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
BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE
Wrap yourself up this Christmas in some of the finest fabrics in the world: Vicuna, Baby Alpaca and ethical Alpaca Fur.
Vicuna, the fibre of the gods
Vicuña: the world’s most expensive cloth. Almost a synonym for “luxury”, this extraordinary fibre is sheared from the coat of the Andean vicuña, whose wool was so prized by the Incas that only royalty were permitted to wear it. Vicuña is the finest woollen yarn capable of being spun…much finer even than cashmere, and is both super-light and wonderfully warm. Its rarity is explained by the fact that each animal is sheared only every two years to produce only 200g of fibre.
Vicuna is known for being soft, light, and strong; consisting of long-lasting, lustrous fibres. The Vicuna produces the finest fibre capable of being spun – measuring just 12 microns in diameter as opposed to the 15 microns of cashmere. Merino wool, by comparison, is 16-18 microns in diameter. An investment piece, each of WALL London’s luxury Vicuna shawls and scarves are numbered and arrives in its own a wooden presentation box.
Amazing Baby Alpaca
The alpaca is a cousin of the Vicuna - they are both a part of the South American camelid family - and lives in the South American Andean region at altitudes as high as 5000 meters where it needs a thick fleece or coat to keep out the cold. Unlike llamas, which were bred as pack animals, alpacas were bred specifically for their coat. Alpaca wool does not contain lanolin, making it hypoallergenic.
Alpaca wool is very soft and silky, and much warmer than sheep’s wool. The inner cores are actually hollow allowing the fibres to be super-soft and warm but also very lightweight. This also adds significantly to their insulating properties. Our luxurious Alpaca Mix Cardigan is perfect for chilly days with its waterfall neckline – it can’t be beaten for comfort!
Ethical Alpaca Fur
Our alpaca fur only ever comes from animals that have died naturally. In Peru, the life of an alpaca can be up to 12 years. As the shaved fur brings in a steady income to farmers, there is little logic in killing an alpaca for its pelt. WALL will never support the killing of animals for their fur.
Boiled wool makes this coat lightweight but warm - it has two practical pockets and fastens with horn buttons. Best of all, the alpaca-trimmed hood is removable - so you can choose how much of a statement you want to make.