I went to IPR London's Press Day on Thursday to view their clients SS14 collections. Although IPR have many clients, such as Sandro, Monki, Bimba and Lola, Kickers etc (see here) I solely went to view Religion and Warehouse.
I was impressed with this forth coming season from Warehouse, they have really honed in their design skill and made their collection easy on the eye with the colour palette whilst still evoking excitement with the textures. My favourites had to be the embossed / lace dresses and jackets - it's a very good high street version of what Mulberry did on the catwalk this September.
Another winner for me was the above matching cropped shirt and tailored high waist trousers. White is always a key look for spring/summer but with the added texture of these pieces it feels more high fashion.
Philliwood for Warehouse SS14
Philliwood for Warehouse is a capsule collection from this years competition winner. Philli Wood is a design graduate from the University of Westminster (big up to my University!) and will now join Warehouse for a 6 month placement where she will follow the full journey of her collection; from initial design process, through production to campaign creation, PR and marketing launch.
Her collection was initially inspired by American Indian Inuits - this is shown through her use of oversized silhouettes and chunky knitwear. She printed images of cable knits onto exaggerated shapes to give the illusion of knitwear. And the bright, clashing colour palette? That was inspired by Dan Flavin, an installation artist who uses fluorescent strip lights in his work.
The collection is comprised of 12 pieces, ranging from £26 to £120 and lands in selected Warehouse stores and online from February 2014.
I love Religion as a brand, their signature style is very distinctive and their collections always seem so effortless. This season will be no different, their SS14 collection references the romantic rebellion of the 70's youth in Berlin, with core silhouettes presenting a tough yet playful look. The injection of neons and purples, shown across 70's sportswear influenced jumpers and sweatpants are a welcome break from Religions classic tonal colour palette. The fabric across the retro sportswear has been replaced from traditional jersey to lightweight sheer fabrications, creating a luxurious fit and feel. However, my ultimate favourites have to be the graffiti tops and the laser cut pieces!