Matalan and Oasis embrace print, Hobbs goes clean and Tesco F&F has a Brazilian vibe.
Under a new design team, Matalan’s footwear offer takes a fresh direction for spring 14. The women’s range is more elegant and trend-focused, with improved quality on fabrics, including a softer leather, but competitive prices. The season’s staple mid-heel pointed court is £12 and strappy flats come in a plethora of colours, with minimalist strappy block heels, cut-out heeled boots and tomboy brogues looking good. The men’s collection focuses more on classic styles, with desert boots, brogues and boat shoes the top styles, starting at £50.
Matalan’s Statements range, which launched for autumn 13, returns with refined wardrobe staples including wide-leg boyfriend jeans, basic button-up safari dresses,
a cropped lightweight trench coat, waxed duffle, midi-length skirt and collared silky shirt. Each comes in a variety of colours and prints. The season’s key catwalk trends also feature, with a range of prints including graphic florals, lips and hearts and painterly checks covering separates for matchy-matchy styling. Other key items include a lace sweater, quilted sporty bomber jackets, cocoon-silhouette dresses and fuller mid-length skirts. Pricing has been addressed across the board, with lower entry prices thanks to Matalan buying bigger volumes and narrowing its supply base.
The men’s offer from Matalan has plenty of prints, with a nautical direction including anchor patterns and sea creature graphics, alongside tribal-style geometrics and worn-out florals. Summer outerwear looks particularly strong, with quilted bomber jackets alongside colourful waterproofs and a light parka, while chino shorts and trousers are available in 12 shades. Tailoring is also a winning area, with a great slim suit costing only £79. As with womenswear, the Statements line highlights the retailer’s wardrobe staples, including T-shirts, shirts and sweaters in a host of colours, with a washed-out finish proving the most on-trend for spring.
It’s a print and pattern party at Oasis Next season, with a garden of floral botanicals and paradise blooms, tribal geometrics and snakeskins. Contrasting prints, patterns and jacquards are mixed to create a head-to-toe mismatched look. Oasis has named spring 14 the season of the skirt, focusing on everything from minis, skaters, asymmetric cuts and maxi shapes, although the A-line midi looks freshest. The texture trend crops up here too, with suede, laser-cut leather, broderie anglaise and sheer panelling providing surface interest.
Following the launch of a refreshed autumn 13 range, Hobbs continues with its new look, pushing a fresher, cleaner and pared-back aesthetic for the Hobbs London mainline. Tomboy tailoring looks crisp, with cropped trousers and single-breast buttons, while simple outerwear and loose dresses take a minimalist slant. Basics get luxed up, as seen on a simple T-shirt reworked in delicate lace, a loose trouser suit in stripy silk or a mid-length A-line skirt in buttery leather. Hobbs’ younger NW3 line continues the sleekness from the main range but with a pop of colour and fun prints. The sports trend dominates, with quilted bomber jackets, drawstring-waist dresses and athletics-inspired bottoms such as wide culottes and track-pant trousers.
F&F menswear, Tesco
Brazilian city Rio de Janeiro inspires
a bright and colourful collection at F&F menswear. Washed-out cotton chinos come in pinks and aquas, while more commercial chambray-coloured tailoring focuses on a crisper, slightly slimmer cut. Prints are present and correct, but play into the worn-in and washed-out look of the season.