Sugar Kane

1. Whistles Grey Sweater
2. Topshop bow front pleated shorts
3. J Crew drop statement necklace
4. River Island barely-there sandals in red
5. AH-MAZING Personalised clutch by HarLex, available at Boticca

Autumnal colour stories are rarely exciting. Safety-zone shades of grey, navy and camel reign supreme, while only the eccentric dare to dabble in jewel tones. No matter how many times we are told of the versatility of a colour-pop coat, we tend to stick to what we know and love. If it ain't broke, don't fix it, as they say.

However, for Autumn/Winter 2013, leading designers have taken it upon themselves to experiment with unusual colours and textures. Be it mustard silk or maroon velvet, sky blue checks or plum satin: the fall collections are certainly tales of the unexpected, in both colour and form.

Refreshing as ever, young London designers Eudon Choi and Simone Rocha have each elevated candy pink to new heights in heavy polo-necks and woolen cocoon coats. Though pastels are often reserved for Spring, these direction new pieces are contemporary enough to work alongside a sophisticated Winter wardrobe.

The trick for wearing pastel pink this season is to contrast it boldly with cherry red. Once a firm fashion no-no, fiery red now feels wonderfully fresh when paired with powder pink.

To channel the look now, try these cute as a button shorts from Topshop paired with neutral accessories, a statement necklace and tomato red stilettos from River Island.

This look is less sugar cane, more Sugar Kane*.

* a stomping Sonic Youth track: "And I know, there's something down there sugar soul, back to the cross a twisted lane, there's something down there Sugar Kane"
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