ELLE (UK) - - Mood Board -

“LIVE­STOCK as AC­CES­SORIES

is a BONAFIDE TAN­GEN­TIAL TREND, AL­BEIT ONE BEST LEFT for THE FRONT ROW ”

The up­shot? AW18’s rus­tic turn has all the ‘devil-may-care’ en­ergy of kids crash­ing through the barn­yard doors, fol­lowed by run­away live­stock. In­ci­den­tally, live­stock as ac­ces­sories is the sea­son’s bonafide tan­gen­tial trend, al­beit one best left for lux­ury cam­paigns and the front rows. To wit: a teacup pig in the front row at Proenza Schouler’s SS19 show, and Harry Styles in a Gucci ad that launched the same week, swine as ac­ces­sory to a her­itage check suit.

Is it a co­in­ci­dence that the bu­colic (some­thing so quintessen­tially Bri­tish) is a theme as the coun­try nav­i­gates Brexit? Per­haps not. Natasa Ca­galj, the Slove­nian-born, UKbased cre­ative di­rec­tor at Ports 1961, says she was think­ing about the UK for her col­lec­tion of khaki and cream-coloured knits; its rolling land­scapes and the High­land mills re­spon­si­ble for its tex­tiles. ‘The show was an ode to the land­scape,’ she says. ‘We also wanted to show our pride in how and where our gar­ments are made,’ she adds, touch­ing on the graphic blan­kets pro­duced in York­shire that boldly state ‘Made in Bri­tain’. Made in Bri­tain by an EU cit­i­zen who has made Lon­don her home? A timely re­minder, per­haps, of the in­ter­na­tional make-up of Bri­tain’s fash­ion in­dus­try.

What­ever the rea­son, com­fort is clearly key when it comes to AW18 style. And no doubt wardrobes that weather the storms through win­ter will be wel­come among the body­con an­i­mal print also ap­pear­ing on AW18’s cat­walks. Plus, if you re­ally can’t tear your­self away from the slan­ket, you at least have your ex­cuse ready: ‘Leave me alone. It’s fash­ion.’

THE ICONThe Queen must have been on a num­ber of mood boards this sea­son…

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