I had a ball at the Pure London Show last month, meeting up with some of the fabulous team at Collectif, and previewing their AW18 range. I’d seen some of it at London Edge back in February but there was much more to see and my goodness, we are in for a treat!
Those of you who are ardent fans of the Dolores and Caterina styles won’t be disappointed! There are plenty more coming in wonderful, woodland inspired, and tattoo style, rockabilly prints, including more gnomes! And pockets, lots and lots of glorious pockets! We all love a pocketed dress, I know.
There was also a range of quirky prints which shone like a beacon for me – anything remotely geeky or nerdy I am all over! I especially love the book print which appears on a range of styles, the atomic cats which are really cute, and the oodles of gorgeous checked prints in brights and autumnal shades.
The great thing with Collectif is the co-ordinates. You can buy separates and be as matchy-matchy as you want (for me, that’s to my heart’s content!). The themes follow through from dresses, skirts, tops, cardigans and on to trousers. For instance, the True Love dresses have some pretty cardigans to cover up, which are already available here and the Forest Friends dress will have this adorable deer cardi launching soon. I’m in love with the geek cardigan too with glasses and pencil detail.
And then there’s the velvet – of which I always need one in every colour available. We will be seeing a range of sumptuous velvets in jewel tones, beautiful evening dresses ahead of the party season and glamorous coats to keep us warm when the nights start to draw in.
The popular Anjelica dress of last year is back with a revamp in a deep red (wine) colour. I absolutely adored my black version which is stretchy and clings to all the right bits. I would pop this on your wanted list as they sold out quickly last year! The black has returned this year and makes a fabulous party stopper staple. (insert black link)
The velvet continues in the form of flocked animals – flamingos and cats pop out from plain backgrounds, making a fun alternative.
The ‘Make a Wish’ range is the season must have though. Glittery, shooting stars in silver, burst across black velvet. This is available in a variety of styles so whatever your preference, you’ll be able to find the perfect outfit for you – which is one of the many reasons I love this brand, because it caters to so many of our different tastes. There are matching accessories too, which I absolutely adore.
Speaking of accessories, you’ll be spoilt for choice with gloves, bags, hats, and of course, most importantly, jewellery! There are some lovely, sparkly, pieces to dazzle the night away in at evening soirees – including these beautiful earrings!
The fabulous and ever popular Pearl Coat makes a return in new colour ways and even a velvet! She also brings a few new friends to the party – faux fur in abundance to keep the chill off in the depths of winter and new trenches for those in between season stages in similar shades. I have both a Korrina and a Pearl and would highly recommend either for feeling fine and divine!
I was also delighted to see that a skirt which was named after a good friend of mine is getting a couple of new colourways this year. The fabulous Kayleigh skirt will be available in the True Love print (which the real Kayleigh would have loved I think). Kayleigh was also a huge fan of Collectif and pencil skirts so she would have been thrilled to have a skirt range named after her.
Lulu Hun shoes and accessories have been amazing this year and continue to be so for the fall. A range of flat and heeled shoes and boots await (some of which can be customised!), along with cute novelty bags for the upcoming festivites. The pumpkin bag is a favourite! Halloween is just around the corner and I was delighted to receive the ‘Call Me‘ bag pictured here in the goody bag at the event. I’d been lusting after it for a while so I was over the moon to have one. Both the black and red versions are still currently available on the site.
I’ll be at London Edge AW18 in a couple of weeks so I’m sure there will be more delights to share then (subscribe to the blog for updates). In the mean time, hope you’ve enjoyed a sneaky peek at what’s to come and you’re not spent up from the Summer Sale as the New In selection is gathering pace! Goodbye Summer, hello Autumn! x