I recently received a lovely email from ex-New Yorker Vanessa Knox who set up her eponymous label in March 2011. It turns out that we have mutual fashion friends in both Upper Street co-founder Julia Grinham and Alex who I recently met at DKNY proving that it is a small world after all! The final connection that made me sit up and take notice was the fact Vanessa was a co-founder of Isabella Oliver where she was Creative Director and Head Designer for eight years. You already know that I’m a huge devotee of the 365 Collection so it’s not surprising that I clicked straight over to Vanessa Knox in anticipation of what the label has to offer.
Being an absolute sucker for the words draping, jersey, and affordable luxury, the collection was a winner for me so I took up Vanessa’s kind offer of choosing a couple of pieces to try out for myself. I choose the Elena Jersey Draped Tank Top in Cameo Rose and the very appealing Sonya Faux Suede City Shorts.
I absolutely love both pieces and if this wretched rain ever ceases I will be wearing these shorts A LOT this summer, as seen here with a blazer for a smarter feel or with a plain T for relaxed, sunny days.