There are a couple of brands going through something of a revamp currently, old favourites that have been through hard times and have now started to shine again. One is East (more of that on Thursday) and the other is Ghost. Original Ghost was owned by the super passionate Tanya Sarne who sold it a while ago to concentrate on other things, With out her it floundered and we ignored it. However, this season it is back with a very wearable range of that lovely vintage-feel crinkle viscose.
The reason it's got better is because designers Abdul Koroma and Andrew Jones (AKA The Modernists) have been signed up to improve things, and they really have done a great job. The shapes are easy and wearable but contemporary and sexy. One of the joys of the famous crinkle viscose is that it is so brilliantly practical, it drapes beautifully, doesn't ever need ironing, can (should) be washed in the machine and colours up with a romantically faded hue. Abdul and Andrew have produced clothes that are almost trans-generational, there are the obvious girly celeb-channelling party dresses and short clingy stuff, but there's also dresses cut generously, with real originality that work successfully for young and old.
We loved the parka jacket dress, which would work perfectly over those American Apparel stretch trousers we were talking about last week, and the cropped biker jacket, in star stitch quilted satin, is a great weight for extending the life of summer dresses before the Big Chill sets in. There's also a pair of soft trousers, with a row of covered satin buttons running up from the ankles and easy waist, that are sort of posh leggings and would be brilliant for wearing under short evening numbers.
But it's the dresses we want, mostly because they are so wearable, layered over or under other stuff, with skinny jeans/leggings or with loose long line cardis/chunky knits on top. The satin-y trench would make a very glamorous day/night transitional coat/over-dress. These are clothes that will go on and on and when they eventually fall apart you will cry.
Prices are better than old Ghost (which got a bit lux-end-high) and although still designer level are definely going to do well in the value for money equation. Check out the Ghost website for better pictures.
Biker jacket, in paprika or black, £145
Satin trench, in black or mink, £195
Dress, in magenta or dusted rose, £120