Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Knitwear styling guide: Top Ten Tips

The summer seems to have gone on holiday and the temperature has dropped. So if you've started reaching for the knitwear as we all have here in the studio, but you need a bit of help styling it, take a look at the Top Ten knitwear styling guide that I wrote for Ideal Magazine:
  • There is no better combination than knit and leather. Leather trousers + simple vest and a big, textured knitted cardigan will always be a winner
  • Tuck a neat knitted sweater into a high-waisted skirt or shorts for a great transitional look for spring or autumn
  • Knitted track pants with heels and a light-weight loose vest or t-shirt tucked in is a great way to rock the sporty look that’s still very much on-trend 
  • Layering sheer knits over camisoles and blouses is a good transitional trick for those awkward mid-season chilly days
  • Another fabric combination I can’t get enough of is knit with silk. Pull on a ribbed, body-con knitted skirt and tuck in a voluminous silk shirt for an incredibly easy but really chic outfit that will easily take you from day into evening
  • A knitted sweater dress, if it’s the right fit and shape for your body, will be your best friend in the winter months. All you need to wear with it is a good pair of thick tights and some awesome boots and you’re ready to go.
  • A big, thick knitted cardigan is a real investment piece: it will double up as a coat and you can layer it over jumpers, leather jackets, etc. Super versatile!
  • Don’t be afraid of a cropped sweater – worn over a form-fitting dress or with a leather, high-waisted pencil skirt, you’ll actually find it’s incredibly flattering
  • If you’re a bit anxious about committing to a big statement knit, invest in a really bold, big scarf. You can be wearing jeans and a really simple jacket but chuck on a huge, bonkers scarf and I guarantee someone will ask you where you got it!
  • It IS possible to wear knit from head to toe, you just need to play around with different weights so you don’t look like a yeti monster. One chunky foundation piece worn with lots of finer, gauzy layers makes for a really great autumn/winter look. Be experimental!







Monday, 15 September 2014

Introducing the Spring/Summer 2015 collection

We're delighted to unveil and share Hangar: our Spring/Summer 2015 collection, inspired by the early Acid House movement. In the 90s, following the decline of much of Britain’s textile industry, Acid House raves breathed creative energy into a decaying industrial landscape, which for many became an epiphany. 

We wanted to make a statement about the importance of handmade and ethically produced clothing, so took inspiration from the relationship that the Acid House movement had with these industrial spaces for our latest collection. 

All of the pieces in the Spring/Summer 2015 collection are named in tribute to some of the Amy Hall team's favourite old school house tracks, and in celebration of this, renowned house DJ Jamie Bull created a mix of tracks inspired by the collection, downloadable now on Soundcloud.

Photography: Alyssa Boni, styling: Georgina Hodson, hair & make up: Jodie Hyams, retouching: Tim Bennett, model: Sophie Ellson
















Thursday, 11 September 2014

Amy Hall x Jamie Bull

With the launch of our Spring/Summer 2015 collection 'Hangar' imminent, we're excited to unveil this brilliant mix by DJ Jamie Bull. As this collection was inspired, in the main, by the Acid House movement of the late 80's and early 90's, we knew we needed a musical preamble. We're all big fans of Jamie Bull here in the studio - not a week goes by without at least one of his famous HomoElectric mixes blaring out while we're hard at work, so it seemed appropriate to ask him to provide his sonic interpretation of these S/S 2015 pieces. We're really proud of this collection and we're honoured to have Jamie create a mix especially for us. Let these sounds get you in the mood for the weekend... and if you like what you hear, check out Jamie's other mixes here.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Latest press coverage: British Vogue, October issue

The October issue of British Vogue has finally landed and we're all pretty excited to have a couple of our mohair knits featured in 'The Craft', a fashion story styled by Fran Burns, shot by Karim Sadli and featuring model of the moment, Natalie Westling. Don't forget to pick up your copy to see the rest of this beautifully shot editorial.

To see the autumn/winter 2014 collection, click here, to shop, click here. Click on image below to view it in full.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

The 'Cleopatra' and her namesake

The next in the series of posts on the A/W 2014 collection focuses on Cleopatra VII Philopator, known simply as Cleopatra, who named our beautiful sweater, pictured below. 

Cleopatra was the last active pharaoh of Egypt and the last ruler of the Ptolemaic dynasty, ruling Egypt from 51 BC - 30 BC. She is known and celebrated for her beauty, as well as her love affairs with the Roman warlords Julius Caesar and Mark Antony.

Cleopatra was, most famously (and brilliantly), played by Elizabeth Taylor in the 1963 movie. But it's clearly time for a revival of her story, as James Cameron is also rumoured to be working on a Cleopatra 3D biopic, featuring Angelina Jolie in the title role.

Whether or not she was as beautiful as was claimed, she was a highly intelligent woman and an astute politician, who brought prosperity and peace to a country that was bankrupt and split by civil war. Subsequently, she was a popular ruler among the people of Egypt both because she embraced the Egyptian culture and because the country’s fortunes improved so greatly during her rule.

We felt as a strong woman ruling and improving the fortunes of a country in turmoil, she was an excellent choice to name one of our favourite pieces in the entire collection: