I have been lucky enough to have a sneak preview of Matalan‘s amazing Autumn/Winter collection, and must admit to being overwhelmingly impressed. This is a collection that truly has something for everyone, from retro princesses to boyish girls, with influences firmly steeped in the 60s and 70s. From the fabulous modern-day style of Alexa Chung and Alice Dellal, to the iconic dressing of Charlotte Rampling and Ali McGraw, Matalan has something to suit every mood and occasion this coming season. Here are some of my key looks from the new collection.
If your style icons are cool and kooky girls like Alexa Chung, Michelle Williams and Chloe Sevigny, then this is the collection for you. Full of dresses that could’ve been found in the wardrobes of Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton, these dresses are beatnik inspired, but with that typical sixties twist. Think films like ‘Here we go round the Mulberry Bush’ for the complete picture.
This is winter dressing at its best. Mismatched prints in tartan, alpine and Aztec patterns, chunky layer upon layer of scarves, jumper and toggle buttoned coats, these are the outfits you will live in when the weather gets colder. Think the punky princess styling of Alice Dellal, and the cool edginess of Billie Piper when she discovered the ‘Walk of Life’. If festivals happened in winter, this is what you’d wear.
Named for the most famous TV play of the 1970s, but you can push all ideas of Alison Steadman from your head, this collection is 70s cool. Strong, block colours, paisley and floral prints, midi skirts and wide leg trousers, this collection takes all the best elements of the 1970s whilst leaving the Kipper ties way behind. Think Faye Dunaway in ‘The eyes of Laura Mars and Ali McGraw in just about anything and you will be seduced by this collection.’
This is a very grown up and sexy collection, that screams strong, independent woman! This is ladylike style with a sexy secretary feel, with pussy bow blouses, pencil skirts and sexy shift dresses that could take you from office to evening with very little bother. Think the 70s sensuality of Charlotte Rampling or the supremely sexy styling of Maggie Gyllenhal in Secretary to get the general picture.
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