Here in Alexandra’s we have seen a host of deliveries and a lot of our new items seem to be falling in with our great Lakeland Poet, William Wordsworth. Maybe not daffodils, but we certainly have plenty of flowers to choose from. seasalt, Mistral and Nomads clothing has fluttered into the store and are dancing out of the shop with happy customers clutching orchids, dahlias and flowerpots. The feel of Spring is found on the seasalt Riviera Dress II Petit Marine Flower. There is some debate as to the flower colour – some say red, others orange, but, whatever the colour, this lovely design sits well on the marine blue background. It is one of those fantastic dresses from the seasalt range that is an easy to wear dress that can be worn with flats for the casual look or heels added to make it that little bit more dressy for the evening. The Carnmoggas Dress Little Field Marine is bursting full of delicate little mustard and white flowers on a marine blue background. A simple but effective pattern that is an absolute must for this season.
If dresses are not your thing… seasalt have the Petit Flower Marine design on the Cousin Jinny Top – a fitted top with a scoop neck, 3/4 length sleeves with a rolled cuff or on Appletree Top there is the Little Field Marine, this top has a pleated neckline with cap sleeves. On the Lemon Tunic there is the French Flower Brick design, a dark French blue there is a bright red design of flowers on grey leaves. The Lemon Tunic has 3/4 length sleeves, a v neck and a ruched front to the bust where the tunic falls to the hips. Also the Lemon Tunic comes in the Sea Ditsy Floral Oilcloth. Moving away from the tunic there is the Blazey Top – French Dot Dahlia which is a reddy orange with a simple repeat pattern of orange and white flowers. This is an ideal spring top has it has long sleeves. The Floral Theme continues with the Larissa Shirt – Newlyn Floral Ecru, a great shirt for the traveler, as it doesn’t need ironing just screwed up into a plait for that crumpled wrinkled look.
Nomads have lovely flower patterns on blouses, tunics and dresses. There is a dramatic dark blue background with a vivid pattern of flowers in oranges, yellow and green on their dresses and tunics. Their blouses have a white or grey background with a complimentary design of flowers to give a fresh and springlike feel to our clothing.
The Thought Colorado Floral Hemp Tunic has a large line drawing of an orchid across a double layered top with long sleeves. This elegant top is cut on the bais and falls to just below the hips. This top will look fantastic with jeans or leggings. A top that again is perfect for our Spring but will see you through the summer months and on into the Autumn as it comes in a soft caramel colour with a charcoal marl under layer. True to form, Thought have an artistic splash of colourful flowers on the Clemence Floral Dress and Clemence Floral Top. Not quite Monet, or is it Manet’s, Water Lilies but as just good! An unusual combination of floral designs, maps, calligraphy and a sailor can be found on the Voyage de Jeanne Tencel Skirt. This is relaxed fit skirt with the back of the waist band on elastic. It is a full skirt falling to just on the knee and for the historian it tells the story of Jeanne Baret, the first woman to circumnavigate the globe in the mid 18th Century.
Flowers have to be grown and bloom in something and for this we have the Mistral Flowerpot Shirt – a great fun piece of clothing, beautifully covered in line drawing of flowers in flower pots. For something a little more dressy there is the Mistral Spikey Flowers Arona Dress – a slim fitting shift dress with a scoop neck and capped sleeves. A comfortable dress with a little bit of stretch. Not quite floral, but on closer inspection it does live up to the name of the Mistral Indian Abstract Skirt – Larkspur – (a larkspur being a member of the buttercup family). This stunning skirt is a combination of pinks, blues. greens with a little dash of lilac on a Lakeland slate blue background. This design is almost like wearing rows of flowerbeds.
The Wordsworth theme is particularly apt for Keswick this season since the Theatre by the Lake is hosting the world premier of a new play based on William Wordsworth’s life set in 1812, which was a difficult period of time for him. William Wordsworth is a co-production with English Touring Theatre, one of the UK’s most successful and exciting production companies, widely regarded as England’s National Theatre of Touring. They work with leading artists to stage an eclectic mix of new and classic work for audiences across the UK and overseas.