The run of fashion weeks around the world has had me gripped; from street style, to the
forthcoming season trends, designer inspiration and the general madness of it all. Don’t
get me wrong I love Spring and Summer but the fashion that floats my boat is Autumn
Winter. I’m particularly excited this year as all my favourite things seem to be ‘in’; velvet,
tweed, oversized trousers, capes, colour, frills and my all time reassuring favourite, the
Velvet was trendy last winter but this winter it seems that the more innovative and shiny it
is the better, so get ready for texture. Bella Hoskyns coats and jackets all work well in
velvet and can adapt to formal evening looks or low key style with jeans. The high waist
trousers will be oh so chic in a rich velvet for evening glamour as well. Velvet has a luxury
effect and everyone looks good in it.
Tweed is being funked up. Its all about form fitting silhouettes and youthful style as well as
the gender blurring double breasted suits. The shape is where its at so whether its the bell
sleeve on the Bella Hoskyns swing coat or the high waist on the cropped trousers, shape
is all important.
Over sized trousers are again ‘big’ this winter, excuse the pun. Longer lengths, loosely cut
in the leg and fluid in movement. Our high waisted trousers tick all these boxes whilst still
giving the female form its sexy flattering curve. The waist is where the focus is. Slim,
boyish shapes can create curves with high waists and if you’re curvy a high waister is
extremely flattering, after all make the most of what you’ve got.
Capes are back! I’ve always struggled with when I’d wear a cape, isn’t a coat or waistcoat
more practical? But this is where I need to throw caution to the wind. A cape isn’t meant
to be practical, its glamorous and cool. Its a statement and a nod to vintage style and
makes whatever else you’re wearing look better. In my mind the perfect cape is extremely
simple, just the right length and in a dream colour with statement buttons. The catwalk
showed an experimental surge, where statement capes were abundant and any length
Speaking of colour there is a veritable riot for A/W 17. Brights, colour blocking, dusky
blues and complimentary colours. Be bold and brave was the message.
Polonecks are essential for the Autumn. Whether you’re layering it, wearing it in lace or
cotton or cashmere its all about Renaissance glamour and Victorian femininity. Not only
are they life enhancingly cosy but they give elegance to winter outfits. You also don’t have
to worry about your pasty neck!
It feels to me that there’s a quintessentially british revival and just in time with Brexit
looming we need to stand proud of who we are, where we’ve come from and what we’ve
achieved and more importantly how we can continue to make our mark.