I'm ringing in 2013 with a belated mention of New Year's Eve outfit quandry. There are very few moments where I fret about what to wear. I annoy myself when I ask the question because I fear I'm turning into one of the stock characters from Boots' marketing cringefest Here Come the Girls. Actually I know when I've turned into one of those girls because Steve tells me so. The phrases "I have nothing to wear!" and "My thighs are like wibbly jelly mush." are banned in this house. Upon New Year's Eve, befor we hit Ponystep x Melissa's extravaganza in Shadwell, I feared I was about to utter one of the banned phrases. I kept on thinking that a lotta something something from Sister by Sibling's S/S 13 collection would 100% answer the outfit void and that nothing else would do for this particular of night of welcoming in the new year. Petulant yearning for collections that were never going to materialise in your wardrobe is not attractive. Whilst the outfit puzzle was solved for the night (trusty Jonathan Saunders and a sheer dress if you must know), I thought it was high time that I gushed over the collection.
Sister by Sibling was one of my London Fashion Week casualties. Huffing and puffing as I raced to the door, I found it closed, and from the joyous clapping and cheering inside, I knew I was missing a good un'. Petulant moaning when you're late for fashion shows is even less attractive. Still, a closer look at this amped up knitwear collection from the Sibling trio, was the next best thing. Sid Bryan, Joe Bates and Cozette McCreery's knitwear has been bewitching men and women alike since 2008 but this Sister by Sibling S/S 13 collection is only their third season of properly doing womenswear and it is obvious that they really embraced the "women" part of their task this time. They revelled in all things ladylike played out in lime green and fuschia embroidered twinsets, white raffia and baby pink leopard jacquard. The unlikely inspiration for all this hyper femininity though was in fact the punk singer Poly Styrene. The trio are no stranger to the layers of punk that have given way to their unmistakably "London" rooted knitwear but it was Poly Styrene's simultaneous appreciation for anything from lady-lady vintage clothes to off-kilter binliner dresses and army helmets that fuelled this collection. The distinctive toile de jouy pattern was one of the common threads with the Sibling menswear collection and is no less pertinent as memories of rioting East End teenagers play out on this anarchic print. Blazing London aside, there's so much joy to be found in this small but well-formed collection. No wonder everyone in the room at the show was "Whoop whooping" all the way through and you can't blame me for wanting to enjoy my last hours of 2012 doused in beaded flowers, sequinned leopard print and webby mohair.