Ingrid Starnes' Beautiful Bletchley Park

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Since launching in late 2010, Ingrid Starnes has been a label that has fascinated me, the ladylike collections that are carefully crafted, with just a few of each piece made, capture my imagination every season.  This range for Autumn/Winter 2014, is entitled 'Bletchley Park' and is another elegant collection with mid-century English references, particularly timely at the moment as we remember the ANZACs.  In fact Bletchley Park was an actual place where mostly young women worked as code-breakers intercepting and analysing messages from the enemy during World War II.  These women were intelligent, resourceful and committed to helping the British military win the war, and as it happened there were also women in New Zealand working on the same task, my own grandmother being one of them in Wellington.

Making this collection particularly dear to my heart is the inclusion of the Evelyn dress (two images directly below) which is my own rather old-fashioned name and rarely heard these days.  The dress is beyond exquisite in person and of course I had to acquire my own after finally trying it on in person last week, it's delicately winsome lace and gorgeous jade green silk were impossible to resist.  Of course the fact that it's impeccably cut and very flattering on is also a big factor too, but then everything Ingrid Starnes does is cleverly thought out and flawlessly executed.

As you can see the rest of the collection is similarly refined and totally covetable.  These are clothes that are made to last and be worn forever, their timeless tailoring and unique exclusive prints make them quite unlike anything else available right now and worth every cent.   I'm already planning the other pieces I need from this collection as it fits perfectly with the woman I am, and more importantly, the one I want to be.

You can see the whole collection and shop the available looks from the online store here. 

Images by Karen Inderbitzer-Waller and Delphine Avril Planqueel for Ingrid Starnes

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