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,
owned by the Arcadia Group.
main themes of the Wallis season are defined under the concept of Global
Decadence as Ballets Russes, Ecuador, Maharaja and Tribal Queen.
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…
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.
Is all about
Indian opulence and rich detail.
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
Key fabrics include extravagant brocades and fresh
Vibrant 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
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.
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.
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.
See Marks and Spencer New Spring Collections online
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