StyleOnTheCouch Loves: Clover Canyon

Clover Canyon

Clover Canyon

Clover Canyon

Clover Canyon

Clover Canyon, who showed their designs for the first time at New York Fashion Week last year, describe themselves as ‘a celebration of beauty’.  Certainly one cannot help but be drawn to their bold, unique and eye catching designs – as if the world of Erdem and Pilotto collided to create this summer’s series of structured shapes with vivid prints.  Made in-house in California the brand also embodies that carefree spirit and cheerfully boho vibe that the area represents.

In an interview with Examiner magazine, Clover Canyon designer Rozae Nichols spoke about the inspiration behind spring summer 2013:

“We are inspired by the vast and varied landscape of the American Southwest – traveling then back to the West – surf side of Baja California. This is a collective of memories of not-so-long so ago travels. Classic muscle and low-rider cars, highways, bandana paisleys, disco ball-glass tiles framed by cannabis leaves, Trompe-l’oeil Burlap and denim textures! Collisions of pattern and color in our signature graphic engineered forms. Colors are reflected in distinctive palettes: metallic car paints, grass greens, bamboo & baha grass surf shack greens and fuchsia and yellows. Shapes are a mix of proportions – from voluminous jackets layered with streamlined capris and men’s classic creased slacks to halter dresses topped with paisley-print featherweight raincoats.”

What I love about Clover Canyon is how the pieces work so well together as well as separately.  It doesn’t half encourage you to snap up the whole collection so you can start mixing and matching.  I’m excited to see what the brand comes up with next season!  In the meantime you can get your Clover Canyon fix on Net a Porter, Shopbop and The Outnet.

Flowers, Beach and Sea.

Help me out with a little research experiment, Blog Reader. How many of you can’t resist buying something new and perhaps that little bit different for a holiday? I call these items my ‘holiday purchases’ – whilst the vacation itself is for relaxing and exploring and rarely (perhaps surprisingly for me, shopping), before I head off I tend to buy one new thing to take with me and enjoy wearing.

This Zara dress was my Turkey-holiday-purchase.  I bought it in London in fact, quite taken with the neckline and bewitched by the print (shock, horror*).

I wore this dress often last week and I’m now looking to Mary Katrantzou and Erdem for the inspiration that will help me continue to wear it beyond my trip.  Erdem – the eternal king of floral prints in my book – has some delightful dresses in their new resort 2013 collection. Perhaps a bit more sombre than their usual designs, I nonetheless liked the silhouettes and use of lace:

Catwalk images above from Top, Erdem resort 2013. Below, Mary Katrantzou spring / summer 2012.

So where do you stand on floral prints right now Blog Reader? And as for my little piece of holiday-related research, let me know…

Wearing: Dress, Zara (no longer available on line, similar alternatives here and here); Leather ‘O’ bracelet (just seen) Bordelle; Clutch by CurlyInTheCity – her Etsy shop here.  Sunglasses, GUESS.

*Alright, alright, I might just have to concede that I can now ‘do’ print *gasps*