On a beautiful starry night a few weeks back, Dover Street was swarmed with fashion’s coolest boys and girls as they celebrated Pinghe’s SS14 collection (check the collection out here!). The minimalist monochrome collection comprising fitted dresses, intricate leather jackets and lazer cut skirts was a sophisticated presentation which captured the imagination and demanded authority. It is incredible to think that this was Ping He’s debut showcase, but her impressive background working with Alexander McQueen and as head designer of Aftershock demonstrates that Ping has a formidable talent and a hawkish eye for design aesthetics. Inspired by architecture, every single piece featured a beautiful silhouettes which celebrated the female form. I was hooked.
Since that night, I’ve had dreams (no joke) of ways to get my hands on some of their collection pieces and how amazingly awesome it would be if they lived in my closet. So you can imagine my elation when the collaboration project with Pinghe arose. The day of the shoot was also dreamy taking place around South Kensington. The Pinghe team (comprising the cool and collected Alexandra Achille and the talented Cristiana Malcica) made the day a breeze and incredibly fun. We all had our fingers crossed (and it worked!) that the rain would never come as we shot some of my favourite SS14 looks.
So, without further ado, I will be posting a five part post on my essential summer selections from Pinghe’s SS14 collection starting today.
One of my number one must have summer picks is the Jacquelynne dress. In a whiter than white white, the dress is elegant and epitomises feminine sophistication. I love the juxtaposition of the delicate front embroidery to the deep V cut which makes it effortlessly chic and sexy. It’s a perfect item for any city stroll (with some gladiator flats or slip on sandals and perhaps a Cuban hat) or for a summer garden party (with classic pumps or platform sandals with a statement clutch). I also think anyone who walks in the dress will get hooked because of its flounce hem which playfully sways and bounces from side to side.
Londoners know how important it is to be prepared for all weather eventualities even in the summer months. It’s therefore essential for me to be able to layer what I’m wearing. The Jacquelynne is a perfect piece for that. By wearing it with a chunky knit jumper, the flounce hem transforms into a cute little skirt. This also means that there’s a very dramatic reveal waiting when the weather clears up for the jumper to be shed off. Suffice to say the dress is an ‘it’ piece which is timeless and multifaceted – a totally summer essential with maximum allure.
A massive thank you to the Pinghe team!
Photographed by Cristiana Malcica