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brat­ing the fe­male form.

Mean­while, skirts are midi length and the princess coats pro­vide the ul­ti­mate co­quet­tish out­er­wear.

Form-fit­ting tweed suits and clas­sic knits make for a racier cut. Fake fur, ruf­fles and bows add quirk­i­ness to the pieces.

For the free-spir­ited, Ware­house gets its in­spi­ra­tion from Amer­i­can In­dian print dresses in maxi and midi lengths. These are worn with com­fort­ing blan­ket check coats and thick knits.

Faux fur and washed leather are also key com­po­nents for this lay­ered-up, care­free look in grey, tan and camel.

As for its Dark Fairy­tale pieces, Ware­house draws in­spi­ra­tion from the gothic world of film di­rec­tor Tim Bur­ton.

Think bulky knitwear that co­coons the body with a hodge­podge of tex­tures and print. Knits with com­plex pat­terns, faux fur gilets and capes of­fer a new blan­ket ap­proach to out­er­wear.

For win­ter, pieces are tat­tered – raw lace is lay­ered with patch­work knits, faux fur and sump­tu­ous satin in a pal­ette of white and soft greys.

The Avi­a­tor look still rocks, with a util­i­tar­ian and dis­tinct tomboy vibe. Fly­ing jack­ets and shear­ling coats team up with coun­try tweeds and cord. The parka is up­dated into Chunky knit out­er­wear from Free Spirit range, with faux fur and washed leather. func­tional capes and blan­ket checks.

Then, there are the Bri­tish sta­ples such as tar­tan, mil­i­tary, ar­gyle and kilts fea­tured in a pal­ette of red, white and blue in the Lib­er­tine range.

The Mod­ernist col­lec­tion con­tin­ues to em­pha­sise clean lines and fine tailor­ing.

Fi­nally, the Spot­light range fea­tures pieces in­spired by the Ot­toman Em­pire, An­cient Greece and Rome. Dress­ing up is at its most op­u­lent in rich tex­tures of vel­vet, lace, jac­quard, lame and chif­fon in deep colours.

Byrne ex­pects avi­a­tor jack­ets, lace tops and soft silk prints to con­tinue to mo­nop­o­lise day wear for next year’s Spring/ Sum­mer sea­son.

In terms of ac­ces­sories, musthave items are the small cross­body bag and head­gear.

“All our prints are unique and signed off per­son­ally by me. You won’t find our prints any­where else. High street to­day is dif­fer­ent from what it used to be. We want to be our cus­tomer’s first choice when it comes to high-street fashion,” said Byrne.

Ac­cord­ing to Byrne, you can tell a Ware­house gar­ment from its qual­ity, or a funny twist or quirk that makes the piece unique.

“I was told that we are high street’s best kept se­cret!” she con­cluded. n Price starts from RM200. Ware­house stand­alone stores are lo­cated in 1 Utama, Se­lan­gor; and Pavil­ion KL, Bangsar Vil­lage II and The Gar­dens in Kuala Lumpur. Also avail­able at Park­son depart­ment stores in Pavil­ion KL and Suria KLCC.

At ease: Mil­i­tary-style tail­coat in wool and leather, com­bined

with chif­fon and lace top.

Stylish knitwear in­spired by the Grimm Fairy­tales, from the Dark Fairy­tale range.

Jersey dress in the el­e­gant style of Grace Kelly and 1950s Hollywood.

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