The best taste is bad taste – or at the very least, the most fun. Valentine’s follows hot on the heels of Christmas when it comes to gauche colour clashing and commercialisation of kitsch. Valentine’s whether it’s cut out hearts or sentimental cliches is if nothing else a celebration of tack. And I am completely and utterly in love with it. It’s the ultimate excuse to embrace this hyper-femininity and lean all the way into the cute, playful and completely bonkers aspect of the day. In short, it’s fun and is the perfect excuse for a new collection (and collaboration) from Isolated Heroes.
While it certainly makes more than a passing nod to cinematic style icon Alabama Worley (yes, she is THAT pink zebra numbers namesake) it’s a tribute to the big day in every which way you could possibly want. Candy heart print co-ords find themselves along sequinned venus signs embellishing sheer fabric. Sequinned bikers and flares to match continue what seems to be the brands’ unofficial mission statement of “more is more” – and with each collection drop, it’s hard not to get on board with this level of exuberance.
Of course, party dresses and killer bikers have all but become a staple for Isolated Heroes, however, on this Valentine’s outing they have teamed up with Dundee jeweller Velma Pickles for a limited run of acrylic jewellery. Limited to a run of only 10 of each piece, the collection reads like a checklist to all of your Valentine’s staples. Frilly cut out heart earrings, multicoloured pastel heart chockers and cherubic wings only begin to scratch the surface office. The cloud 9 earrings manage to be a statement piece among statement pieces and are a real standout in the whole collection.
Isolated Heroes valentines collaboration has jewellery from as little as £12.50 – £30 and with dresses starting at £55. Themed dressing might not have been your thing previously, but Isolated Heroes make a damn convincing case to give in to the kitsch.