A little while ago, I was lucky enough to be invited along to Next's AW13 press day, to have a look at their new season fashion and interior collections. Next events are amongst some of my favourites to visit (keep your eyes peeled for a post about their amazing Christmas catwalk show coming soon!) and it's always great to catch up with their press team and friends whilst perusing their latest pieces. Having met up with the lovely Elodie, we made our way to The Vinyl Factory, tucked away just off of Carnaby Street, where we were treated to a sneak preview of what's to come for next season:
For womenswear, Next have well and truly embraced the heavy duty aesthetic- think punk inspired buckle details, hardware and an abundance of atmospheric shades and you're there. Wardrobe staples such as knitwear and denim are imbued with a real rock and roll sensibility thanks to embellishments, statement accessories and androgynous shapes, evoking a grunge feel which is well and truly wearable. Moving across the collection, a heritage feel comes to the fore through tartans, checks and tweeds- perfect for keeping cosy as the weather cools down. For me the real stars of the collection are the tailored pieces, the splashes of monochrome, as well as the footwear and handbags- suffice it to say that I'm already making space in my wardrobe for my favourites.
As ever, Next's new season homeware is super-covetable. Encompassing statement details and stylish accent pieces, their vision of autumnal interiors is cosy, comfortable and practical, with a real 'outdoor-indoor' feel thanks to floral motifs, woodland hues and a real variety of textures. My highlights were the cake stand (of course!), and the gorgeous statement lampshades- ideal for adding a bold finishing touch to a recently decorated space or for instantly lifting any room in the house.
What do you think of the Next AW13 collections?
(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)