Quintessential British Classics from Joseph for Pre-Fall

London: The Pre-Fall show notes for Joseph bore the heading – ‘Something Borrowed’ and it would appear that the Joseph woman did indeed borrow from her ‘boyfriend’s’ wardrobe. From heirloom knitwear and masculine tailored looks, British menswear classics were cut with a nod to ‘old’ elegance with the idea that they were to be worn one size too big, rendering clothes that were comfortable, elegant and easy to wear. This sense of ease to the collection prevailed in the sportswear, long coats, blazers and evening trousers, even the idea of an ‘old’ school dressing gown was turned in to an overcoat. The latter part of the collection included some fabulous knitwear that evoked a warm and cozy additon to the lineup. Layering too played on proportion where volumes were controlled by soft ties and belts. Materials were noble – focusing on the idea that “luxury clothes get better with age”. Prints were inspired by the artwork of Sean Scully in textural brushstrokes and angular patterns while the colour palette “evoked Oxford days”. There was a breath of fresh air that Trotter breathed in to this pivotal collection. – Lizzy Bowring

Theme: Borrowed from the Boys

Key Items: Military jackets / Double-breasted overcoats / Pleated trousers / Culottes / Aran knit dress / Long knit gilet / Blazers / Tie-belt collarless coat / Cape / Pleated knit trousers / Bow-tied tank tops

Color: Grey / Navy / Ochre / Chestnut / Aubergine / Soft beige / Oxblood red / Olive

Materials and Trims: Leather / Cashmere / Lambswool / Felted textures / Corduroy / Flannel /Aran knit / Suede

Print and Pattern: Textural brushstrokes / Patched fair isle

Accessories and Footwear: Fur snood / Leather gloves / Rib knit cap / Leather totes / White brogues / ‘Stan Smiths’

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