Despite the fact that Autumn/Winter '14 collections are clearly meant for a hemisphere where a coat is something you can actually wear for more than 3 days a year, we've got the usual gut full of lust for the swarm of collections that have flowed out of London, New York, Paris and Milan these last few weeks. Because there's a lot of looks to shift through, and because we know it's easy to get distracted by the frou-frou (no, you don't need a Missoni Elmer Fudd hat) we're bringing you our picks of the season that are worth investing in.
The Party Heel
There wasn't anything we didn't love about Prabal Gurung's serene, Tibetan-inspired collection. His sporty take on the turtleneck makes us wish it were -2 degrees and getting colder, and but it was the heels, juxtaposed against all those layers and chunky knits, adorned with tiny bells, that really caught our eye (and ear!). And you don't need to wait for the mercury to drop to get those on your feet—they'd look epic on tanned tootsies. Hooray!
The Nana Knit
Emilio Pucci's A/W collection made a very sexy return to the house's roots, with Pucci prints and many a nod to the label's jet-set past apparent. Velvet pantsuits, studded mini dresses, and ikat print chiffon gowns, along with a whole lotta fur, were suitably 70s and collectively covetable. But, despite all the finery, we only had eyes for the chunky, fringed sweaters, which were part nana's knits, part poncho. Winter can't come soon enough.
Bag Lady Swag'
The Burberry girls were water coloured, painterly artists muses, carrying tapestry totes that, while cumbersome, had the kind of old lady swagger that we younger women can only dream off. This year, we want to be bag ladies.
The New Spot
This collection saw Gucci go casual (well, as casual as the house that's synonymous with va-va-voom will allow themselves to go). Their pony hair animal spot was decidedly neutral, while retaining an air of 60s glam that the collection does so well. Unlike Proenza Schouler's wood motif, or the McSweaters at Moschino, this print will take you further than 2014, and all the way back to the swinging sixties in one fell swoop.
A fresh take on the lbd
Feminine met masculine in an artsy smash at Issa, where cutesy bows were sitting pretty beside nubbly wool coats and statement shoulders. The scalloped edge on this silk Issa dress is pretty yet punchy; the way we like to think of ourselves on a good day.
Bubble Meets bad ass
Christopher Kane isn't one to shy away from hyper-colour, but the sombre tones of his A/W ready-to-wear collection were anything but dull. We're partial to this part serious, part playful skirt with PVC ruffle. It's a little bit naughty and a lot nice and want it in our wardrobe, stat.
A.L.C. are known for their perfect staples, and this collection was no exception. Little black leather jackets might have become as ubiquitous as a pair of jeans, but that doesn't mean one can't steal your heart. Subtle, but distinct enough to warrant another look, if you're going to get one, make it a goodie.
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