Day-to-night dressing this is not. But we won’t be keeping cocktails to an hour either. Revel in the season’s divine carnival of polka dots, ruffles, lace and tulle; rich metallics at Paco Rabanne and opulent silks at Alessandra Rich. Dressing to impress is back with a vengeance. Now’s the time to shine.
Few things command R-E-S-P-E-C-T like an exquisitely cut suit. Burberry and Max Mara delivered some of this season’s finest examples: two-piece sets that combine the very best fabrics with timeless tailoring and a meticulous eye for detail. Savile Row in standard, yet elegantly feminine.
Silhouette-wise, AW19 looks set to be quite the balancing act. Think a voluminous sleeve coupled with a nipped-in waistline, or bauble-like earrings counterpointed by a modest heel under foot. Our golden rule? Opposites attract.
Sported as dresses, coats, trousers and skirts, leather was the ubiquitous 'second skin' among AW19 show-goers and the collections alike. Nanushka and Stella McCartney batted for deliciously buttery faux separates; meanwhile, Brunello Cucinelli sourced the finest Italian hide for outerwear that will last you a lifetime.
By Abigail Gurney-Read