The 1970s theme that dominated the spring 11 high street returns with maxi dresses, wide sleeves, pussy-bow blouses, skinny belts and retro fringing on boots.
References to the 1960s and 1980s also feature: the former with monochromatic trapeze dresses and Peter Pan collars, the latter with structured monochrome jackets and bad-taste prints splashed across tops and trousers.
Jewel colours are big news, especially Gucci-esque teal and gold. Faux fur is a running theme, as a trim to outerwear and gilets, or on accessories such as pillbox hats.
- Black and white knee-length jacket with contrast lapels, £94.99
- Mustard blouse with black pussy bow, £30
- Gold lamé midi-length skirt, £40
- Padded gilet in navy and red, with faux-fur trim, £45
Right for the market?
A mix of directional pieces and easy-to-wear interpretations of key trends makes for a strong offer. Fabrics tend to be synthetic - polyester and PU rule - but this is unlikely to deter River Island’s core, trend-focused shopper, especially if it keeps prices down.
Pussy-bow blouses and jumpsuits will be a tough sell to larger women, but flattering maxi dresses and jackets are on offer. Faux-fur and faux-leather jackets with ribbed wool collars help move outerwear on from shearling this season.