All images by Ben Gold courtesy of Ciel
Oh the cruelty of the fashion industry! Showing us all these beautiful Spring/Summer clothes when we are sliding inexorably into winter...brrrrr! Still, even just the sight of Ciel's SS09 collection at London Fashion Week was enough to bring a sunny smile to our faces. Bright, crisp and beautifully patterned, it would be fair to say that Sarah Ratty has pulled a gorgeous mix out of her magical eco-fashion bag once again. So we must pull on our socks and hats now and wait patiently for the hot summer days next year when we will be able to enjoy wearing this collection. Click over the page to see more stunning shots of Ciel SS09.
Nomadic Summer Fashion
Taking the theme of 'Global Nomad' the Ciel SS09 collection is described by designer Sarah Ratty as embracing "the halcyon travelers eternal summer. From Moroccan style striped overshirt’s and loungewear to a stunning collection of signature printed summer dresses, statement blouses, wide leg or pyjama trousers in fresh organic cotton stripe, sexy silk chiffon dresses and blouses in tones of lime, Indian green, red and ink. Bold prints in lime, pink, lemon and white or chocolate & muted grey."
We always appreciate Ciel's use of eco-friendly textiles and love the bold use of patterns in this collection printed onto organic cotton and silk. Ratty always gives great importance to the textiles she uses, describing them in almost as much detail as the shapes and styles of the garments. "Organic cotton crisp striped seersucker comes in white and green stripes and urban check. A beautiful Taupe ribbon stripe in Chocolate and Lemon Japanese Cupro [recycled cotton wood], crisp white hemp silk. Hot pink silk chiffon and Habotai organic cotton teamed with bold modern pop floral prints. Hand screen silk prints in cute silver bee print or tribal Bhandhani spot motif."
Oh we're already dreaming of those summer days and nights...
More on Ciel:
The TH Interview: Sarah Ratty of Ciel - Part 1
The TH Interview: Sarah Ratty of Ciel - Part 2
Ciel Goes Dancing and Parties Till Dawn
The Observer's Ethical Awards 2007: And the Nominees Are ...
More on London Fashion Week SS09:
London Fashion Week: Canadian Invasion
London Fashion Week: Accessories
London Fashion Week: Make Your Mark