Sponsored: Ted Baker AW14: Take the Lead

Ted Baker AW14: Take the Lead

When you’re in the spotlight, you’ve got to dance like everybody’s watching.

From the Mambo and Tango right through to Fandango, Ted can out-Fred the nimblest Astaire and to celebrate, his Menswear and Womenswear collections are dancing cheek to cheek to create a thrilling display of rhythm and electric blues.

Ted has choreographed a luxurious womenswear clothing and accessories collection for AW14, effortlessly combining vintage-inspired floral prints (such as Opulent Bloom and Botanical Bloom) in a layered and lavish palette of pinks. His continued love affair with the 1950s has also created an ultra-feminine look to ensure all ladies become belles of the (mirror) ball.

In contrast, sportswear influences up the tempo with an urban, futuristic feel, and this ultra-modern look moves across neoprene sweat shapes, lux joggers and bomber jacket silhouettes. Engineered prints, such as Ted’s Road to Nowhere, are themed around reflected landscapes, and colours (body) pop in electric blues, acid yellows and fresh neon pinks.

Contrasting texture is also key: from embossed snakeskin and sparkling sequins to metallic graphic jacquards. Embellishment adorns nearly every piece; coats with jewelled collars and heavily encrusted tunic style dresses add a rich, beguiling touch to the collection.

It takes two to tango in Argentina but only one to belly dance in Cairo… and so, inspired by a recent boat trip along the Nile and other exotic destinations, Ted’s menswear is full of thrilling precision and rhythmic wit this season.

Alive with jewel tones of burgundy, teal, emerald green and vibrant orange on knitwear, jersey and chinos, the collection also features exciting, contemporary textures – including enlarged Birds Eye and Royal Oxford knits.

Fresh detailing and modern finishes add classic touches to a robust collection of prints and jacquards. Colour blocking takes a bow on blazers with contrast lapels, pockets and sleeves, and on knitwear’s bold blocks of aubergine, burnt orange and green.

Renowned for his charming prints, Ted’s geos, dogtooth and paisleys stand out across the collection. Available on everything from pocket squares and ties to jersey and even Ted’s classic brogue, camouflage and leopard prints also provide an easy way to add exotic flair to your outfit.

So let Ted take the lead this AW14 for a strikingly stylish showcase that just goes to prove that when you’re in the spotlight, you’ve got to dance like everybody’s watching.

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Langley

Ted’s enchanting and opulent AW14 Langley collection steals the show with rich autumnal tones of burnt orange and deep purple clashing with subtle pastels in shell and pale green.

Couture-inspired silhouettes in luxurious fabrications bring drama and glamour to the season, with cashmere knits and silk organza worn alongside pony skin-effect directional pieces.

The hypnotic Enchanted Floral print skirt with ethereal layering detail offers a whimsical touch, whilst the graceful FLAWRA cream prom dress, with ruffled bust and structured floral skirt, is perfectly placed to be worn with statement jewelled courts and a matching mini box clutch.

Worn with decadent flair, jewelled necklines and lace details bring sophistication and elegance to a spirited and vivacious collection.

Phormal

Inspired by traditional techniques with a modern cut, Ted’s AW14 Phormal collection features stand-out sophisticated metallics of sonic blue and emperor purple in slim, sharp suiting.

Windowpane checks in a three-piece suit, worn with contrast navy waistcoat and all the trimmings of a pocket square and printed tie, will guarantee gents are dressed to the nines. Overall, Italian fabrications, mother of pearl buttons and 1920s-style cocktail bar linings bring a touch of opulent luxury to the season.

Tight Lines injects a dash of colour to fabrications with thicker tweeds in burnt orange and bottle green, and alpaca blend knits in red and dark purple. With wool and velvet details also appearing on oversized checked blazers and matching waistcoats, it’s a layered look that’s slick and functional.

For Global, printed blazers (worn with classic shirting or relaxed knitwear) effortlessly take the lead alongside geo prints with a subtle metallic finish for an almost three-dimensional look.