A few weeks ago we were oohing and aahing over Rita Liefhebber’s FW11 presentation at Jonathan + Olivia. The shows are always seasons ahead, but to be honest it's hard to want to think about winter, even with the snow/hail/wind storm sending us a not-so-friendly reminder on the weekend. Spring is on the horizon (right Mother Nature?) and we want clothes we can wear now. So when Rita Liefhebber's spring collection arrived, well, there was a lot of oohing and aahing again. Inspired by an overcast summer the pieces certainly fit in with the moody weather this weekend. Dip dyed silk dresses in natural indigo, a hand knit vest in the likeness of a fisherman's net, paneled riding leggings, ombré silk t-shirts and racer back tanks.. each piece artfully inspired and perfect for layering. Check out the gorgeous film friend and artist Eva Michon did for the spring collection to showcase her inspiration. We love the understated luxury of Rita's collections. The silhouettes are nonchalant, easy to wear. The fabrics are of the upmost quality -- silk, mohair, tencel. And the pallette, inspired by summers spent by the lake in Muskoka, came in neutrals, washed out hues and earthy tones. She's only 27, but as a model-turned editor-turned designer of her own eponymous line, Rita knows just what us girls like us want to wear, and its likely because she's wearing it herself.
Stephanie loves the look of this jersey racer-back dress layered with a cropped tee from American Apparel. The basis of many of Rita's pieces is a sporty silhouette which makes them so comfortable to wear, and just as easily transformed from Saturday night to Sunday morning. Toss on one of her over-sized hand-knit cotton yarn sweaters and your good to go. The subtle wash of colour on this knit vest is the perfect touch.
The weekend was a little worse-f0r-wear so we spent Saturday and Sunday morning sipping iced bevies and finding inspiraion in Oh Comely, Jalouse and Papier Mache magazines at one of our fave spots Mulberry Street Coffeehouse.
Jacklyn wore this loose fitting silk tank with Citizens of Humanity flared denim and her AA tan clutch. We usually reserve denim for Sundays, and Jacklyn has her eyes on a new pair of Citizen season wide legs for summer. And surprise! She has tattoos, though hardly ever wears anything revealing enough for anyone to see them. This one reads Kitsch and was her first. The tank sat just low enough through the side and back to give you a peak.
The detail at Mulberry is beautiful as always and adds a certain ambiance that is needed on an otherwise gloomy weekend. Ella is always adding unique additions to the space.