As the days shorten and NIGHTFALL approaches, explore the international fascination with all things medieval.  Part Knights of the Round Table, part Game of Thrones – extend your armoury of style by taking inspiration from the textures of the middle ages.  Hooded scarves – a post-modern snood – along with chainmail inspired knitwear and bags interpret the trend with feminine style.  Get ready to joust for the trendy wide brim fedora, a fast-favourite on the runway and street, and key look for this season.  The fashion forward woman knows it pays not to be a ‘lady in waiting’ when it comes to a must-have item.

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In apparel, your translation of the trend must not be literal, lest you look like an extra from “A Knight’s Tale” (although we do love promenading to David Bowie’s “Golden Years”).  Try Rick Owens take on monastic dressing with accents of chainmail- cocoon shapes which are twisted, tucked and folded for maximum impact.  Iris Van Herpen’s interpretation of the season is sculptural and other-worldly – a realisation of pretty bespoke armour.  Darkness reigns in the world of Gareth Pugh, nightmarish warrior women with a refined Parisian sensibility stormed the catwalk – all leather corseted waists, cocoon shapes and sharply cut fur. What does this prove? In the game of style, individuality is key.

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Image credits:
Gareth Pugh, Rick Owens, Iris Van Herpen, TrendHunter, TheVerge