There is a wonderful optimism that materialises in the lead up to summer, and nowhere is this better expressed than in the new collections unveiled ahead of the season. After all, warmer weather offers the perfect opportunity to wear pieces that feel romantic, whimsical, feminine and vivid, pieces that are fun and a little flirty, and allow us to give our everyday looks a more playful twist.
It is these qualities on which local designer Caitlin Crisp has built her latest collection, Forever and Always — an ode to the rhythm and romance of summer.
Inspired by happy memories of singing along to Shania Twain with her mum on road trips, Crisp’s Season Eight is a collection that captures the unbridled joy of the season via bright colours, effortless silhouettes and elegant but versatile pieces that will take you from the beach to the bar and everywhere in between.
New designs like the Forever and Always dress (with its flowy, flattering cut and low back) and the Still The One skirt (as perfect when paired with the Cooper crop as it is when worn as a simple, strapless dress) sit alongside new takes on Caitlin Crisp classics like the Marsden tank, reimagined in crop and minidress styles. Elsewhere, the designer continues to create covetable shirting with her new Beach Shirt — a throw-on that speaks to the kind of easy elegance we demand from our summer wardrobes.
In Season Eight, Crisp has rendered her styles in signature linen, ribbed textiles and cotton broderie, alongside the exclusive, seasonal ‘Flowerbomb’ — a silk-cotton deadstock fabric, available in very limited quantities. In this way, the collection feels deeply connected to the Caitlin Crisp aesthetic we have come to know so well, while still offering an evolution of sorts. Here, the idea of elevated, everyday luxury remains, although with a slightly bolder, more confident edge.
So, as you start prepping your wardrobe for warmer days, it is to Caitlin Crisp’s Season Eight that we suggest you look first — a versatile, vibrant homage to the spirit of summer.