British textile manufacture has many stories of local excellence and exquisite craftmanship like Firehorse. This female-founded reality is based in Macclesfield, where silk production has been spanning for over four centuries. The location is a foretaste of pure luxury made in Britain.

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Couture designer Farhad Re amazes us once again with pieces from his Spring-Summer 2021 collection as a canvas, a mirror of his moods.

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Thursday, 22 April 2021 10:13

Thrifting: an eco approach to AW21 trends

Autumn/Winter 2021 fashion trends have landed, bringing some much-needed fresh air to our wardrobes after a year of pandemic outfits. We’ve all been there over the last twelve months: trendy tops over tedious PJ bottoms and joggers. Luckily, the best of this season’s catwalks lend themselves perfectly to thrifting, meaning massive savings and a sustainable approach to fashion. Below are the best of the cold season’s trends, along with some hints on fool-proof second-hand purchases.

AW21 fashion trends. Photo by Daniel Gold, Unsplash
Photo by Daniel Gold, Unsplash
 

A/W 2021 collections dive into past vibes with an early ‘00s revival, generational trips and a host of bold, chunky textures. After months of budget-cutting, now is the time to quench your thirst for new clothing through thrifting.

 

Time Machine: 2000s Nostalgia And ‘60s Monochrome

Autumn/Winter 2021 catwalks saw GenZ’s nostalgia for the early noughties and commercial fun, and responded with maxi denim jeans, colourful see-thru tops, sparkly accessories and furry collars in pastels hues. We’ve seen a hunger for the revival of the Britney and Christina era, and it’s likely we all have something pop in a remote corner of a closet to dig out and shine in. The result is a thorough spring cleaning from the likes of Blumarine, Anna Sui, Roberto Cavalli and Alyx.
 
'00s-inspired outfits for AW21. Photo by Oswaldo Ibanez, Unsplash
Photo by Oswald Ibànez, Unsplash
 
GenZ and 2000s nostalgia in AW21 outfits. Photo by Fran, Unsplash
Photo by Fran, Unsplash
 
On the other hand, the ‘60s were refreshed with cheeky knee-high boots walking the Tom Ford, Fendi and Blumarine catwalks and full black/white monochrome outfits with sharp, clean, trapezoidal cuts from Versace.
 
'60s revival and white monochrome outfits for AW21. Photo by Reza Delkhosh, Unsplash
Photo by Reza Delkhosh, Unsplash
 

Patchwork Fantasy

S/S 2021 collections saw ethnic prints proliferate on headscarves and big coats. A/W 2021 literally recycles this idea for kaleidoscopic patchworks, with Gabriela Hearst, Chloé, Coach 1941, Simone Rocha reusing leftover fabrics for new maxi coats, dresses, tees and trousers. If your tastes are colourful and baroque, Dolce&Gabbana is on hand with its mélange of Sicilian memories. This trend is surely going to awake the crafter in you, allowing you to kindle your love of vintage and heritage patterns.

Patchwork fantasy trousers for AW21. Photo by Kyle Cleveland, Unsplash
Photo by Kyle Cleveland, Unsplash
 
Patchwork coats for AW21 woman. Photo by Gmello, PixabayPhoto by gmello, Pixabay
 

Comfort Wraps, Resort Dreams

Capes, wraps and ponchos are back (Chloé, Alberta Ferretti, Missoni and Gabriela Hearst). For Missoni, ponchos mean ‘70s palettes and geometries; while Stella Jean took the chance to collaborate with the FAO and Kyrgyz women crafters to create a capsule collection with traditional embroidered felt using sustainable materials.
 
Wrap coat - AW21 fashion trends. Photo by Tamara Bellis, Unsplash Photo by Tamara Bellis, Unsplash

Ponchos and ethnic wraps for AW21 outfit. Pphoto by Murilo Bahia, UnsplashPhoto by Murilo Bahia, Unsplash
 
The mirage of ski resorts reopening inspired in maisons like Miu Miu, Givenchy, Coach 1941 and Chanel dreams of white holidays and fluffy, Alpine outfits, with soft puffers, ski goggles and furry moon boots inviting us to get out, wrap up and stay cosy.
 
Puffers for AW21 outwear. Photo by Alexandra Tran, UnsplashPhoto by Alexandra Tran, Unsplash

Puffers and snow gear for AW21. Photo by Vladimir Yelizarov, Unsplash
Photo by Vladimir Yelizarow, Unsplash
 

Chunky Textures And Furry Hugs

The fil rouge of this A/W 2021 is a comfort that can be seen and touched in chunky textured knitwear. Bold cable knitwork defines XL sweaters, maxi dresses, tops and trousers in a neutral and comforting palette in designs by Altuzarra, Gabriela Hearst, Chloé and Italian Miu Miu. The same softness can be experienced with maxi furry coats and jackets in eco-friendly leopard prints, brown hues and shades of arctic white (Givenchy).
 
Knitwear and chunky knitwork texture for AW21. Photo by Olga Kozachenko, Unsplash Photo by Olga Kozachenko, Unsplash 

Knitwear and chunky knitwork for AW21. Photo by perchek_industrie, UnsplashPhoto by Perchek Industrie, Unsplash
 
Faux fur coats, AW21 fashion trends. Photo by Romane Gautun, Unsplash
Photo by Romane Gautun, Unsplash
 
Furry textures for AW21 coats. Photo by Nicole De Khors, Burst by Shopify
Photo by Nicole De Khors, Burst by Shopify 
 

All-over Logos And Cascade Of Pleats

Covering creations with one’s own logo is too strong a temptation, at least for Versace, Fendi and many others. For some, the signature ends up covering the whole fabric as micro patterns; for Valentino it becomes a timeless geometric decoration; for Givenchy a translucent hint over a sheer curtain; and for Marine Serre a copied & pasted motif from head to… shoes.

This season, skirts and trousers are maxi and floating in satin fabrics to exalt the beauty of infinite pleats, checks or tartan (Max Mara, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Jil Sander, Plan C).

Micro patterns and all-over logo for AW21. Photo by Hermes Rivera, UnsplashPhoto by Hermes Rivers, Unsplash
 
Pleated and textured skirts for AW21. Photo by Sarah Pflug, Burst by Shopify 
Photo by Sarah Pflug, Burst by Shopify 
 

Saturate Or Shine Bright!

If it’s true that fur and knitted texture are a match made-in-heaven with muted hues, shiny and saturated tones have ample space in winter collections. It must be bold and with character for Versace, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo and Balmain’s wardrobe; silvery and flamboyant for Moschino and Paco Rabanne; and leather in all of its declinations – liquid, rubber matte, natural – for Hermés and Simone Rocha.
 
Saturated colour palette for AW21 outfits. Photo by Roland Denes, UnsplashPhoto by Roland Denes, Unsplash

Sparkles and face masks in AW21 catwalks and trends. Photo by Andreas Weiss, UnsplashPhoto by Andreas Weiss, Unsplash

Metallic texture and shiny fabrics in AW21 fashion trends. Photo by Corina Rainer, Unsplash
Photo by Corina Rainer, Unsplash

Holo and shiny outfit for AW21. Photo by Ahadi Lulerhe, Unsplash
Photo by Ahai Lulerhe, Unsplash
 
Total black and leather outfits for AW21. Photo by Good Faces, Unsplash Photo by Good Faces, Unsplash
 
All textures of leather - AW21 trends. Photo by Hamed Picsart, Unsplash Photo by Hamed picsart, Unsplash
 
A/W 2021 answers the urge to go out and socialise but also gives a chance to recycle and reduce both waste and expenses. Go thrifting: set a budget with some spare cash and plan ahead your purchases. At Fashions Finest, we love exploring outfit combinations starting from what we already have. Once at the store, we go without fail and zero impulse buys.
 
Patchworks can be homemade with outdated clothes; maxi knitwear and ‘70s capes are easy targets in second-hand stores. Loud 2000s outfits are surely somewhere just out of sight and may need just a little brushing up. Maisons love virtual thrifting when repurposing past trends, and, with a little imagination, you can too.
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When you think of business casual, what comes to mind? For some, the image of trouser-suits, neckties, skirts, and heels comes to the forefront. Others might picture more relaxed attire that doesn’t feel so “formal” and stuffy.

The reason people think differently about what business casual looks like is because it’s been a major “grey area” for years.

Up until the 1990s, suits and ties were considered traditional in an office setting. When a new generation came into the business world, they brought with them a more relaxed sense of style. While it hasn’t completely erased the suit and tie generation, it’s clear that there is more focus on the “casual” today than there was in the past.

Some of the most famous names in the world of business and industry have adopted an affection for casual attire, from Mark Zuckerburg to the late Steve Jobs. Richard Branson’s company doesn’t even have a dress code, and instead, uses a casual work environment as a way to boost productivity.

The definition of business casual is constantly changing, and that will likely continue. So, what does it look like today? What is acceptable to wear to work, and why are certain trends currently in style?

Creating a Casual Environment

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Photo by Kim Cruz, Pexels

One of the reasons business casual is starting to focus more on the “casual” side of things is the current work environment across the globe. Again, some of the biggest names in business focus on casual attire to create a more positive, relaxed work environment for themselves and their employees. The benefits of a happier, more relaxed workplace include:
  • More motivated employees
  • Better attitudes
  • Reduced stress
  • Increased productivity
  • Supportive employees
  • Boosted creativity

Casual attire is becoming even more prominent in the startup industry. If you choose to further your education to get an MBA and build your own business, you’ll quickly see that. You’ll also get to decide on the kind of environment you want your business to build its foundation upon. With the benefits of casual attire, this decision may be crucial.

Work environments, in general, have also seen a change. Most recently, the gig economy and remote working have both seen a huge boost. This is due, in part, to the COVID-19 pandemic. On the other hand, remote working was becoming more popular even before the pandemic hit. When people can work from home or their favourite cafe, they can dress in whatever makes them feel comfortable. As a result, they’re bound to get more done wearing their favourite shirt instead of a suit and tie. It’s one less thing they have to think about, so they can focus on their job, rather than being uncomfortable and stuffy.

What Are the Current Trends?

Although many workers today prefer casualty, it doesn’t mean that all offices consist of employees wearing t-shirts and blue jeans. The basics of business casual attire today include a jumper, chinos, and an optional shirt and tie for men. For women, the norm tends to be a blouse, dress slacks, and close-toed shoes. The current trend is for things to fit snugly, but not too tightly. Needless to say, the shoulder pads and boxy looks of the ’80s are long gone.

What should you do, though, when the dress code is super casual, or there isn’t a dress code at all? Don’t assume that it’s an excuse to wear dirty, ragged clothes to work every day. You can still look your best and feel your best while maintaining a sense of professionalism. There are some basic rules to follow that usually work for everyone, including:

  • Wear what makes you feel confident
  • Tie your look together with a few accessories
  • Choose shoes that aren’t dirty, even if they aren’t dress shoes
  • Have fun with prints and patterns
  • Consider any first impressions you might have to make

Even if you’re working remotely, you’re going to feel better about yourself and your workday if you take the time to really “get dressed” in the morning, rather than spending the day in gym clothes or whatever you may have slept in. It’s still important to take pride in what you wear so you can feel confident and motivated, no matter what the current trends are.

Where Fashion Meets the Future

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One current business casual trend that is impossible to ignore is sustainable fashion. It’s not just becoming popular in the business world, of course. Sustainable fashion is something prominent on the minds of consumers, considering 13 million tons of textile waste is produced across the globe each year. Even some fashion designers are starting to adapt their designs and creations to become a part of the sustainability movement.

You can’t ignore the fact that sustainability has caused a shift in what people look for in business casual attire. Thankfully, since sustainable fashion is becoming so popular, it’s easier than you might think to jump on board, by shopping at second hand shops or recycling your clothing in other ways. You can also shop with companies that are dedicated to sustainability, including wrapping things together with ethical jewellery that betters the planet and positively impacts human rights, all at once.

Once again, current business casual fashion trends reflect the state the world is in. From the popularity of remote working to concerns about the environment, current workplace fashion is an accurate depiction of where we are as a society — constantly evolving and changing along with the people.

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Vintage shopping is the secret to getting one-of-a-kind items. These dainty pieces are often designer, at a much cheaper price. In today’s age, fortunately, it is nice to be a vintage admirer. 

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Thursday, 01 April 2021 11:07

Isle of Green A New Sustainable Brand

New sustainable clothing brand, Isle of Green, teams up with children’s charity Barnardo’s.

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As well as buying high-quality fashion and accessories, making sure that you are in style; one thing that has become more and more important is sustainability.

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Ideas for Gender Fluid Dressing

The face of contemporary fashion is changing. Gender boundaries are increasingly viewed as outdated, and a lot of people – especially Gen Z - are more open to the idea of gender-neutral dressing.

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Monday, 12 October 2020 13:21

Asquith London Shows Us How It's Done!

The Asquith brand prides itself on selling sustainably and ethically made, multi-functional clothing, using eco-fabrics that are designed to last. 

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Wednesday, 23 September 2020 10:01

Nae FW 20/21 Vegan Shoe Collection

Vegan shoe brand nae (no animal exploitation) is a Portuguese shoe brand, born in 2008 and based in Lisbon, Portugal.

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