Monthly Archives: September 2011

Time to get cosy – A celebration of wool

The fashion world may be firmly focussed on spring/summer collections at London Fashion week, but outside it’s getting chilly and conkers are dropping from the trees.

This means it’s time to get back into the black tights and start digging out the winter knits and coats. I love Autumn time fashion – it’s so much more interesting than summer dresses and nothing beats a soft, cashmere jumper teamed with a favourite scarf and kick-about boots.

In the spirit of getting cosy, I went to the Wool Modern exhibition yesterday. Just as I entered the building, there was a huge downpour of distinctly Autumnal rain – the perfect backdrop for browsing some gorgeous woollen creations.

It’s only a small exhibition but the pieces on display are perfectly formed. The exhibition is part of the Campaign For Wool, spearheaded by the Prince of Wales to highlight the importance of wool and to try to reverse the decline in the number of wool farmers. This is occurring due to factors such as an overall decline in sheep in wool-producing countries and falling prices for wool.

The idea of Wool Modern is to show just how versatile wool is as a fabric, and to inspire the next generation of talent to embrace wool in their own work.

My favourites included:

A dramatic, printed coat by Erdem, called the Savannah (excuse the terrible i-phone picture but hopefully you get the idea).

Erdem Savannah Coat

A beautiful Alexander McQueen evening dress, embellished with gold and inspired by military uniform.

Alexander McQueen evening dress

And finally a woollen and leather jacket, with over-the-elbow gloves, by Rick Owens.

Rick Owens jacket

The exhibition continues until 29th Sept and is at La Galleria, Pall Mall.