High Street Interpretations of AW14
Blanket Wraps: As seen at Burberry Prorsum
When Burberry produced personally monogrammed blanket wraps in an explosion of rich, health yet natural colours, health the fashion world went wild. Finally, the high street has answered the call for an affordable alternative to Burberry’s choice piece, and they do not disappoint. Echo Burberry with these beauties:
Faux Fur: As seen at Topshop, Marni, Givenchy, Jonathan Saunders, Sacai and Simone Rocha
For me, fur has always been a bit of a ‘will I, won’t I?’ situation, but this season’s selection are (fortunately not) to die for. Whether you opt for just a fur collar or a full-on fur coat, wear this trend with pride, safe in the knowledge that not a single animal was hurt in the making.
Sixties Revival: As seen at House of Holland, Louis Vuitton, Valentino, and Dsquared2
If you’re not in love with this season’s 60s revival then let’s face it, you’re lying to yourself. From pointed flats and double-breasted swing coats to crazy printed a-line skirts and dresses, there’s nothing not to love about this trend.
Monochrome: As seen at Celine, DKNY, Louis Vuitton, and Bottega Veneta
Does Monochrome ever go out of style? This season take black and white to the next level, and take a page out of the books of DKNY and Louis Vuitton. Even better, kill two birds with one stone and team it with this seasons faux fur trend à la Topshop.
Winter Pastels: As seen at Christopher Kane , Gucci, Miu Miu, Marc Jacobs, Chloe, Topshop Unique, Ralph Lauren and Philosophy
The candyfloss pinks of last Autumn/Winter have returned with an abundance of other good-enough-to-eat shades, with powder blue taking the main stage at Miu Miu. Think strawberry ice-cream-coloured fluffy jumpers and, my particular favourite, Topshop’s PU pleated midi skirt, the leather-like texture adding another element to an already much-loved trend.
Gráinne Ní Nuallain