A Sneak Peek At The Theodora & Callum Spring 2012 Collection
Last Wednesday, I dropped by the Theodora & Callum Spring 2012 press preview to check out all the new scarf designs and accessories whipped up by co-founders Stefani Greenfield (former Creative Director of Scoop and a judge on Bravo's "Launch My Line," a fashion-themed reality competition show) and Desiree Gruber (founder of the powerhouse publicity, management, and production company Full Picture). As soon as I entered the large showroom, my eyes gravitated to the rolling racks lining one side of the room and the plethora of printed scarves tie around the racks' metal rods.
Over 150 scarves were on display, brightening up the room with their bold color combinations. Standouts included: the Marrakech Tie All Scarf ($175) in Turquoise Multi (pictured fourth from top), a gauze-y linen and viscose number in bright turquoise, red, black, and cream, which features a block-based geometric pattern infused with an exotic Moroccan vibe that looks almost pixelated due to the stacked square shapes; the Peacock Wearable Art Gauze Scarf ($155) in Teal Multi (shown third from top), a semi-sheer, 100% gauze viscose piece with a sunflower yellow backdrop covered with watercolor-like renditions of teal, acid green, orange, turquoise, and cobalt blue peacock feathers; the Bodrum Wearable Art Gauze Scarf ($155) in Turquoise Multi (pictured second from top), which features a turquoise backdrop with Mod-flavored, clover-like shapes made of orange spheres with cream centers and tiny turquoise circles at their interior, and a central rectangular area with a leaf-like pattern peppered with orange and vermilion floral motifs.
My favorite pieces, however, were the Mexican-inspired designs — mainly the Frida Gypsy All Over Fringe Scarf ($165) in Ivory Multi (shown fifth from top), which features a folkloric vibe thanks to the vines spanning across the length of the scarf and the vibrant yellow daffodils, indigo bluebells, red marigolds, and cream daisies sprouting from these leafy tangled vines, all of which captures the feel of such iconic Frida Kahlo paintings as "Frame." I a similar vein, the Pueblo-goes-Psychedelic style of the Playa Tie All Scarf ($175), shown after the jump, caught my attention. This piece features a multi-colored bird at its center with rainbow-like strips of purple, yellow, red, green, orange, and turquoise along the bird's body, wings, and tail. Each corner features an oversize daisy in a punchy hue, while the entire scarf is adorned with a ribbon-like trim along the periphery featuring clustered flowers.
Even better news: Theodora & Callum continued collaborating with Stuart Weitzman for the Spring 2012 season, designing a vast array of footwear styles as spell-binding as the original lace-up wedges introduced for Spring 2011. Come spring, then, we'll be seeing cork-heeled, ankle strap sandals; peep-toe espadrilles with modest wedges; lace-up ballerina slippers (like those pictured above); thong sandals with wide bands running horizontally across the vamp; slip-on sandals with criss-crossed raffia straps; double-strapped platform wedges; and platform wedge sandals with velcro-enforced ankle straps.
Out of all the footwear options, I was most impressed with the Mustique wedges (two of which are pictured above), which feature linen-covered platform and wedge heels, wide double straps, and a handy velcro closure inside the ankle strap that proves rather useful (think of all the time and potential tripping you'll save if you don't have to worry about laces coming undone!).
In keeping with the easy, Bohemian spirit of the brand, Greenfield and Gruber also introduced several versatile apparel pieces — from maxi scarf dresses with tiny spaghetti straps, V-shaped necklines, and flowing, asymmetrical hemlines to caftan-like scarf tops with wide batwing sleeves and maxi skirts that could be converted into tube dresses.
On the accessories front, there were printed linen, denim, and raffia clutches; leather-trimmed linen drawstring totes with woven shoulder straps; raffia shoulder bags with braided rope shoulder straps; and roomy printed Indian linen totes with braided, natural-colored straps (like those pictured after the jump). Rustic hats constructed using woven straw or woven raffia and adorned with leather and suede strips, colored beads, and cowrie shells contributed to the collection's beachy vibe.
The costume jewelry pieces showcased incorporated some of the world-traveling elements of the collection, with tiered metal necklaces reminiscent of Aztec pyramids, statement cuffs with grooved medallion accents, beaded bone and wood necklaces for an African safari vibe, dangling earrings with feather accents for a Cherokee effect, and more. After the jump, check out the pics of the Serape Necklaces ($350 each), which a ladder-like construction and cabochon turquoise of coral beads; the Lima Necklace ($475), a teardrop-shaped piece divided into three slithers, with bulbous beads dangling from the bottom section; the Marbella Bracelet in Antique Gold ($395), which features two rows of etched, medallion-like shapes with a braid-like element separating the left and right halves of each disc; and the octagon-shaped Bodrum Cuff ($450) in Antique Gold, which features a black center stone.
Are you as excited as I am about this collection?