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Trending: Tribal

It’s been a hot and humid August in the British isles, and right now, I think Summer just does not want to leave us, as I have found out  the hard way this week. Strolling around London in a wool tartan jacket has not been the best decision I have ever made, but to be honest, and quite controversially, I wish the new season would just hurry up already. I have many a statement coat, faux fur gilet, and over the knee boots which are getting antsy sitting in my wardrobe. Although, what I will miss are those summertime favourites, floating fabrics, cotton shirts, and  pretty prints. But it’s ok, some of these we can still hold onto while being reminiscent of lunchtimes in the park, and sitting by the Serpentine. Namely, the one thing we in the industry do not normally associate with the dark and dull evenings of November; print. Prints for Autumn Winter have graduated from florals (someone should tell Cheryl her tattoo is so not on trend), to digital geometric designs, the kind that are championed by the print queen, Mary Katrantzou. But, she is no longer alone on the catwalk.

Rewind to London in February, Mary’s position was challenged. KTZ took pole position with it’s blinding cacophony of tribal inspired designs, closely followed by one of my favourites, Holly Fulton, who has always mastered print so eloquently, from graphic motifs to basic geometry. But it’s the combination of the two that only Holly can achieve. The more demure collections from Erdem and surprisingly Christopher Kane, didn’t do anything for me; there was no unique selling point; only a re-work of their “go-to” pieces. But that said, their collections are a good starting point for ideas with what can be a difficult aspect of styling.

17C58EOFF_largeFlower Print Cropped Jacket – Topshop

I’m quite taken with what online retailers have come up with to channel new season prints into their ranges. Boohoo.com’s Boutique collection focuses on a combination of printed shirts, and brocade skirts and cropped trousers, which are on trend and are very wearable pieces. Meemee.com have taken a leaf out of Holly Fulton’s portfolio and gone for tribal digital prints on skin tight mid length dresses, which will look really sexy under a leather jacket for a trans-seasonal look. But if you cannot tear away from flowers, and you are still lusting after Mary Berry’s floral bomber jacket (from Zara by the way) then check out Topshop for a pretty range of floral print jackets to wear with skinny jeans or leather leggings. Summer may be on the out, but it’s influence is never too far away.

- Lorna Weightman

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