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Introducing the Spring/Summer '18 Collection
Cocoa Cashmere’s Design Manager, Susan Bailey (above), fills us in on the new Spring Summer 18 collection, as well as sharing her expert tips on caring for your cashmere...
What can you tell us about the SS18 collection?
We always try to give each collection a point of difference and some personality - we don’t want to be ‘anonymous’ or boring. That’s why all of our pieces have a touch of fun and playfulness you won’t see anywhere else. This season, some pieces (our ‘hero’ items) are more obviously patterned, while others are neutral with a pop of colour (our two-toned pieces). We’ve also got solid colour options with special styling details to make them feel really special, so there’s definitely something for everybody. We’ll be refreshing the website regularly with new colours from our SS18 colour palette too, so be sure to check back! We’ve got everything from brights - apple, orange, electric blue and candy - to classic navy and creams, along with pastels too (a lovely ‘peach fizz’ pink and a ‘duck egg’ blue).
Which are your favourite pieces?
One of the standout pieces for me is the little rainbow sweater - it’s dark navy blue with a half rainbow on the back panel and sleeve. It’s really sweet, very easy to wear and is a real mood-lifter. I really want our customers to feel inspired and energised by what they’re seeing and I think this lovely piece is really bright, uplifting and optimistic. We have another rainbow piece too - a grey sweater with a rainbow coloured stripe on the cuffs and hem. We styled it with black trousers with red piping and red shoes, but it would look great worn with any of the colours in the rainbow - pick your favourite and style it your way!
What do you think is the most versatile piece?
Our gorgeous drop-back sweater with centre-back zip detail tends to work on most silhouettes. The back hem is lower than the front - we call it a ‘dipped hem’ - and it looks amazing on everyone, it’s a really great off-duty item. It comes in a two-tone palette - bubble pink and grey, or navy and cream. I also love the coat cardigan - a ‘coatigan’ if you will! It comes in both cream and black and it’s a really useful piece - you’ll get plenty of wear from it transitioning between seasons. Another great piece is our criss-cross back sweater - the plunge back delivers a lovely surprise as it looks like a standard, neat-ish fitting boat-neck from the front. The clever criss-cross hides your bra and gives the illusion of revealing flesh when you’re actually not showing too much at all. It comes in our lovely peach fizz (a soft pink mango colour) or black. We styled it with a pair of paisley patterned trousers but it’s brilliantly versatile and easy to pair with your favourite jeans or trousers, whatever they may be.
What other colours can we expect from the new collection?
I’ve already mentioned our ‘peach fizz’ – it’s a gorgeously optimistic, uplifting colour which is on the pink spectrum but since it has a bit of yellow in there too, it looks great on lots of different skin tones and is very flattering. Our brights are great if you’re feeling more adventurous, or if you’d prefer something softer, our pretty pastels and nautical colours are especially great for Spring/Summer.
Finally, can you share any of your expert advice on caring for cashmere?
Absolutely. The key thing is storing cashmere when it’s completely clean. Moths are drawn to moisture or food and even if you’ve worn something once, they will be attracted to it. Store clean garments individually in a garment bag or a box with moth repellent (you can get lovely pleasant-smelling lavender or cedar scents now) before sealing it. If you’re concerned moths might have already found their way in, you can freeze the bag - and garment - overnight to kill any infestation. In terms of care, always hand-wash your cashmere, or use a hand-wash setting on your washing machine (always using hand-wash detergent). It might sound like a lot of hard work, but it’s a special fibre. And if you’ve invested money in something special, you’ll want to wear it over and over again, right?