The 1950s Teddy Girl receives a modern update by Richard Nicoll for Fred Perry’s Laurel Wreath A/W 11/12 collection. Nicoll sourced inspiration from the Parisian Beatniks of the decade, which comes through in the Breton striped Polo shirts and the rich palette of deep ruby red, marine blue and camel.
Fred Perry’s signature check is set off against angora knits, sleek patent leather, pure silk and woven wool. The Harrington jacket is the stand out piece, while the neat shirts and slim cut trousers are ideal for accenting this season’s androgyny trend.
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‘I’m not ultra-feminine and in the 1970s, it was blouses for women; wearing men’s shirts wasn’t common other than amongst us art students, and I never went for that floral, floaty, hippy business. I’ve always liked that male philosophy of homing in on details. I like the iconic thing on which menswear is based.’
Margaret Howell on the history of her brand, 2011
Photo: Elle Ukraine
Isabel Marant has an eye for knitwear: her boyish Navajo sweatshirts and oversized waffle knit jumpers from her autumn/winter collection are on many a wishlist this season. Marant continually encapsulates the Parisian Bohemé spirit and for spring/summer ’12, this was no different.
Vintage style knits with their tactile stitches and oversized shapes have a second hand, boyfriend aesthetic. For spring/summer ’12, Marant has offered up these classic styles with a feminine and crafty twist. Cream cable knit jumpers and cardigans are embellished with colourful yarn floats and fringing, while chunky knit sweatshirts are made from lengths of ribbon in a multitude of colours. These are knits that you won’t want to wait till spring to wear.
Photos: courtesy of FashionToast
A fusion of minimalism and masculinity, Paula Gerbase’s autumn/winter collection is one which comprises functionality, timelessness and unisex appeal. A Central Saint Martin’s alumni with 5 years experience as a head designer on London’s prestigious Saville Row, Gerbase has an eye for quality fabric and precision tailoring. This striking collection captures the androgynous mood of this season in an effortless, but highly skilled, way.
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Cara Delevigne works both femme fetale and boyish androgyny in this black and white editorial for Tank magazine. Heavy men’s tweed overcoats are thrown over sweat tops, lace dresses, tees and buttoned up shirts, showing just how versatile this coat style is for autumn.
Photos: Tank magazine
Agyness Deyn looking gorgeous in an androgynous Western look for Twin magazine. The pared down styling features oversized outerwear, cosy knits and a dollop of fur. My favourite piece is the black overcoat with cut out elbows, revealing a cream Fisherman’s knit underneath. Take a cue from stylist Celestine Cooney, opting for beautiful classic pieces with masculine undertones for your autumn wardrobe.
Photos: Twin magazine, issue 5
Lindsey Wixson rocking a buttoned up oversized tuxedo shirt for the sixteenth issue of Purple magazine.