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Review of Fashion at Acanthus
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An Independent Fashion Shop  - Fashion at Acanthus Page 2

Acanthus -  1 Cornmarket, Worcester WR1 2DJ, Tel: 01905 611006

On the earlier page featuring Acanthus in Worcester UK, we saw some lovely velvet and brocade items.  Here are some more pictures of Anna's interesting Autumn/Winter 2005/6 stock at Acanthus.  Most of these items were available at the time of my visit in October 2005.   Location below


Lace & Velvet from Avoca Anthology

Three quarter crushed velvet coat by Avoca Anthology. Three quarter crushed velvet coat by Avoca Anthology and wool skirt.

The gorgeous three quarter crushed velvet coat in both pictures above is by Avoca Anthology and is actually a taupe mole colour although it is called violet on the stock ticket.  This crushed velvet coat is £221 and has been teamed with a £101.50 toning taupe 100% fine wool skirt with bead and paillette spangle enhanced embroidery that meanders across the skirt in flowing organic forms.  Pretty camisole vests in many toning expensive looking colours by Geisha are available for £49.50 each.

Lace net shrug decorated with cream pearls and beads. Lace wrap dress.

The lace net shrug decorated with cream pearls and beads above left is a fairytale wisp of a jacket perfect as a cover up for bare shoulders and arms.  This is £132.50 and looks great against the cream beaded skirt £177 and peaking out just below it. The shrug whether knit, fabric, lace or fur is another of this season's hot items. This beaded net one is extra special and very decorative in a feminine way.

The lace dress on the far left is by Avoca Anthology and this lace wrap dress is ideal worn more casually as as a layer over jeans. Wearing it in an alternative way to a basic dress really increases the versatility of the item.  Price is £169 and the dress Anna showed me was a pale soft sage green. 

The figured red velvet coat and red lace wrap dress is also by Avoca Anthology, but not currently available at Acanthus.  For your local stockist of the red coat and red lace dress contact Avoca Anthology a unique label from Dublin and made in County Wicklow, Ireland.


As well as occasion wear at Acanthus you will also find plenty of items more suitable for everyday wear.  Anna has an interesting selection of knitwear from the finest lacy knits to thicker chunkier casual knit  pattern jackets.


Fashions by Mint & Sahara at Acanthus

Sahara jacket in Cardamom. Organza skirt by Mint. Military style jacket and skirt.

This go anywhere easy fit 100% wool striped jacket on the far left is by Sahara in the Cardamom colour.  It has a fascinating raised ridged surface texture typical of custom made knits.  It would be perfect for a tall statuesque woman. The jacket was a very accommodating size and the simple easy cut makes it most suitable for a larger size or to be worn over other layers.  This very wearable item is £192.50 and I suspect some woman will buy it and wear it day in day out as it is a great top layer.

In the centre is a lovely semi sheer, iridescent shot silk organza skirt, by Mint at £99. This slouch skirt is decorated with a paisley sequin and embroidery border.  This skirt was available in several pretty colours.  The classic black jacket with it is £99.

The black items far right show a very interesting military style jacket with an asymmetric cut to the front.  As you can see the right front side is longer than the other side.  The jacket is £78 and the skirt is £76 and the outfit is just that bit different that the general high street take on military.


One thing that I noticed about all the items in Acanthus, was the love Anna had for either complete streamlined simplicity or ornate decoration.   You will find both when you look through the rails.

If you are looking for stylish linen and natural fashions you will note the simplicity of the lovely clean simple lines of the linen clothes she sells in summer to the texture, tone and richness of decorative detail and embellishment on items such as tops, shawls, scarves, bags and other accessories perfect for the festive season or other occasion wear.


Craft Appliqué & Patchwork Texture

 Appliqué top by Mint. Suffolk puff patchwork silk triangular shawl and matching puffs handbag

This detail of a lovely loose easy to wear taupe grey top on the left is by Mint which is owned by the fashion company East. Apart from trading throughout the UK in many towns, East supplies independent shops with East articles under the trading name of Mint.  Mint items are not sold in East retail shops.  Only independent sellers can sell the Mint range of East goods.

The greyish taupe top above is silk with Viscose appliqué in an ethnic accommodating loose style. The appliqué fabric is a gleaming metallic brocade with a silver and gold glimmer all worked on an grey crepe background. The randomly placed rose motifs are worked in machine embroidery, but also have the look of being individually worked rose shapes which makes the piece appear to have an element of originality.

The unique Suffolk puff patchwork silk triangular shawl and matching puffs handbag on the right is made from silk fabrics and is a handcrafted piece.  Both items are by Etnika and the bag was priced at £44 with the shawl at £104.  Suffolk puff patchwork is a traditional patchwork craft.

If you love textiles you will be as thrilled as I am with the wonderful ranges of contrasting textures, creative techniques and colours at Acanthus.  Naturals, neutrals and nouveau are all at Acanthus.  If you are a linen or silk lover this is also the place to find women's wear in natural fabrics.  If you are beyond the size range there is still something for you.  Racks of interesting colourful and subtle jewellery and scarves that are novel and the accessories collections, include the independent ranges from Pilgrim and East.  Whilst East has it's own stores the range it sells to independents under the name of Mint is not found in East shops.

Acanthus Location Details

The clothes shop is easy to find and is in a busy prime city-centre location with an outdoor car park nearby in the Cornmarket area of Worcester.  This is the same area that hosts the Worcester Christmas Fayre.  The location is just around the corner from Reindeer Court which itself leads to the Shambles back entrance of Marks and Spencers.  The shop is also about 300 yards from Worcester Foregate Street Rail station.  Use  with the United Kingdom postcode WR1 2DJ to see the location.

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