Drapers’ exclusive preview of the key trends from the week’s brand and high street press days.
Luxury indie Matches impressed us with its range of stunning pieces, new designer offerings and special exclusives, including this lovely loafer from Dr Martens. Great to see them stocking up-and-coming London names such as Christopher Raeburn and Eudon Choi for autumn 13, alongside the return of Versace for menswear.
Stand out pieces at Cath Kidston included needle point style jumpers, bird print fit and flare dresses and the brand’s bestselling printed accessories.
Jaegar’s autumn 13 collection sees its fabrics luxed up, but interestingly this doesn’t result in a increase on prices. Lovely leathers, cashmere and even baby llama bring a sense of premium quality to the brand, matched by some great outerwear for women and some strong suiting for menswear.
Hobbs too appear to have upped the quality of its mainline, with some lovely directional outerwear shapes, beautiful fabric choices and a relaunched footwear offer.
An equestrian theme stood out at Kurt Geiger, with knee high leather boots dominating the wintery shoe offer. The pin heel was another key story, appearing in three heights across pointed courts and ankle boots. London’s menswear designer James Long revealed his latest collaboration collection, featuring transparent plastic panels and furry pony skin panels.