DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: SOLACE LONDON RESORT 19
“Bold, confident, refined: modern futurism balanced with timeless minimalism”. Solace London is a British luxury womenswear brand with a design ethos built around core values of modernity and minimalism. In 2013, friends and creative collaborators Ryan Holliday-Stevens and Laura Taylor launched Solace to serve as a hybrid of futuristic design with contemporary tailoring. From fluted sleeves to sculptural silhouettes, Solace conquers the runway season after season. Their globally successful brand has gained a well-deserved cult following from celebrities such as Beyonce, Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner and the Spice Girls.
Taylor and Holliday-Stevens are no strangers to the industry, the duo share a dynamic background spanning design, retail, marketing and creative direction. Their combined sensibilities are evident in their endless collections defined by craftsmanship, femininity and sophistication.
Resort 19 introduces a dramatic flair: proportions become exaggerated and ruffles become more-and-more of a statement. Solace’s once minimalist nature is amplified to expose architectural forms and graphic, bold drapery. This season’s palette is a direct antithesis to their trademark monochrome tones; an asymmetric glitter jacquard top is fashioned in rich deep blue and metallic gold. Resort 19 bears a new approach to occasionwear, as Solace blurs the line between wearability and statement-making. The diaphanous ‘Praia’ skirt is sumptuously cut for precise sophistication and the ‘Tahoe’ trousers emit a dramatic ruffle from the waist.
However, the versatility of Resort 19 is almost more striking than the designs. The ‘Venna’ top can be paired with jeans and flats for a sophisticated everyday look, or styled with the silk ‘Praia’ skirt and heels for the ultimate evening statement. It is no surprise that Solace is constantly thriving as co-founders Taylor and Holliday-Stevens prefer to avoid working thematically; instead, they source high-quality materials to produce timeless classics to emulate the solace woman: confident, bold and sophisticated. With Solace Resort 19 now stocked in Bernard Boutique, we can guarantee there will be no shortage of occasionwear!
Words by Gabriella Bramble