“The English school uniforms I wore have always stayed with me,” Tocca designer Emma Fletcher (formerly of the beloved Lyell clothing label) tells Style.com. Her complaint, however, about those pleated skirts and button-up shirts is one that is age-old: “If only they were a bit more fitted.”
Thus, for the third season of Tocca ready-to-wear, the Australia-born designer took those classic uniforms and added strong tailoring. “I love that masculine-feminine balance,” she says, mentioning a few of her personal 1960′s Gareth McConnell photos as a reference point for the collection. “This really is the first time I have gone into strong tailoring, and I felt we needed to do it across the entire line. The tailoring incorporates everything from the lace pieced dresses to the plaid suiting pants and jackets.”
She’s kept the delicateness and femininity tied to the Tocca aesthetic but continued her mission of bringing a new sophistication and refinement to the Tocca woman. Highlights include the netting inset blouses and dresses and the smart plaid blazers. “The pieces have an edgy sexiness that feels current while still nodding to that British mod style,” she muses. Also of note, Fletcher recently expanded the line to include handbags, with shoes coming soon.