The heat! Man, this has been an unusually warm summer so far, at least where I’ve been sitting here in Barnes. Not only have we had gloriously sunny hot days, but now we’re having muggy, overcast hot days too. If you are menopausal, this constitutes a bit of a nightmare, which might find you spending your days dreaming of moving to Alaska.
What we need is a light but structured throw on to cover arms/absorb sweat/look decent in order to maintain sartorial togetherness and not die from heat stroke.
I was in Covent Garden last week and popped into the East store to update my knowledge on the brand, because their team has been encouraging us to re-look at the range. I liked the lightweight-but-crisp Faria cotton/silk jacket, which is exactly the thing. It’s made from a traditional Japanese hand-dying technique, Shibori. The brand has always supported hand crafted dying and embroidery and I love the Indian-made Anokhi collection, it’s a perfect cotton weight for really hot weather. I have an Anokhi beach kaftan, bought from the Jaipur flagship store in India in 2006, which is still going strong.
The Faria is an oversized unstructured jacket/shirt, made of a fine, semi transparent fabric which would be easy to throw on and off depending on the temperature. The indigo blue is right up my street and the timeless shape would work with a smart or casual look. It’s quite an investment currently (£235) but it will I suspect, eventually head to the sale if you can wait.
The same fabric is used in the hand painted checked top above, from the Neeru Kumar range, which might not look much in the image, but is rather lovely IRL. And the indigo is easy to wear. I also like the fact that the range is available up to size 20 as a matter of course.
The above Shirin print jacket, from the Anokhi soft cotton collection, would make a great summer cover up too, great over white jeans or a summer dress. There are plenty of sale bargains in the kaftan/summer top ranges if you are still looking for some holiday outfits, see more here.
Do any of you buy regularly from East? The shop was stuffed full (an increasingly unusual thing with London stores) of women of 40plus when I visited, I’ve put a few more of my fav ‘spots ‘below. What’s your view on the brand?