Last week I headed along to the French Connection press day for Autumn/Winter 2013 to check out what delights they had on offer for the coming season.
It feels so bizarre to be thinking of Winter when we haven't even had a Summer yet, and yet here I am, thinking about which coats to buy and fawning over embellished sweatshirts when i've not even had the opportunity to wear my embellished short shorts... And no, that two-day period of sun this weekend just gone does NOT count- please stop siding with the weather.
As far as coats go, though, i'd happily wear a French Connection number all year round, for these coats really are the bees knees on the high street, beating many of their competitors hands down.
For Autumn Winter 2013 there are a number of recurring motifs and trends to be seen around the collection, and here are a few little excerpts to whet your appetite for whats to come.
With flashes of neon lime, I loved the monochromatic pieces on offer including this chequered cocoon coat (above) which is longing to be worn with white skinny pants and the fluoro silken vest.
I know horses aren't exactly flavour of the month (sorry... couldn't help myself), but there is no denying that horses are among the most majestic, elegant animals around, and equine elegance is a recurring motif in the French Connection collection. This sweet zip-top pouch is a lovely way to buy into the look, and would work wonderfully with a little leather Maje dress and Shourouk for Swarovski Elements jewellery (coming soon to the blog... It's worth sticking around for!)
I have been looking for an excuse to buy a pair of luxury/fashion trainers for a while, but have not yet got round to it. A lot of my friends recoil at the very thought of studded leather trainers or glossy metallic styles, but I personally love them and the press days i've attended have illustrated, loud and clear, that fashion trainers are going NOWHERE fast. These tan leather ones with studded accents are beyond gorgeous. My jeans are calling for them...
As seen in my Liberty London sneak peek post (here for her and here for him), luxed up sweatshirts are back with a vengeance next season and I, for one, am pretty happy with this for they are so easy to wear and relatively forgiving.
Let's just get through bikini season and then we can relax into the season of sweatshirts and cinnabons.
A favourite of mine at the Liberty London press day had to be the Etoile Isabel Marant shearling chubby jacket, and this coat version with faux leather accenting from French Connection is sure to be a high street hit. I'd wear with skinny leather pants and an embellished sweatshirt for a really tactile, textural look that is more than a little bit on trend.
This knitted sweater is just dandy if your name is Fiona. Or Fred. Or Florence. Or Flora. Or Freya.
You catch my drift.
I've been a fan of tweedy jackets for years now (blame Chanel and, more recently, L'Agence) and this woven style with black accenting and fluorescent flecks is a natty little number for work or play. It'd look awesome to add a Wintry wearability to a brighter camisole from your Spring collection
Aah, yet another glorious coat. This bright orange coat has a delightfully masculine aesthetic, which is particularly cool for the Winter months. In a thick, luxurious woolen blend, this heavy boxy coat will add a peppy punch of colour to any look.
What works better with a neutral ensemble than a little leather lovely in neon lime? Nothing... That's what.
Another day, another statement necklace! I love this acid bright woven necklace with black crystals and metallic chains.
Shop the current collection here.