River Island Xmas 2013 Collection
It seems to happen earlier every year – the commercial countdown to Christmas. As we edge forward through August and slide ever closer to the official start of autumn, surely it won’t be long before the Coca-Cola truck swerves onto our TV screens and John Lewis unveils this year’s feel-good advert, complete with an acoustic version of a classic pop song.
For those of us concerned with the fashion industry, which typically moves at least one season in advance, this can be an excellent time to start planning outfits and saving up for key pieces that would ordinarily be far out of our price range.
Keen to stay ahead of the game, River Island have released their Christmas 2013 lookbook, showcasing their latest twists on winter classics.
Knitwear, as always, features heavily in the new Christmas collection. Fair Isle, chunky knit cardigans and kitschy jumpers make a welcome return appearance, complete with novelty patterns and slogans aplenty.
Tailoring and formal wear is key within this year’s offering with a bold Brocade dinner jacket, a rich aubergine purple Austin blazer and a charcoal three-piece evening suit giving the collection a classic sartorial edge that is perfect for those of us looking to turn heads at the office Christmas do.
To complement these looks, trinkets and accessories such as a chrome pocket watch and black flower lapel pins help add sharp, dandy-inspired touches to any ensemble, with the accessory collection rounded out wonderfully by practical heavy-duty scarves and satchels.
In the footwear section, British heritage reigns supreme, featuring signature round toe shapes in suedes and patent lethers and low-cut wedge sole shoes.
The River Island Xmas 2013 lookbook is available for viewing now, with pieces going on sale this winter.