The changing of the seasons feels like a particularly British phenomenon and one that never goes unnoticed, especially Autumn. Its stunning vibrant variations in colour and the noticeable difference in tree types seems to wake you up and make you take stock of your surroundings. I always feel its nature’s way of having a final blow out, a farewell exhibition of its brilliance before hibernating and pooling resources for the next colour pop in Spring.
“Sometimes today the emphasis on practical and modern lacks the sophistication of vintage tailoring. Thats why we all deep down have a passion for vintage clothing, the chance to hark back to times of real femininity.”
I love this time of year and all it brings. One notable effect is that it signals the start of a wardrobe change. Bare ankles, t shirts and floaty fabrics are swapped for tights, layers and all things cozy. I become obsessed with the best coats, boots and hats out there. The dream outdoor coat that’s going to save my bacon literally this winter or the ultimate boots that will put a smile on my face as I leave the house. Living in Northumberland the onset of Winter is all about practicality and having the best kit.
I’m currently designing a warm, waterproof coat that flatters more than the average parka and that can serve both rural and urban lifestyles. I love trawling through vintage photographs for inspiration, and seeing how beautifully men and women dressed back in the day. The cut, the shape, the lengths, how the fabrics fell and subsequently moved all created what we identify as vintage elegance. Sometimes today the emphasis on practical and modern lacks the sophistication of vintage tailoring. Thats why we all deep down have a passion for vintage clothing, the chance to hark back to times of real femininity.
I’ve tried to bring together all my favourite elements of various fleeces, waterproofs, and general outerwear that I’ve enjoyed wearing. I want my coat to have a practical adjustable neck for howling gales and wet weather but that equally doesn’t suffocate you in warmer months; have a detachable fully lined fur hood so that its not just an aesthetic detail; to be completely waterproof and of course have a very warm, comfy lining so that you feel slightly smug while wearing it.
My shearling lined wellies make me sigh with relief every time I put them on, here’s hoping that a Bella Hoskyns waterproof coat has the same effect.
The Bella Hoskyns all weather coat coming soon!