The new collection celebrates and appreciates the secret world of bouquets by leaning into iconic florals and pairing them with the textures, finishes, and flourishes unique to Ted Baker. Combining the expressive cryptological communication made through flowers with inspiration from Phileas Fogg – the fictional British socialite and eccentric from the hand-illustrated books – the new collection has informed both graphic and print interest. A nod to the British explorer shows the introduction of English - inspired weaves that have been injected throughout the collection in the form of herringbones and melang e flannels, adding depth to the expressive tailoring.
Bold balloon sleeves on hammered georgettes offer modern sartorial silhouettes, while affluence and romance are brought to this collection through embellishments, tassels, and braiding. By celebrating the moody oil paintings of Victorian artists such as Ellen and Edward Ladell, deep historical contexts have inspired the modern still-life capture of petal prints and paper flower placements to create the deep dimensional patterns seen on key pieces - from blouses to skirts and suiting. Inspirations from the late quarter of the 19th century lay the foundation for this collection. A modern monochromatic pallet adds a familiar twist featuring pink hues that extend into lighter and darker pantones - from chartreuse, and bright rose to tonal hues, like peach skin and crystal pink. Boucle, double lux cotton - with bonded pop colour interiors, luxurious quilting, and leathers add depth to the collection in poignant tones like anemone and peacoat.
Texture holds its importance through the latter half of the drop. Inspired by a night at the opera, we see unexpected moulin, mélange knits - adding further interest to intricate stitch detailing. References to baroque design in expressive prints evoke the glamour of attending dramatic performances at the Royal Opera House, London. Fabrics for this stage of the collection celebrate richness through buttery satins, deep sheer chiffons, and flowing organza. Key pieces such as outerwear and knits align in opulent hues that include zinfandel, fudge, snorkel blue and black – adding dimension, statement, and visual texture. Occasion wear pieces present elegant dressing in deep tones to create drama in reference to the overarching inspiration for the collection. The magnificence of it all has been carefully combined with architecture and the typical baroque style of interior décor at opera houses.
Ted Baker’s Autumn Winter ‘23 collection is available online and in stores.