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River Island Womenswear

Autumn 11

The look

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.

Key pieces

  • 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.

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