Liberty is not only a perennial retail establishment in London but the Regent Street purveyor has also been a quintessential tastemaker since it was founded in 1875. Aside from an impeccable taste, Liberty is also renowned for its fabric and prints which not only comes in an extensive archive but is renewed every season. These gorgeous prints with an opulent old-world touch featuring subjects ranging from flora to fauna with a early 20th century touch. These prints are no stranger to collaborations and have successfully permeated the industry from top down– the prints have appeared on Alexander McQueen’s shoulder pad tee, Acne’s Body suit and on to the street level, bringing blossoms to Nike kicks.
This season, heritage tennis label, Fred Perry, has brought Liberty on board for its Blank Canvas collaboration series (Stussy Deluxe was one of the Blank Canvas collaboration partners). The 2010 series due to launch in April adopts two of Liberty’s timeless prints, “Mark” from the Paisley series and “Edenham” from the Floral series. The capsule collection of four items includes Fred Perry classics reworked with a Liberty twist. The M12 polo are refreshed for spring and summer with a generous all-over Liberty print or kept subtle as pipings and accents for those favoring understated touches. Other items include a short-sleeved button down perfect for languid lake-front summers fully-printed in Liberty designs, and the classic Fred Perry Black Harrington Jacket is marked with a subtle Liberty Paisley collar lining for that hippie dandy touch.
Floral is the new plaid this spring, so update your wardrobe accordingly and venture away from the tried and safe. Layer with a white or grey cardigan or sweater for the cooler spring days if you are not quite ready for a full-on printed approach. Believe it or not, fresh colors will bring new life to your summer chinos and Clarks desert boots.
Release Date: April 2010