Most years I’m genuinely enthusiastic about “new tendencies” come autumn, however this 12 months they really feel like an summary idea. When autumn collections sashayed underneath catwalk glitter showers in early February, coronavirus was nonetheless only a information story, quite than a lifestyle. What relevance do predictions that designers made six months in the past about what we’d wish to put on for social gathering season have in a season of government-enforced early nights?
So I discover myself sceptical about why we must always purchase right into a template for now that was dreamed up again within the previous regular. If designers had a crystal ball again in February, then – guys, did you neglect to cost it? As a result of if it had been working at trend week, certainly there would have been some trace that we’d all be in tracksuits a month later?
So each time my e mail pings with a jazz-hands announcement of no matter new development has simply landed, it feels a bit irrelevant – regardless that that is technically my job. “Not now, sweetie,” I mutter distractedly, submitting the newest missive about why lilac is to October what mint was to August within the folder I’m protecting of all of the stuff that may most likely wait a bit till the world stops falling aside.
The exceptions are these new seems to be that match the unusual temper of now. Living proof: scarf prints. The sort you get on silk squares and woven throws: a bit paisley, a bit swirly; tonal colors with perhaps a metallic thread or dot operating by way of to raise it. They have been conceived as an ironic nod to bourgeois Parisian stylish; however I feel they attraction to me in the intervening time as a result of they’re rooted in a comforting old-normal, with out feeling too mawkishly nostalgic. They’re cheerful with out being Pollyannaish, which feels about proper.
Scarf prints make for good blouses, just like the one I’m carrying right here, and nice autumn clothes. As a result of they’ve a variety of tones in them, they’re straightforward to layer up; because the climate cools, you possibly can add tights and knitwear in any of the colors blended within the print, and you understand it is going to work. What’s extra, a shawl print makes for an excellent face masks. And that’s about as now as a development can get.
• Jess wears shirt, £25.99, zara.com. Heels, £255, essentiel-antwerp.com. Trousers, her personal. Styling: Melanie Wilkinson, assisted by Peter Bevan. Hair and make-up: Alexis Day utilizing Chāmpo and Weleda