Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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London: An austere monochrome schoolgirl was Margaret Howell’s point of reference this season, her simple uniform of olive and grey peacoats and trousers enlivened only by jaunty pom-pom berets and the occasional Fair-Isle pattern. Pared-down to the essentials, the collection provided a number of wardrobe basics such as cashmere sweater sets, pleated cotton skirts and tapered jersey pants. But beyond these pieces and nicely tailored outerwear, Howell didn’t inspire much excitement with her dark palette, demure hemlines and lack of detailing. When color and movement did appear, as with a chartreuse silk button-up and skirt combination or a Russian blue shirtdress, it was a welcome addition to this overly restrained presentation.—Nina Stotler
Silhouette: Fitted / Boxy / Relaxed / A-line
Color: Grey / Tan / Chocolate / Olive / Navy / Russian blue / Forest green / Chartreuse
Key Items: Nipped waist blazers / Tapered trousers / Sturdy double breasted overcoats / Knit twinsets / Pleated cotton skirts / Silk shirtdresses / Turtlenecks / Leather bomber jackets / Cable-knit crewnecks
Materials: Wool / Felt / Cashmere / Cotton / Leather / Corduroy
Print + Pattern: Checks / Fair-Isle
Details + Trim: Pleating / Toggle closures
Accessories + Footwear: Asymmetric pom-pom berets / Loafers / Chunky knit beanies
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