As the Autumn / Winter season truly sets in, I caught up with our lovely designers, Gemma and Pip to discuss what key trends they’ll be sporting this winter.
C: Gemma, are you ready…
G: Fire away.
C: What’s your favourite colour for Autumn/ Winter 2011?
G: I love mustard because I really enjoy a good yellow. Mustard is a lovely answer to the bright yellows of the summer. I have Trinity in mustard which is flattering and will definitely be an integral part of my Autumn Winter wardrobe.
C: What’s getting you excited this Autumn / Winter?
G: I LOVE charity pin badges, I think they make great stocking fillers and the money goes to a good cause. There’s loads of variety and colour – just like our Smedley jumpers!
C: Have you thought about Christmas shopping yet? If so, what’s on your list?
G: We’ll I’ve got my stocking fillers sorted! – Pearl is a fantastic party piece made from soft yarns with a touch of sparkle for a ‘lofty’ handle. The V-front and V-back is sexy and gorgeous for a night out. ..That’s for myself! Other gifting ideas are the ‘fairisle-style’ pattern accessories set, Jardine, Penrose and Alvey which make a gorgeous Christmas present.
Now Pip, talk to me…
C: What is your must-have piece for the winter season?
P: The cape from the Capsule Collection is great for wearing over a long sleeved knit and perfect to throw on and snuggle in to. Black is an absolute classic and so this was my investment piece for the season.
C: What are your favourite colours for Autumn/Winter 2011?
P: I love warm colours, my favourite colour John Smedley has produced this season is Beetroot.
C: What’s your favourite trend for Autumn/Winter 2011?
P: This season is all about mixing patterns, stripes and textures for a preppy look. I love this look when worn with short trousers and brogues and you don’t have to worry about matching because it’s all about the clash! Layering is also a big trend and perfect for the British unpredictable weather!
C: Where did you draw inspiration from for the Capsule Collection?
P: I drew inspiration from the technology of the whole garment machine – I wanted to embrace the fact that you can produce beautiful garments that are technical and stylish. The trench is a great example of a classic style that is completely seamless and truly iconic.
Its a rap!