Wednesday Wants: The Oasis Modern Heritage Collection

It was no surprise when in February, London Fashion Week was filled with autumnal trends on a very ‘Heritage’ theme. As sure as florals and nauticals are bound to every Spring, we can be pretty much be certain that we’ll be seeing Military and Heritage trends each Autumn.

It’d not that I mind though. I’m quite comfortable with a bit of predictability, and at least for those of us who buy things to last more than one season, we know that we’ll still be on trend the next year round!

Whilst I’ve been coveting the tweeds and knits at the likes of Hobbs, Tommy Hilfiger and Joules though (and wincing a little at their budget busting prices) I was delighted to see this morning that one of my High Street favourites, Oasis, have put together an entire collection dedicated to heritage fabrics and styling. AND at affordable prices!

I’m loving the little photographic stories they’ve styled for the launch….there is something more honest and believable about their shots than one would usually expect, whilst retaining lust-worthy value. It could be the shelves of mismatching colours, the untidy books, the bunting and carousel horse, or even that super cute pooch. Nevertheless though, the pieces themselves stand out on their own, and what’s more, each piece in the Modern Heritage range, is made with tweeds woven in England, produced exclusively by the Yorkshire based mill, Abraham Moons & Sons. I’m so pleased to see a brand like this taking on such a commendable idea, and not hiking up the prices so much as to make buying English made fabrics a total luxury. Here’s my round up of a few favourites….

Heritage Scallop Trim Dress, £89

I’m in love with this tweed. It’s such a gorgeously rich colour, but not over the top (and therefore would go well with so much!). The dress itself is just lovely I think….the prety scallop hem detail and nipped in waist get my vote, and I love that it goes over a blouse so well (very necessary in the current chill!).

It’s 100% wool, and therefore dry clean only as you’d expect. The model here wears the size 10 (she is 5’10) but it’s available in sizes 8 to 16.

There are also some super cute shorts in the same style, as well as a lovely jacket to go with them (although I can’t see me wearing shorts of any kind with my legs so I’ll stick with the dress!).

Heritage Flare Skirt, £65

How adorable is this little skirt? I would love to wear it with a big knitted jumper and my brogues…..and probably a big thick pair of tights in this weather! It has a darling flippy hem and the pretty pattern makes it mega wearable, although interesting to boot.

It’s another Dry Clean Only and comes in sizes 8 to 16.

Elastic Back Dress, £85

Now this dress just screams Christmas Day to me! The gorgeous claret is so festive, and the full skirt and elasticated back are very gluttony-friendly. I love the v-neckline, and adore that is is lined with a heritage bird print fabric too. It’s a great length too for popping on over leggings and wearing with little boots.

This one is also 100% wool and Dry Clean Only. The model wears the size 10 again (she too is 5’10) and it’s available in the usual sizes 8 to 16.

I want the whole collection really, but I’d be dead pleased to own these three pieces….. And by coincidence, you can currrently win your three favourite pieces from the collection in Oasis’ Facebook competition here, as well as an extra £250 to spend online at Oasis!

Ems x

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London Fashion Week AW / 2012…. My pick of the trends

I have never considered myself at all trendy, in fact, probably anything but. I love thrifting, vintage shopping, charity shops, mixing and matching etc. far too much. But at the same time I adore fashion, and to me, the trends of London Fashion Week are a taste of things to come…..here is what is going to be on the High Street soon and what you’re going to want.

Whilst I never go in for a whole trend and clothe myself top to bottom in Top Shop’s very best ‘now’ look, I am definitely prone to a little peer pressure….and because I could happily shop every day and collect a wardrobe the size of the entire United Kingdom (if only) it’s pretty hard not to succumb to the impressions of a trend or two.

And so it is with great excitement that I look out for the offerings of London Fashion Week and I find myself aching for a huge shopping session. I’m not one to be swayed too badly though, and will always pick out as many ‘never in this worlds’ as ‘wants’, and so here is my little round-up of my favourite trends to come out of London Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2012….and a little about those I certainly won’t be hankering after too!…..

The Peplum

Perhaps because it has its roots firmly in British Fashion History, I’m ever so keen on this trend. A cute and chic frill over a skirt, or from the waist down of a blouse… it’s so deliciously vintage. Not to mention the wonderful effect it has on those of us with proper girly figures…..

Peplum at Burberry Prorsum, Mary Katrantzou, Stella McCartney

Cinched waists, bows and belts for an hourglass figure

And along those same lines, I will always be grateful to see the hourglass figure featured in a season’s trends…. blessed with large hips and a defined waist, I love the little bows and belts cinching in the waists and providing a voluminous skirt beneath…..

Cinched waists, bows and belts at Burberry Prorsum, Erdem and Stella McCartney

Big Knits

I can’t always be girly and refined though, and my current winter uniform of over-sized jumper and leggings is both comfy and practical. And, if it’s on the runways, it can’t be *that* slobby!…..

Big Knits at Acne, Mary Katrantzou and Jonathan Saunders

Leggings

And speaking of leggings…. True, on the runways they weren’t so much a comfort feature as a chic alternative to tights….and seen with longer length skirts and heels rather than minis and pumps as they have been, I’m keen to take this look on……

Leggings at Clements Ribeiro, Issa and Bora Aksu

Winter Florals

It goes without saying that the spring trends will feature girly florals, but I’m delighted to see some here for winter too, which is of course when we really need some cheering up and colour lift……

Winter Florals at Erdem, Giles and Temperley London

Military

I like this because it’s feminine but not girly….. I’d love to invest in a really good military style coat this year, and one with a good waist-hugging belt would be splendid…..

Military at Burberry Prorsum, Top Shop Unique and Alexander McQueen

As for the not-so-likelys…. I really can’t see me picking up the padded hips seen at Beradi, McQueen and Mary Katrantzou (I have enough in that area already thanks)….. nor am I keen to accentuate my chunky calves with the mid-length skirts seen at Roksanda Ilincic and Top Shop Unique…… and it’s a definite no to the loose leather trousers everywhere! I’m not yet taken with all the purples on show, but then I said that last year about orange and then became obsessed with it…. It is more likely though that I’ll take advantage of all those lovely pink hues, like those at Holly Fulton.

All in all though, and without having been to a single show….I’d say that this year’s London Fashion Week has thrown up some very useable trends. Now just to get shopping!