The Bloomsbury Group – a group of artists, writers and philosophers in the early 20th century that included Virginia Woolf and E.M. Forster – are often cited as inspiration for fashion collections, but for AW15 the trend was bigger than ever on the catwalk. And Vanessa Bell (Virginia Woolf’s sister, played by Phoebe Fox), who is the character that the BBC’s Life In Squares centres around, is the biggest inspiration of all. Whipping off her corset within seconds of the first episode, Bell’s bohemian wardrobe is the stuff of next season’s dreams; all long cloaks and heavy fabrics and rich, swirling patterns. This was one forward-thinking woman, sartorially-speaking; Vanessa Bell may well have been the world’s first hippy.
Floor-skimming folk-style gowns with floral prints were seen all over the AW15 catwalks, at Anna Sui, Burberry, Gucci (all above), Lanvin and Etro to name but a few. They might seem tricky to wear when you see them on leggy models on the catwalk, but Phoebe Fox is only a petite little thing, showing that this is a trend that will work even if you’re average height (that’s 5ft 3 in the UK, since you ask).
There are plenty of other reasons to watch Life In Squares, including dashing James Norton (he of Grantchester and Happy Valley fame) looking totally gorgeous, and all the interiors inspiration you could ever wish for (just try not wanting to paint your bath in psychedelic colours after episode one). Oh, and it’s really good, too. If you missed the first instalment on Monday there’s still time to catch up on iPlayer before the second part this Monday.
Life In Squares is on BBC2 at 9pm on Mondays until August 10th.