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Wallis Summer 2005

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Wallis SPRING/SUMMER 2005 Press Release & Images

This page features elements and 10 beautiful images of a spring/summer 2005 fashion press report, from the long established UK stores nationwide called Wallis, which are owned by the Arcadia Group. 

The main themes of the Wallis season are defined under the concept of Global Decadence as Ballets Russes, Ecuador, Maharaja and Tribal Queen. Wallis Georgette Babydoll top £40 Bohemia at Wallis - Printed georgette handkerchief-hem dress £60 Jewellery from a selection at Wallis

This is an unashamedly decadent collection with a strong ethnic undercurrent, spanning the tribes of Africa and the plains of South America, the exotica of India through to the dance theatres of Imperial St Petersburg…


Influenced by a time when Jean Shrimpton and Twiggy were the darlings of the fashion world, bold floral patterns contrast with the delicacy of sheer chiffon in deep purple, aqua and magenta. Surface decoration adorns skirts in the form of embroidery, appliqué and beading.


MaharajaJewelled georgette top £45 Cream linen culottes Black empire line jewelled-embellished dress £90 Jewellery from a selection at Wallis

Is all about Indian opulence and rich detail.Trinket embellished bolero £45Layered georgette skirt £60 Jewelled toe thongs £40 Jewellery from a selection at Wallis Wallis Trinket cream silk georgette tunic £50 White linen cropped trousers £35 Jewellery from a selection at Wallis

Neutral metallics and olive tones are mixed with brights. 

At Wallis dresses are strapless or with an empire line and heavily embellished. 

Kaftans are worn with sandals and layered jewellery or over slouched pants for a daytime casual look.

Key fabrics include extravagant brocades and fresh linens.

EcuadorEcuador -  Ribbed knitted shrug £27 Silk scarf as bandeau £17 Gypsy embroidered tiered skirt £45 Jewelled toe thongs £40 Jewellery and accessories from a selection at Wallis

Ballets Russes - Cropped brocade jacket £65 Organdie top £35 White linen trousers £40 Jewellery from a selection at Wallis Ecuador - Ribbed knitted shrug £27, Black vest top £10, Jewel-embellished printed silk skirt £65.  Jewellery from a selection at WallisVibrant tangerines and purples  with neutrals and give an ethnic 1970’s feel against a modern mix of embroidery with metal work. 

Babydoll dresses, silk tiered skirts and halterneck waistcoats are finished with trinket trims and dirndl borders.


Ballets Russes

Takes inspiration from the pre-Revolution dance era of 1900’s Russia. A Wallis delicate occasion collection that uses tulle, organdie, mesh and satin to highlight movement in fabric and colour.

Cropped bolero cardigans or coloured crochet wraps are worn over sheer chiffon dresses. Linen pieces have cutwork details and lace inserts.

Silhouettes are elegant yet ethereal, or reminiscent of vintage opera outfits, in exquisite tones of jade, watery green, white and ivory.Tribal Queen - Printed wrap dress £40 Jewellery from a selection at Wallis

Tribal Queen

Striking animal prints in hot pimento, mandarin, copper and chartreuse feature against a more sombre backdrop of oatmeal, mocha, chestnut and khaki.  Wallis classic wrap jersey dresses have imitation ivory trims, while bone, shell and wooden beading add ethnic decoration. African-inspired jewellery in metal gives a modern finish.

All images courtesy of Arcadia/Zoom  Wallis online

Arcadia who own Wallis also own TopShop, Dorothy Perkins, Evans and Miss Selfridge.  You can read more about these by using the gold navigation buttons left or the links on the lists below.

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