I don't know about you but I think this season is seriously on fire in the style stakes. We've had a long slog of '90s, and let's not forget last winter's sugary pastels, so it's really time for something a little less cutesy. I've read a few people say they're not into this season's '70s throwback but I'm SO into everything! It's so much more accessible and in fact flaunts styles that you might not originally associate with the era but maybe are already wearing. The stylists at River Island headed to their new Bullring store to share their latest collection with local bloggers and I popped along to get the low-down.
The event was hosted in the new Style Studio; a fabulous lounge separate from the main store, with plush sofas, huge mirrored changing spaces and a complimentary fresherment bar. In fact the whole service is complimentary and anyone can book in for an appointment with the superb Birmingham-based stylists Laura and Afsheen, be it for an event you have coming up or just to try a few new styles - and you can book in online.
First up we had a talk through the AW15 range by London stylist Danielle, and you can see the edit in my vlog below! There are so many takes on the '70s trend that are actually extremely wearable, from the Victoriana blouses with their high collars and lace detailing, to fringed ankle boots that sit a little bit higher with a chunky block heel. We were guided through the suede capes, mini skirts, peasant detailing, and of course fur upon fur. The blouse Danielle was wearing above went straight into my basket and I've even bought my mom one for her birthday! Danielle styled it oh so well with cropped flared black jeans, ankle boots, the cute neck tie and the statement belt.
I just adore the chunky leather bags and tan colours. What's not to love! There are so many ways you can incorporate this trend subtly into your wardrobe with a few select pieces and feel totally refreshed for the new season.
We were let loose on the store and I browsed around with Laura, spending more time chatting than shopping! 99% of the time I shop alone and my eyes only flit across the rails as I consider things that truly stand out to me, rather than actually exploring styles I may not have tried before. I tried on a few things that I never would have considered before, including the outfit below, and I can totally see the benefits of a hat transforming an average hair day. This navy suede cut-out cape was absolutely amazing but just out of my price range, though I did buy a whole selection of things. A few new blouses for work with neck ties and lace detailing, some suede ankle boots, and a statement fringed bag. With these added to my office-appropriate work trousers and camel coat from last year, I feel so ready for autumn.
Don't miss my vlog below for the low down of all the trends and a peek at the clothes up close! How do you feel about the '70s trend?