I'm not a fan of autumn. I know some people relish its promise of cosy evenings indoors and leaf crunching walks. I don't. I usually dread the back-to-school feeling and the drawing to a close of the summer months that the end of the August Bank Holiday weekend signals. But I'm really quite excited about knuckling down to things this autumn. I'm looking forward to London design week and have lots of exciting work projects in the pipeline.
And one of the things I have always loved about the onset of autumn is that each year when it arrives it seems like a great opportunity to plan an entire new wardrobe (fantasy or otherwise) for the months ahead. So when I was asked if I would like to run a post featuring some of my favourite pieces on the Avenue 32 clothing website I happily agreed.
As usual the handbags were the first thing I checked out. The range on Avenue 32 includes this textured fine leather Pashli bag from Philip Lim and a beautiful contemporary classic python skin oversized tote from Calvin Klein.
This slimfit classic hooded duffle coat by Chalyan is timeless. Made from waxed cotton canvas, it has a detachable quilted inner warmer for the transition from autumn through to winter. Here I've teamed it up with a bright cerulean blue ribbed jumper by Cedric Charlier.
If you are getting married or have a special occasion coming up and are in need of an evening dress there are some beautiful Temperley gowns, like this Edwardian inspired long silk lace gown. I also adore Giles Deacon's ivory swan pleat dress - there's a matching brocade coat too so it would be perfect for a winter wedding.
If I could pick just one thing though it would be a pair of these classic mens' style pyjamas by Poplin. Named after classic style icons like Audrey, Bardot and Marilyn, my own favourites shown here are the blue and white striped Mitford and the Shrimpton in navy cotton with white satin piping. Perfect for autumn evening snuggling.
1. Pashli Satchel by Philip Lim | 2. Python Tote by Calvin Klein | 3. Waxed Cotton Duffle Coat by Chalyan | 4. Blue wool side slit jumper by Cedric Charlier | 5. Long silk crown gown by Temperley | 6. Ivory swan pleat dress by Giles | 7. Mitford short PJs by Poplin | 8. Shrimpton Classic PJs by Poplin
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