style brick road: Scarrf Time

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Scarrf Time

Ahh, the proper autumnal days... Which means true signs of layering, scarves and true outerwear. All coming from my closet, but also from other people's closets - which means signs of inspiration at every moment. My personal scarf-spiration (I know this word doesn't exist) came a bit early despite the fact that is has been all spring-y up until this past week - I had an opportunity to visit the Jane Carr showroom in Somerset House during LFW and talk to the designer herself.

A brand that has started in 2005 but attracted a lot of attention since, especially as a brand whose focal point is (or was - based on the looks of the new line of sweatshirts part of the SS15 collection, they are bound to become the hot ticket of the season) scarves and foulards. The designer herself (it's an eponymous label) had rich experience in prints as she worked for Versace for several years, just after graduating from Central Saint Martins, and she used that particular experience very wisely - strong and bold prints whose looks vary from season to season, but are definitely cohesive and visibly come from the same brand. That kind of variety is what attract me personally to a brand - heritage is something that needs to be respected, but fresh brands like Jane Carr definitely profit from their innovative tendencies and a will to try new and different moments. I was never really a person that researched the scarf industry, but after encountering this kind of broad range in just one brand/collection, it made me just want to wear all-black clothes and change the scarves daily. Of course it won't happen - hello colour! - but it's that point of comfort I wouldn't have a problem pursuing.

After visiting the showroom and falling in love with the designs in September, I recently got an opportunity to get my hands on a few of the pieces from their Autumn/Winter 2014 collection just for the purpose of this shoot, and style them myself. I decided to take 3 completely different shapes and prints, and play around with them - as the collection was named 'Something Without Language' and inspired by cult '80s mid-west themed drama Paris Texas, I wanted to pursue that kind of mixed cultured approach - mixing styles and patterns both between looks and within them. It was extremely fun as it was the first time I shot blog-pics in the studio, but thanks to my lovely LCF colleague and the photographer-in-charge Anna Boatella, it was more about fun and pleasure than solving the problems of a studio shoot. Thanks to this whole story, I definitely have a whole set of looks in my head that I want to pursue this scarf-season! Plus, I am still cringing as I remember how wonderful the red cashmere scarf was - I need it back!!! 
Jane Carr SS15 showroom space in Somerset House during London Fashion Week
Autumn/Winer 2014 lookbook
It's not all about scarves - Jane Carr also works with bow-ties and leatherwear for luxury gloves

There are also unisex looks that work differently in male and female looks - a bowtie or a cravat-style?
Wearing Jane Carr The Navajo Necker in Scarlet, Zara flamengo jacket, Gitman Vintage floral tropicana shirt (find similar shirt-jacket)
Wearing Jane Carr the Sarape Stole in Sky, Topshop denim shirt (find similar shirt), vintage denim jacket, City Sport wool hat (find similar hat)
Wearing Jane Carr The Plaid in Scarlet, Iggy sleeveless coat, Asos jeans (find similar jeans), Monki oversized sweatshirt, Nike trainers, Asos cap (find similar beanie), Daniel Wellington watch, McNeal plaid shirt (find similar shirt), Giant Vintage sunglasses