The Joy of Planning a Season Ahead
As September has New York Fashion week first, swiftly followed by London, Milan, then Paris, it is one of my favourite months of the year. But the shows are not Autumn/Winter 19 clothes; the clothes are for Spring/Summer 2020 and these clothes will hit the shops anytime from March 2020 onwards.
September magazine copy is published at least 40 days in advance, so perhaps you can see why I finished much of my shopping for autumnal pieces in July? I had a very clear idea of what I wanted in terms of the colours and the styles and I keep a running list of outfits that I would like to try in the future. I am the type of person who likes change, and I need things to look forward to, even if that is just a change of season and the new fashions coming through. My inspirational list of ideas, means I just have the job of sourcing the items I want, and yet it still leaves room for the occasional serendipitous find too.
In February at London Fashion week, I decided which specific items I would like to add to my wardrobe for autumn. A pink tweed jacket (tick), a mulberry hat (tick) and plum patent handbag (tick). It is hardly hold the front page stuff I know. But it works for my lifestyle, and these are items I can actually wear.
Looking at the D&G show, animal print is still around too and my interpretation is a pair of killer animal print heels and some red leather gloves with a patch of animal print. We rarely want the ‘more is more’ outfits that come from the editorials and catwalk shows. But without them, the world would be sartorially a lot less interesting, in my view.
I want to feel energised by the new season and the change of weather. So, have you thought about what you would like to add to your wardrobe this season? What new item would make you feel refreshed? Many stores are holding discount days already so you can get early season bargains. If you plan ahead, you get the pick of the bunch early, so when the weather changes, you too will be autumn ready and feeling fabulous.