Each month I'm going to share with you one of the key designers of the season and show you how you can recreate the look. Christopher Bailey's Autumn Winter 2014 Campaign for Burberry has taken the fashion world by storm. It's a far cry from the Burberry of the 90's when the much copied heritage check and a sea of fake handbags flooded the market. Here Bailey has created a loose, layered, languid collection with a beautiful mixed palette of deep soft colours, to create a folky feel. Every handbag and shoe has been hand-painted and there are lots of contrasting textures: a sheepskin or a woolen blended coat, worn over layers of silk, chiffon or lace. And the key element we are going to take away is the long scarf, hung full length and cinched in with a belt at the waist, pulling the look together.
So, first things first, I'm definitely not trying to be Cara! In my Burberry inspired look, I have taken an ASOS peasant-style dress in soft peach trimmed with lace as my starting point. Don't be frightened to wear soft colours in the autumn; they are very uplifting and forgiving. Then we add the layers. Over the dress is a painted scarf from Zara which I have hung low and tied in at the waist with a skinny green belt by Hamilton Davis. A fringed necklace enhances the folky theme and I've opted for an oversized pastel bag from Zara and tied a Tapestry scarf around it. The painted print ankle boots from Anthropologie finish the ensemble. Burberry has produced an inspiring look but if the folky trend is not for you then take the very wearable belt and scarf element and match with skinny jeans for an instant fashion hit.
The Blanket Coat
Christopher Bailey's Burberry Collection has had a massive influence on the high street. So many elements have trickled down including the Blanket Coat, or the Blanket as it is being referred to. Blankets are the must-have item of the season: an updated version of the poncho. One of my favourites is this multi-block Blanket in muted greens and purples from Jigsaw. For best results wear loose over skinny jeans and add your favourite knee high boots. A perfect look for a chilly October morning.