Tabitha Simmons’s first clothing capsule for Equipment is inspired by ’80s suits and English wallpaper
Equipment has partnered with British stylist, editor and designer Tabitha Simmons to create a 21‐piece collection of women’s clothing and footwear for Holiday 2018. Pairing Simmons’ keen eye and cult favorite shoe designs with Equipment’s iconic and timeless womenswear pieces, the limited edition Tabitha Simmons x Equipment designer collaboration collection references ’90s nightlife and club culture alongside whimsical romanticism. The result is a fashion‐forward, full wardrobe offering, appropriate for the season and beyond.
The 17‐piece clothing capsule features dresses and blouses in English Country floral prints, rock‐and‐roll evoking soft tailored jacket and trouser sets in silk star motifs, and classic menswear inspired suiting separates in luxe velvet and Prince of Wales checked wool. All looks are completed with two different pointed toe shoe silhouettes including signature strappy suede flats with covered buttons available in two shades of pink, and collared ankle leather booties in classic black and metallic silver.
This venture is Simmons’s first foray into ready-to-wear, but according to Sarah Rutson, chief brand officer of Equipment’s parent company, the Collected Group, the collaboration felt quite natural. “The fact that Tabitha wanted a tailored Prince of Wales check suit and a velvet Spencer jacket to balance out the femininity of the dresses and blouses is very much where our brand sits,” says Rutson. “It’s about classic, timeless design with a masculine-meets-feminine vibe.”
Simmons looked to muses like Charlotte Rampling in a tweed suit and to ’90s club-kid culture. Power suiting from the ’80s was a big reference point, as well, and as Simmons explains, was “the initial inspiration behind the collection.” As always, the designer also pulled from her “English heritage, so as to balance out that more masculine side. I took inspiration from traditional English wallpaper prints to make everything a bit more feminine.”
Shop the collection here.