All photos courtesy ShrimpsLondon-based designer Hannah Weiland has a hit on her hands. Never did I think I'd utter the words "I love faux fur," but I'm getting dangerously close thanks to Shrimps, the irreverant brand from the London College of Fashion grad—and joining the ranks of editors, stylists, and bloggers before me. When the fuzzy Breton striped, peter-pan collared coats first hit e-commerce giant Net-a-Porter last season, I was intrigued, but it was only when I see the Fall 2014 collection that I feel closer to hitting "add to cart."
With chic colorblocked versions added into the mix, as well as quirky accessories such as striped scarves and flower-power clutches, the new collection is an undeniably fun take on animal-friendly ready-to-wear. Weiland drew inspiration from an idiosyncratically charming British childhood—the Ivana scarf, for instance, is inspired by a traditional British striped school scarf, while the Pluto collar brings to mind Popeye’s sailor costume. Also on the inspiration board? The collage artwork of Eduardo Paolozzi, which make use of vibrant color combinations and pop-art abstraction.
For all its varied inspiration, the overarching vibe of Shrimps's autumnal collection is classicism: with combinations of pastels and a rich navy, demure '60s shapes, and the brand's ubiquitous Breton stripe, there's more than a trace of that trademark stiff upper lip.