IT’S barely September, but it’s undeniable that the great British summer is over. Autumn has come in its full glory, with rain and wind, and boasting the familiar scenes of people scurrying off to their homes instead of going for a pint on the local pub’s pavement. While most Londoners desperately wish the summer’s sun would still be out and bravely walk around in flip flops, fashion-lovers strut through the streets with a big smile. Why? Because a new season equals a new wardrobe.
While we’re only a third of the way into the new month, pay checks are only very, very distant prospects, so that mustard coloured coat and matching shoes ensemble you had in mind has to stay on your wish list for some more time. However, who says it’s too early to invest in some smaller, yet equally essential, autumn pieces?
This autumn, let your legs take a bold statement with a pair of tights, simply because you can. Let’s face it, legs are the place to go crazy and experiment with fashion. Up for it? The label to go by is, beyond any doubts, Bebaroque. Up and running for four years, Bebaroque has gained notoriety for its exquisite embroidery and embellishments and have received a gush of compliments from fashionistas and designers alike. The designs can be described as tempting, to say the least, and look like they will lour you into a mode of an enchantress, but yet remain elegant and delicate.
The brains behind these unique hosiery designs go by the names of Mhairi McNicol and Chloe Patience. They met at the Glasgow School of Art where they both studied Textiles, before going separate ways. After university, both designers ended up designing legwear and before long McNicol and Patience joined their great designing forces. By combining elaborate hand embroidery with Patience’s intricate drawing skills, they found a niche in the ever expanding legwear market and they set up Bebaroque in 2007.
Over the years, Bebaroque was able to develop rapidly thanks to the continued support from the Business Gateway, The Princes Trust and the prestigious NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) programme. Bebaroque is now selling in well known and desirable stockists all over the world.
In 2011, Bebaroque has added another string to its hosiery-focused business by incorporating body wear into the collection. Perhaps they are trying to bankrupt us; the body garments are equally addictive and beautiful. Their designs are either playful, embedded with gemstones, or downright temptatious with angel-like white lace or see-through black bodies, elegantly covering in all the right places.
This autumn brings another excitement moment with it for the Scottish designers. It will be a season of firsts for Bebaroque, which will see its first involvement in London Fashion Week. In addition, the highly anticipation collaboration between bebaroque and iconic British fashion label PPQ will finally see the light, for the first time, on London’s catwalks.
According to Bebaroque, inspiration for the collaboration with PPQ has been found in “vintage imagery, PPQ’s branded lettering and Bebaroque’s Priscilla print”. It is no secret that both brands love prints, the more the merrier, so expect a colour popping collection, with subtle hints of animal prints and embellishment. To give you a little tease, the capsule collection will include a body and legging decorated with an all over repeat digital print combining leopard print, PPQ brand letters, rope and tassels.
The yet unseen secret capsule collection of hosiery and body suits will be part of PPQ’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection.
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