Rosemary Mac Cabe

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A/W 2013 at River Island

The sun may be splitting the stones, but fashion stops for no man – it’s time to talk about autumn/winter at River Island

Mon, Jul 8, 2013, 12:42


It’s been a manic couple of weeks. While the sun has been beating down and we’ve finally been getting the use of our summer clothing (I have been living in a black and white halterneck dress from H&M - we have a minor disagreement about bra straps, but mostly we get along fine), brands far and wide have been gearing up for the cold weather and releasing their A/W lookbooks, holding press days and shows and generally feeling the chill!

Last week I spent a day in London previewing Coast‘s A/W offerings (more on which later this week, but there are big changes afoot), toddled along to River Island‘s A/W press event and had dinner with the lovely ladies from H&M, where we previewed what’s to come for A/W and talked Isabel Marant over white chocolate cheesecake in the National Gallery.

But to the main event: River Island A/W 2013.

In terms of trends, there’s a lot to hold on to from A/W 2012 – which is great news for our wallets, although perhaps disappointing if you’re someone who looks for the new each and every season. Following on from its hugely successful blogger collection last season, RI is doing a great line in bright colours, prints and mismatched textures.

We’re talking pleather, distressed denim, faux fur (and they’re doing an amazing line in faux fur this upcoming season), embellished sleeves and patchworked jackets.

Here’s River Island’s ode to the 1980s – and here’s what I mean by saying there’s very little that’s overly new. It feels to me as if seasonal changes have, even over the past couple of years, become less change-like and more like evolutions on previous seasons. Military becomes the new, ladylike military; ethnic traveller becomes the new, embellished ethnic traveller; 1980s becomes the new, technological 1980s. Get the drift?

That’s not to say that there’s nothing to look forward to: I personally welcome the fact that, of all of these pictures, there’s not a bodycon monstrosity to fear. Layering is staying in (all the better to survive the winter in, my dear) and ladylike skirt lengths are moving from spring to summer in one fluid movement (and don’t you love those white heels, above left?).

Items will be hitting stores in August / September, on through to Christmas. Let me know if there’s any one thing that piques your interest and I’ll find out the release date. (In the meantime, get out in that sunshine!)