TWEED trans­for­ma­tion

Ac­cord­ing to the AW18 cat­walks, boucle is back in fash­ion. KATIE WRIGHT checks it out

The Sentinel - - STYLE GUIDE -

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

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