I’m very excited to be sharing a new designer with you and I have an exclusive on her second collection, so you get to read about it here first! A couple of weeks ago, I met up with Elizabeth at the quirky Zetter Townhouse in Clerkenwell to take a sneak peek at her A/W 15 collection.
There’s a lot to like about Elizabeth Scarlett, from the riot of colour she used in her first collection to the hero Ellyphant design that emerged from that collection. What I particularly like is the transition from the S/S 15 collection to the A/W 15 collection. The core designs are still featured, but have been updated with richer and muted tones that define her A/W palette.
There are 5 colours in the A/W collection; cashmere pink, teal and neutrals, which blend with subtle metallic highlights to give these cushions a bit of sparkle. Perfect for the long nights and grey months ahead. The use of cotton velvet adds a luxury touch to these duck feather filled cushions. You can’t help but want to cuddle up on a sofa with one of these cushions.
The S/S collection was a vibrant range, and these wildly popular designs have been kept for the A/W range. In the image below you can see how the best-selling Ellyphant design transitions from S/S to A/W.
The embroidered metallic detail on these cushions is just beautiful. Elizabeth is a painter and originally painted these designs in watercolour. She explained the lengthy process from painting to embroidered cushion and just how much work it takes to get it absolutely spot on. It’s quite a task, but the end result is beautiful as you can see by the detail below.
Also launching this season is a new range of bed linen featuring her Ellyphant design in white embroidery and elements of the Tilework design. I’m sure this is going to be a popular range too. Look closely at the embroidery below and see if you can spot the white embroidered Ellyphant design on the white linen. I do love clever design ideas like this, subtle, fun and stylish.
What I particularly like about the Elizabeth Scarlett brand is that Elizabeth is an artist and it’s her own watercolour paintings that she uses as the basis for her designs. This gives the brand a strong identity and authenticity. Buying into a designer’s art is a lot more appealing than just buying a commercially designed print, both have their place, but which do you prefer?
I asked Elizabeth to send me some pictures of her art so that we could see the original inspiration for her designs.
I’m looking forward to seeing the response to the launch of this collection in a few weeks time. The Elizabeth Scarlett A/W 2015 range will be available on her website from September. Elizabeth has a great Instagram feed, and it’s definitely worth a follow.