Our designer to watch at the moment is Lauren Barfoot, alumni of Kensington’s fashion breeding ground, the Royal College of Art. A collection of printed silk lounge- and resort wear under the label Holland Street(named for the street she grew up in, which is- disappointingly- in Cambridge, not W8) absolutely oozes luxury. There are short sassy kimonos and longer elegant robes in various prints- our favourite being the Casati Collection (kimono pictured above) inspired by the flamboyant Marchesa Luisa Casati, described by Barfoot as ‘a lavishly eccentric Italian heiress with a decadent passion for couture’. Because given that we can't all actually be the Marchesa, fabulous as she sounds, enveloping ourselves in the kind of silk she'd certainly have chosen, can infuse our lives with a little of her sparkle.
There's also the IKKO Collection inspired by Japanese graphic designer Ikko Tanaka with contemporary floral designs and Classic Camellia that fuses a British countryside feel with geometric flair. Influenced by Paul Poiret and Raoul Dufy. Everything comes beautifully packaged and exquisitely finished with stockists including Dolci Follie in Hereford Road W2, prices range from £189.00 to £275.00
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