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Blog: A new perspective

Last week I joined the Drapers team as a fashion writer. One of my first tasks to help familiarise myself with the industry was to set out to visit the showrooms, to check out the clothes that will hit the shops for spring 08.

I saw everything, from the gorgeous and desirable to the conservative and practical, the innovative and directional – and the funky and completely outrageous. There was much to like and much to tempt me into spending. For women, I was particularly impressed by the pretty, feminine floral pieces from Karen Walker, the clean, crisp whitewashed touches from CP Company and the subtle sailor theme running through Emma Cook. I loved Evisu’s mixed-coloured high heels, which will add a sophisticated dash of fun to an outfit.

For fashion-savvy young men, lightweight nylon 80s-style bomber jackets will be key for spring, with several brands producing their own version. They will no doubt team these with coloured jeans, such as the strong red and blue options on offer at Closed.

I was also amazed at the work of some of the non-commercial, unique designers. Pam Hogg’s metallic catsuits and Gareth Pugh’s all-black, sculptured artistic designs are set to turn heads.

After my first week, it is clear that I will be in my element with all the great collections to report on, appraise and, dare I say it, buy, But I’ll have to keep my spending in control, so I’m curious – what will be the anchor items in your wardrobe for spring? Comments via the box below.

Melinda Oliver, Drapers fashion writer

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