Lilac, soft pink and just a hint of leopard | Cornwall Today October 2016
Roo's October 2016 Fashion feature published in Cornwall Today Magazine
Words by Roo Cross
I eagerly anticipate picking up the October issues of Vogue, Elle and Red magazine, with their seasonal fashion supplements, a round-up of the best of the high street and which catwalk pieces have filtered down to an affordable level. What does Autumn/Winter ‘16 actually look like, for the likes of you and me here living in Cornwall? Will it really have the same impact on us, as on those fashionistas living in Vogue House? Well, of course, it won’t, but we can take what we like from it and this is the beauty of the fashion industry – you can access it at your very own level.
Key trends for autumn 16 include a resurgence of 1980s styling. Think shoulder pads, off-the-shoulder dresses, ruffles and lurex – always a must while walking the dog on Crantock beach! Then there’s sports luxe – I would struggle to integrate this into my life, as I’m still a firm believer that activewear should be confined to the gym and used on a practical level only. Of course, it needs to be the most flattering and stylish that it can, but I draw the line at wearing it to work or out to lunch!
Trench coats, tweed, lilac and blue, velvet and sweetheart necklines are also right up there. There’s a lovely palette of blues, mauves, lilac and soft pinks gathering in our stock room as I write; lilac isn’t a colour I would readily embrace for autumn, but paired with denim and incorporated into delicate prints and stripes, it really works. Marie Sixtine, one of our favourite Parisian brands, has a gorgeous striped
jumper in cream, caramel, soft pink and lilac, a winter version of a Neopolitan ice cream.
If you are familiar with my columns, you will be by now aware of my almost unhealthy obsessional love of leopard print. Believe it or not, it is once again listed everywhere as a top autumn trend. It just never fails! We were particularly excited to discover a beautiful electric blue and chocolate brown leopard print fabric in the new Bellerose collection. We have it in a scooped neck top, a pencil skirt and a shirt dress; my big dilemma is which look to go for. If I can’t decide, can I possibly have all three? Finally, the very talented Penelope Chilvers has triumphed again with the perfect pair of leopard print pony-skin jungle boots with a soft, pinky hue – they’re simply perfect.
Start planning your new season wardrobe now with just a hint of lilac, a signature piece of knitwear and a little OR a lot of leopard print. It’s been in the new season autumn lists for as long as I can remember, so you surely can’t go wrong?
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