We all know recent times have been troubled. Now, more than ever, we’re looking at our wardrobes as a source of joy; a chance to support brands and designers we really love, to express ourselves, and to add some sparkle to dark days. And this season, designers seriously delivered on the mood-boosting fashion front. There’s a whole new frontier of ideas and investment pieces to get excited about – from 80s-flavored brights and luxurious leather to crystal-encrusted glamour. Without further ado, our very own Vikki Kavanagh, Interim Managing Director, reveals the fall/winter looks that will last. Here’s her edit of luxury designer pieces worth investing in right now, to spark joy on a long-term basis…
The season’s Eighties edge comes through in tones like fluorescent fuchsia, bold cobalts and lipstick reds. All color-blocked into an ‘80s dream scene, of course. Vikki’s tips for pulling off bold color? ‘Tailored shapes and classic cuts like a trouser suit keep the look grown-up and chic. And of course, this trend features strong shoulders, a key part of the 1980s aesthetic. My own personal favorite piece is Iris & Ink’s Esmee blazer.’
The teddy coat is big news. There’s the odd shot of color, but mainly, they come in a palette of natural tones from the palest biscuit to the deepest bear brown. There are tactile textures galore — shaggy, velvety, lush and dense, curly faux shearling... ‘There’s a coat for every taste and body type,’ says Vikki. ‘I love them for their versatility — wear one over a formal outfit to add a touch of cool or throw it on with jeans at the weekend.’
THE VINTAGE-VIBE MIDI DRESS
This fall, there's a plethora of day dresses inspired by several stylish decades. They're a move on from the floral midi frock that's become a summer staple — instead featuring more overt retro references. Isabel Marant stood strong with confidence-inducing shoulders while Zimmermann kept things simple and sweet with Seventies-inspired styles — the common thread being a firm waist focus. This is the dress that will get you through fall and long into winter.
Leather — in the form of dresses and separates — was one of spring’s biggest trends, proving that innovations in production techniques and finer weights are making it a sleek option whatever the weather. And, it’s a timeless choice for winter, carved into some truly exquisite coats. There are infinite options in sharp black and chic grey, but which are Vikki’s favorites? ‘Fendi’s leather coat, Valentino’s Matrix-inspired trench, and Erdem’s glossy mackintosh.’ Yes, please…