Pictured: Olivia Palermo seen in Jane Carr’s mink Bijoux scarf (on her handbag). Jane Carr at London Fashion Week 18 February 2011.
Next up, as part of our exclusive London Fashion Week series, is accessories designer Jane Carr.
Did I tell you how much I love accessories? Especially scarves. They can add instant pizazz to an outfit.
I spoke to Jane Carr at length on Friday, queuing up to have a word with her just after Samantha Cameron, who’d officially opened London Fashion Week and went around all the designers individually to say hello.
WSW: How did you get your start in fashion design?
JC: I studied an MA in Fashion at Central Saint Martins in London. From there I went on to be Head of Print at Versace in Milan before launching her own label in 2005.
WSW: This past week, you celebrated the launch of your new Jane Carr Homme menswear line of scarves,which will hit stores this autumn—can you give our WhatSheWears readers the inside scoop on what they can expect from the line?
JC: The men’s collection is a new venture for me; and consists of bright block coloured 95% cashmere wool scarves, where the cashmere is sourced in Nepal. There’s also an evening wear style for men, with a bit of sparkle thrown into each scarf – men love to get their glamour on too, just more subtly.
WSW: Your silk scarves define personal style and I see that Olivia Palermo wore one of your creations recently. Can you tell us what to expect with your autumn winter 2011 collection?
JC: It’s called Tsarina and it’s inspired by the decadence and drama of the Ballet Russes as it toured Europe in the 20s. So you’ll see Russian folk art influences; Russian doll prints and bejeweled pieces.
Apart from my signature shaped “necker” scarves (worn long), for next winter, we’ve got the signature shape in an evening version too – bejewelled scarves with pearls, gems and faux diamonds.
I’ve also introduced plain cashmere scarves in five block colours, animal print stoles and love heart patterned wraps.
WSW: Last season saw you introduce your glove range. will there be Jane Carr gloves for autumn winter 2011?
JC: Yes, yes yes! The glove range is handmade in Italy and made of Nappa leathers and suedes with cashmere and silk linings.
There are six luxurious styles including long ruched leather gloves, slender long gloves, the foldback, the driver (leather and suede), leather gloves with a fur cuff and an edgy fingerless leather glove style.
Image credits: Olivia Palermo, Getty. Jane Carr, WhatSheWears iPhone
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