Fashion Illustrated: Rory Crichton for Radley

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Lulu Guinness has lips, Victoria Beckham has David, and Radley has its beloved Scottie dog. The symbol which has become a sort of mascot for this, one of my all-time favourite accessories brands, has delivered inspiration yet again at the hands of illustrator and textile designer, Rory Crichton.

Viewing the collection at Radley’s press day last week – a beautifully curated event may I add – it is certainly one to get fans of the Radley dog excited. The iconic Scottie dog motif, first thought up by founder Lowell Harder at the brand’s inception in 1984, has been reimagined by Crichton in a series of hand-drawn sketched designs for SS13. Crichton, who hails from the Scottish isles himself, graduating from Glasgow School of Art in 1992, has worked with many of the world’s leading fashion brands, from Missoni, Prada and Louis Vuitton to Giles Deacon, Bottega Veneta, Marc Jacobs and Gucci. Covering a range of classic totes, umbrellas, holdalls, luggage and small leather goods, Crichton’s illustrated genius has been entitled the ‘Thames Collection’ in good ole’ British style.

In fact, a pervading theme of the new season collections, in my mind, is heritage, as classic designs are updated and we are invited back in time to recapture passions for pastimes such as reading an actual book or travelling by train. Piles of classic novels served as pedestals for the brand’s timeless accessories, worn street signs for Carnaby Street and Brick Lane set the scene and Radley’s iconic shapes and that one important motif, infuse contemporary styles with a nod to the brand’s rich and beloved history.

In my own tribute to the Radley Dog, I had my nails painted at the event by a member of the Illustrated Nail team with mini Scottish terriers inscribed on my ring fingers. They will have to keep me going until Rory Crichton’s collection for Radley becomes available in January 2013, at any one of the brand’s 21 stores nationwide and online at www.radley.co.uk.

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