River Island Holloway Road AW13
River Island’s heritage-orientated Holloway Road line has returned for autumn/winter 2013 with a range that takes a core of workwear staples and builds upon it with a selection of tailored pieces, for a rugged yet sartorially savvy look.
The foundation of the collection is built upon casual wear: simple t-shirts, heavy boots and distressed jeans form a basic Americana-inspired look with a vintage spin, largely thanks to the use of heavy textures. This aesthetic is accentuated with rugged outerwear, such as denim jackets and hoodies, which strike a balance between staple and statement. Printed casual shirts add a fashionable element, and can either be utilised as standalone items or layered with other pieces for the colder months.
The range builds on top of this casual backdrop by integrating tailored pieces that add an element of deliberate style to the collection. Shirts as well as accessories such as braces, ties and pocket squares break up the casual feel and contrast with the worn textures for a striking look.
However, it is the outerwear that steals the show: a double-breasted coat in navy with contrasting herringbone sleeves is sure to catch the eye whilst hitting the perfect balance between smart and casual – making it a surprisingly versatile piece. Likewise, a coat in brown herringbone will add a heritage element to almost any ensemble.
This heritage appeal is further drawn out by the broad range of fabrics on display. Tweeds, wools and canvas allow for heavily textured outfit builds, whilst a rich palette of navy and burgundy gives these otherwise practical fabrics a luxurious edge that complements the tailored elements of the collection.
Overall, River Island’s Holloway Road collection draws on a wide range of influences to combine smart and casual pieces for a look that is at once rugged and luxurious. You can shop the collection in store and online at River Island.