Gudrun Sjoden's patterned long cardigans have become an essential part of my year-round wardrobe so I eagerly awaited the landing of this season's Macau cardi-jacket.
The Macau is an eco cotton and wool jacquard knit of five different intricately patterned rectangular panels in contrasting colours which have a pleasing patchwork effect. It has a slightly felted texture, drop shoulder sleeves and a roomy A-line shape. I was immediately drawn to the Goldochre version in hues of strawberry pink, pineapple yellow and gauva green, but also had to try the elegant Graphite in tones that remind me of sepia photographs of Bauhaus Women of the late 1920s and early 30s.
It's a wonderful garment to wear and as well as looking superb with any of Gudrun's clothes it also works well with all my A-line handmade dresses.
The other stand-out pieces in Gudrun's Spring 2017 collection are the Nordic hued and Japanese influenced broad stripe dress in linen and eco-cotton worn with a cotton organdie petticoat with a dramatic open-work lace border. I love the square cut neckline and bodice of the frock and the dressing-up element of adding a soft ruffled layer underneath. It feels like fairy tale costume and swooshes dramatically when I walk. Soft edged, colourful power dressing for the 21st century.
See more of Gudrun's new season treats in her Spring Magazine.
From 25 April – 7 May 2017 the exhibition Gudrun Sjödén: Four Decades of Colour & Design celebrates over 40 years of colourful expression by my favourite Swedish designer and textile artist as part of Fashion and Textile Museum's Festival of Textiles 2017. See you there!