Big faux fur jackets, sequins, a tonne of embellishment and knee high boots have become synonymous with one of the coolest British designers, Clio Peppiatt. As if that wasn't enough (I normally swoon at the sight of a faux fur coat) but when you add chenille patches to the equation and a collaboration with emerging bag designer Sara Sboul, this collection ticked all the boxes. Leather applique mini skirts, pink berets along with celebrity endorsement? Check, check and check. The celebrities I mentioned are none other than sassy songstresses Marina and the Diamonds and Charli XCX.While the music these two women make are world's apart, they both looked stunning in Clio Peppiatt, whether it be on the red carpet or snapped in the street. As you might have guessed, I couldn't care less what celebrities wear unless the clothes themselves are interesting. Something Bill Cunningham was able to articulate long before I came along in words which are crystal clear.
The Fall 2015 collection marks a turning point in the label's short history. The Clio Peppaitt archive has been removed from the website and replaced with the autumn of 2015 as the brand's origin. This feels like a betrayal when one considers how creative the first few collections were and that the aesthetic of Clio Peppiatt has been present since its very inception. Or maybe I'm just overreacting, the old archives will be back again soon and am simply acting like the crotchety old man, angrily shaking his fist from his front lawn. What you can't see is the development of accessories as an integral part of each collection, which is easy to overlook when you're just starting out. Along with the backpacks and purses made by Sara Sboul, there were some super cute handmade beaded brooches adorning a faux fur leopard print jacket. I now have to live with a lifetime of regret knowing that I could have plucked up the courage to request some custom pins when they advertised on Instagram last year and dragged my heels. Insert reference to be like Ben meme here.