Not enough sexiness at Reiss, which plays it far too safe for autumn.
Bling is eschewed for surface texture at Reiss as waterfall folds, ribbon strips, sequined padding and woven effects all feature on satin lantern skirts, simple shifts and jersey dresses. The new 1971 sub-brand offers denim for the first time as well as more casual pieces such as sporty silk vests with punched-hole details in coral and cobalt blue. But Reiss is lacking in sexiness this season, with nothing matching up to last season’s on-the-money body-con bandage dresses.
This is the first season for new sub-brand 1971, so there is plenty of signage in the windows to advertise this, although the actual buy is quite cautious, with a maximum of 20% of the offer given over to the brand. This is a small unit, so not one to visit on a busy Saturday, with dark changing rooms that feel claustrophobic, but product is simply merchandised by colour and style and the store is generally easy to navigate.
A sequin-shouldered black jersey dress is good value at £95, as is a lined 100% silk dress with buttons down the sleeves for £160. A simple peach cotton T-shirt is adorned with orange-sequined sleeves for £69 while a panelled, ribbed sci-fi dress stands out in comparison to many of the other padded shoulder dresses out there, and as such
justifies its £169 price tag.