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Turn On Tweed – Autumn/Winter 2018/19


Pretty much a given sartorial trend whenever the Autumn/Winter months descend; tweed made yet another welcomed appearance on the catwalks for the forthcoming season, except this time it arrived with a surprising dose of unorthodox styling options.

The characteristically dependable, heritage tweed left behind any previous signs of typically fussy, passé labelling and instead was reincarnated with an injection of unapologetic, contemporary vibes that saw the trend go from dowdy to desirable.

Fashion has a knack for presenting a trend that is synonymous with the outdated and turning it into a look that captivates an innovative, compelling aesthetic that attracts consumers far and wide. Case in point: tweed. The recognisable, go-to fabrication that largely resonates with royalty (a nod to Queen Elisabeth II), has experienced a serious restyling makeover courtesy of fashion’s top industry influencers, who have collectively accelerated the trend into the 21st-century zeitgeist that will undoubtedly captivate much attention amid fashion folk come Autumn/Winter 2018/19.

Marc Jacobs preferred to play with exaggerated proportions that harked back to the Eighties, with an oversized tweed coat layered over voluminous silk floral ruffles and a burgundy leather gloss skirt. The tweed look was rendered ultra sophisticated at Adam Lippes via a seriously smart, tailored coat and at Chanel, where the trend is essentially a second skin to Karl Lagerfeld.

Grouch and slouchy renditions came in the form of supersized coats that adopted a shape-shifting swagger for the new season, best outfitted at the likes of Calvin Klein and Miu Miu. Altuzarra went prim and proper with quirky accents; Matty Bovan channelled fit-and-flair albeit dishevelled; Prada paired her orange tweed with chunky clashing knits and The Row showcased elongated and asymmetric lines that were awe-inspiring as ever.

Words by Kate Farley

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