At first glance the elbow-length sleeve is not the most obvious and practical of trends for autumn but as we pointed out in our Product Updates report last week (Drapers, April 1), this look was dominant on the A/W 11/12 catwalks.
Where the designers hadn’t included the shorter sleeves in their collections, the stylists pushed the sleeves up to the elbow to get the look. These sleeves featured on everything from outerwear (as at Y-3, pictured above) to lightweight tops and in particular shell tops, sometimes in contrasting fabrics. These sleeves are
also a key feature in another strong autumn trend - layering.
Our style scouts recently spotted these examples on the streets of Paris (pictured above and below), where fashion forerunners were working the trend two seasons ahead and proving it works just as well off the catwalk. We love these two shearling examples; one lightweight layered over chunky-knit sleeves and
the other more formal, leather-belted version layered over long leather gloves. The raw-edged tweed zip-through jacket combines two trends in one, featuring yet another key autumn detail, the fur collar.
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