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LONG + LEAN

London: Michael Herz’s latest collection for the British heritage brand Aquascutum felt confident and cohesive. The designer continued with the floor-length skirts and dresses that he introduced in Spring, but whittled the proportions down, so the pieces fell closer to the body. The long and lean shape felt right, and Herz displayed self-assurance and maturity by moving forward with the silhouette while many of his contemporaries are still doing bold shoulders and body-con. The label’s signature outerwear was showcased with asymmetrical capes and trenchcoats in both floor-sweeping and just-below-knee lengths. Quilted pieces were a new addition, adding a sporty yet chic feeling, and cropped jackets – worn with long skirts, of course – were a highlight, featuring interesting details like visible stitchery and elasticized pockets. Herz closed the collection on a more feminine note, with columnar skirts and slim dresses in a delicate nude-tinted jacquard. The designer has truly found his voice with this collection.

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