Just when we thought we couldn't possibly find an excuse to fall in love with Marilyn Moore all over again, she goes and ramps up the fit. With dresses cinching, pleating and draping in even more of the right places (we didn't think it possible), little jackets cut to perfection and the softest cashmere cable knit cardis hugging at the waist.
This season Just in Case gets edited down to its very essence. A tiny, neat collection that could be straight out of Cecil Beaton's scrapbook. Three full skirts, two classic cardis, one wool dress and the plushiest coat we ever did see. All the right balance of 30s print, monochrome, glorious florals, digital photography and dreamy colors. All the signature stuff we've come to love.
Sigh. It's time to hoik out the hoisery. Not that we really mind. No endless hitching and general discomfort here. Just Wolford, the finest hoisery going, as endorsed by Lucy who has roadtested a lot of tights through the seasons and converted us all into Wolford wearers. The perfectly fitting Velvet 50 is our staple winter black but such is our new found love of hoisery you're likely to see us stepping out this season in spots and a Vivienne Westwood-esque check, not to mention metallic and hot pink numbers.
A trio of classic coats heads up our small but perfectly co-ordinated collection from Paul Smith this season. A rather majestic maritime inspired double breasted wool overcoat takes centre stage, flanked by two distinguished tweed blazers in navy and grey. Remove the outerwear and you'll find the rest equally as well dressed; here are the consistently excellent shirts - florals, checks and stripes - and Rob's standout piece - a heavy grey mohair knit to see off the winter chill in style.
As many of you well know, our Rob is a shoes man. So when he started working at The Hambledon, it wasn't long before we were stocking Tricker's, the shoemaker responsible for the very finest shoes a man can buy in the land. Three years and many a happy Tricker-clad customer later, the time had come to get serious.
So, back in Spring, Rob and Rich took a trip to the company's historic Northampton factory to commit some exclusive Hambledon designs to leather in our first ever footwear collaboration, a matter of huge excitement not least for Rob, who as you can imagine was in seventh heaven.
The result is two unique takes on tried and tested styles. The Superboot is an adaption of the classic Burford style in a rich chestnut Nastor calf leather. They kept the welt and midsole in natural leather and soled the boot in a durable Dainite rubber unit. The boot is finished with brass eyelets and the choice of two sets of laces.
Next up is the Supershoe, based on the classic Woodstock. For this, Rob and Rich chose a burnished coffee calf which is at its best when polished black, giving a fantastic finish over time. They stuck with the original by going for a double leather sole but made it a natural shade to give a rich contrast with the upper. As with the boot, the shoe comes with the choice of two sets of laces plus the all important tin of black polish. And let's not forget our favourite bit, The Hambledon stamped smartly in gold on the leather lining.
We could talk about Breathless, a lovely low rise velvet skinny in rose and cement. Or perhaps we should mention the beautiful silk seafoam print top and tails shirt. Or the classic surfer check shirt. All mint green, putty and blush pink, softening the move into winter. But no, what we're really busting to tell you about is one, single, truly special, slightly mad silver leather jacket that's sitting all by itself up on the womenswear rails. It's a little bit Bowie, a little bit Erté, but really you just need to see it to know why we had to. Sorry.
The latest from Baum und Pferdgarten arrives just as Victoria and Lucy return from Copenhagen mightily inspired by the beautiful girls from the Baum show pedalling off in their fabulous outfits. And that's the great thing about this collection. It's a bit rock and roll but you can still get on your bike. There's some petit pieces and some outsize pieces, all oozing the same style and wearability. We're particularly loving the cool colours against the warm textures. Slate blues with highlights of putty pink and acid lime. You'll need to pedal fast.
If you can't quit remember which winter knit you relied on before you discovered Goat's trusty Olive Knit Jacket, you'll be relieved to know it's here again. In classic navy, natural and grey. Perfect for throwing on over almost anything for instant warmth and style. Lucy's loving this season's super luxe buttons.
Never one to shy away from a bold print or heavy texture, Paul & Joe Sister return with tweed, brocade and paisley working their way into another collection of gorgeous dresses, blouses and coats. It's elegant and grown up, girly and romantic all at once. Heaven in a big girl's dressing up box.
And it really is as straightforward as that. Sticking to what they do best, Norse Projects deliver more of the stuff we love for AW12. Preppy sportswear meets high quality basics in a subdued palette of olive, grey and navy.