On Sunday, I went to Westsbourne Grove, in the heart of Notting Hill, to check out the mid-season collection of Claudie Pierlot and to see which pieces would be suitable for vegans. The shop is located on the ground floor of a converted church in one of London’s premier villages. It’s just a pure delight for me to go shopping in this area, which is home to a lot of fashion brands that I love.
Claudie Pierlot is a French brand geared to women only, which positions itself in a preppy style that Audrey Hepburn would love.
The high-quality ready-to-wear brand was launched in 1984. In 2009, when the founder passed away, the brand was bought by SMCP, which owns also the two fellow brands Sandro and Maje. The current artistic director Vanessa Pierrat keeps the spirit of the founder by reinventing classics with a contemporary twist.
Before visiting a brand, I always check on-line if there are enough cruelty-free pieces in the collection, which are worth the visit. I am often surprised to realise the difference between the collections as they can be seen online and as they are in-store. This is particularly the case for Claudie Pierlot collection. The website doesn’t do justice to the beauty of all the fine details.
The 2016 spring collection is absolutely gorgeous. There is nothing overly trendy or hard-to-wear. The focus is on feminine simplicity with a few glam details. For spring, the iconic “petite baby doll” dress is once again reinterpreted. I have seen a lot of preppy-cool dresses in fluid cotton and polyester with ribbons, lace or embroidered details. You cannot imagine how their flowing lines give an edge to any silhouette. To have a little dress of your own you should allow a budget between £209 and £280. Or else, you could shop the brand directly in France where the prices are significantly lower.
There is an endless range of tops and bottoms suitable for vegans that can be mixed and matched. Take a look at the black and navy tank top below, entirely in lace with a slot at the front closed by a clip doll and a large flat knot. This is just the ticket for a chic and elegant look. All the tops have the same fine details and the vast majority are completely cruelty-free. You will be spoilt for choice.
Spring is also the best season to enhance your wardrobe with some beautiful basics. Trousers and skirts by Claudie Pierlot are the epitome of elegance and could become the foundations of your wardrobe. From left, beautiful trousers in stretch fabric without an inch of wool and with faux-leather details on the front pockets; jeans that don’t feature leather trade labels on the back, sold with a lovely printed belt made in cotton; Very fluid, the navy trousers are highly elegant with the knot on the front and slightly masculine accents; Finally, the cotton trousers with their sporty look, is feminine and casual at the same time.
I would like to end my round-up with the coats. I found two gorgeous cruelty-free pieces, perfect for mid-season. The first one, made in a mix of cotton and polyester, is £315. The second is a long trench coat made in viscose and polyester, at £275.
As usual, this review is just an overview of the collection. I haven’t mentioned all the clothes suitable for vegans stocked in the Notting Hill boutique. So, I leave you discover the rest of the collection for yourself. It could take a bit of time, the vast majority of clothes are free from animal cruelty. Claudie Pierlot is a brand that vegans can shop.