Industry insider’s share their thoughts.
We’ve only really focused on the trends that are quite commercial for us: leather, peplums, animal motifs, soft gothic (top by Vila, pictured) and heritage. Strong colours this season are reds and rich and earthy tones such as berry, wine and bronzes. White has played a part, but it’s a hard one to keep pristine on the shop floor.
Inspired by Stella McCartney’s baroque knitwear, Glamorous came up trumps with its version of the easy-to-wear trend in a super-soft knit but at a much more purse-friendly price. My other last-minute addition this season is the futuristic look of the Dara dress by Bourne (pictured), which nods towards the sci-fi theme that seems to have landed all of a sudden.
We’re seeing strong reactions to velvet, especially in new colours and with added details: cut-outs, new shapes and trims. We are trading into this with Motel (pictured), which always performs well with its Christmas packs. Sweatshirts have been amazing – especially all-over prints and dye effects by Glamorous and Hearts & Bows.
Streetwear is really big news at the moment. We are selling lots of Nike blazers, Carhartt parkas and beanies. The short-order styles I’m buying into are the items that complement the brands and complete the boy look. Disco pants by Glamorous (pictured) are a good example.