Sunday, 3 June 2012

Elliot Clarke - Pepe Penalver Collection

Elliot Clarke recently hosted a presentation of the 2012 Pepe Penalver collection, with Susana Pulido, their Export Manager from Alicante flying in personally to present their beautiful new range.

The quality of the fabrics and interesting colour combinations were instantly appealing.
The Tahiti/Hibiscus fabric particularly caught my eye with the beautiful orange/rust florals set against a silvery/grey-toned basecloth.  There is also a fantastic co-ordinating stripe Bora Bora.

I am really partial to the chartreuse colour these days, and this has been combined with a deep purple in the Tahiti Sarong fabric, making a cheerful, bold statement.

Ikat patterns also featured extensively, as did a range of classic, 50's inspired masculine tweeds, checks and paisleys that have been inspired by the 'Mad Men' series - perfect for a male 'den' or the aged library look.

It's not easy to achieve an elegant, classical look that can still appear fresh and contemporary - but with this new range of velvets and paisleys with a soft sheen, it is possible.

It was a pleasure to see such relaxed refinement and European quality.

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