PRINTS THAT MAKE STAYING IN MORE APPEALING

Expect beautifully feminine seventies-style silhouettes and dreamy botanical prints from Barcelona-born label, Ailanto. Their design mood? Draped dresses, fluid blouses and kaftan shapes you could expect to find on fashion icons like Stevie Nicks and Florence and the Machine.

The fine art beginnings of Iñaki and Aitor, the twin-brother founders of Ailanto, mean art, texture and history heavily influence prints that are gallery-worthy. 

The opulent colourways of voracious prints on rich fabrics like velvet and silk work beautifully with the loose kaftan sleeves, deep necklines, romantic draped silhouettes and handkerchief hems that exude a laid-back glamour. The effect is ethereal – think bohemian chic meets A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Ailanto’s autumn-winter lookbook is all about bringing the outdoors in and earthy tones are a canvas for blooming botanical motifs. And, with so many of us taking solace in nature during the year’s various lockdowns and restrictions, the pieces feel grounded and reflective to wear as we move forward into the new year.  

CAPSULE WARDROBE CLASSICS RE-IMAGINED

There’s no need to fuss over styling. Fassbender reimagines iconic classics, creating a capsule wardrobe that’s the eponym of contemporary elegance.

Fassbender brings together the grace of sophisticated tailoring and the functionality of everyday clothing, and their capsule cornerstones have been featured in the likes of Grazia Germany, Harpers Bazaar Germany and Vogue Ukraine. Christina Fassbender and Sebastian Steinhoff, the brother-sister founders, have refined their lookbook in the three years since launching with pieces that are both of-the-moment and completely timeless. 

This contradiction is achieved by their pairing of classic shapes – think the figure-flattering silhouettes of the forties and fifties – with directional fabrics. This season, it’s all about vegan leather as ethical production is just as important to Fassbender as quality. 

In a rich palette including mustard, cognac, bottle green, tobacco, rust and red, their autumn-winter collection of dresses and separates will never not be chic.

MEET THE ACCESSORIES LABEL THAT MARRIES A NEW YORK & LONDON MOOD

Brix + Bailey is the transatlantic accessory label marrying the aesthetics of two major fashion capitals – London and New York.

The brother-sister duo joined forces from across the pond to launch their talking-point accessory label. London-based Brix, the sister, and New York-based Bailey, the brother, debuted at LFW five years ago. It launched them as a name-to-know for handbags that push boundaries through colours, leathers and linings.

It’s all about the details for this collection, and their childhood illustrations inspire the quirky-cool mood. Brix + Bailey pay homage to classic styles yet transform totes, backpacks, clutches and more into daring contemporary characters by favouring polished accents, vibrant finishes and soft, ethically-sourced hides. However, functionality isn’t lost to looks; roomy interior pockets and subtle secure openings ensure our daily essentials have a stylish home. 

FIND YOUR SIGNATURE JEWELLERY STACK WITH COCO & KINNEY

Coco & Kinney was launched by a female design duo who’s carefully thought-through pieces can be adapted to suit your signature jewellery style. 

A passion for gemstones and colour is what gave this irresistibly affordable label life three years ago. Coco & Kinney have it all; stackable rings, on-trend chains, delicate medallions, studs, cuffs and hoops for the perfectly curated ear with features in Vogue, Woman & Home and The Times. The best part? These handcrafted accessories are designed to be worn in more ways than one. 

Jewellery that makes even your yoga pants feel more put-together? Amazing. Jewellery that you can customise to take your look from simple to statement? Even better. Coco & Kinney have many earrings that can be split into a simpler stud for a pared-back approach, or mix-and-match tops and bottoms for a truly unique earring combination for your accessory repertoire. There are looks for ladies drawn to colour, and for those who love nothing more than a well-placed gold accent. 

The mood-boosting properties of sparkles are next to none and with little incentive to dress up these past few months, jewellery is where we’ve stubbornly channelled our urges to feel fancy.

FRESHEN UP YOUR AT-HOME WARDROBE BASICS

Soho Grit is the new kid on the block for at-home wardrobe basics with a collection of sneakers and sweats inspired by the eclectic heart of Soho, London.

Soho Grit is all for keeping things casual. The grunge and edge of a city district owning its reputation for pulsing nightlife energises the drop of streetwise staples. The urban influences have resulted in pared-back sneakers, sweatshirts, hoodies and tees for the modern man who favours minimal, functional and fresh design. 

The thick treads of the sneakers and boxy fits of the tees and sweatshirts rebel against traditional notions of menswear but a monochromatic neutral, black and white palette keeps this capsule of stylish basics distinguished. 

A shift to a new normal of working and socialising means many of us have changed the way we dress when at home, and comfort is increasingly favoured. Soho Grit answers our call for elevated casual with easy-wear kicks and separates taking the fuss out of everyday dressing. 

3 REASONS YOU SHOULD SHOP INDEPENDENT

For Small Business Saturday, we’re celebrating the 300+ independent retailers who make up our boutique community. Hear from them what it really means to shop independent.

We believe in supporting independent boutiques 365 days a year, but if you’re going to mark one date in your calendar, make it Small Business Saturday. Consider it a day to get to know the global community of small business owners who bring diversity and originality to the retail space. From one-woman operations to family-run shopping haunts, fashion boutiques come in all shapes and sizes – and you can expect spades of personality from each and every one.

CASHMERE KNITS THAT MAKE THE SIMPLEST OF OUTFITS SPECIAL

Adeela Salehjee’s playfully feminine collection is spun from sumptuously soft cashmere to elevate your downtime dressing. 

We don’t have to tell you that loungewear is this year’s defining trend. The transition to at-home working and socialising has led to new-found domesticity for many and with it, a shift in attitudes towards what constitutes appropriate daily attire. 

A closet cornerstone, cashmere is the epitome of a hygge aesthetic; a knit with a touch of luxury that makes the simplest of outfits special. This feel-good appeal is at the heart of an uplifting collection of jumpers, cardigans and gloves designed by self-professed knitwear specialist, Adeela Salehjee.

The light-hearted collection is adorned with scattered sparkles, cheerful stripe details and vibrant colour combinations, with pieces featured in Vogue, Tatler and Glamour. Adeela Salehjee offers deliciously cosy looks to complement your new-found nesting expertise.