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FASHION NOTES: THE AW15 TEXTURE TREND

20.10.15

With the new season comes a luxurious array of textures and fabrics and in turn a certain sense of desirability that’s saved especially for this particular trend. Inspired by the AW15 runways and designed to create a luxe overall aesthetic, our latest collection provides an eclectic mash-up of textures and shapes that feel fresh, on-point and indulgent. Here, we explore the key looks for the season and the styling possibilities that they hold.

FAUX FUR

Loaded with connotations of fanciful vintage glamour, the faux fur coat is the most striking way to work the texture trend for winter. Oversized silhouettes, a rich colour palette and plush satin linings add to this distinctive collection’s premium sensibility and work best with dark, minimal accompaniments. If committing to the full look feels like too much, a stole makes for a slightly more pared-back alternative. Not one to be saved for evening, work it into your everyday rotation to add interest to classic knitwear and slick outerwear silhouettes.

VELVET

Velvet has long since been favoured for its premium sensibility – in the middle ages it was considered so precious that it was seen only fit to clothe royalty – and for AW15, the tactile fabrication has been placed right back up on its pedestal. Imagined in a rich colour palette of mocha, navy, emerald and burgundy hues, there was something quite regal about the AW15 runway looks. A key part of the Reiss occasionwear collection, velvet puts a seductive spin on classic silhouettes that’s reminiscent of years gone by, but still manages to feel relevant and fresh.

METALLICS

Metallics, whether imagined in muted cracked leather or all-out sequin embellishment, are a recurring occasionwear trend that will instantly elevate any outfit. Gunmetal, silver and bronze hues reign supreme this season, keeping the spectrum classic and nodding to the glitz of the 1980s. Ambassadors of the look rejoice – head to toe styling is back, with high-shine dresses making the strongest impact after dark. Alternatively, mix up rich-hued velvet or tough-luxe leather textures with a single sparkling accessory for an understated interpretation that exudes contemporary cool.

LACE

Year upon year, lace provides the answer to autumn’s romantic mood and results in an undeniable sensuality. This season however, sees lace develop an attitude, with metallic detailing intertwined in the designs, in turn creating a clever contrast and bringing fresh perspective to the time-tested look. Paired with leather, black lace takes a tough-luxe direction that’s far from gothic but feels modern and youthful. Try teaming a lace top or jumpsuit with a leather biker jacket and a mirrored clutch – this season is all about texture clash, after all.

CASHMERE

Praised for its tangible softness and premium sensibility, cashmere is arguably the most timeless of winter investments. The trick to keeping it relevant for now is in the styling. Clashing textures are kept on-trend with a neutral palette, so modernise the look by bringing leather into the mix, choosing tonal shades for a strong dose of sophistication.