British Invader – Ted Baker

English fashion often has a quirky sensibility to it. It can range from dowdy, dipped-in-color royal style to avant-garde street wear. Proper classics touched with a whimsical twist are also a hallmark of British design. The fascinator hats, worn by UK women at festive, formal occasions are a perfect example.

A unique Ted Baker dress.

A unique Ted Baker dress.

There are many UK fashion and beauty brands invading American shores. Burberry is the international superstar, but gaining terra firma are Hunter (the famous Wellington boots, shoes and bags), All Saints Spitalfields (progressive street fashion), Thomas Pink (shirt maker for men and women), Barbour  (classic outerwear), Butter London  nail color (trend setting color), Illamasqua cosmetics (“makeup for your alter ego”), and many more. Some of these companies have decades of brand history and others are relative newbies.

One of my favorites is the irreverent, colorful, ladylike Ted Baker. The London-based Ted Baker , was started by the designer in 1987, as a men’s shirt company and now makes menswear, womenswear,  accessories, fragrance, skincare, footwear, eyewear and watches. They are especially known for their feminine colorful sportswear, accessories and whimsical handbags. The unique personality of the brand stands out in a vanilla retail landscape. I’m especially enamored with his patent leather bags, clutches and printed vinyl totes.

Ted Baker has their own international retail stores and is found at better retailers like Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom. Preferring not to advertise, they have grown mostly by word of mouth. Now you are in on secret!

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Ted Baker colorful and retro accessories.

Ted Baker colorful and retro accessories.

The New Neutral for 2012

Color trends evolve slowly and steadily. They rarely appear unexpectedly. This year we are caught without much warning in a tidal wave of cheerful yellow apparel, accessories, home products and decor. From tender sorbet to banana to sunflower, this optimistic, south-facing color family, is the new neutral for spring 2012!

For the past year or so something strange has come over me. Colors that never excited me have become my new favorites. Whipped butter, baby chick and day lily have infiltrated my brain. Yellow, a non-existent color in my closet, is going to play a starring role in my black and white wardrobe this spring. I was tasered by a buttercup, patent leather Ted Baker tote. Until I got home, I didn’t I realize what I had done.

Yellow is the new neutral for 2012!

Yellow is the new neutral for 2012!

Perhaps yellow is the antidote to years of recessionary malaise? This burst of sunshine is most modern when worn with other bold brights, or historically unusual parings like bright yellow with grey or beige. It pops in prints played off of grey and white. Yellow can make a vibrant or delicate statement in active wear, shoes, jeans, handbags, lingerie, dresses, accessories and home decor. I expect it to gain steam and be with us for a while. Even if it isn’t your most flattering color, you can get your yellow fix away from the face in a jean or boot.

I especially like the use of yellow this season by BCBG, J Crew, Crate and Barrel, Rag and Bone, 7 for All Mankind, Robert Rodriquez, Sam Edelman, Sperry, Rebecca Minkoff, Tory Burch and Ted Baker.

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