Other es­sen­tials for Au­tumn

Virtuozity - - Handmade -

Toby Bate­man, buy­ing di­rec­tor at Mr­porter.com, takes us through the big­gest trends and must-have pieces for this com­ing sea­son.

All black

It’s not rocket science: black has al­ways been a par­tic­u­larly flat­ter­ing, im­pec­ca­bly smart choice. But this win­ter the anti-colour is par­tic­u­larly sharp, with a range of sleek black-on-black suits and sep­a­rates making head-to-toe im­mer­sion not just pos­si­ble, but ex­tremely ap­peal­ing.

Chelsea boots

Ver­sa­tile, stylish and supremely easy to slip on and kick off, the Chelsea boot had its first big pop cul­ture mo­ment as part of the 1960s mod move­ment. Now it’s set for an­other one, thanks to Saint Lau­rent, Ber­luti and RM Wil­liams, among oth­ers.

Tonal greys

It’s time to think again about grey, now avail­able in a rich va­ri­ety of shades and tex­tures, thanks to the likes of Lan­vin and Calvin Klein Col­lec­tion. As­sem­ble and com­bine at will, mix­ing dif­fer­ent shades for a so­phis­ti­cated depth of colour from head to toe.

Bri­tish fab­rics

Born in the UK, worn the world over: clas­sic tai­lor­ing fab­rics such as pin­stripe, Prince of Wales check, her­ring­bone, hound­stooth and tweed are in the as­cen­dant once more. Look out for them in un­ex­pected items such as Mr Ric­cardo Tisci’s pin­stripe shirts and ties at Givenchy.

The 1970s

Ready your­self for heady cock­tail of Ziggy Star­dust-era Bowie, Starsky and Hutch (the orig­i­nal) and the early days of punk, re­alised through brown and mus­tard-heavy pal­ettes, wide col­lars, an­kle-length out­er­wear and out­ra­geous glam-rock ac­cents.

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