London brand Phoebe Grace was launched two years ago as a line of sleepwear by Janet Newman, together with her textile-designer daughter Phoebe. Newman’s small, independent label – which specialises in beautiful patterned silks printed in England – has since grown to a collection of elegant womenswear endorsed by style leaders such as Alexandra Shulman, who wore the striking blue-and-white checked Noora dress (£350) to the Serpentine summer party.
My favourite pieces are the Peggy palazzo trousers (£250) in a 1970s-inspired green check, and the elegantly wearable Susan skirt (£275) in a blue-and-white leaf print. Both work well with a simple jersey T-shirt or timeless cotton shirt. The aforementioned Noora dress, meanwhile, is a below-the-knee style with a sash-tie waist, and also comes in floral prints, while tops (Natalie top, £200; Nancy shirt, £250) work well either matched or mismatched.
Newman’s latest endeavour is the Heart Collection, decorated with hand-drawn illustrations, which will launch in spring 2020. It is created as a tribute to the Royal Papworth Hospital, where she recently had major heart surgery – “I want to honour my donor for what she’s done; she’s changed my life,” she says – with between 10 per cent and 15 per cent of the proceeds going to the charity.