Take a look at the AW15 collection from behind the scenes of the photoshoot! This season, we've created a luxury collection that is lifestyle-driven; clothes tailored to fit around you and your day-to-day, while inspiring comfort and confidence. Here we highlight some of our favourites from the collection, including the Colour Block dress and Button Front Ruched Top.
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Do you ever wish someone would pick out all the clothes that would suit your frame and put them in one handy location? At WALL, we've been doing our research into the beautiful world of current fashion trends this season and done just that. Shop by Body Shape; clever mini-edits to flatter your individual body type.
Loose fitting trousers have been a big trend because of their everlasting versatility and comfort. Not to mention their ability to flatter your amazing figure.
Gorgeous detailed embroidery and tailoring is the way forward, especially when coupled with a pencil skirt cut.
A flattering cut style and ever-elegant silhouette for when you don’t want something so close-fitting.
Plum stormed the ready-to-wear catwalks; its warm but vibrant colour is easy to couple with most other styles.
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The favourite 70s trend of oversized trousers and shirts has made a reappearance in all its glory. Hurray for being able to be fashionably relaxed!
There is an infinite number of ways you can bind, stitch, fold, twist, or compress fabrics. WALL London has incorporated a few of these techniques this autumn – and we aren’t the only ones joining the Pleat Elite…
Pleats were a recurring theme at Victoria Beckham’s AW14 show, with the designer adding chiffon box pleats on the back of a beautifully-cut winter white coat, her opening look. Pleats also made an appearance in eveningwear in the shape of a floor-length black pleated gown.
There is an apparent versatility to this trend, with Mary Katrantzou sending out silky pleats with chainmail detailing and heavily embellished gowns had an origami touch. The results were exceptionally beautiful.
WALL London's stylish shirt is made with diamond shaped pleating for effortless chic. Semi-sheer so you can dare to bare or slip over a camisole. Long sleeves and versatile collar complete the look.
The gentle Japanese-style pleats on this dress create an amazingly soft architecture around the body - draped from the shoulders for a flattering look. This touch of the orient makes this otherwise simple dress a stand out piece.
And the relaxed silhouette of the dress gives way to a light skirt with pleated overlays. Perfect for travelling (no ironing necessary) or parties alike.
It’s time to join the fold... Shop our Pleated Pieces here
Simple shapes have gone high fashion. Yes, you heard us right. This season, core basics were sent down every catwalk – from beautifully tailored trousers to soft wool crew neck jumpers in classic grey, navy and black.
The design team at Jil Sander presented a collection of comfort - a relaxed take on tailoring. Square cut jackets came with matching suit trousers that felt both modern and luxurious. Note the flat shoes too!
Stella McCartney showed classic silhouettes from her repertoire; loungewear-style tailoring, perfectly cut coats and must-have knitwear - all with a nod to her sporty aesthetic - and all in classic and neutral hues. The sort of thing every woman wants to pull on and feel confident in.
There was an effortless easiness to Hermès' collection this AW14. Classic trouser suits, wrap dresses and coats we all long to have as core basics in our wardrobes. Combined with quality of materials used, this is simple, luxurious dressing at its best.
The key to this trend is about keeping as simple and as comfortable (yes, comfortable!) as possible. Refreshingly, functional is now fun – and we have lined up the best of our simple shapes for you to add to your existing wardrobe:
A knitted take on the classic pencil skirt. Your autumn wardrobe will yearn for it. Slip it on with a WALL top and you're ready to go. Fully elasticated waist and split at centre back.
Every autumn wardrobe needs one. A Pima cotton dress cut with clean lines, scoop neck and long sleeves pairs with almost anything.
Layer on warmth with this kaftan-style coat made with long sleeves and a mandarin collar. Constructed in a wool-mix, it fastens with buttons and comes with two front pockets.
With WALL London, comfort is always a style. You can shop our full brand new Autumn collection here.
Coats, knitwear, accessories and more became works of art this AW14 – with an array of designers using their clothing as canvases.
Christopher Bailey sent out his models in slouchy trench-coats and shearling jackets both decorated in gentle brushstrokes and Burberry’s handpainted handbags complimented the entire look, inspired by the Bloomsbury Set.
Temperley London made a slight departure from their signature showing of red-carpet-ready gowns to also create some modern art masterpieces. Inspired by trips to Italy and referencing its ceremonial dress and religious gowns, Alice Temperley covered her AW14 collection in decorative prints.
WALL London has also played with such craftsmanship this season, like our Handpainted Dropped Back Cardigan – a kimono shape with curved hem for ease of wearing in a multi-colour brushstroke print. It’s the perfect trans-seasonal piece and our cardigan of the season.
And our Handpainted Waterfall Cardigan with its striking design and neutral camel and grey tones is a winning combination.
This trend is about making a statement – so don’t shy away from print, colour and texture.
But if you just want to add a pop of watercolour to your existing wardrobe – try our bestselling Handpainted Scarf. In two amazing tonal shades, each item is uniquely handpainted and in 100% wool, adds that touch of soft luxuriousness to any autumnal outfit.
WALL London is also presenting knitwear pieces made from individually handpainted yarns such as our Handpainted Cardigan, oversized and created in 100% Andean Highland wool.
“I never wanted to look young, I wanted to look great!" - Joyce Carpati
One of seven glamorous women over the age of 60 to feature in the new sartorial documentary, Advanced Style.
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“In my mind, the perfect winter scarf has to be lightweight, not woolly. Simple as opposed to overly fussy, but with big, bold, bright patterns. Tassles and trims are out. Silky smooth, elegant mannish designs are in,” says Alyson Walsh, luxury fashion blogger from the FT’s How To Spend It.
And WALL London couldn’t agree more. For Spring 2014, we have made a lightweight, modal scarf which is the perfect accent to any outfit. In two fabulously sunny shades, they are sure to brighten up the greyest of days.
You can drag a scarf around with you almost everywhere: bundled in a bag for a quick outfit-change. Believe us, a simple scarf will be your most hardworking item this spring: around the neck or over the head; as a shawl, a belt, or a handbag accessory.
Here are some of our favourite scarf-wearing ladies:
And watch our video from 2012 about how to tie your scarf (proving that scarves are a timeless style investment)
How to Wear Scarves the WALL Way (Winter 2012): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbKlA45cvmA
How do you wear yours?
WALL London’s new spring 2014 collection incorporates traditional Japanese pleating techniques in various ways - transforming two-dimensional material into a sculptural form.
Drawing inspiration from the East, the techniques involve twisting, tying, crumpling, stitching or folding fabric- much like Issey Miyake's innovative pleated clothing.
Issey Miyake launched ‘Pleats Please Issey Miyake’ as a stand alone brand in 1993. “Made from single pieces of high quality 100% polyester fabric, the innovation behind Pleats Please is that the clothes are first cut and sewn together two-and-a-half to three times larger than the finished garments,” explains the Victoria and Albert museum, who featured Issey Miyake’s Pleats Please collection as part of their ‘Fashion in Motion’ exhibition. “Individual pieces are hand-fed into a heat press sandwiched between two sheets of paper. The garment then emerges with permanent pleats. This industrial process allows both texture and form to be created at the same time. Vertical, horizontal and zig-zag pleating is used to create varying effects and architectural shapes.” The idea of using a singular piece of cloth is much like the kimono. This pleating technique is slow – it takes time. There is a great diversity of techniques which have been developed and the knowledge required to execute them is huge, and considering how hard it is to find an exact era of origin – has been around forever!
WALL London has followed suit by showing off our origami skills. We have created designs out of light, flexible and permanently pleated fabric like our Accordion Pleated Shirt – a semi-sheer day-to-night outfit solution.
Japanese pleated “clothes are very functional and practical; the garments store easily, travel well, require no ironing and can be machine-washed and dried within minutes. Shapes are simple, colours diverse,” adds the V&A.
Such as our Japanese Pleated Dress - a dress with a difference. Gentle Japanese pleats create an amazingly soft architecture around the body. Draped from the shoulders for a flattering look. This touch of the orient makes this otherwise simple dress a stand out piece. And our stunningly simple Crushed Coat Dress is perfect for on-the-go occasionwear. Throw it into your bag and pop it on when you arrive - the more creases the better!
WALL London Design Director, Judith Balcazar, adds: “These pleated pieces are stunning, pushing both the tradition and evolution of design. They are wardrobe pieces that stay in fashion, pack like a dream (you could put an entire wardrobe of them in a handbag!) and last forever. I love them!”
Pleats are a huge trend once more for Spring/Summer 2014, with Proenza Schouler, Chanel and Missoni (to name but a few) all going into the fold. Partner pleats with classic accessories, such as unfussy slim leg trousers and elegant heels, for a balanced look.
How do you wear pleats? Tell us below.
Famous the world over, Michele jeans caught our eye for their 'magic' fit technology – they flatten your stomach, make your hips look slimmer and shape your bottom.
We never normally stock other brands but, believe us – these jeans are too good to pass up!
Aptly named ‘magic’, these Michele jeans are cut to fit and flatter real women's bodies with a little more room and an extra size in the part-elasticated waist. Made with a special cross-stitched front panel in a two-way stretch fabric, they pull you in and lift you up in all the right places. Buy a size down to look a dress size smaller - instantly.
These jeans fit like a glove, are comfortable to wear, and hold their shape even after many washes. A confidence-boosting must have this spring!
WALL London's Design Director, Judith Balcazar, always wears Michele jeans: "For me finding my ‘perfect jeans’ was like hunting for a new hairdresser – tricky, time consuming and a disaster if you get it wrong. My first love affair with jeans was a pair of Fiorelli jeans I bought about 100 years ago and felt utterly sexy and and comfortable every time I wore them. Great jeans will keep you faithful to them for years. That is exactly how I felt about "Michele Magic" jeans when I first discovered them in a small shop in Marlyebone Road and they became an instant love affair. They really are magic; the waist sits were it should, the fabric hugs the hips, slims the stomach and lifts the bottom in all the right places. I just had to let all my wonderful customers know about them. If you have never tried them you are in for a great treat. Remember to order a size down from your usual size!"
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OUR BRAND NEW SPRING 2014 COLLECTION HAS JUST LANDED!
Shop the NEW collection here.
Refresh your wardrobe with some fantastic new spring colours! A sea of blues, vibrant yellow hues and a spectrum of pinks and purples…
Here are some of our new favourites:
What pieces do you love? Tell us below.