Persian riches inspire latest People Tree V&A co-lab

Model for People Tree X V&A

The People Tree X V&A collection drop is always worth a serious look-see and the latest one is no exception. Rich Persian textiles from the museum's vast collection inspire the two lines, with lots to choose from.

The Yasmin print is a reinterpretation of a 19th-century woven coat, featuring floral motifs in soft pinks, greens and navy. There's a statement blouse with voluminous sleeves, a relaxed maxi dress, some fabulous wide-leg trousers (below) and a long-sleeved dress (perfect with black tights), all made with eco-friendly Tencel.

People Tree V and A Yasmin

Or, for a bold punch of red in sharp cuts, the organic-cotton Esther line features a traditional floral motif redrawn from a fragment of a 19th-century block-printed dress. Check out the cool slim-leg trousers, classic shell top, short-sleeved sun dress and – the stand-out piece – a midi-dress (below). Wear it over a polo-neck and high boots now, and bare your arms in it come summer.

People Tree V and A Esther

The new People Tree pieces have been made by Creative Handicrafts, a fair-trade social enterprise that employs disadvantaged women who live in the slum communities of Mumbai, India.

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