Have you noticed all the drops of Autumn/Winter clothing hitting your local boutiques and stores? Yeah, it’s good hey. The weather is cooler, afternoons get dark sooner and layering is how I get dressed everyday…even my boots are having outings.Well guess what? Online boutiques are prepping, preening, photographing, finalising look books and hey presto…launching their AW/15 collections too!
It’s no secret that Kerry and Angelo from Harlow are two of my favourite people in the biz, Adelaide folk made good running their label from the fashion capital of Melbourne. I’ve taken you inside their studio in the past (read here) and tonight I’m giving you a peek at the new collection.
Harlow is a label for women sized 12-24, it’s edgy, sassy and a bit rock chic but if you don’t see yourself that way don’t worry. In my experience Harlow is a whole lot more, it’s well designed, beautifully cut and exquisitely made Aussie fashion that you can work into many looks. Yes it transcends age and size and can be worn simply and classically or you can amp it up, up, up and rock the heck outa it.
So what’s new? Well there’s still a whole lotta black because it’s their signature and as Kerry says “find me a darker colour than black and I’ll stop wearing it”…what can I say the lady loves it and so do loads of you. This season sees a peppering of mulled wine and smokey charcoal grey with winter white, indigo denim, cobalt blue and roaring reds…phoar, feels like winter!
I have 2 words-’Sweater Dress’. I’ve seen the pics and I can’t wait to get my hands on one. It has me weak at the knees because I know it’s going to be comfy (sooo comfy), versatile, easy for travel and a whole lot of fun. I can totally see it with my white leather hi top sneakers or my long black leather boots…can’t you?
There’s also the ‘Heartbreaker Knot Dress’ which has the most gorgeous fluid drape and tulip hemline. Long sleeves and a sexy neckline mean this beauty will carry you through to an evening out, just add some of Harlow’s new jewellery and their ‘Set Me On Fire Cardi’ (which is really a dress) and you are good to go. Yes you read right, a dress that turns into a cardi with stunning pleather shoulder detail…swoon.
Ok let’s back up a bit…Harlow have answered your calls and they are now dipping their toe into accessories! There’s adjustable rings, necklaces, scarves and a tie belt to complete your ‘Harlow look’. Sometimes it’s the little things that make a big difference and I for one am pleased to see some accessories in the collection, it just makes putting together an outfit super easy. I also like the small (big) details like pleather trims, twists, curved hemlines and multi-function pieces.
The ‘Wet n Wild’ skirt and “Scuba” legging are back this winter and so is the ‘Moto Pant’, all team perfectly with a signature Harlow ‘High Low Top’ for a polished easy look. Then it’s up to you…build on the look with ankle/ long boots, loafers or street sneakers. Add jewellery, scarves, a hat or beanie, maybe even some fingerless gloves. Then grab your favourite bag or clutch and get your swagger on.
Aren’t these pics amazing? I totally want a fringe now.
That’s the beauty of having good quality buildable pieces, you can dress them up and down making them work hard for you. Sure the price tag is ‘up there’ and you might have to save for your special piece but remember these are Aussie designed and made and limited edition. The fabrics are tested and the designs are put through their paces to make sure they will work and stand the test of time.
Build your wardrobe a little at a time mixing pieces in with what you own and add a few ‘show pony pieces’ each season, good quality clothing lasts and that’s what you’ll have if you invest in some Harlow.
Winter just got a whole lot more exciting because…’sweater dress’!!
Til next time,