Aquascutum: Riff off the old block

If anyone can riff on masculine tailoring for women, Aquascutum and its 150 year heritage can. And for Joanna Sykes’ third collection for the label, she threw in sexy too. Because what’s a fluid, beautifully flowing jumpsuit if you can’t show a flash of skin at the back or a peplum hip jutting from your razor-sharp blazer?

Sykes didn’t just want to add sexy to her autumn winter 2012 collection, according to the show notes she wanted danger too. And there was certainly something of the Bond girl to the oxblood leather trench coat and loose biker fastenings on the cuffs of trousers. She does great coat of course: luxey bonded wools with drop shoulders looked rich and heavy (read expensive/lasts a lifetime), and Sykes’ architectural pants and tank combo still manages to be the look that turns everybody’s head even though it’s now a staple.

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It seems the fashion world is pre-occupied with quintessential Englishness this season, and thanks to a terribly British colour scheme of racing green, olive, grey and oxblood, thank goodness the house that should lay claim to the trend does.

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