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The softer side of A/W 2013 at Penneys

There’s been a lot of emphasis on punk at Penneys this autumn/winter season – but I’d rather grow up a little with some ladylike tailoring in soft blush tones

Tue, Aug 20, 2013, 12:30


Much has been made of Penneys’ A/W collection, particularly its grunge-led, 1990s-themed side – think check shirts, ripped jeans and mesh muscle vests – but a quick perusal of the lookbook had my eye wandering straight to the softer, more feminine selection.

Who wouldn’t fall in love with these sugary-sweet pink- and cream-toned creations? Well, me six months ago, for one: can I blame the influence of Simone Rocha’s rock princess vibe for my taste turnaround?

There’s just something oh-so grown up about these soft pastels in tailored shapes: the trousers on the left – that perfect slouch, front pleat and tapered ankle – give me chills. And the messy, tucked-in hair on the right, paired with that perfect pink bouclé coat? Divine.

F*ck punk and give me sweet sophistication any day. These pieces will be rolling out in a Penneys near you soon and, as usual, they’ll cost buttons.