Heritage Country Tweeds/Shooting Party/Downton Days
- Simply Shaped Textural Knitwear and Multicoloured Fair Isle
Knitwear - This is the mainstay of this look in high street
Add corduroy, large or small check houndstooths or dogstooth
tweeds in earth tones for jackets, coats and pants and a
country weekend equestrian horsey look emerges. This is a
trend (Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger) that concentrates on
traditional tailoring with earthy check wool materials and
down well soon meets military outdoor khaki toned coat. To
top off this look consider a leather saddle bag or tweed cap
or feather riding hat.
Above - Three Tailored Trouser Suits By Biagiotti.
For everyday wear easy check skirts or plaid longer shorts add a
countrified twist when worn with thick or opaque and lacy tights
or corduroy velvet treggings and boots.
Tweed also merges with traditional tartans to create check
skirts, shorts and pants. Everyday check skirts with simple
silhouettes as these two from Oasis are so easy to wear with
contrast thick tights or close fitting treggings
Left - Check Tweed Shorts By Yumi.
Right - Scallop Check Shorts By Oasis AW12/13.
Handbags also get the country look with tweeds and checks
offering sturdy hardwearing fabrics which look terrific teamed
with plainer coats and trousers.
Optical Prints - Bold Precise Geometric Shape Repeat
Patterns - These replace digital flow scenes. To catch the mood
of digital artwork in fabrics think of traditional Welsh
Tapestry Blanket/Quilt/Throw 1960s repeat patterns and you have
a sense of the look of modern tweed, that hints at 60's retro
and traditional William Morris inspired and Liberty print
Left - Catwalk Designer Fashions From Miu Miu & Detail Of Tweed
River Island Patterned Jacket & Detail AW12/13.
This focus on retro patterns extends to fabrics with similar
motifs being made in metallic yarns, so that the whole baroque
floral paisley trend comes full circle.
Knitwear - Chunky Jumpers, Textured Tops, Fair Isle
Yokes and Intarsia Knits - all these bring the sweater
back into serious fashion play. Dogtooth jacquard knit
tunics with cowl collars, batwing tunics, pocketed tunics
and boiled wool pieces contrast with cable knits and
traditional fair isle and machine knitted reversed fair isle
Left - Marc Jacobs Sweater.
Right - Minimalist Oversized Long Grey Coatigan by Plumo.
Big knits like these will keep you warm when the
snow flurries and there are draughts everywhere.
Left - Issa Navy Chunky Knit Cape Cable
Right - Kors Cable Cream Heavy Chunky Sweater.
Left - Plumo Patchwork Faroe Sweater £329.
Right - Traditional Fair Isle Tunic Long Line Sweater - M&S £55.
Left - Sweater By Plumo.
Right - Hosiery from Plumo.
Minimalist - Frill free, simple plain, spare, but well
cut pieces - especially coats (Balenciaga, Celine) jackets and
trousers all in neutral, subtle, expensive tones that flow from
season to season. Look for pastel pink nude coats, milky coffee,
severe pinstripes, sleek silhouettes and dusted colours. The
lines are spare and the fabric makes the statement. Note how
simple shapes also take on brighter colours whilst remaining
minimal in line. Tailored Crombie coats make this classic look a
safe reliable winning wearable trend year after year.
Left - Alberta Ferretti Minimalist Black Suit.
Right - Streamlined Coat by Warehouse.
Conclusion of Women's Tweed and Heritage Fashion for 2013
I have reviewed women's tweed fashion, and also outlined the
trends in knitwear, especially Fair Isle. Inspired by the
Downton UK television series, there is a new range of country
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Monsoon, Betty Barclay, Prada, Sainsburys, Misguided, Pied a
Terre, Mint Velvet, Warehouse, Kaliko, Yumi, Marks & Spencer,
Hobbs, House of Fraser, Oasis, Debenhams, Next, very.co.uk,
Miss Selfridge, East,
Pilot, Ted Baker, Simply Be, River Island. Header Image -
Tweeds By River Island.
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