Thursday, March 14, 2013


Posted by Bethan Holt, Junior Fashion Editor at Large

It's now just over a week since the AW13 shows came to an end. That's a full 7 days we've had to compute the big trends, themes and major items which will feature on the fashion landscape in the next year or so. While the inevitable high street tributes could begin to pop up in as little as three or four weeks time, the designer collections won't be in store until July at the very earliest. Anyone who has avidly watched the season unfold, whether in person at the shows or via the magical internet might feel the itch to shop what they've seen but that tends to be tricky.

The final appointment on my LFW schedule was Ostwald Helgason, who brought their collection to London for the first time for a fun presentation at Kettners. They'll have their own dedicated post sometime soon. Anyway, I loved their stuff and soon found out that they'd be doing a trunk show on Moda Operandi a couple of weeks later. And so just before I left for Paris, I put in my order for an Ostwald Helgason jumper. It felt like fashion magic. Now, the people at MO inform me that their AW13 trunk shows are in full swing. Indeed, I logged on today and Nicholas Kirkwood, Roksanda Ilincic and Marni were just a smattering of the designers whose collections were on offer. Each trunk show lasts several days and lets you pre-order from most of the designer's collection, rather than being restricted to the buyer's picks. I like that for someone like me, for whom buying a designer piece is a financial stretch, you pay in two instalments, a deposit then the full amount once you receive your order.

In the pursuit of furthering my AW13 fashion fantasies, I've created my ideal shopping list from today's trunk shows....

Vogue Fashion Fund winner Nicholas Kirkwood is the Fairy Godfather of shoes. The embroidery on these heels is beautifully artisan but the plastic heel keeps them modern and sculptural. A perfect contrast.

Nicholas Kirkwood pumps 790 euros
The ultimate version of a luxe sweatshirt. I'm undecided about the morals of wearing sable on my chest but oh my, this Cedric Charlier jumper is a dream thing
Cedric Charlier jumper 1,290 euros
I have to admit that upon seeing Mary Katratzou's Autumn collection, it was difficult to imagine actually wearing any of it. Not that that is ever a bad thing as so many catwalk looks never get made, nor do many realise that most collections have an extensive commercial element which never hits the catwalk. This dress is one of those commercial pieces, isn't it lovely?

Mary Katrantzou Fauwi Babelonia dress 2,950 euros
A few AW13 collections used brown in such a way that made it almost tempting to me. The trim on this Pierre Hardy would be an ideal starting point, especially as it's set off with that awesome speckled monochrome print. 

Pierre Hardy bag 990 euros

As Melanie wrote in The Guardian last week, this was a huge season for coats. This fabulous, structured tweed Marni parka is right up my coat street.

Marni wool coat 2,290 euros
FYI, plaid and general checks are big news for AW13. This Clements Ribeiro knit is a nice subtle, modern way to do it rather than going for full-on McDonald tartan. Here ends the fantasy shopping. Back to real life.

Clements Ribeiro jumper 620 euros

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