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.

Fall Prints: David Peck Collection

Earlier in the year I interviewed David Peck for Lookbooks about his CrOp collection. Standing for ‘creative opportunities’, CrOp is produced in Houston, Texas with a focus on sustainability and social responsibility. David uses low impact printing methods and organic, fair trade and natural fibers for designs that feature his signature bold prints and vibrant hues.

The inspiration behind fall 2012 began with a visit to NYC’s Tenement Museum, which got David thinking about his own rich family history: connections, travel, memories, evolution and change.  Peck used each of the themes for the prints in the collection to tell a story: harbor, lace, autumn leaves and geography.  For information and the ideas behind each theme click on the image below:

This Estelle dress in navy/geography print is one of my favourites from Peck’s current line.  The abstract print reminiscent of clouds, land and sea from above was inspired by David’s travels over the sea to and from Paris.  I love the length of the dress and the centre stripe that draws you in – it is a delight to wear.

You can view the whole collection on Peck’s website – I will be featuring another of Davids designs, along with photos of my other fall favourites over the next few weeks.

Each season David Peck partners with a charity to promote and bring awareness of their cause.  For fall / winter 12 Peck is working with Covenant House in Texas, an organization offering shelter and services to homeless and at risk youth under the age of 21.  You can read more about David’s work with Covenant House here.

Wearing: Estelle Dress, David Peck Collection.  Clutch from my friend Nicole Rosano.
Photography: Steve Wampler and Alex Suarez, shot on location at The Castle in Austin, Texas.

StyleOnTheCouch Loves: Preen Resort 2013

Graphic streaks and oversized flower prints mixed with their signature modern silhouettes; Preen resort 2013 is a wonderful mix of bold splashes of paint and sporty elements.  Having spoken of my love of Preen (yet again) on Sunday, it felt fitting to feature their recent line today.

The black dress top left, and the white shirt with Dolman-style sleeves and high-waisted flower print skirt are my favourites from this collection.  I was happy to hear the recent announcement that Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi will return to their design roots in London for fashion week this year (the duo had been showing in NYC since 2008), with Thornton quoted in WWD as saying:

“Today, London is a very different fashion week to what it once was, and it’s a great place for us to show. It feels right to be here again. It’s more of an international fashion week now.”

Attracted to and influenced by American sportswear when they first came to NYC, this current collection has a clear Olympic / athletic influence.  Cool, modern, sporty chic is seen in side-striped trousers, padded jackets and track pants.  Other inspirations for the line are the artist Jeff Koons and the photographer Nick Knight; resulting in vivid, bold splashes of paint and graphic lines that inject a delightful vibrancy into the designs.

I wrote on Sunday that there are designers who create collections I covet again and again – Preen is one of them.  I hope you like resort 2013 as much as I do, Blog Reader.

Images from Fashionising.
Visit the Preen website here.