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Outside the rain begins. And it may never end.
If you don't need to go out there is something very comforting about being inside with the sound of raindrops pitter pattering on the windows. But even inside there's a very definite change of season going on. Golden leaves a falling, heating thermostats rising, accompanied by a need to cleanse one's closet.
Yesterday I packed away my 'very summery clothes'. Not the ones I can still wear with layers above or below but those that look just plain silly in Autumn and especially in Winter.
And always when it hits this time of year I bewail the fact that 'easy' dressing is coming to an end. The little floral dress and flip flops. The denim shorts and cami combo. The seaspray hair and teeny amount of makeup because skin glows all on its own. How much simpler could mornings be.
And it takes me about two whole weeks of sulking and much adjustment before I suddenly fall in love with Fall. And Winter close behind it. In those fourteen days I adopt boots of the ankle variety yet steadfastly refuse to wear tights. I flirt on and off with long sleeved tee's. I mostly nuzzle into cardigans worn over my less summery summer wear. But finally I have to acknowledge that it's just not enough. That I am, quite frankly, cold. And also I feel a little straddled over two seasons and not complementing either of them very well at all.
But I long for the ease and comfort of my long lost summer. I long to pull on easy clothes and rough dry my hair and go. I long for the sensual feel of clothes that aren't heavily constructed and, well, heavy. And that, THAT is why I am deeply in love with the Autumn/Winter collection of Simeon Farrar.
Simeon Farrar is a London based designer who trained in Fine Art and has been a painter for the last ten years. His art is translated through into his clothing design to create something very special indeed. Patterns, textures, dip dye techniques that simply shouldn't work but do, all are employed in the production of his wonderfully unique pieces.
Pieces that are so easy to wear. Harem pants splattered with stars that work as easy legwear by day and simply pull up into a sexy jumpsuit by evening. Cardigans that drape and are beautifully fine, magically patterned and make you feel imbued with blue velvet starry skies. Silky little frilled skirts with romantic paint washes that look girly cool worn with beaten up ankle boots and opaques. And the scarves, pashmina, cashmere or jersey with stars or stripes or checks...but always so wrappable. And my black washed Rabbit T-shirt dress, my perfect layering piece, could I love this any more than I do? Don't even get me started on the scrungy leather handled bags....
Simeon Farrar has got me kick started into the new season. His clothes are easy to wear. Easy to love.