According to the AW18 catwalks, boucle is back in fashion. KATIE WRIGHT checks it out
IT’S fair to say that in fashion, if Alexander Wang is doing something then it’s definitely cool. The New York Fashion Week wunderkind has such celebrity pulling power that at his AW18 show, Anna Wintour sat next to rapper du jour Cardi B while Kaia Gerber stalked the catwalk, and he’s regularly called up to create custom looks for the likes of Beyonce and Nicki Minaj.
So when Alexander Wang declares that tweed is cool again, you’d better believe it.
That’s right, the fabric traditionally beloved of country bumpkins has been given a stylish city makeover by Wang, who sent out hot pink tweed mini skirts and oversized black and white jackets as part of the collection.
And he’s not the only one. Oversized tweed coats were a major trend on the autumn catwalks – from monochrome at Marc Jacobs and Calvin Klein, to colourful at Prada and leather-trimmed at Miu Miu.
At London Fashion Week, Matty Bovan based his entire collection on the idea of deconstructing ‘ladylike’ style codes, which meant lots of torn and trashed tweed, but we’re not suggesting you go as far as ripping up a two-piece boucle suit (unless you really want to). This trend is about rethinking a traditional textile and styling it in a modern way.
Take a leaf out of Wang’s book and try a tweed mini skirt or dress teamed with a roll-neck or body top – frayed detailing adds a punky edge.
For this season at least, Chanel-esque cropped jackets should take a backseat in favour of boxy, tomboyish pieces accessorised with chunky boots and studded leather bags. And there are plenty of those on the high street.
Here’s our pick of the new tweed crop...
Zara tweed jacket with metallic thread £79.99 Glamorous black and red tweed zip front mini skirt, currently reduced to £19 from £27 V by Very petite boucle tunic dress £45 Zara tweed jacket with pearl beads £49.99 Next slant heel ankle boots £49 Warehouse mono tweed dress £49; black slinky rollneck top £28; (necklace and boots, stylist’s own) Marks and Spencer Limited Edition wool blend checked coat £99; Autograph wool blend Fairisle print turtle neck jumper £59.50; Collection mid-rise straight leg cropped jeans £25; Collection faux leather cross body bag £29.50; Autograph leather ring detail loafers £65 Dorothy Perkins pink boucle shift dress, currently reduced to £25.60 from £30