A WARDROBE fit for an adventure comes to Whistles this spring – with travel at the heart of the collection. Across the channel is a source of inspiration with a classic French mood – found both in Paris and in the wilds of the French coastline – feed into pieces with a certain je ne sais quoi. See oversized striped blouses, stride by the Seine wide-legged pants and, of course, a reworked Breton just right for now.
Silhouettes are loose and free-flowing, keeping things cool in both senses of the word. A classic blazer and oversized boilersuit are work-ready in an effortless way, best worn with don’t-care hair. Tie-front striped skirts, raffia bags and easy chic parkas provide the kind of off-duty insouciance that speaks of seaside living on the continent. At Whistles, we say Vive Les Vacances and this season’s slogan tote bag make our feelings known. We dress to frill too – pretty flounces are beguiling over dresses and jumpsuits.
Print is part of our DNA and this season it is graphic, with the kind of luscious, vivid colors found in African countries. A tulip print is scattered across classic jumpsuits – in a wide-legged shape, cropped or strapless – or on chiffon asymmetric-hemmed dresses, with cut-out detailing on the shoulder. Turquoise is a color of the season – on vintage-looking prints worked into midi-dresses and wrap-around blouses that tie things up just so.
For a new take on a summer palette, we have sun-bleached colors that signal long languid days. A barley-colored suede jumpsuit provides an easy impact and a wide-sleeved sand-colored denim jacket has an artist-in-the-studio feel. Blush-colored flared jeans feel romantic when paired with a tie-back blouse covered with floral print. With a summer of delights no doubt ahead, now is the time to succumb to Whistles SS18. — SG