It’s not often that I share details of a press show straight off the bat, but having visited the Oliver Bonas SS18 show earlier this week, it would be rude NOT to pre-warn you that you’re going to be needing some pennies for the gradual launch of the said collection.
Perhaps it’s the Winter dullness that has got me going cuckoo over a new lease of life in the product world, or perhaps it’s just the collection being SO on-trend, but one thing is for sure – I WANT IT ALL. Another exciting development that got me all kinds of excited was the fact that I also learnt Oliver Bonas is a real person. I repeat, a real person. Not exactly the OB name, but a guy named Olly who signs off every design and product before it hits the market. I’ve no idea why I presumed it was just a name but after talking to a few more folk about it, it seems as though it is a little-known fact.
Back to the collection. Let’s talk about those trends I spotted. I’d like to think these ‘trends’ are pretty versatile and have been winding their way through designs for a while now. It’s less about seasonal fast-fashion and more about pieces that will last and be current for the foreseeable future. In any case, all of them are just a little bit EJP.
1 // FACES
Faces were strong for Oliver Bonas last season and they’ve continued to develop this theme with a more abstract approach. I love the line work mixed with both bold and pastel colourways and can we just talk about the people and pooch cosmetics bag on the top left? I’ll take a pooch face purse any day of the week.
From left to right: Face Puzzle Wash Bag, £25,Due February; Family Portrait Makeup Bag, £16.50, Due February; Sense Slider Mug, £15, Due February; Jada Faces Pouch, £22, Due May; Good Times Scarf, £29.50, Due May; Sweet Dreams Navy Candle, £22, Due March
2 // GEOMETRIC
I spoke about how graphic shapes were going to be hot in my post on Milan Design Week last year and the high-street world has not disappointed with their take on it. Oliver Bonas has seemingly gone for a golden glow in their geometrical range with a few abstract shapes and line work also thrown in – ahem, that coffee table. The pin boards are also a great update to the office decor that has previously been seen and the range of colours means they are pretty darn versatile.
From left to right: Luxe Drinks Trolley Loop Marble, £375, Due April; Sculptural Round Photo Holder, £28, Due January; Luxe Loop Glass Coffee Table, £355, Due April; Cupola Table Lamp, £80, Due February; Sculptural Square Photo Holder, £32, Due January; Loop Table Lamp, £75, Due February; Pinboard Range, £35-£65, Due February
3 // FRINGING
Stop. Oh, be still my beating heart. If there’s one trend I’ve just been going on and on about, it’s fringing. Something that I’ve been obsessed with since being 17-year-old EJP, but still so relevant to my wardrobe and interior choices. I am SO happy that fringing is making it’s way on to the high-street as I know that everything I can get my hands on will stay with me forever. Which is where this chair comes in to play. Royal blue velvet, rotatable and very fringe-tastic, there’s a spot in my bedroom (soon undergoing a makeover) that has this baby’s name on it. GIMME GIMME GIMME.
From left to right: Lucille Bead & Tassel Earrings, £18, Due April; Nappa Table Lamp, £130, Due February; Wall Mirror Nappa, £45; Lupe Velvet Arm Chair, £595, Due February; Thea Tassel Suede Bucket Bag, £89.50, Due May
4 // JUNGLE
The jungle trend is another firm non-trend in my eyes as I like to rock the ‘Urban Jungle’ look all year round. OB’s playful take on the look is oh so much fun and definitely an individual look for the brand. Otis the alligator pops up throughout (actually named after Olly if you’re interested) and provides a cheeky bit of character play to the abstract botanical patterns gracing the rest of the products.
From left to right: Otis Square Dhurrie, £22; Fusion Jungle Shirt, £55, Due May; See you later Doormat, £18; Otis Tassel Cushion, £32; Alligator Trinket Pot, £50, Due April.
What’s your favourite trend? What’s your favourite product? Items will be making their way to Oliver Bonas stores from now until May. Keep your eyes peeled on their site for new releases.
All imagery courtesy of Oliver Bonas.