Buying trip for winter 2016

It’s crazy to start thinking about winter when we haven’t even had summer yet, but the next few months will go so quickly and in July the new deliveries will start arriving.

We travelled to Germany in January this year, and we had a really successful buying trip.

We’re pleased to announce we have Xenia back in store for next season, the collection for autumn is fantastic, great wearable pieces for evening which really create a statement. I found this picture on Xenia Designs Facebook page, of us looking at the collection.

Xenia Designs show at the Gallery in Dusseldorf

Xenia Designs show at the Gallery in Dusseldorf, picture from Xenia designs facebook page.

The Gallery show was in an amazing new location called Areal Böhler, this venue was a large warehouse building, much easier to get a round as it was all on one floor and we loved the industrial feel. Although we did have to walk miles to and from the car in the freezing cold…not as glamorous as Fashion Buying may seem!

The long back to the car from the Gallery show.

The long back to the car from the Gallery show.

The main highlight, as always, was the Rundholz collection, we spent the whole of Saturday at the show room. The Collection for Winter 2016 has been inspired by Elizabethan portraits.

Rundholz window display for autumn / winter 2016

Rundholz window display for autumn / winter 2016

The Dip collection has fantastic rich devore fabrics, touchable textures and the colours are black, brown, navy and gold. The gold is highlighted in accessories, fabrics and gold paint splashes. And we have chosen from Lisa Tucci some wonderful footwear to complement the ‘gold theme’ and also some ‘wow factor’ jewellery pieces from Jamais sans toi, which also feature gold quite strongly.

Rundholz dip jacket

Rundholz Dip jacket with gold splashes.

Rundholz Dip

Beautiful colours in the Rundholz Dip collection

The Black label collection has rich colours of blue, wine red, grey and black. The prints are abstract florals and hand painted flower heads, the fabrics are rich. There are heavy cottons, velvets and soft knits. This season there is a larger variety of oversized pieces and lots of wonderful shaped dresses with zip details and all types of trousers from straight, balloon shaped and harems.

Over sized printed zip top

Over sized printed zip top

Floral mesh top

Floral mesh top

Rundholz black label colours and fabrics

Rundholz black label colours and fabrics

Working hard in the Rundholz show room

Working hard in the Rundholz show room

As usual we headed to our favourite restaurant after a long day http://www.be-luga.de/  where we had a wonderful meal then returned to the hotel for a nightcap of a few more cocktails!

From left to right - Keely, Anne, Tony, Sandie, and Sara

From left to right – Keely, Anne, Tony, Sandie, and Sara

Dusseldorf buying trip for S/S 2016

We have been so busy in the shop this summer that I am only just getting the chance to write about our buying trip to Germany which was at the end of July.
Keely and I were joined by Sara this trip who was really excited as it was her first trip to Dusseldorf buying. We arrived Friday afternoon and headed straight to the gallery to see Moyuru’s collection.
We were happy as spring 2015 had been an amazing season for us and there were some lovely pieces planned for 2016. The colour pallet is grey, black and white but with a hint of lime and pale blue. The fabrics are lots of light cotton jerseys and linen mixes with the usual hand painted prints as well as woven stripes and spots.

Linen mix striped top

Linen mix striped top

Lime painted cotton jersey tunic

Lime painted cotton jersey tunic

Moyuru dress

Dress with hand painted spots.

As the Gallery is on the bank of the famous Rhine we strolled along the river in the sun for an early evening drink. We found a great little (beach) bar where we had couple of cocktails before returning back to the hotel for our evening meal and an early night.

Selfie of Sara and I on the Rhine

Selfie of Sara and I on the Rhine

Keely in the beach bar

Keely in the beach bar

Our view of the Rhine

Our view of the Rhine

Back at the hotel restaurant “Bottaccio”

Back at the hotel restaurant “Bottaccio”

First thing the next morning we set off across the city to the Rundholz showroom. There was a very interesting wood structure displayed in the window, but this didn’t give us any ideas about what could be in store, as we ran down the stairs to view the Black label collection it was a splendid sea of colour.

Rundholz showroom, the wooden structure which is inspiration for next season

Rundholz showroom, the wooden structure which is inspiration for next season

Seas of colour in the black label showroom

Seas of colour in the black label showroom

Lots of pink which include, light lychee, mid melon and deep raspberry. Also on the fruit theme there was blueberry and Strawberry plus black, white and grey. The prints are very graphic and include numbers, words and geometric shapes. There really was a huge collection which made it even harder to choose which pieces to buy but here are a few of my favourite styles….

My all time favourite harems, just love the large white print

My all time favourite harems, just love the large white print

We love this oversized tunic, and thought it was the prefect piece for Anne

We love this oversized tunic, and thought it was the perfect piece for Anne

Linen pleated harem trouser in the raspberry pink

Linen pleated harem trouser in the raspberry pink

Love this printed vest with the drape front

Love this printed vest with the drape front, I must say Sara and I have ordered a few colours each…..

Colour and print palette in black label

Colour and print palette in black label

We spent an exhausting day in the Rundholz showroom and by 7pm we decided to call it a day and come back in the morning to place our order for the dip and main collection. The Rundholz ladies had been so patient with us and offered us a glass of bubbly to relax after the long day. There is a fabulous restaurant down the road called Beluga where we have been a few times now and we had a delicious meal.

Our tasty meals in Be.lu.ga

Our tasty meals in Be.lu.ga

Outside Be.lu.ga with the girls from Rundholz

Outside Be.lu.ga with the girls from Rundholz

Bright and early on the Sunday we packed up and checked out of the hotel and returned to Rundholz to place the Main collection and Dip order. The Main collection colours are navy, grey, white and black, and this collection also had geometric block prints, beautiful sheer jackets and trousers with a zip down one leg, all amazing. The Dip collection is subtle in colour white, black and shades of grey, mixed with a hint of metallic paint print. The collection uses pockets as the main focus as well as raw edged waffle cottons.

Love this amazing Dip waffle cotton jacket

Love this amazing Dip waffle cotton jacket

When we got back to the airport we were all so happy as we had seen such amazing collections and were really pleased it had been such a successful trip.

One of my instagram pictures from the flight home

One of my instagram pictures from the flight home

 

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