Spijkers en Spijkers Immaculately Cut Tailoring for S/S’12

by Katie on November 24, 2011

Spijkers en Spijkers are an intriguing brand, showing during London Fashion Week season after season yet their eminently wearable dresses and knife-sharp tailoring don’t seem to appeal to British buyers, the only UK stockists listed on their website being a few savvy West London boutiques and Savile Row’s B Store.

This is a crime in itself, compounded by the fact that Spijkers sisters seem such lovely people. As they gamely took their bows following their latest catwalk presentation I wanted to rush up and give them a hug, tell them that they’re not as cruelly overlooked as they might believe.

You see, Spijkers en Spijkers have a secret weapon up their immaculately tailored sleeves. These girls know how to cut a mean trouser – and a good trouser, ladies, is a thing of beauty. The cornerstone of Joseph and Maria Grachvogel’s businesses is a decent trouser, one which adds elegance and height without sacrificing femininity. This season the Spijkers version comes in a barky tweed cropped just above the ankle, or attached jumpsuit-style to satin chemises. Added to a never-ending parade of geometric panelled evening wear with flapper-style fringing and chain straps in black, nude, and Twenties Art Deco tones, this is another strong offering.

So why oh why oh WHY are Spijkers en Spijkers not bigger in this country? My feeling is that this collection is too tasteful for London, too sharply executed. We prefer our clothes to either blind us at fifty paces, over sized and falling off our shoulders, or trussing us up like some tawdry Soho dominatrix. Spijkers en Spijkers is none of those things, and is all the more refreshing because of it.

Article written by Lee Clatworthy (@TeamChutzpah) for Katie Chutzpah blog.

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