High street brand Jigsaw has been off our radar for a while as the last few years have been a bit hit-and-miss in terms of womenswear collections. I used to love Jigsaw back in the day, the very first store opened in my home town of Bath and so I had a localised attachment and it had a real moment in the late 90s when it was considered a deeply cool brand, peaking with the opening of a minimalist-John-Pawson-style concrete store on Bond Street (now closed).
However things are about to change. Barbara Horspool has recently taken over as chief designer and this week we attended the spring/summer 14 range press day which is looking really lovely and there is talk of a new flagship store soon. There are signs of improvement in the autumn 2013 range, I visited the store last week and found this fabulous party-season pencil skirt in embroidered stripe sequins, which looks much better in real life than it does on the website, it’s like a Christmas bauble decoration in a skirt.
It’s pricey – £239, but the gorgeously decorative fabric is versatile enough to wear to work and then out afterwards, or you could keep it for parties-only. It would pair up nicely with navy, black or that blush pink we’ve been talking about. Clever people could mix it with a pattern for a Tziporah Salamon take on things, but I think I’d keep it plain and simple on top, maybe a lux sweatshirt shape or a plain cashmere jumper.
The website really doesn’t do it justice, I think it looks a bit shiny and the stylist clearly didn’t have the time to steam out those flat-packed folds but it is worth nipping into your nearest store to view, should you be considering a party skirt that might have seasonal staying power. Buy here, it is generously cut.