This season’s London Fashion Week was big on straight-to-consumer ‘buy it now’ thinking. But typically, when you really need to buy it now, there’s no such tech to be seen. Ahhh I know, first world blogger probs, eh?
Both Margaret Howell and Paul Smith AW15 really did have lots of things that I’m gagging for in my wardrobe right now. I played Margaret Howell bingo with my seat mate, scoring points for every appearance of a tweed coat, masculine trouser or white shirt. But jokes aside, the appeal of Margaret Howell from season to season is the nuanced attention to detail. There’s a host of signature elements but they chop and change, so it’s not as predictable as we like to think.
Next season’s Margaret Howell woman is extremely refined, from her neatly tucked-in cable knits to her longer length skirts and kilts (kilts are definitely trending for AW15 btw), worn with Falke ankle socks and patent flat pumps (no bingo point for me here, I predicted loafers or brogues). On my want list are the macs and blazers and I must also mention the shoulder bags – substantial satchels in luxe black and tan leather.
From Paul Smith it was the coats that did it for me – tailored masculine ones in charcoal grey or oversized muted checks. I also loved the boyish trouser suits and long culottes, styled with thick-heeled boots and scruffy ponytails. (Don’t miss the beautiful, atmospheric video at the end…)
WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
Images: Margaret Howell; WWD (Paul Smith)