So what’s the deal with texture?
Cooler seasons allow us to layer up and worry less about bulky fabrics on our lovely summer bodies. This makes it an ideal time for designers to add warmth and texture into garments. This doesn’t mean I give anyone license to wear a puffa vest, but you may want to think about stylish and sensible textures that add depth and warmth to your outfit.
BaroqueBaroque started to come in at the end of winter 2012 and I ignored its presence for a couple of reasons. 1) throw-back fabrics like this don’t usually last the distance and 2) who wants to look like estate house upholstery. While it oozes sumptuousness and wealth with the addition of gold threading and filigree designs, the fabrics tend to be thick and stiff – just like the stuff you find in curtains and couch coverings – which is where they belong. If you’re going to do it I would suggest a baroque cigarette leg pant, smoking slippers or heels, with a crisp white t-shirt and blazer combo to keep it simple up top. Make it modern.
|Glassons quilted skirt|
Note: Puffa jackets/vests are not part of this ‘fashion’. They are a plague to the sartorially sensitive. They belong in Antarctica. Not Lambton Quay.
Mixed-materialsWoollen sleeves on a denim jacket. Leather lapels on a cotton blazer. Panelled pants and leggings. Mixing materials is a fun way to update an old design and you can expect to see a lot of it over winter. We saw alot of contrast sleeves last year and it's another way to colour block within a single garment. I don’t have too much to say about this really. It’s inoffensive in most cases.
Also be warned that double denim is back. I’ve never been a fan of denim jackets. Hated mine as a kid in the early 90s and that has stayed with me since. Some people look great in them, but I just find them restrictive and boxy. Denim for me is for jeans. But you’ll be seeing dungarees, pinafores, vests and jackets before the first frost settles. Mostly on the younger ones that don’t know any better.