Posts tagged ‘liberty’

26 February, 2011

Slight Return

I went back to Europe recently. T’was a flying visit to London (and briefly, to Paris), to catch up with friends and colleagues, to wish old friends well on their move to North America, and to revisit favourite haunts and soak up the buzz of a city I had called home for many years.

Though it had just been over 18 months ago since I left London, I hadn’t expected to feel like I’d not left at all. I hung out with friends, ate and drank at my favourite places and did what I used to do (without the ‘work’ bit, of course!). But this was overlaid with the eyes of a tourist, albeit a tourist with a very intimate knowledge of the city.

I didn’t get to do or see all I wanted to. Ultimately, my schedule was too tight and I was too jet-lagged to make it to the V&A Museum, the Wellcome Trust or the Joan Soane’s Museum.

But I did take lunch and spend the afternoon at my favourite department store. Aah, Liberty with your Tudor facade, your cozy spaces with their exposed wooden beams and slightly rickety wooden stairs and floors. And your rooms full of gorgeous treasure after gorgeous treasure.  Beautiful stationery, tastefully packaged chocolate, brightly-coloured silk scarves and lovely fabrics.   And the usual array of gorgeous designer clothing, shoes and bags, of course.  Just like the attic of a wealthy, well-travelled and elegantly flamboyant great-aunt.

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7 April, 2010

Summer Festival-Time!

A splash of denim, a dab of Liberty print, a smattering of Breton stripes, a onesie, backpack, cloche, a pair of corkies and we’re good to go.

APC printemps-été 2010 from here.


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29 March, 2010

A Dash of Mustard

…and denim, Liberty print and nautical stripes to go please!

Marseille label Sessun printemps été 2010 from here.

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4 September, 2009

Spring and Liberté

Thunderstorms, sudden hail showers and bursts of brilliant sunshine.  It’s spring as usual, in Melbourne town.  And a young filly’s thoughts turn to fields, frolics, flowers and… frocks!  And there’s nothing like a new frock to make a girl feel light on her toes, a spring song trilling in her heart, even as it’s pouring outside.

It will be a Liberty print frock for me this year.  Liberty prints are always perfect for spring – pretty but not country kitsch and evokes childhood memories of Ladybird books, school fêtes, tea parties, cupcakes and all things crafty.

APC came out with a few stunning creations earlier this year, for the Northern Hemisphere Spring/Summer 2009.

Tatum Liberty Print Summer Dress, A.P.C.

Tatum Liberty Print Summer Dress, A.P.C.

Poppy And Daisy Liberty Print Smock Dress, A.P.C.

Poppy and Daisy Print Summer Smock Dress, A.P.C.

Bourton Liberty Print Crochet Dress, A.P.C.

Bourton Liberty Print Crochet Dress, A.P.C.

Cacharel also celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in April 2009 with a re-edited collection of its original Liberty print collaboration of the 1960s.

Green Liberty Print Apron Dress, Cacharel.

Green Liberty Print Apron Dress, Cacharel.

Halterneck Summer Dress, Cacharel.

Halterneck Summer Dress, Cacharel.

Green Button Through 70s Dress, Cacharel.

Green Floral Button Through 70s Dress, Cacharel.

But I’ve found a couple of other lovely Liberty print dresses at Nadinoo, a British designer based in Germany.

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Or, maybe a frock won’t do.  Perhaps a scarf.  Hermés has jumped into the Liberty love-in with a range of Liberty print scarves which will be available soon.

(Image taken from the Guardian)

(Image taken from the Guardian)

Honestly! What’s a girl to do?