Thursday, 5 August 2010

New Mine collection now in, with silk playsuits, printed capes & whimsical wears

Mine, the collection illustrated and designed by Katherine Pont, (who is also a founding member of the Swanfield collective) has been the London fashion community's best kept secret for years. While you can spot her instantly recognisable brand of modern folk fashion in some of the nicest, kookiest little boutiques worldwide (like no-one and Labour of Love in London), the need-to-know fashion sales and pre-orders evenings are where music and mag types come together to elbow each other out of the way and try on.

You might have spotted Katherine's designs on the likes of whimsical sartorialists Florence Welch and Natasha Khan (bat for lashes)- which gives you some idea of the kind of look and feel the label tends to have. This season the collection is inspired by a sci-fi short story from the 60s called ‘Repent Harlequin!’- and the theme is played out across the collection with hand drawn, digital prints of clock faces, sleepy cats, harlequin checks and figures in swirling shimmering hazy satins.

All of the pieces- from simple knitted camis, to full on statement printed playsuits, share a trademark folky eccentricity with gorgeous, slinky cuts and a timeless, vintage sensibility. The collection is in a silky palette of blues, bronzes and burnt reds, which contrast with classic and highly wearable monochrome pieces in the collection. My favourites include high waist tailored chambray shorts with beautiful ribbon detailing, silk blouses with chevron trims and waist ties, truly unique playsuits with circus collars and innovative popper fastenings, and slinky jersey dresses and minis; plus a truly show-stopping silk cape in trademark harlequin print- each key piece guaranteed to be unlike anything anyone else in the room is wearing (and far nicer).

Speaking from experience, wear something from Mine, and you have to be prepared to tell everyone you meet where you bought it. (Or make up a plausible white lie if you don't want your Mine to be anyone else's)

Katie Dailey

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