September 14, 2013 London
This season, Whistles staged its first proper runway show, and the clothes didn't disappoint. Even if looks like a horizontal-stripe slipdress or voluminous cropped trousers didn't shift any fashion paradigms, they were executed with great verve and polish. The clothes here seemed expensive. A lot of that had to do with the application of just-so details, like the choice of a compressed shiny raffia as the material for a slouchy coat, or the collarbone-baring cut of the straps on a tank dress. Whistles is also justifiably known for its prints—this season, the theme was animal print, magnified until unrecognizable—and the brand's relatively new shoe range is attaining similar consistency. The shower shoes here seemed like a must-have. So, for that matter, did the silver separates, and the cropped cashmere knits, and the leather dungaree dresses. The greatest thing about Whistles is that, when it comes to those must-haves, you can actually have them.