Womenswear: Top Trends for AW21
Patchwork, Homespun Knits, Corduroy and Chunky Boots. Check out our edit of this season’s key womenswear looks.
Perhaps this has something to do with our crafting obsessions during lockdown. Didn’t everyone learn how to darn? Or crochet? Or quilt? Or perhaps we’re all utterly infatuated with Bode New York’s reworking of vintage quilts but our pockets aren’t quite deep enough? Or perhaps we went to the Gee’s Bend exhibition and we were seduced. However we have come to it, we have fallen hard for patchwork. Lolly’s Laundry are the masters this season. We love the Valeria Jacket and Bill Pants in matching indigo dyed florals and cream.
Whether it’s stripes or fair isles or intarsias, Autumn is all about knitwear detailing. We’ve seen it on the runway from Prada, Stella Macartney and Molly Goddard. On the rails here at The Hambledon, Lolly’s Laundry have made a stellar interpretation of. the trend with soft striped card Dylan and fairisle yoke cardi Nova (both with conversation Ganni-esque buttons). Stine Goya are all over the sweater vest. Check out intarsia Lotti in softest lilacs and greys and outsize chunky knit Annemarie in neon orange. Bellerose, source of everybody’s favourite fluffy knit, get involved with the half zip Argyll Douli in prettiest pinks and camels.
There’s a definite 70s flavour to AW21. And corduroy (etymologically not, as we have long believed, derived from ‘corde du roi’ or cord of the king) is the archetypal 70s fabric. We love Bellerose’s long cord Davis pants and their relaxed rival from American Vintage, the Padow. Layering is key: overshirts including Pilou from Bellerose and Simoneta from Sacre Coeur; the Viggo vest from Lolly’s (the modern cousin of the quilted jackets we wore for riding in the late 70s, just to give it some personal, historical context). This is an easy way to channel the trend without going the full Lauren Hutton.
It’s a continuation of Summer’s ditsy florals with bigger blooms and deeper colours making an appearance for the Autumn. Louise Misha is our go to for the season for sophisticated flower prints. We love the padded jacket (and matching bag). We love the Isabella skirt. We love the chiffon dress. Lolly’s Laundry are flying the cottage-core flag with Liberty-esque prints in padded cotton vests and jackets. Stine Goya is at the most dramatic end of the spectrum with the Isra pant in Acid Nightmare (at least, I think it’s a floral print).
We should have written a piece on chunky boots for AW20 but this trend shows no signs of slowing and is perfectly relevant for AW21. On the runway Rik Owens and Loewe showed super heavy black lug soles; Miu Miu favoured an outsize walking boot. In store Shoe the Bear, ever quick on their catwalk interpretations, are continuing the hiking boot story with the perennial favourite Agdas (this time round in tan leather and grey leopard) and upping their chunky game with the Rebel Long Lace Boot and the marvellous Rebel High Shaftt in matt leather.