Once we start to get into mid to late August, my thoughts turn to my favourite Autumnal season. Mostly everything about the cooler months I enjoy, from hot drinks to the woody, crisp smell in the air but most importantly in my sartorial choices. The more clothes the better, layering, cosy, lots of accessories. It's that September back-to-school feeling of getting kitted out in a new wardrobe.
So needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed the Press Day I attended in London a few weeks ago hosted by Next. It seemed strange to walk around looking at Christmas gift ideas and watching a fashion show full of snuggly sweaters, on a very humid day in July. But thinking ahead to cooler temperatures is no hardship for me. And now that the shops are starting to stock some winter pieces, I thought now would be the perfect time to share Part One of the event.
My favourites, as last time, had to be the accessories. The huge 70's hats (of which I have invested in already), bright tights and platform shoes were firm favourites. I loved the long flowing sheer skirts and palazzo trousers as well as the flapper-style beaded dress. The childrenswear collection and the gorgeous models who brought them to life, brought a huge smile to my face. And the various themes for menswear, ensured a collection that was classic but cool. My only regret of the day, was taking a very brief camera break and missing the arrival of Geri Halliwell, who is designing an evening wear collection with Next (here are the photographs I should have taken). Very glamorous, in sumptuous fabrics and jewel-like colours. Overall, I saw plenty that day to ensure I'll be taking a trip into Next to shop for my winter wardrobe.