Just Beatnik

Just Beatnik

There's been such a focus on Amy Winehouse's posthumous collaborative collections with Fred Perry that I don't think I've seen enough of a proper light shone upon Richard Nicoll's second Laurel Wreath Collection for Fred Perry.  Nicoll's debut collection for Fred Perry was an absolute delight, combining Teddy Girl dressing with a delicious colour palette that was Nicoll through and through.  They must have been happy enough to come back for more and I think Nicoll has actually managed to top the last one with this A/W 11-12 collection inspired by French Left Bank female beatniks.  He's crossed the channel to look at another sub culture but it's no less interesting to investigate what can be a very hackneyed theme. 

More importantly, it's the variety of textures and 'sumptuous-ness' that is ingrained into the collection that makes me want all of this.  Conveniently, the whole collection is pretty much available to buy now on Fred Perry as well as on ASOS so there's none of that nonsense of yearning after lookbook images with no light at the end of the shopper's tunnel.  Everything looks suitably sturdy for fall with patent jackets and satchels, angora sweaters, wool check in shades of navy and burgandy that as a combination, I jsut can't quite get out of my head at the moment.  It's difficult to work in themes of 'heritage' without it coming off as disingenuous but Nicoll has placed the laurel aptly (and interestingly – it appears in a wonderful intarsia knit…) and ensured that the silhouettes are fitting with Fred Perry's aesthetic.  I'm tempted to say that wearing this stuff head-to-toe is the way to go, espcially when it comes to the combination of a burgandy patent skirt, a wool Harrington jacket and a beige angora knit.  It's an outfit that needs to go out in autumn to do a bit of leaf crunching, preferably with a pair of loafers and chunky socks…




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  1. Cristina

    2011-09-07 at 5:47 PM

    What a fantastico color palette! I adore Richard Nicoll and I actually agree with your comment on wearing it head to toe. Navy and patent burgundy are now stuck in my mind.

  2. Style Astronaut

    2011-09-07 at 6:22 PM

    I love the pattern and colour! I also love your blog!!

  3. Clodagh

    2011-09-07 at 9:46 PM

    Great clothes, great palette, but I wish they’d used a model who looked legal. This is a cross-generational look, which is clever & commercial, but these images will automatically make me feel like mutton if do decide to invest

  4. Little Red Book

    2011-09-07 at 10:03 PM

    Give me anything schoolgirl and I am on board. Mad for plaid.

  5. Erin Droneburg

    2011-09-07 at 11:22 PM

    Amazing clothes! This color palette is making me rethink my black-centered wardrobe!

  6. Paprika

    2011-09-08 at 12:25 AM

    Sweet! like a pie!

  7. Haidee

    2011-09-08 at 8:14 AM

    Love these outfits love your blog 🙂

  8. Elisa Eymery

    2011-09-08 at 8:44 AM

    I like the patent and shearling jacket a lot. I also really liked the striped jumper with the red pattern, but then I realised it was a gigantic Fred Perry logo. I like that they used a model with a curly bob, it’s a nice, different look.

  9. thefashionguitar

    2011-09-08 at 9:43 AM

    Love the all navy look!
    XO Charlotte

  10. gui

    2011-09-08 at 9:52 AM

    I love your blog! Btw, many blog talk about it but not you apparently 🙂 miss nothing, check the last campaign from Lanvin
    Love reading you 🙂

  11. Shan @ Orchira

    2011-09-08 at 10:26 AM

    Absolutely gorgeous! I never liked Fred Perry but this collection really makes me impressed, big time! Very very chic and classy especially the tarten motif.
    Shan @ Orchira

  12. Anna Silk

    2011-09-08 at 10:54 AM

    gosh!the collection is an eye addiction!

  13. La Perle

    2011-09-08 at 11:51 AM

    I am loving the hair! I just moved to Paris and want to get my hair done, but am clueless as to where to go.

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    2011-09-08 at 12:30 PM

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  15. S.P

    2011-09-08 at 1:54 PM

    I like the sweaters (especially the one with the laurel? around the neckline) and the blue shirt.
    Strut Mode

  16. mark

    2011-09-08 at 2:10 PM

    i love the colour combinations used here…perfect…the styling for the models attire in skirts is really smart..
    nice blog..

  17. Amber

    2011-09-08 at 3:18 PM

    I really love this kind of style. It’s very chic, clean cut and sharp, and it just always works. I wish that I could pull off this style, but I just can’t! I can dress in the clothes, of course, but I feel like it doesn’t really reflect me and my lifestyle. Wish it did, though! I love love love it all!

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    2011-09-08 at 4:56 PM

    I cannot find the clothes featured here on their official website, could you give us link where to buy please?
    Shan @ Orchira

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