Industry insider’s share their thoughts.
Luisa De Paula
We’ve highlighted peplums, military, the trophy jumper, leather and opulence among others, but if I had to pick two it would be leather and trophy jumpers. We’ve bought leather across items, all over and in details. There’s a lot of variety in knitwear, with oversized, slogans and motifs; the visual element of the trophy jumper (Balmain), works very well for online.
My biggest spend has been on collarless jackets, while I can stand out from the high street on quality, design and point of difference with 3D textured knits with metallic accents. Finally, ‘K-Middy’ is our inspiration for autumn. She channels trends enough to stay up to date while remaining true to her style.
In a wider context prints will be key; in particular Peter Pilotto (pictured) and Mary Katrantzou’s printed padded jackets are interesting. In our Designer Galleries the two main colours are red and deep blue, seen at Yohji Yamamoto and Ann Demeulemeester. We are also making a statement with hats, giving us a VM focus.
Tailored tweed coats in statement colours and riding-style jackets in herringbone fabrics top my list, as do Burberry-inspired check quilted jackets. Lace (Alphalace, pictured) will no longer be strictly eveningwear, becoming easy to wear on a day-to-day basis. Introducing new textures is key to keeping customers and staff excited.