First of all…yes I am trying to be posh in keeping with the “Equestrian Elegance” theme. Second, the meaning of “Tally Ho” is:
“The phrase tally-ho is a largely British phrase, used in foxhunting, shouted when a rider or follower sees the fox.”
I recently was invited to a preview of Marco Visconti’s S/S13 collection entitled “Equestrian Elegance” As you might have noticed from previous posts or the few pictures of me floating around (yes I do not do outfit posts!), I love wearing my Marco Visconti pieces. However when I heard that the theme for the new collection had the dreaded word equestrian, I had a flashback to my childhood Pony Club experiences of tight, itchy jodhpurs (so not flattering on my chubby thighs) and boxy tweed hacking jacket or even the ultimate bulky waxed Barbour (which stank).
I was wrong, I totally forgot about the other word elegance! Upon entering the suite in the LKF Hotel, I was greeted by the lovely ladies from Plug PR and Jasmine and Angela from Marco Visconti. The setting was intimate, reminiscent of the old school fashion shows hosted by fashion houses. Only about 5-6 people per session and we were offered tea and finger sandwiches (how quintessentially English and grown up). The decor was a bit eclectic and a little bit shabby chic – perfectly suited to the nod to the English! My personal favourite decoration was an opened suitcase with a floral (even “chintzy”) tea set. As part of the decor, Marco Visconti showcased their wonderful scarves – for the woman who is a little scared to wear print (that would not be me), these scarves are perfect to add a little punch of colour to a simple outift.
So the main event…the clothes. Angela showed me a couple of pieces made of the key material for the collection “tencel”. So here comes the geeky part…
“Tencel® is the registered trade name for a type of lyocell, a biodegradable material made from wood pulp cellulose. Fabric sold under the this brand specifically is manufactured by Lenzing AG. This material started to grow in popularity in the late 1990s and is now used in a variety of ways. Though the exact characteristics of the material depend on how it’s processed, it tends to be durable and soft. Often said to be environmentally friendly, it is fully biodegradable and made from trees managed for sustained harvest.”
Or for the idiot’s guide version (i.e. for me) tencel is basically a fabric that can be made from disgarded wood pulp. It is one of the more environmentally friendly fibres and produces a light, durable fabric which is great for warmer weather and can be used as a cheaper alternative to silk (it can be treated to give a similar texture…)
Did I get that right? Apologies if I did not.
Tencel in its purest form…
So yes, the collection has trousers, jackets, dresses and tops made from this fabric. Perfect for the Summer. A playful dot pattern replaces the old fashioned tweed but yet gives the subtle texture and variation that you associate with woven fabrics such as tweed. The colours are relatively muted with neutrals such as black and white with the odd flashes of green and denim blue. The most vibrant colour in the collection for me was the purple which was featured in a great purple jersey jacket ( I WANT) and a purple dress.
THAT purple “Emma” jersey blazer (HK$1280)
“Jeanette” Dropped Pocket Jacket made from tencel.
Crisp white blouses enhance the equestrian look especially with the added leather embellishments.
Mona Shirt HKD880
Black skirts help to complete your Marco Visconti outfit! A short sleeved black jacket was also shown which was gorgeous and I could definitely see me buying it! I was surprised to be interested in the fitted “legging” like trousers. Unlike the usual leggings, the front has a button detail and the back of the trousers is made of sturdy material which means you can wear them like trousers. Now, I love a good pair of leggings for comfort but if they are too fitted and too thin in material, it really should not be worn in the work place (VPL and then some…YUCK!) but these black legging beauties would be office appropriate.
I think that Marco Visconti is catering for its key market of the working woman – work appropriate clothing which can be dressed up or down. The leggings, the purple jersey jacket ( I tried it on and wanted to run away with it) and the short sleeved belted black jacket would be my top pieces. As a print obsessive, I did miss the vibrant prints of previous collections however I still love the brand and will definitely be saving my pennies for some of the pieces from the new collection….Marco Visconti ladies …you have my number…LITERALLY!!
For women who want work appropriate, high-quality material and good finishing with a bit of a twist in colour or style, Marco Visconti is definitely worth a look. On the pricey end of the “High Street” but the money is justified by the quality of the material they use. Find their stores in Soho and Cyberport. I personally recommend Cyberport as it is a larger store and also I love Sharon the assistant there!!
You will be glad to know that I wore Marco Visconti to the event. I am going to post some looks from their look book so feel free to have a look and hopefully buy!!