Cape Town Fashion Week ’10: Coppelia

This show appealed to the dishelved, geeky, prairie girl with quirky styling and floral pattern mixing on classic woven shapes. Coppelia’s looks exhibited a preppy and collegiate edge, yet the styling and colour palette conveyed an earthiness and free-spirited lack of attention to detail that made the collection cohesive yet carefree.

Easy separates, babydoll dress shapes and little flouncy A-line skirts with high waists and patch pockets.

Mostly woven separates with smart and crisp blouses, and a few basic knits peppered in. Tailored pieces with a feminine 1950’s flare in clam digger pants and peter pan collars.

Soft Liberty-like prints and no consistent colour palette except for the success of grounding everything in classic neutrals such as white and navy, with brown leather belts and doctors bags.

Perhaps the most noticeably on-trend detail with a twist was that of the white, grey or navy dress socks and black or chocolate clogs. A bit awkward at first, but really describing effortlessness that made the collection whimsical and wearable.

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