It’s time to plan your sartorial calendar, aided by the May dose of Citizen Femme’s monthly fashion round-up.
With cool summer collaborations, swimwear debuts and modern jewellery, summer is well and truly incoming.
This summer, Ancient Greek Sandals has launched its first ever Bridal Collection, inspired by the brides who have chosen to wear Ancient Greek Sandals on their wedding day over the years. With summer destination weddings on the rise, the bridal sandal is in demand – a comfortable shoe that perfectly combines the spirit of holiday, while having the kind of quality and details worthy of a wedding dress. The debut collection comprises of 15 styles, in a range of wedding-ready hues from pearly white to silver sparkles. All styles in the collection are available with a pale blue sole as a nod to the ‘something blue’ tradition. Read our interview with Ancient Greek Sandals founder Christina Martini here.
With a love of movement and a passion for creating timeless, modern pieces to suit the multifaceted lives of women, Varley founder Lara Mead takes inspiration from the elegance of London and the laidback lifestyle of Los Angeles. Varley's newest category, Swim, introduces sleek one-piece swimsuits to the classic black bikinis, designed with style and movement in mind, featuring smoothing fabrics and supportive silhouettes with varying levels of coverage. Read our interview with Varley founder Lara Mead here.
Maison Valentino launched their unique second-hand initiative, Valentino Vintage, in 2021, which invited the global community to bring their preloved Valentino garments to a selected vintage store and exchange the items, with the option to buy a new Valentino design. Allowing clients to discover the beauty of past creations and participate in an alternative mode of shopping, the maison has since extended the concept from four to seven stores worldwide – vintage clothing boutique Rellik in London's Notting Hill is one of the luxury hubs. A must-visit for fashionistas, stylists, and celebrities since it first opened in 1999, and now home to a curated selection of Valentino Vintage for customers to shop.
Dropping on 19th May, British jewellery designer Sophie Bille Brahe's new collection 'Floating Islands', is inspired by an image of islands off the coast of Miami's Biscayne Bay by New Realist artists, Christo and Jeann-Claude. Sophie created a dreamy collection with diamonds floating as a formation of clouds. The designer’s fascination with the nebula shape continues throughout this collection with a series of four floating rings acting as the centerpieces of the collection, crafted with fully pavéd diamonds. “For this collection, I let myself wander on this archipelago,” says Bille Brahe.
Antwerp-based fashion brand BERNADETTE by mother-and-daughter duo Bernadette and Charlotte de Geyter are launching an exclusive capsule with MATCHES FASHION this month celebrating their signature styles. Known for timeless pieces that can be passed on generations to come, the duo have revamped their iconic styles into fresh pieces adorned with this summer's house-drawn prints, such as mimosa, chamomile fields, and lilacs.
Luxury Parisian brands Chloé and ERES have collaborated on an exclusive collection of swimwear this season, fusing their feminine, French savoir-faire and attention to detail. Swimsuits and bikinis are made from Peau Douce – an innovative second skin material created by ERES that combines elasticity, resistance, shape and comfort – and comes in earthy colours inspired by the Mediterranean. To compliment the collection, Chloé has created a range of beachwear essentials spanning ready-to-wear, bags, shoes, eyewear, and hats inspired by the Maison’s design signatures including broderie anglaise and trademark ‘C’ detailing.
This London-based, independent resortwear brand specialises in modern hot-weather dressing, with an emphasis on bold prints and a sophisticated approach to colour. From elevated coverups to silk dresses, they offer a complete wardrobe for the contemporary traveller. Launching a fresh new collection on 8th May, On The Island's painterly and abstract prints mirror the work of contemporary artists and the natural world.
It’s been eight years since Missoma started collaborating with style icon and muse Lucy Williams, and this summer they have launched the ultimate collection of 34 new pieces titled Reimagined. Designed to see you through a sundrenched summer and beyond, you'll find new renditions of some of Missoma's much-loved original pieces and brand new pendants, rings and chokers inspired by Ancient Rome.
Iconic British brand Jimmy Choo have launched an exclusive Beach Capsule for the summer, with a romantic and joyful collection inspired by nostalgic summer getaways. The capsule celebrates retro design influences, natural textures, and playful flourishes, culminating in effortless and timeless styles all underpinned with the brand’s signature glamour. Expect chunky wedges, luxe slides and beach-ready raffia bags and accessories in a seasonal sun-bleached palette for the ultimate vacation wardrobe.
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Photo credit: Chloé x ERES