Eclectic is the key word for autumn 09 with vibrant, Vivienne Westwood-inspired pieces standing out. Ruffles, mixed fabrics, neck detail and embellishment are all featured. A key trend in knitwear are batwing sleeves on cape silhouettes, with knits ranging from chunky through to lighter options. Scarlet is strong, along with paisley prints and coatigans. There is also a play on proportions with new wide, oversized looks for blazers and coats appearing alongside peg-leg trousers. Coats are big this season for Bandolera which has launched coat and outerwear sub-brand Covered for autumn 09- packed full of beautiful statement coats, some with tapestry embellishments and fake fur trim collars.
- Magenta cowl neck silk top with frill detail around the neckline
- Short-sleeved wet-look silver top with ruffle front
- Long lurex cardigan with lingerie fastenings, paisley print and detachable fur collar
- Black and white coat, with embroidered, tapestry effect surface and high collar neck
Sharon Beattie, UK agent
“Key for this winter is statement, item-led pieces and coats. We launched Covered on the back of the cold weather, and the ensuing demand. Related separates are much more versatile, and people are moving away from tailored pieces and sticking to the more casual, softer look. Blazers are very hard to sell now. Blouses and jerseys are doing very well though. People are buying fewer items, but want them to be more eye-catching to help them through. There is a shorter selling season; people can’t cope with larger co-ordinated collections. We have been supporting our customers, with point of sale goodies and bags. Our customers have also been doing a lot more with fashion shows, which we have been supporting.”