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Henrietta Ludgate – Great Scot
May 21, 2012
Can neon ever be classic? Sure, I’m lusting after a luminous laser cut clutch now, but how will I feel about it in 6 months time when the nights are seeping into the days once again? One thing is for sure, and that is if you’re going to do neon: do it right. At a time when we are all putting that little bit more consideration into our sartorial investments, I searched for a designer who offered on-trend pieces that were as ethically sound, as they were elegant.
Henrietta Ludgate, graduate of Central St Martins (if that’s not a hallmark of fashion talent, I don’t know what is) and committed champion of Scottish craftsmanship. Her latest collection Findhorn is comprised of a not-for-the-faint-hearted colour palette including; hot pink, colour-of-the-season tangerine and cartoon grass green. So some fairly season-specific hues, but the design is anything but fleeting in its brilliance.
Ludgate combines elegance with a playfulness that keeps her clothes fresh. Her Henrietta dress has a subtle H, which creates a cut-out feature at the back, while a thin tube (a signature Henrietta Ludgate detail) is tied to accentuate the waist.
To really get into the summer frame of mind Ludgate’s Nirvana maxi dress is the perfect cover-up for the beach (ok so there may be flights involved to wear this one). It’s a super statement piece, and is made from British jersey so it’s great for throwing over your bikini to take you from the sand to the street.
For those who prefer more subdued tones, Ludgate’s collection also includes some elegant separates. Her Beater skirt is beautifully quilted to form a strong silhouette. It is teamed with her Cragievar kimono wrap dress to create a sophisticated look. Ludgate’s first own-label store opened in November in Whiteleys of Bayswater, London. Named her ‘Work-Shop’; the concept store is part-studio, part-retail outlet, part-classroom. Ludgate encourages her customers to get involved in the production of their garments, which can be altered to suit each individual as well as customised to create a personal attachment to the piece.
This emotional investment in clothing, promoting a move towards slow fashion, is just one aspect of her ethical approach to clothing. All of her pieces are made locally, from British fabric; some of which are upcycled. This support of the British textile industry is vital to preserve the craft of garment production. With continued foreign manufacture, traditional skills could be lost from our country forever. Purchasing a beautiful garment with a clean conscience makes all the difference.
Visit http://www.henriettaludgate.com/ for more information.