This time last year, Sophie Hulme bags were suddenly everywhere. Tucked under the arms of A-listers, stocked in the biggest and best department stores (Selfridges picked Hulme out as a designer to watch) and featured in every magazine. She was named Best Emerging Accessories Designer at the British Fashion Awards – all so quickly that it was as if she had come out of nowhere.
The bags – mostly totes, envelope clutches and cross body messengers – are deceptively simple. No excess details, just pared back design and that signature yellow-gold hardware. It glints ferociously against playground colours: this season periwinkle, burgundy and petrol are the hot favourites so far.
Then came the charms: diminutive gold whistles, padlocks and army men, for an extra hit of hardware.
But last week came the most exciting news for Sophie Hulme fans. Her ready-to-wear collection, which has so far been somewhat overshadowed by her accessories, is being given a new lease of life for Spring/Summer 2014. The line will be broader and bigger, promising us even more of Sophie’s understated but inimitable style.
I’ve chosen my favourite shots from the Sophie Hulme Spring/Summer 2014 look book – are you more excited about the nautical stripe totes, or the relaxed biker jackets?
Key looks cover button-down playsuits and louche trousers, but I love the blue leopard pieces especially. Usually we tend to associate animal prints with colder months, but these would make covetable transition pieces. The dress could be styled with black tights and chunky boots in winter, and worn bare-legged when the sun eventually appears, while the bag would look great whatever the season. I wish it was available already!