The cold, the rain and the wind say it all: it is official winter time. The long, hazy days of summer are behind us and we are set to spend the next few months battling the elements on the way to work, shivering as we shop and cheered only by the thought of Christmas coming up in only a month’s time. Thank heavens for the array of amazing winter styles that are available for us to invest in; if anything’s going to get us through the dark, murky winter days it’ll be looking and feeling fabulous thanks to our statement clothing choices. This season, the A/W 2015 runways were full of covetable looks, uplifting pieces and popping accessories that are perfect for dispelling the gloom of dark winter days. Italian designers, in particular, offered a plethora of luxurious styles that we are looking to emulate this season. We have come to expect refined pieces from the runways of Milan, which look to embrace femininity and sophistication with clean lines, natural silhouettes and sumptuous textures. Here are the three Italian pieces we’re craving this winter:
Suits may not be a standard everyday look but if we were ever to invest in a polished suit for work or for an alternative evening look (see Cara Delevingne and Suki Waterhouse), we’d make sure we’d head to Prada. This season, Miuccia Prada created a series of suits in a variety of rich hues that had soft rounded forms. Gone were the power-suits of old, and in their place were pieces that still had structural integrity but lacking the severity of harsh shoulder pads and sharp lapels. Combining both double-breasted and single-breasted designs and decorated with heirloom jewellery and brooches, these suits are perfectly adapted for the modern woman who wants to make an impact but wants to be completely comfortable and colour-complemented as she does so.
We know, we know: berets are traditionally a French accessory. But this season at Gucci, under the new creative directorship of Alessandro Michele, berets came right to the forefront. Anyone who has seen Julia Roberts’ performance in Mona Lisa Smile will understand the effect a good beret has in helping to create a relaxed, understated but ridiculously chic look. In popping red and luxurious teal, the berets at Gucci will complement any ensemble, giving your look an element of old-school sophistication and bookish charm. Plus, they’ll successfully protect your hair from any squally wintry words that will inevitably try and ruin your hair.
Dolce and Gabbana roses
Combining elegant feminine cuts with printed or embellished flora and fauna is a sure-fire way lift spirits during winter. Dolce and Gabbana did just that with a selection of dresses, tops and skirts that sported luxurious red roses. Their collection took inspiration from their mothers, and so they sought to recreate their classic bella donna style by using this romantic flower in a variety of forms and on a variety of backgrounds. Shop similar styles at maryjanefashion.com. Dolce and Gabbana’s roses were a big hit with the likes of Diane Kruger and Helen Mirren who both made an amorous statement with the help of this Italian pair. Uplifting, feminine and glamorous, Dolce and Gabbana’s rose collections will lend your look a rich and empowering feel, proving that florals and winter can go together hand in hand.