I’m forever dreaming of running away to Paris. Sometimes I’m sipping café au lait on the Champs Elysées with my handsome husband and apple-cheeked children. Sometimes, after a particularly trying day, I’m there on my own! Then reality – and mortgage repayments – set in and I realise the dream will have to remain just that for now. Well, I may not have Paris, (not this year anyway) but I’ll console myself quite happily with the Parisian-inspired autumn/winter 2012 collection from Heavenly Creatures.
Heidi Weber and Kelly Duckworth have created yet another altogether magnificent range for their made-in Australia label next season. This one’s so incredibly Frenchy, so incredibly chic, that I might just die for the love of it. Dramatic? Oui, oui, but after all, isn’t that the French way…?
Now come, take a stroll with me through A Paris Story and see what I am all head over heels about. The emphasis once again is on beautiful fabrics – linen, lyocell and soft cottons – that wear well. My own children have played hard in Heavenly Creatures for three seasons now and I can vouch for the longevity and machine-washability of the clothes, however delicate some might appear! (and, sincerest apologies to Heidi and Kelly, in complete violation of what the official care tag says!)
There’s a hint of Bernelmans’ Madeline in both the Adele velvet trim and Clementine linen dresses, while genuine vintage fabrics are used on the beautiful Antoinette skirt. Artist smock style dresses and pretty skirts named Collette, Coco (with its delicate Eiffel Tower print) and Camille complete the girls’ story.
I’m glad to report the label’s signature stripes appear again this season on unisex tees in appropriately French navy and red, as well as on leggings for the little lasses. Classic long-sleeved tees are emblazoned with French bulldogs, poodles, the Eiffel Tower, or just left plain.
My favourite piece is the very retro Remi grey cardigan (above right) with its delightfully mismatched buttons (divine on boys with the Rene woolen shorts) though my daughter favours the Camille navy spot skirt and Gala pink matinee jacket combo (below left) for herself.
Regular Babyologists will know I’m a big, big fan of this label, and so I’m terribly excited to reveal that Heidi and Kelly are adding larger sizes – up to a size 8 – to the upcoming range for the first time.
A Paris Story will be in stores around March or April next year, and you will also find the collection online at Heavenly Creatures’ own newly-launched webstore.
C’est magnifique, Heidi and Kelly! We can’t wait to see what you have in store for us next summer. Can’t wait? Then take another look at our post on Heavenly Creatures’ Picnic at Hanging Rock-inspired collection for this summer.