Tag Archive | Umbrellas

SquidLondon — Color Changing Couture

Taking the innovative color changing properties of their signature umbrellas to the next level, female “SquidLondon” duo Emma-Jayne Parkes and Viviane Jaeger have collaborated with couture pattern cutter Vlasta Collu and haute couture embroiderer Charlotte La Roche to create a stunning capsule collection of raincoats.

SquidLondon co-founder and Director Emma-Jayne Parkes explains:

“We decided to develop our coat range because our umbrellas are so loved, and so much fun, we really wanted a ‘wow’ factor garment; the intricacies of hand embroidery mixed with sharp couture detailing that beautifully change into a walking piece of art when wet – it’s unique – you can’t beat it!

The capsule tailored rainwear collection “Opera Icons” consists of two jackets and a trench coat available in three embroidery options, allowing the wearer a sense of artistic flair as well as adding a splash of playfulness in her style.

The three designs include the Carmen – a cropped, fitted jacket with a high collar; the Madame Butterfly jacket with its oversize shawl collar that when used as a hood mimics the brightly colured wings of a butterfly; and the Juliette trench coat, a classically beautiful design, just like its namesake. In addition to the coats, there are appliquéd versions of the much-loved Squidarellas, and an oversized scarf that can be worn in several ways.

When dry, the garments are chic monochrome – white flower motifs appliquéd to the black fabric. But add a splash of rain and the white flowers quickly garment blossoms into an array of bright colors.

The coats are made in London and currently available made to order for A/W 2011 delivery direct from SquidLondon’s Shoreditch studio. http://www.squidlondon.com.

Check out a behind the scenes video:

*Majority of information taken from Official Press Release.


Brighten Up Your Day

“I’m singing in the rain…” ok so I’m sure we’ve all heard this song and I for one have always wondered why would anyone be that happy when its pouring out? I absolutely love summer so I dedicated today’s post to help shed some light on a fun way of bringing some sunshine to your day even when its cold, dreary and just terrible out.

The answer is to add a colorful, fun or maybe quirky umbrella to your repertoire, these umbrellas are rather fantastic and are sure to put you in a better mood. I recently found a great umbrella, not only is it automatic but its also colorful and believe it or not it does make a difference. Check out some I found online and snag yours now before the winter really sets in or maybe give it to someone for a Christmas gift.

Who wouldn’t want to be surrounded by Chihuly’s glass masterpieces, or look up to see white fluffy clouds?

My Umbrella: Aqua Floral Auto Umbrella – $6 (sale!)

1. Galleria Sunflower Bloom Stick Umbrella – $25.00

2. Sock Monkey Umbrella – $15.95

3. Galleria Big Flower Auto Open Stick Umbrella – $25.00

4. Galleria Hautman Brothers “Butterflies” Auto Mini Umbrella – $31.95

5. MoMA Butterfly Umbrella – $30

6. MoMA Sky Umbrella – $35

7. Totes Bordeaux Bamboo Ruffle Stick Umbrella – $30

8. Galleria Sky Road Kid’s Umbrella – $16.99

9. Chihuly Pergola Stick Umbrella – $34.00