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JIGSAW - SPRING SUMMER 16

Jigsaw A-line, S/S16, Wardrobe staplesEmma CarrComment

Last week I was invited to a preview of Jigsaw’s Spring/Summer16 collection at the Manchester Flagship store on King Street. It coincided with International Women’s Day, which turned out to be very appropriate as much of the creative talent responsible for the new collection are women.

Lisa Berridge is Jigsaw’s resident artist and is the creator of all their signature hand-painted prints. One of the Spring Summer 16 collections explores the theme of nature and every single print has been hand-painted onto a canvas first, before being digitally printed. This attention to detail has also been given to all the childrenswear prints too.

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Jigsaw have also collaborated on three collections with New York pigment expert Audrey Louise Reynolds, which includes a limited edition run of 50 pieces featuring hand-dyed prints on soft cotton cashmere and silks, so every piece is unique. Audrey creates all her own pigment with anything from flowers to vegetables. 

New for Spring Summer 16 is The Creators Project which sees Jigsaw collaborating with Independent designers and artisans - starting this season with jeweller Corrie Williamson, milliner Jess Collett and bag designer Anna Pugh who have created bespoke pieces exclusively for Jigsaw.

Spring Summer 16 also sees the A-Line collection return for it’s second season and with every piece designed in-house, the attention to design, cut and fit is clear to see. 

From hand-painted prints to bespoke design and luxury fabrics the quality of Jigsaws products speak for themselves. So if you are looking for design led, high quality pieces that you’ll wear forever, Jigsaw would be a good place to start. 

JIGSAW A-LINE

A/W15, High Street Hero's, Wardrobe staples, Stylish mum, Jigsaw A-lineEmma CarrComment

Last week I was lucky enough to be involved in a photoshoot at the beautiful Jigsaw, King Street store in Manchester. During the shoot I got to take a look at their new A-Line collection and what a treat that was. From beautiful wool culottes to cashmere knits the 40 piece limited-edition collection is full of timeless pieces you’ll have in your wardrobe forever. The luxe fabrics and well cut designs mean we can all have a taste of affordable luxury. 

The mainline collection didn't disappoint either, in particular the outerwear and accessories. From perfectly tailored overcoats to gorgeous faux-fur stoles, Jigsaw is definitely hitting the mark again. 

Images: Jigsaw, King Street Manchester & A-Line marketing campaign

AW15 TRENDS - THE BLOUSE

A/W15, Wardrobe staplesEmma CarrComment

With the Seventies, Eighties and Victorian gothic set to be big for A/W15 the blouse is making a comeback. So what should you be looking for? If you want to go all Seventies look for silk pussy-bow blouses as seen at Gucci, or if you want to add a bit of Eighties into your wardrobe look for rounded, tied or high-necked collars, think Krystal Carrington in Dynasty. Finally, if you fancy going all Victorian goth then look for high-necked ruffled collars, gathered cuffs and lace. So how to wear it? Layer underneath a dress or jumper, or simply worn on it’s own with a great pair of jeans, whichever way you choose it will instantly update your look. 

Main Images: Pinterest & Blouses from left to right: Isabel Marant Uster printed silk-twill blouse / Mango contrast collar shirt / Zeus+Dione Phyllis pussy-bow embroidered silk-georgette blouse / Zara blouse with tie neck