Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Remember Nike's Liberty Dunks of 2008 and 2009, where the trainer giant designed a version of its most popular style using Liberty-print fabric? An instant hit, these limited-edition shoes sold out fast. And I was gutted I'd refrained from paying £85 for such a design classic (a bargain price in retrospect). I was even more disappointed that Nike and Liberty didn't make it a third year running with a Dunks collaboration for 2010.
So, imagine my joy at discovering these flower-powered high-top trainers in New Look. Their floral bouquet in pretty brown fabric and white water-resistant material instantly reminded me of last year's Nike Dunks, which came in a whimsically romantic patchwork of Liberty prints (and launched on Valentine's Day no less!). And, even better, New Look's version is just £25. Cheap chic? Love it.
While I'm on the subject of Liberty prints, I'm loving the store's latest collaboration, which launched on Monday (instore and online). It's joined forces with über-cool French boutique, Merci, to produce a range of items from clothes and stationery to homewares and soft furnishings, all in posy-perfect Liberty prints. My favourite pieces are the petite valise for £45 (a cute-sized suitcase that conjures up myriad uses) and the friendship bracelets for £6.
PS. The floral background to the picture is a favourite sun dress of mine. It's a simple silk number from Warehouse that I bought in a sale for £12 many years ago. It was a couple of sizes too big, but I just knotted the spaghetti straps to the right length and revelled in the fact that it was floaty rather than clingy. It doesn't look too large at all. In fact, a surefire sign of it's success is that it comes out every summer when the sun is shining.