Our womenswear buyers pick the best jackets for spring.
It’s not always easy to judge the UK’s weather patterns between February and May. One moment it might be hailing down with rain, snow and anything in between, the next it could be bright and glorious sunshine with temperatures raised to that of the Med. So if there’s one thing a fashionista, and sensible British dresser needs in their wardrobe come the warmer months, it’s a versatile but equally stylish spring jacket.
This transeasonal staple is not always the most straightforward piece to buy for one’s wardrobe, however, with an abundance of options available (see the catwalks of SS14) you might find you’re debating which styles to opt for. For an effortlessly chic look that can be dressed up for day or night with the right dress and heel, depending on the occasion, opt for a boxy bomber jacket in whatever colour, print or embellishment takes your fancy. This enduring emblem of the sports-luxe trend has received couture-worthy treatment from the likes of Stella McCartney, Teatum Jones and Alexander Wang to make it the covetable piece of the season.
Equally, more tailored styles such as those by Sessún, YMC and Acne have their merits, with their elegant structures and materials – perhaps a little more on-trend for more feminine, classic trends. As usual, the humble denim jacket has been reborn, as it is every season, with timeless panache. Vintage, beaten and worn to death is the way to do denim this spring, so choose styles that look like you’ve owned them since your teens.
Acne Studios Rita LA Liberty Print Leather Biker Jacket
“Adorned with no less than three classic Liberty prints, this leather biker jacket is not only a true collector’s item, but also a statement addition to style seeker’s wardrobe. I love that the boxy cut of Acne’s Rita allows the panelled design to take centre stage.”
DKNY X Opening Ceremony Contrast Sleeve Denim Jacket
“Opening Ceremony’s spring collaboration features exclusive styles reissued and reinvented directly from Donna Karan’s 1990s archives. This edgy take on a classic letterman jacket will infuse any look with instant New York cool.”
Stella McCartney Python Print Jacquard Bomber Jacket
“The mix of the print and casual shape of Stella’s luxe bomber effortlessly interprets two of the British designer’s most popular high-fashion trends for spring: sports luxe and wearable animal prints.”
T by Alexander Wang Textured Neoprene Bomber Jacket
“Sports couture is part of T By Wang’s branded DNA, and this neoprene bomber jacket is an effortless way to incorporate the aesthetic into your wardrobe. The classic, versatile bomber shape will work with everything from J Brand skinny jeans to a Kenzo mini dress.”
Teatum Jones Jessica Floral Print Bomber Jacket
“Graphic florals were a major story on the SS14 catwalk and this longline silk jacket by Teatum Jones is a strong homage to the trend. The perfect punctuation to an everyday look, this jacket will brighten up rainy British days.”
For more spring cover-up inspiration, discover more jackets and macs in our exclusive online edit.
Our womenswear buyer, Meera Pow, reveals the top five jeans styles you need to complete your denim wardrobe.
Every wardrobe needs its denim, no matter the season. But if you find you’re utterly stuck on skinny jeans or that your loyalties lie firmly with your boyfriend-fits, then you might need to know the 411 on the other styles out there worth working into your collection. Meera Pow, Liberty’s contemporary womenswear and denim buyer, give us her ultimate denim guide with the top jeans styles to invest in and the brands doing them best for Spring/ Summer 2014.
Light Blue Le Skinny De Jeanne Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans
“Frame is relatively new on the demin scene and is making waves with its clean branding and super fits. The Le Skinny de Jeanne in Culver is a perfect wardrobe staple.”
Light Blue Jake Slim-Fit Boyfriend Jeans
“J Brand’s new Jake fit is a slim boyfriend – an easy way to do the boyfriend look. Team this mid-blue Eternal wash with a T by Alexander Wang tee for a versatile, dressed-down summer look.”
STRAIGHT LEG JEANS
Navy Nouvelle High-Rise Straight Leg Jeans
“This high-rise cigarette is a great fit for anyone who isn’t too keen on anything too skinny but still wants a leg lengthening look, and the high-rise only helps to emphasise this.”
Navy Tube Tom Slim-Fit Jeans
“This is a relatively new fit for Nudie Jeans and the slim leg is slightly tapered at the opening so it’s a great alternative to a true skinny. The contrast stitching on this Twill Rinse wash is a signature of the brand and a nice detail.”
Navy Hidden Hills Bootcut Jeans
“When it comes to bootcut jeans, they don’t come more flattering than these Hidden Hills jeans in Stream. If you’ve got curves, these jeans will work wonders for you.”
Find your perfect pair of jeans or find out how to contact one of our denim experts for style advice using our Jean Genie.
Last night the Liberty denim room was taken over by the Evening Standard’s Orsolya Szabo, who was on hand to hunt out the best jeans for women in our extensive collection.
Intimidated by skinny jeans? Not sure how to wear a low-rise waist? Last night our denim room was taken over by stylist Orsolya Szabo, who was dressing lucky customers, answering denim dilemmas and picking out her favourite pieces for this season.
Shoppers browsed the rails while munching popcorn, had makeovers courtesy of Hourglass and got the chance to grill Orsolya and our resident jeans experts – who are totally clued up on all things denim. If you didn’t make it down, make sure to visit the Liberty Jeans Guide; your one-stop destination for the best advice on fit, wash and style.
At the event, Orsolya offered us her top tips for the latest ways to wear denim:
“I’m obsessed with cropped skinny jeans. I’m trying to move away from skinny but the furthest I’ve got is a faded denim, light boyfriend jean. Those are my two favourites at the moment.”
“I wear denim with everything: I start with denim, and finish with denim. I’ll go to work with a T-shirt and a Helmut Lang blazer, then I’ll wear a really embellished top then dress it up with strappy heels.”
“I love Frame Denim at the moment. I think they do the best fit: they look really small, and you think they won’t fit but then they do and it’s amazing!”
Welcome back the most sought-after sportswear collaboration in fashion – the next Liberty print Nike collection has arrived!
Returning once again for another season, the hotly anticipated Spring/ Summer 2014 Nike X Liberty print trainers collection will be available to buy online and in-store from Monday 7 April.
The new collection features some of Nike’s most celebrated footwear and apparel styles transformed by an array of timeless Liberty London floral prints.
Anoosha, a 1930’s print featuring blossom and bell flowers; Lora a print based on a 1970s version of William Morris’ ‘Willow’ pattern; and Crown a design based on various paisley block prints from Liberty’s Merton print works from the late 19th to early 20th Century are three of the prints used for this new collection.
Take your pick from the collection, which includes the Liberty print Nike Air Max 1 trainers, Air Max 90s, Roshe Runs. For the first time, vintage running favourite the Internationalist receives a Liberty makeover, as do basketball classics, the Blazer and the Dunk Sky Hi.
Join us as we explore the history of the dress fabric prints featured in the latest Nike X Liberty collaboration
Whilst we wait with baited breath for the arrival of Nike X Liberty’s latest collection of printed footwear, we turn our attention to the iconic designs featured in the new SS14 range. Some of Nike’s most famous styles have been adorned with seasonal floral and paisley patterns, including the Nike Air Max, Internationalist and Dunk Sky Hi trainers. Though all three signature prints used have been given a modern, fresh blue colourway, this collection of patterns is steeped in Liberty’s design history. Lora, Anoosha and Crown are all either based on, or inspired by the rich heritage found in the Liberty archives. With references to the Aesthetic and Art Deco movements, these decorative designs hark back to a by-gone era, yet play up to some of this season’s hottest trends. Invest in these patterns to ease yourself into the oriental, floral and folk aesthetics synonymous with the SS14 trends.
Lora is based on William Morris’ prolific Willow design from 1874. Appealing to followers of the Aesthetic Movement, this print featured a repeated leaf pattern which was then applied to a range of wallpapers for interior decoration. The theme of the Willow tree and its leaves appears frequently in the oriental inspired objet d’art and furniture of the time. This pull to the East was an attempt to inject new life into the abhorred cheery, chocolate box homewares of the Victorian age, with beauty in nature a prominent visual theme throughout the movement. Liberty’s re-worked 1970s version, used in the Nike collaboration, is reminiscent of the blue and white china that became so popular in the 19th Century. It refers to the Chinoiserie designs of a different time, yet is very in keeping with summer’s fascination with all things Oriental.
Anoosha, originally Floral Blotch, is a typical 1930s floral, completed at Liberty’s Merton Abbey Mills print works. This small, stylised trail print is a good example of the designs of the time, when floral prints of this kind held prominence in women’s fashion. A more free-form style was adopted to produce designs closely allied with the Art Deco movement. Art Deco aimed to move away from more traditional, realistic representations of nature in an attempt to revise existing, outdated ideas about design. Women’s fashion at the time had revisited the romantic, with focus firmly back on the waist, and a neo-classical female figure. This transition can be attributed to the sombre mood the Depression, and was an attempt to regain some of the traditional values lost in the decadent 1920s. Emphasis was placed on the great outdoors and healthy living, with fashion focussed on a range of wearable “sportswear” pieces. Today, you can celebrate this rich heritage with Nike’s Anoosha print trainers, whilst embracing the romantic and sports-luxe trends of the season.
Crown is based on various paisley-style block prints discovered in the Liberty archive. The Paisley motif originates from Persia and India, and has been documented to represent a stylised floral and cypress tree pattern. A symbol of life, a guardian against evil, and a representation of rebellion, this pattern has long been prominent in world-wide fashion history. Imports from colonised India in the 18th and 19th centuries, sparked an obsession amongst the British, which has remained throughout the decades. Notably, this instantly recognisable pattern was closely linked to the psychedelic hippy culture of the late 1960s and 1970s, whose followers turned to the east for spiritual succour and discovery. Today these designs are prevalent in this year’s folklore trend. Revel in this aesthetic with the patchwork and solid designs featured in Nike X Liberty’s new collection.
Shop the SS14 Nike Liberty collection from 7th April 2014, in store and online.