell for Uniqlo collection. Thanks to the range of prints, we all looked vaguely coordinated (as opposed to a 90s girl group) and each chose pieces to suit our personal styles, fitting seamlessly into a day of catching up in person. We all seem to communicate intensely via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so that when we meet, we simply carry on where we left off, with silly conversations and the odd confession.
Shoes - Vagabond
My first experience of Celia Birtwell's designs was her Topshop collection a few years ago; I still have one of the flouncy blue dresses with ruffled sleeves, which I may need to dig out again. It's great to see a 2013 take on her prints, I chose the shirt and shorts for their print-mixing potential and ability to work as separates when I'm feeling a bit less brave. Whenever I hear of designer partnerships taking place, I tend to fear for the result on my wallet but luckily the collection reflects Uniqlo's low prices and decent quality. I feel very fortunate to have had a sneak peek of the collection (it launches on Thursday) and to give a modern twist to one of the prints from her archive (check out some more here). These culottes are not just any culottes, but 'Pretty Woman' culottes, a fact that is a definite talking point and part of an amazing heritage.
Are you planning to buy any of the range? The five of us will also be at an in-store event this Thursday in London along with Celia Birtwell herself and I hope to see some of you there! There's also a nifty competition running on Twitter and Instagram where you can win some lovely goodies by uploading your outfit and using the hashtag #styledincelia. I've already uploaded a few snaps to my feed (though sadly I can't win) and look forward to seeing how everyone styles their pieces.
Also check out the preview video here; I think you might be able to see where the red lippy inspiration came from...
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