COUTURIER’S COLLAB: British couturier Bruce Oldfield has teamed with the British department store John Lewis on a capsule collection that will be unveiled in September. The 60-piece women’s line includes faux-fur trim and jacquard coats, lace, wide-leg and skinny trousers, lace tops, and monochrome and velvet dresses.
The Bruce by Bruce Oldfield collection will also feature a swan dress with a silk bodice and appliqué metallic print embellishments. For every little black dress purchased, 20 pounds, or $31, will be donated to Barnardo’s, the children’s charity that Oldfield supports and of which he is vice president. The designer grew up and was educated at Barnardo’s.
“The collection draws on some of my classic and most loved designs throughout my 40-year career,” Oldfield told WWD. “I was particularly inspired by the Eighties era and the workwear designs from this decade. I wanted to rework and update these to create a collection fit for any modern woman’s wardrobe — I believe style is ageless.”
He said that for the first collection, he “focused on a monochromatic palette offset against warm blush tones and hints of metallic shimmer. I added texture throughout the collection by using velvet, silk and embroidery; reminiscent of the distinctive era that inspired it.”
The price range for the collection is 59 pounds, or $92, for a ribbed knit top, to 299 pounds, or $466, for a faux fur coat. The line will be available at select John Lewis locations and on johnlewis.com on Sept. 4.