pearls and men.
Source: April Rose Pengilly
Pearls and Men... a juxtaposition if I ever saw one, and it couldn't be more fitting to describe Manning Cartell's SS12 collection. Striking the perfect balance between masculine and feminine with its sorbet pastel palette and masculine tailoring. I loved it so much, I even took the time to curate my favourite looks into categories for your viewing pleasure (also because I wanted to weigh up which of the four dresses I would wear to my 21st). It's so satisfying when you can do that to a collection because you know the designer has extra care to make it cohesive and seamless (perhaps I should be a judge on Project Runway?). Most labels boast a signature print that they incorporate into every 'type' of clothing (dress, separates, jacket etc.), but Manning Cartell proves that you don't need a striking pattern to drive your collection, instead relying on the textures, structures and and materials to string a narrative. I love that they're reviving the shorts suit - it has 'I'm a powerful, confident woman' written all over it and If I was at an office job, I swear my corporate wardrobe would be full of the two-piece. But for now, I will just live in my loose boxy sequinned tee and metallic shorts while I push through my tertiary education.