page featuring Acanthus in Worcester UK, we saw
some lovely velvet and brocade items. Here are some more pictures of
Anna's interesting Autumn/Winter 2005/6 stock at Acanthus. Most of these items were
available at the time of my visit in October 2005. Location below.
Lace & Velvet from Avoca Anthology
The gorgeous three quarter crushed velvet coat
in both pictures above is by Avoca Anthology and is
actually a taupe mole colour although it is called violet on the
stock ticket. This crushed velvet coat is £221 and has
been teamed with a £101.50 toning taupe 100% fine wool skirt with
bead and paillette spangle enhanced embroidery that meanders
across the skirt in flowing organic forms. Pretty camisole vests in many toning expensive looking colours
by Geisha are available for
The lace net shrug decorated with cream pearls and beads
above left is a fairytale wisp of a jacket perfect as a cover up for bare
shoulders and arms. This is £132.50 and looks great against the cream beaded skirt
£177 and peaking out just below it. The shrug whether knit, fabric, lace or fur is another
of this season's hot items. This beaded net one is extra special and very
decorative in a feminine way.
The lace dress on the far left is by Avoca Anthology and
this lace wrap dress is ideal worn more casually as as a layer over jeans. Wearing it in an
alternative way to a basic dress really increases the versatility of the
item. Price is £169 and the dress Anna showed me was a pale soft sage green.
The figured red velvet coat and red lace wrap
dress is also by Avoca Anthology, but not currently available at Acanthus.
For your local stockist of the red coat and red lace dress contact
Avoca Anthology a unique label
from Dublin and made in County Wicklow, Ireland.
As well as occasion wear at Acanthus you will also find plenty of items more
suitable for everyday wear. Anna has an interesting selection of
knitwear from the finest lacy knits to thicker chunkier casual knit
Fashions by Mint & Sahara at Acanthus
This go anywhere easy fit 100% wool striped jacket on the
far left is by Sahara in the Cardamom colour. It has a fascinating
raised ridged surface texture typical of custom made knits. It would
be perfect for a tall statuesque woman. The jacket was a very accommodating
size and the simple easy cut makes it most suitable for a larger size or to
be worn over other layers. This very wearable item is £192.50 and I
suspect some woman will buy it and wear it day in day out as it is a great
In the centre is a lovely semi sheer, iridescent shot silk
organza skirt, by Mint at £99. This slouch skirt is decorated with a paisley
sequin and embroidery border. This skirt was available in several pretty
colours. The classic black jacket with it is £99.
The black items far right show a very interesting military
style jacket with an asymmetric cut to the front. As you can see the right
front side is longer than the other side. The jacket is £78 and the
skirt is £76 and the outfit is just that bit different that the general high
street take on military.
One thing that I noticed about all the items in Acanthus, was the love Anna
had for either complete streamlined simplicity or ornate decoration. You
will find both when you look through the rails.
are looking for stylish linen and natural fashions you will note the simplicity
of the lovely clean simple lines of the
linen clothes she sells in summer to the texture, tone and richness of
decorative detail and embellishment on items such as tops, shawls,
scarves, bags and other accessories perfect for the festive season or
other occasion wear.
Craft Appliqué & Patchwork Texture
This detail of a lovely loose easy to wear taupe
on the left is by Mint which is
owned by the fashion company East. Apart from trading throughout the UK
in many towns, East supplies independent shops with East articles under the trading name
of Mint. Mint items are not sold in East retail shops. Only independent
sellers can sell the Mint range of East goods.
The greyish taupe top above is silk with Viscose appliqué in an
ethnic accommodating loose style. The appliqué fabric is a gleaming metallic brocade with a
silver and gold glimmer all worked on an grey crepe background.
The randomly placed rose motifs are worked in machine embroidery, but
also have the look of being individually worked rose shapes
which makes the piece appear to have an element of originality.
The unique Suffolk puff patchwork silk triangular
shawl and matching puffs handbag on the right is made from silk
fabrics and is a handcrafted piece. Both items are by
Etnika and the bag was priced at £44 with the shawl at £104.
Suffolk puff patchwork is a traditional patchwork craft.
If you love
textiles you will be as thrilled as I am with the wonderful ranges of
contrasting textures, creative techniques and colours at Acanthus.
Naturals, neutrals and nouveau are all at Acanthus. If you are a linen
or silk lover this is also the place to find women's wear in natural
fabrics. If you are beyond the size range there is still something for
you. Racks of interesting colourful and subtle jewellery and scarves that
are novel and the accessories collections, include the independent ranges
from Pilgrim and East. Whilst East has it's own stores the range it
sells to independents under the name of Mint is not found in East shops.
The clothes shop is easy to find and is in a busy
prime city-centre location with an outdoor car park nearby in the Cornmarket
area of Worcester. This is the same area that hosts the
Worcester Christmas Fayre. The location is just around
the corner from Reindeer Court which itself leads to the Shambles back
entrance of Marks and Spencers. The shop is also about 300 yards from
Worcester Foregate Street Rail station. Use
www.multimap.com/ with the
United Kingdom postcode WR1 2DJ to see the location.
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