BUYER’S VIEW SPRING/SUMMER 2017
Talking Spring Summer ’17 with our buyers team, Helene and Cristina…
Established in 1969, by Barrie and Helene Rapaport, Bernard Boutique showcases contemporary labels and a diverse collection of accessories. Helene maintains a strong vision for the store, always looking for carefully edited collections consisting of beautiful unique pieces, highlighting the individual creativity of each designer. To keep the Boutique exciting, Helene is constantly searching for new designers who are unafraid to push the boundaries and express their true talents. The boutique’s focus is to create a balance between artisanal crafts and modern design and aim to be a spiritual home for brave directional women who strive to be individual.
Helene visits Milan and Paris numerous times a year with Cristina as her trusted buying assistant. Two heads are better than one! They are always striving to find something new to fall in love with for the clients in store and always expect to find the unexpected!
I have asked them a few questions on the up and coming Spring Summer ’17 collections so you can see what will be available in store and what they look for when buying!
What new brands are landing for Spring Summer ‘17?
“Paskal- known for their delicate silhouettes and minimalistic shapes, which reminisce innovative architecture and nature featuring lots of laser cutting.
Anna October- a label that transforms femininity in a new playful way.
Koché- the crossover of high fashion, street culture and contemporary art. Modern, elegant and refined, they propose an intriguing new angle to fashion.
Malone Soulier- beautifully crafted footwear, sophisticated whilst edgy.
Miista- a footwear brand that deliberately juxtaposes elements that would be at war without creative expertise.
Salar-an Italian brand specialising in unique, contemporary styled bags, created from lightly intertwined leather, becoming an iconic and daring, new elegance inspired by romantic-chic with a touch of rock.
Solace London- a brand where there collections of statement dresses and separates define modern graphic elegance with a focus on construction, craftsmanship and attention to detail.
Red Valentino- The sister brand of Valentino, which puts a contemporary spin on ladylike elegance. Experimental prints and embellishment combined with daring silhouettes for a youthful look.
Perseverance- a young and elegant brand featuring dresses and separates with lots of lace detailing and feminine silhouettes.
Golden Goose Deluxe Brand- known for their iconic vintage distressed trainers. Their collection combines sophistication and modernity enriched with strong Italian tailoring.
And lastly the return of Rick Owens- his unique pieces embody the glorious decay of time passing. The apparent simplicity of each design hide an inherent complexity arising from the selection of rare and arduous working materials.”
Why did you buy them?
“We wanted fun and fresh brands for our clientele, perfect for the summer season!”
What are your key looks to look for this Spring?
“Ruffles, embroidery, cold shoulders, halter necks, shirting, gingham print, sequins, brocade fabric and a colour palette including lots of pinks, blues, reds and yellows.”
What is your favourite piece and why for this spring?
“Koché’s hand knitted blue oversized sweater which is inlayed with French Chantilly lace. The design is so unique and the detail is extraordinary. It is a beautiful masterpiece!”
Who do you admire in the fashion world?
“Chitose Abe, designer of Sacai. She is constantly evolving her structural designs and her combination of urban and sporty with delicate drapes and fabrics never fail to amaze!”
So, that’s a little bit about what collections will be in this Spring Summer ’17! Stay tuned for more posts coming soon!
Until next time…
Love Aina x