French Connection has launched its Spring Summer 10 collection, full of colour, shine and all things fine. The inspiration is a tale of two style tribes – 50’s teen rockabilly’s hop amongst punks from the 80’s, the clash is evident on both proportions and tailoring giving a new 50’s slant with graphic florals creating a softer, vintage backdrop.
Key pieces included bold electric blue blazers worn oversized with contrasting purple lining over neon Hawaiian floral dresses and exposed zips. The double-breast blazer dress with bold gold buttons gives a nod to the 50’s whilst providing a take on an 80’s classic. Bold retro prints in deep jewel colours are mixed with fluro brights on high shine batwing dresses.
Trousers are a contrast of silhouettes – sharp cigarette pants in black, neon Hawaiian print or electric blue, are given gold zip detailing on the waist and ankle, to be worn with oversized shirts or bustier tops. Pleated harem trousers in soft to touch fabrics feature throughout the range in muted tones of beige and black – contrasted with striped or draped vests. 50’s rain Macs are updated in bold blue with gold branded buttons, which can be worn cropped and oversized for a more relaxed feel.
Shoulders are still exaggerated but given softer detailing with contrast colour ruffles on dresses, t-shirts and tops. As spring turns into summer the collection evolves into clean 90’s inspired lines mixed with 50’s beachwear and retro Hawaiian florals on hot pants and cut out detail dresses.
It’s like a washed out photograph from a 50’s vacation in Hawaii gets discovered in the 80’s and inspires a collection where fashion means business but also lots of fun.
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