Wallis looks to the 1970s for its spring 11 inspiration. Studio 54-style kick-flare trousers and full satin blouses reference Gucci’s spring 11 catwalk, while keyhole halterneck tops inject a fresh and feminine spring silhouette.
The collection hinges on colour and an eclectic selection of 1970s-style garish shades makes for a vibrant look. A white story inspired by Bianca Jagger adds contrast and accomplished cuts and tailoring on jackets and jumpsuits create interest.
While the Studio 54 direction gives Wallis a clear theme to work with, a more commercial trend is the safari, khaki-led story that features suede shift dresses, a python-print maxi dress and a tailored safari jacket.
- Keyhole halterneck top
- Brown suede shift dress
- Snake-print harem trousers
Right for the market?
While this collection displays the talents of the Wallis design team when it comes to pattern cutting and developing a cohesive trend story, the Studio 54 story is too rigid in theme and ambitious in palette and prints. The pieces jump off the mannequins, so they will make great window dressing items or press pieces, but when it comes to setting the tills ringing the commercial, safari-led story will more likely do the job.
The latter offers pieces - such as a brown suede shift dress -that are fresh and directional, but not too ambitious for the core Wallis woman.