Ted has spoken.
And he has bequeathed unto us – his fashion disciples – a dazzling collection that is so demure, chic and smooth-talking that it’s bound to turn some heads this season.
I am referring, of course, to Ted Baker’s Spring/Summer 2012 showcase held at The Avenue North, Spinningfields in honour of Manchester Fashion Week.
The atmosphere was electric as the lights dimmed overhead and the dull roar settled down to excited whisperings of anticipation.
The music began to blare out of the speakers and the base rumbled underfoot as the first of the models for menswear stepped a loafer-clad foot onto the runway…to my astonishment, proudly brandishing what has been affectionately termed The Man Bag. Presumably, this is some sort of homage to the postman’s satchel trend, or Joey Tribbiani. I’m not quite sure.
That’s right; it’s the beginning of a new day in menswear. Let’s face it guys, you’re gonna need somewhere to put all of those broken hearts when you go out in society in one of Ted Baker’s sharp, snappy suits.
I noticed that Ted Baker has also bravely addressed one of men’s fashions most baffling trends, which is that of the ‘Sexy Geek,’ complete with “dickie bow.” I must say that from what I’ve seen so far at Manchester Fashion Week, in spite of my initial trepidations, it does work.
In addition, colours that previously came with a “don’t try this at home,” label, are happily holding their own this season in menswear. Ted Baker has daringly pushed pink ties worn with equally pink striped shirts to the forefront and teamed them with a cobalt blue Mac.
In terms of women’s’ clothing, the amount of flesh on show has been kept to a tasteful minimum on Ted Baker’s catwalk models. Sexiness is merely hinted at in this collection, with the focus being instead on total femininity.
Some of my favourite pieces were a demure pussybow blouse in pastel yellow teamed with a full and floaty chiffon skirt, topped off with dainty clutch and sky-scraper peep toe heels. In recognition of a flattering 50’s trend, Ted Baker also showcased many a gorgeous dress for the spring/summer.
One lovely example is that of a really sexy yet demure 50’s inspired dress; complete with a fitted V-neck, nipped in waist and full A-line skirt. The bold floral print is also, thankfully, bright enough to cheer up even the most depressing of British summertime afternoons.
From mini dresses to maxis, I was really impressed with the emphasis on simple elegance and looking really ladylike. In particular, a sky blue maxi dress that made the model look like some sort of tribute to a Grecian Goddess.
But my absolute favourite and I am a bit of a dress fiend here, was a tiered, ruffle mini dress that features a patent little bow belt that I thought successfully draws the eye to the narrowest part of the body and helps create enviable curves.
It seems that this season, coloured cropped jeans have also just stumbled back into fashion, blinking, dazed and a little late to the party but have arrived nonetheless. However, Ted Baker demonstrated to us all at Fashion Week a really pretty pair that if you’re shaped anything like me, aren’t too “cankle” unfriendly.
Also, I’ll let you in on a little secret: I think that the great thing about some of these pieces, is that one could quite easily go out on the pull and consequently go out to dinner with his mother immediately after. No change of outfit required. The vast majority of this collection tends to strike that perfect balance between demure and feisty and understated sexy.
Bravo, Ted, Bravo!
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Images courtesy of Liz Hewitt / LoveScene Magazine