It’s January and while some dream of snow and Glühwein, others yearn for blue skies and sand between their toes. In fashion terms, it’s time for something floaty to throw on over a bikini to add a dash of glamour to the pool or beach.
Right on cue, a brilliant label called Ddoo Collective (which its co-founder Chrystel Saillard tells me stands for “do as you like, do as you wish”) has just launched. It’s a small capsule collection redolent of lazy days in tropical climes. All made from silk in glorious colours and patterns, these are perfect clothes for those who travel a great deal (three garments can be folded into one of the little Furoshiki bags they come in). The loveliest piece is a long kimono (£570), which comes in two patterns: one Indian-inspired, the other with a Japanese feel in a striking graphic peony design in white, orange and navy blue. Both are fully reversible and can be worn as a coat or with a belt as a dress.
In the same prints there’s also a kaftan (£360, first picture), as well as trousers (£270, fourth picture) that come in the Indian-inspired fabric or in plain tangerine, hot pink, aubergine or midnight blue. Generous silk scarves (£165) in glorious colours could be worn as shawls, sarongs or full-length dresses or just as lovely big sashes. There are also the cutest little shorts (£205) with tie fronts and sweet skirts (from £195).
The same easy bohemian spirit imbues Figue’s collection. I love best the crisp white tunic (£223, third picture) with its intricate embroidery, and a long navy one (£288) with red and white detailing on the front and cuffs.
Miguelina has specialised in resortwear for 15 years and has some beautiful pieces. The label’s founder, Dominican designer Miguelina Gambaccini, focuses on white crochetwork, but her most glamorous offering is the long Rachel kaftan (£545) in scarlet crocheted cotton lace. Stunning.
And finally there’s Talitha, the brainchild of fashion editor and stylist Kim Hersov and Shon Randhawa, who has an atelier in New Delhi, where the collection is made. Much influenced by India’s rich craft heritage, it features hand-embroidered kaftans, kimonos and capes, as well as cotton-voile dresses, including a white minidress (£375) that could be a staple in any sunseeker’s wardrobe. The divine black-silk kimono jacket (£695, second picture) is spot-on for glamorous holiday evenings; so glorious is the embroidery and so easy the shape that it sold out fast and I am now on the waiting list for new arrivals.