Monday, December 19, 2011

The Eleventh Hour: AW12

While scoruing the Alice Euphemia blog for fashionalble pieces of clothing and accessories, my metaphorical prayers were answered when I spotted some of The Eleventh Hour's collection for Autumn/ Winter 2012. I was first impressed by the title of the brand, sharing the same name of the first episode within the fifth Doctor Who series and second was the minimalist design of the clothing.

The clean cut lines as well as the seemingly comfortable materials such as the cardigan pictured above are dreamily mixed with sheer inserts in a geometric pattern. I loved the puff sleeves and the thick, bordered cuffs around the wrists as well as the trimmed edge of this cream coloured cardigan. The sheer panel at the top of the shoulders at the back of the piece adds a little sexiness to the piece as well as glamor. It could even be worn over the top of a red cocktail dress to downplay the theatrical colour.

Manica Cardigan – Ivory (also coming in Black)

Above is the lovely Manica Shirt in Ivory, which reminds me a lot of British Model, DJ and television presenter Alexa Chung's personal style with the vintage inspired blouse in white and the distinct collar and button seem detail in black to make a statement. The Eleventh Hour are a Sydney label which delivers a beautiful collection full of essential Winter staples. The model on which the collection is shot on is the lovely Louise Van der Voorst.

What really caught my attention about the Winter collection is the bold statement dress in a light weight material. Dubbed the Manica Shirt Dress, it comes in either Black/Lavender. Above is the Black colour with an ivory panel on the right but I would be most interested to see the lavdender Manica Dress in contrast with the ivory panel. Again is the season's best trend, collars on dresses as well as blouses to add a touch of class to a classic design with a twist. The styling is so simplistic with ankle boots and a pair of shorts from the collection here and there but the sentiment of the collections is clean cute lines and Winter basics with chic class. You could even get away with wearing them in an office or dressed up with a bomber jacket for an event. I saw a fantastic Romance was Born red rose bomber kacet that would look great with dresses in this ivory colour.

Manica Trench Dress – Black 
“The Eleventh Hour aesthetic can be described as architectural. Intricate shoulder pleats look as never ending as the Scalinata stairs of Rome, translucent panels as irregular as the windows of a Frank Lloyd Wright home and elongated collars as sharp as the Empire State Building.” .

Founded by Sydney-based designer Anne Tu, The Eleventh Hour is a label for those who appreciate quiet details, clean lines, luxurious fabrics and precise tailoring. .

Anne studied at the esteemed St George College of Fashion and Technology, before spending three years at Kirrily Johnston as head design assistant, and cutting her teeth with UK based minimalist experts, Preen. .

The Eleventh Hour launched in October of 2010, with a Resort collection entitled Modern Romance.
The simplicity, precision and thoughtful intricate detailing balanced with an understated colour palette emanates a certainty rare in other emerging brands. .

The Eleventh Hour collections are made in Australia, where Anne ensures flawless detailing, smoothed bound edges, french seams and careful craftsmanship makes each piece beautiful, both inside and out.

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