As we enter the new season, pack away our summer clothes and prepare ourselves for the inevitable wardrobe change, we’ve taken inspiration from some of London’s fashion industry critics to help keep you stylish yet practical and ready to fully embrace the A/W you.
Citizen Femme speaks to four fashion insiders about the pieces on their wish lists, the brands they reach for season after season and the items they’ll be re-wearing this Autumn.
Gemma Louise Deeks, Contributing Fashion Editor at Citizen Femme
Citizen Femme’s Gemma Louise Deeks has spent 10 years as a fashion editor and stylist and has her finger on the pulse of the most covetable brands to invest in.
Which brands do you typically reach for every autumn/winter season and why?
COS always has amazing knitwear and affordable options for cashmere – they can do no wrong in my eyes! Toteme is one of my favourite brands and I always look to buy an investment piece from them, regardless of the season. Their coats and jackets are timeless. The last few seasons I’ve invested in a new Saint Laurent bag, as I know it’s a piece I will love forever. The Le 5 à 7 leather shoulder bag is my favourite bag for city living.
Are there any trends that you will be buying into?
’90s minimalism is a trend that aligns with me personally. I love simple silk slip dresses and will layer them with over-the-knee boots and a chunky sweater this September. Leather was also heavily seen on the runways and I’ve just bought an amazing COS leather jacket that was sold out everywhere but I managed to find it brand new on Vinted a great platform for sourcing items that are hard to find. I’m currently obsessed with cropped Bouclé jackets so will definitely be investing in a classic style this season.
Do you have a typical autumn/winter style?
My personal style is quite minimal, so I lean towards good denim, chunky knitwear in neutral colours and a beautifully tailored trench coat. This season I’ll be swapping loafers for ballet flats and carrying a smooth leather bucket bag from DeMellier.
Which pieces from your own wardrobe will you be re-wearing this season?
I have a few Bouguessa coats from my time working with the brand, which are forever pieces that I will love for years. I love my black turtleneck bodysuits from Commando that come out every autumn; they are staple items that go with everything and work for any occasion. I’ll wear these under my Nanushka vegan leather trousers, one of the most worn items in my wardrobe. I bought a pair of black knee-high boots last season from Reformation which I’m excited to get out again and wear with skirts and under denim.
What pieces are on your wish list?