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THE CASHMERE BOUTIQUE

Baby, it’s cold outside. Actually, no: it’s freezing. It’s the kind of bitter chill that makes your toes curl and your breath turn to mist. That’s why we’re warmed to the core by the prospect of cashmere. Our cuddlesome boutique of layers and more will satisfy even the most discerning knitwear know-all.

STYLE MASTERCLASS: MINIMALIST MAVEN

Have you ever thought that people of fewer words are often the most interesting? Well, the same can be applied to this season’s party trend…

Clean palettes, sharp tailoring and streamlined silhouettes: so reads the elegant wardrobe of the minimalist maven. Her repertoire revolves around considered classics that just work, no effort required. She personifies the mantra of pared-down perfection, and has never been caught without something to wear.

Hers is the example we’re taking this party season. The simple truth: sometimes less really is more.

STYLE MASTERCLASS: BRIGHT SPARKS

‘Tis the season to dress up and be noticed; the season where our social calendar (and wardrobe) requires some serious thought. Our key to surviving it in style? Embellishment! We’re talking statement accessories, versatile separates and more – those finer details with the power to transform daywear into something dramatic. A little goes a long way…

STYLE MASTERCLASS: HERITAGE

Take on the great outdoors in fall-ready heritage hits. Rich plaids, mix-and-match textures and relaxed silhouettes tread the oh-so-stylish ground between elegance and eccentricity.

TOP 5 COATS OF THE SEASON

Some people call coats the bikinis of winter. Actually, no one calls them that, but you cannot deny that when it comes to the colder months, a warm layer is utterly essential.

This season, it’s plaid, shearling and statement coats that are getting our attention – and in case you can’t stop at one (who can blame you?), we’ll throw in off-duty and classic styles for good measure.

That’s a wrap!

STYLE MASTERCLASS: DARK ROMANCE

Looking for a reason to be just a little bit moody? It’s all happening after dark for FW16, with eveningwear exploring somber (yet undeniably glamorous) new territory. Infused with the romantic sensibility that’s been running through the collections for a few seasons now, the look takes shape with lace, fluttery ruffles and inky velvet that catches the light in all the right places.

And for those who want to up the drama just a touch, caped silhouettes are a must. Whether you opt for a delicate capelet or go ‘full bat’, this small detail is guaranteed to give you wings.

FALL TOP 5: BOOT CAMP

Fall is here – and with it comes the usual array of sartorial unknowns. Is it too soon for a scarf? What about a coat? But amidst all this uncertainty, there is one thing we can rely on: boots. We’re spoilt for choice this season, with colored, biker, evening and ankle styles all catching our attention – and for when the temperature really drops, the perfect knee high is all you need to brave the elements. The only unknown here is, how many pairs is too many?

THE WEDDING BOUTIQUE

Bride, bridesmaid, or guest: whatever your role on the big day, we vow to dress you properly for the occasion. Vibrant cocktail creations, jumpsuits, exquisite separates and more promise a look that's chic and sophisticated. Forget something old or something borrowed — treat yourself to a piece of 'something new'.

A NOTE FROM THE EXPERTS

Ignorance is far from bliss when it comes to the big day, so we’ve asked Susie from Knot & Pop for her top tips. Read, learn and be inspired...

IN CONVERSATION:
PROENZA SCHOULER

Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez have spent the last 14 years charming the fashion cognoscenti with their innovative, artful creations (and collecting five CFDA awards in the process). We sat down with them to chat about inspiration, influences and techniques.

What were the starting points for this collection?
We were looking at the Abstract Expressionists of the New York School. We were drawn to the work of Helen Frankenthaler specifically: her process often included thinning out paint and pouring it over canvas without really having any pre-conceived notions of what the outcome would be.

What technical processes were involved in the creation of your carwash slash fabric?
We wanted to work with natural materials, so a lot of shearling, wool, spotted calf and Mongolian lamb fur. We liked the idea of leaving things raw and undone.

How would the Proenza Schouler woman wear your super chunky knits?
We’re obsessed with knitwear these days, the idea of something slouchy but lean and covered up. It feels cool to us, sexy in a modern kind of way. We especially like the idea of wearing a knit over a pleated skirt – it gives the silhouette movement, freedom and ease.

THE ACCESSORIES UPDATE

Get a head start on the season with the new crop of have-to-have-them accessories.

The cross-body bag

Your go-anywhere essential
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The ankle boot

Boots that are made for walking
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The fedora

Hats off to oh-so-slick head attire
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TAMARA KALINIC’S SHOW-SEASON SUITCASE

From statement outerwear for New York to glamorous styles that are perfect for Paris, the blogger and founder of ‘Glam & Glitter’ rounds up her fashion month packing essentials.

FALL’S FIVE HERO BAGS

It’s time to take a hands-on approach to accessorizing. From the top-handled totes and miniature must-haves (that are the new season's take on the ladylike trend), to statement clutches, bucket bags and cross-body carryalls, these five hero styles are your essential companions for fall and beyond. Get in on the action with our cherry-picked edit: a chic ensemble is in the bag.

STYLE MASTERCLASS: FALL WORKWEAR

The ’70s continues to work its magic on our wardrobes — and it’s not exclusively a bohemian affair.

10 KEY PIECES

A new season calls for a complete wardrobe overhaul — and the good news is, all the detective work has been done for you. With one eye on the runway and one eye on the streets, we've rounded up the key pieces we're loving for FW16.

THE DENIM BOUTIQUE

Forget diamonds – everyone knows that the perfect pair of jeans are a girl's best friend. Stick to your failsafe skinnies, explore the season's on-trend styles or discover the designers on our radar right now. Whatever your denim needs, get set to find the jeans of your dreams…

FLEX APPEAL

Once upon a time, when you wanted to work out it meant taking a serious style hit – but those days are over, thanks to the athleisure trend. So when you need to sweat it out (or just feel like relaxing your look), we've got activewear that will make exercising a lot more exciting.

THE ART OF ELEGANCE

When cocktail hour is calling your name, it's important to dress to impress. Bold silhouettes, statement prints and larger-than-life details will have you turning heads quicker than you can say 'One bellini, please'.

PRAIRIE TALES

If you're fond of a style balancing act, the prairie trend is one for you. The look treads the (dusty) ground between pretty and practical, leaving you to mix and match ditzy florals, demure ruffles and hard-wearing boots to your heart's content.

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