This Autumn/Winter 2017 River Island presents their twist on a range of diverse trends which have been edited to give a unique take on the season. Styles can be expressed in different forms, from everyday wardrobe essentials to a luxe party outfit. Asymmetric features shine throughout in metallic and bold colours amongst traditional neutral palettes, whilst accessories take the forefront to become a perfect pairing with hero pieces including shirting, knitwear and elevated outerwear.
80’s Excess is amped-up for the new season. Focusing on exaggerated shoulders and asymmetric lines in a range of lurex, shimmering and patent fabrics, the collection oozes enticement. Dark tones dominate throughout, studded with cobalt blue and hues of orange. Dramatic silhouettes on cocktail dresses pair perfectly with a slouchy boot, yet obtain a glamorous edge. Shoulders are back and bigger than ever; standing out with oversized pads and one-sided frames, whilst bralets draw in attention with volumised bows and heavy embellishment. Earrings are large and over-the-top with a quirky mismatched approach, adding ear cuffs and dangling pearls.
Grunge-cool is taken to new extremes in Harlem. Exuding a hip-hop borrowed-from the-boys vibes, shapes are slouchy and long-line in a palette of denim blues shot with lilacs, ruby reds and vinyl finishes. Inspired by street-wear, key elements include coloured shearling, metallic puffa jackets worn against billowing deconstructed knitwear and retro-feel statement baker boy hats and berets to complete the look.
Waterfall-effect ruffles combine with frills to deliver an update on femininity whilst adding a sense of drama with hints of History Girl. Puff sleeves, heavy gothic lacing and soft edging gently compliment the black on black assemble brought together by oversized earrings and waist cinching belts. Pieces are delicately decorated with dainty florals and pearls for an elegant touch, whilst footwear go big and bold with heavy embellishment on mule and slider styles.
New embodiments for Heritage Luxe include over-sized, anti-fitting tailoring in top-totoe sultry checks, dogtooth print and pinstripes. Deconstruction is still strong for autumn / winter, especially within shirts where wrap-around waists in dual prints are worn with loose fitting jeans matched with a kitten heel to create that off-duty vibe. Trenches are worn with wide-fitted trousers and skirts are split high to enhance allure.
Tone-on-tone dressing is key in Colour Code. Contrasts of textures and variations on a single tonal look by layering cable knits, shearling outerwear and tied together with tall, coloured over-the-knee boots. The spectrum of shades range from sophisticated granite greys, aubergines, red and camel with pops of pink flushing through.
River Island Red knit jumper dress €75, red thigh high boots €114
River Island Maroon coat €113, knit €75, trousers €55, shoes €45
River Island Red bow top €45, blue ribbed skirt €50
River Island Hairband €17, earrings €13, bralet €45, blouse €45, skirt €67
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