April 20, 2016
Ladies, if you felt a little left out with that last Fred Perry capsule collection, here’s a wicked new collab that’s tailored (literally) just for you. The Fred Perry x Bella Freud collection is a boldly coloured homage to “boy girl dressing” – a tasteful blending of masculine and feminine details for a look that’s still incredibly versatile. In fact, the influence comes from London-based Bella’s own personal archive and love of boy girl dressing, which definitely manifests in the masculine collars – exaggerated to frame a feminine face for a more unique silhouette. And it explains why you’ll see the words ‘English Boy’ handwritten neatly on some of the pieces.
The collection is also a take on the subculture of the early 80s – particularly with respect to a style born out of music culture and a focus on minimalism. There’s a stunning statement gingham shirt dress and preppy argyle sweaters, but it’s the Bella Freud take on a classic Fred Perry polo that’s piqued our interest – a pique shirt gets treated to Bella’s signature double gold star embroidering and gold tipping, not to mention a frosty Alaskan blue colour palette.
Fred Perry x Bella Freud collection, $209 to $319, available at the Laurel Wreath Collection Shop at Mandarin Gallery, #03-08.