Young London-based designer Sophie Hulme’s structured leather carryalls, with their unmistakable gold armored hardware, are the envy of every in-the-know fashion girl who doesn’t already have one. Presenting her second ready-to-wear collection under her namesake label (originally launched with the bags in 2007) in Paris last month, Hulme carried over the signature bags, playing on the theme with different textures and colors while continuing with her winning shape.
Her Spring 2013 collection was conceived around the simple beauty of the pineapple. “The skin of a pineapple has a mathematical symmetry to it, which translates perfectly into the Bauhaus-style patterns I wanted to create,” Hulme, a British Fashion Award 2012 nominee, tells Style.com. Fabrics based on this seamless geometry abound in Hulme’s collection of sweet skirts and clean trenches toughened with masculine metals. In a Where’s Waldo-style riddle, pineapples pop up everywhere from the gold cover of slick iPad cases to the playful charms that come with each piece in the collection. A closer look at a pencil skirt of brightly printed florals even reveals a background of hidden green pineapples beyond the red herring. Infinitely wearable with a cheery dose of Brit wit, Sophie Hulme’s ready-to-wear, with its growing list of heavyweight stockists (Barneys, Opening Ceremony, and Colette included), takes pride of place alongside her leather mainstays.