I know, I know, I can hear you all exclaiming “We haven’t even had Summer yet!” But the world of fashion moves quickly and it won’t be long before the Next Autumn collections hit down in store and online. I managed to get a sneaky peek of the collections a couple of weeks ago and the Autumn offering is incredibly strong. There were so many amazing pieces to choose from that I’ve already mentally planned my new season wardrobe and a home re-vamp!
If I had to choose my favourites from the womenswear collection, I think it would be a combination of the winter pastels story (Luxe Cocoon) and the scandi-chic of Nordic Charm. I loved the toughness of the faux leather midi skirt teamed with fondant shades and lace detailing in Luxe Cocoon. Equally, I adored the cosiness of the shearling gilets, the capes and the fringe detailing in Nordic Charm. It was also great to see a selection of swimwear and gorgeous summery accessories being showcased, especially as when most people are shopping for their holiday wardrobe, a lot of retailers are fully stocked with winter coats and boots!
Menswear continues to go from strength to strength and Autumn introduces a collection where the suit is a wardrobe staple and being exceptionally dressed with a rough edge is a statement. Inspiration is taken from the 30’s, 60’s and 70’s with slim suits cut neat to the body, wide and exaggerated jacket lapels and key outerwear in the form of a trench coat, mac or pea coat. Finishing touches include shirts with penny round collars and white contrast collars with pins, accessorised with pocket squares and flat caps.
As always, kidswear is suitably adorable with an array of colours, prints and novelty accessories. For little girls, the quirky Happy Go Lucky story takes fun influences from Japanese Harajuku girls, with a subtle nod towards folk style. Kooky layering, customised t-shirts and a bold array of jewel tones add a playful element. Crazy fur on jackets and gilets are the stand out pieces (and a personal favourite) – super soft and multi coloured, they’re perfect for keeping cosy as it gets cooler. For adventurous little boys, Tokyo is the perfect outdoor trend. They can wrap up warm in bright puffa jackets, boots and chunky knit beanies. I absolutely adored the dinosaur prints in this story and I’m sure I won’t be alone in this when they hit the shelves later this year!
I’m embracing my inner “Lady of the Manor” with my favourite Home story for Autumn, Town House. It ticks all the boxes for the ultimate Country meets City pad – an opulent colour palette, embroidered cushions, velvet trim throws and soft furnishings that are reminiscent of those featured in a grand stately home. Add some solid birch furniture with bevelled detail and antique effect brass handles alongside an ornate glass chandelier and you’re all set!
I can safely say that you will most definitely be spoilt for choice when these collections hit down later this year!
Miss N xxx