Images: Items refernced in text from: 1) Hobbs; 2) Karen Millen; 3) Reiss; 4) Monsoon; 5) Oliver Bonas; 6) Space NK; 7) Links of London; 8) Swatch; 9) Reiss Mens; 10) Timberland
The summer holidays are a distant memory, conkers are littering the pavements and there’s a chill in the air. It’s time to update your Autumn wardrobe.
Pop out on your lunch break and you’ll find plenty of inspiration. Here’s a quick round-up of what’s new in womenswear, menswear, beauty and grooming at Broadgate.
As always, Hobbs has some excellent pieces that give a feminine edge to power dressing for work. You’re sure to find something in this savvy selection of suits for women, work trousers and dresses, complemented by a range of covetable bags and shoes.
We like the Eaton sleeveless dress that cleverly combines a silk top with a ribbon waist detail. It comes in bitter chocolate/black and navy. Alternatively, stand out in the vintage style Brunswick dress in red or make a statement in a Thea leather pencil skirt.
Karen Millen offers a directional twist on workwear, with grey tailored wide-legged culottes, bodycon dresses in this season’s graphic prints and a black crepe shift dress with side pleats and leather kilt straps.
Coats are strong, from a classic black wool and cashmere reefer coat to a cool grey wool trench coat trimmed with contrasting satin. And to complete the look, don’t miss the pointy suede shoe boots, cut flatteringly low at the ankle.
Cool and contemporary
Reiss is known for its cool, contemporary styling and this season is no exception. This Fall/Winter collection is where vintage inspiration meets clean, modern shapes.
For your work wardrobe, the palette includes this Autumn’s key shades of grey and soft pink, as well as traditional navy and black. You’ll find pencil skirts, tailored trousers and blazers perfect for the office, as well as structured dresses such as Garbo and Kamila, a scallop detail cut-out top, which would take you from day through to evening.
Texture and pattern
Monsoon is renowned for its pattern, texture and detailing and this winter there’s a special emphasis on its Artisan Trade hand-embroidered range. This features beautiful pieces sourced in remote rural areas across India and Afghanistan, including the Didi embellished top and the Lucy lace shirt.
For a more casual look, try the ultra-soft Liv trapeze dress with cable knit stripe detail, and wrap up warm in the funnel-collar Katie coat or Chester blanket coat with its over-sized check pattern.
Cheer up your wardrobe
Oliver Bonas is the go-to place if you want to find something to cheer up your wardrobe, whether it’s a skinny belt, a bright print scarf or a slogan tee.
This Autumn, look out for the versatile Pontiroma blue striped fit and flare dress by Poem. And for your weekend wardrobe, choose a soft grey ‘J’adore’ slogan jumper by Poem, super stretch skinny jeans by Vero Moda and a colour pop reversible shopper in turquoise and grey or navy and pink.
Whatever your beauty style, Space NK have got it covered this Autumn. Play on the sultry eye trend with By Terry’s powder-kajal kohl liner, get living doll lashes with Chantecaille Faux Cils mascara, or try the off-duty ballerina look with a dusty pink natural lip.
Fans of Eve Lom will be excited to see the latest in her new skin range, and you can also discover the new colours from Kevyn Aucoin, make-up artist to the stars.
Embrace Autumn in style with the brand new arrivals from Links of London, the iconic British jewellery brand. For women, you’ll find everything from playful jewellery and charms to sterling silver necklaces accented with diamonds and statement 18ct gold chains. For men, check out cufflinks, rings and other accessories, including the McLaren range inspired by Formula 1 racing.
In watches, the new Regent collection combines a sophisticated Swiss movement with bold features to create a watch of perfect precision. And if you buy anything from the Links Hope Collection during September, the company will donate 10% of the sale to the Make-A-Wish charity.
Time for a new watch
Swatch watches are always guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. Right now, the Broadgate store is featuring the official London Fashion Week watch, a unisex design in red silicon with safety pin hands. Other fun designs include a black watch which declares ‘Non vedo l’ora’ – ‘I can’t wait’ in Italian, a watch that flashes ‘Stop’, ‘Think’ and ‘Talk’ when you tilt it, and the Colour Explosion model with a multi-coloured face.
Sharp menswear silhouettes
For the first time, Reiss is revisiting iconic pieces from its own archive for a collection which champions clean lines, sharp details, textural interest and new interpretations of time-treasured classics.
The colour palette is dark and dramatic, with a base of black, charcoal and navy, punctuated by burgundy and winter whites. Visit the Broadgate store to get a closer look at this season’s sharp silhouettes, available in a range of fabrications, colours and cuts.
Rugged weekend wardrobe
Meanwhile, men can get their weekend wardrobe sorted at Timberland. With this hard-wearing collection that blends style, comfort and practicality, you’ll be ready for anything the British weather can throw at you.
Layer up a t-shirt and classic check shirt under a water-proof, mountain-proof, city-proof jacket, add a rugged pair of jeans or cargo pants, slip on a pair of new Glastenbury high-top trainers or classic waterproof Timberland boots, and you’re ready to go.
Complete the look at Charles Worthington
Charles Worthington Salons, led by Art Team Director Marc Tinder, created the looks for two SS15 London Fashion Week shows in September this year. The undone, lived in texture with zig-zag part, also known as the Rebel Pony, was created for Toga, while Tousled Luxe was created for the Christopher Raeburn show.
Sharpen up with men’s grooming
Look and feel your best this Autumn with first class styling in the heart of the city at Charles Worthington’s Broadgate salon. Situated in the newly-refurbished Virgin Active health club, it offers a range of grooming treatments for modern City males. Get your hair cut, washed and finished, have your hair clipped or coloured, enjoy a relaxing head massage or have your nails manicured.