How soon is too soon to talk about AW22 tweed winter coats and handknit sweaters? I’m writing this during a June heatwave but by the time I finish, we could well be buried in a freak ice storm. This is London, anything could happen.
This is the AW22 collection from Connolly which I was fortunate enough to witness up close at the Clifford Street store a couple of weeks ago. God, it was heaven. Connolly is a unique store anyway, in a quiet 1719 townhouse selling fashion (by which I mean impeccably crafted clothes) alongside art, homewares and luxury leather goods in a welcoming home-from-home setting. The clothes are designed by Marc Audibet with knitwear designed by Lorraine Acornley, who I know from her previous work with Begg & Co.
Connolly likes to keep things small and manageable. It’s all about the human touch. In the AW22 collection there are handknit cable cardigans that have been edged with wabi sabi-style patchworking by Japanese artisans that have to be seen in the flesh to be believed. Roomy wool herringbone and classic dogtooth overcoats contribute to a gender-nonspecific ‘shared wardrobe’. And tactile, cashmere-rich blankets are a self-care must for year-round comfort.
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WORDS: Disneyrollergirl / Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Connolly AW22
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