Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Break Out In A Sweat

Balenciaga paves the way with the return of the sweatshirt , above, simple yet effective in plain royal blue by Acne .  

Garance in grey signature sweattop by Garance Dore for Kate Spade

It's that tricky time of the year once again when the shops are full of new & exciting autumn styles, yet outside it's still too warm for the woolly knits and fab coats available for the coming season, and where summer styles seem a little too flimsy for when the night time chill sets in. This month on The Style Eye we are outlining Trans looks, the ones that bridge the fashion gap from late summer to mid autumn. First up, this season we welcome the return of The Sweatshirt. Not only is this sporty staple an on trend item, (Balenciaga featured luxed-up versions for their A/W 12 presentation) they are also the right weight where a shirt is too fine and a knit to heavy for early autumn days. Garance Dore, the photographer, illustrator and blogger du jour has collaborated on a capsule collection for autumn with New York designer, Kate Spade. The result is an edited version of simple separates illustrated in Garance's recognisable hand. The stand-out piece is an easy wear grey scoop neck sweatshirt inscribed 'Joie de Vivre' on the front.  Sweatshirts also make a great alternative to the intarsia knit trend, which will work better once Christmas rolls around - so for now, wear a simple jersey sweatshirt with a bold choker to give interest and balance the sporty element to the garment. Matched with a new season metallic pencil skirt and summer's leather wedge sandals and quirky socks, it makes for a perfect cool meets casual daytime look for this time of year.  

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