I'm approaching the age where there's a niggle chipping away at the back of my mind. In all seriousness, I have to ask questions such as "How long do I have before I have to pack my bunny/cherry/poodle themed accessories away and hand them down to Lily (Steve's BEAUTIFUL niece, who I have a mild fixation with at the moment‚Ä¶)?" I have so many lines of protest though. I still occasionally get ID-ed in Tesco's when I buy wine ("Dude, I'm buying marsala to make a lovely rich and creamy sauce for chicken – do you think I'm over 18?"). There's the cliched eternally-youthful Chinese card I can play up to a certain point, although I'm dubious about it works in every instance (I have a theory that once Chinese women hit a certain age, they very rapidly and suddenly turn into Grandmother Willow from Pocahontas, all wrinkled and cracked like a walnut). My cartoon character facial expressions (see latest issue of Australia's Sunday Style) also naturally encourages the accompaniments of a bunny hairband or a strawberry shaped clutch.
Still, time is not on my side so I must fill up on brazen kitsch whilst I can. Welcome Companions, directed by Laurel Conseulo Broughton in Los Angeles, is an accessories label that aims to create "a collection of objects and accessories for everyday play." Previous collections such as "Part Time Picnic" or "Mr Knife, Miss Fork" include pieces like shoulder bags shaped like pieces of toast or Air Mail wallets. In Welcome Companions' latest collection, they play down the kawaii and go all navy for an imaginary yard fight between the animals and the squares. Quite literally you have square bags and totes playing up against bags shaped like hares and tortoises as well as cat and mouse-themed accessories. Synthesised and reduced to sleek navy leather, there are hints of Natalia Brilli or Bless in its approach to accessories as objects. Or more recently, Mandy Coon's runaway rabbit success of a bunny bag. Welcome Companions brings their yard fight to life with a stop motion video, which asserts their love of "play" in accessories – something I can't seem to let go just yet.
On another "play" note, Katie Hillier, lover of all things animal and in particular bunny, has launched her e-commerce store and she does it in true Hillier London style with another fine example of an accessory video viral. I'm a simple creature. Seeing an animated bunny on the computer is enough to make me go clickety-click on e-shops. The store has all the Hillier classics from the punchy, vaguely affordable hairbands and clips to the more pricy finer pieces like the animal paperclips and beautifully diamond-sprinkled bunny rings. Oh, and all hail the return of Luella Bartley to work with Hillier on Marc by Marc Jacobs. It will be interesting to see whether there's a discernible change of design direction at the diffusion line.