Italia Bound

Next week I'm back off to Italy to oversee production of my Winter shoes - ooh la la! Although it does feel a long time ago that I first dreamt up velvet booties and gold stitching, I can't tell you how overjoyed I am at the prospect of holding some 'finished product' in my hot little hand!!

I will also be locking eyes on the first batch of prototypes for my next summer range whilst I’m there. Talk about heated anticipation!

With all this in mind, I thought it might be nice to show you where I'm heading with Spring/Summer 2011, so I’ve scanned in a few of the references that I've taken inspiration from and some sketches of the Summer collection styles underway.

Annie Abbott blog

Annie Abbott blog

Annie Abbott blog

You can see I've got a bit of a circular thing going on here which stems from a close friendship I have with orb shapes that organically swoop their way around the place (not unlike an avocado)... and find themselves featuring on 70's wallpaper and textiles such as those on the reference board above. Those who know me well, are familiar with my love of big ball-y neckpieces... and it's fair to say that perhaps a fondness for doughnuts might have come into play here too!

As for the colours... well its summer and I wanted boldness. Many of the well known fashion houses are taking a similar approach with bold contrasting colours for the northern hemisphere's SS11 (think Prada, Jil Sander, Marc Jacobs, Marni)... so hopefully there will be lots of others out there appreciating my colour choices when next Summer rolls around!

.... But more colour talk to come in a future post.

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