Next up on our menu of FW11 trend reports is Heritage- think blue-blood, aristocracy, crumbling stately homes and wholesome country pursuits. This trend encompasses a lady in two very different, but equally glamorous and elegant guises. In the first, she is hunting, riding and shooting thus requiring riding coats with practical elbow patches, a warm polo neck and some jodhpurs. When the horses are stabled and the guns stored, the skirts come out, but are still tweed-centric, and the addition of a decorative silk shirt transforms the gutsy equestrian to Lady of the Manor. This is our muse.
|Celine's riding inspired opening look for FW11(Image from catwalking.com)|
|Margaret Howell FW11|
Two women who sum up this trend are Wallis Simpson and The Queen (we are very sorry Your Majesty, to mention your name in the same sentence as a woman's we can imagine you are not mad keen on but fashion needs must). The Queen is the ultimate country pursuits poster lady, always resplendant in custom made riding jacket and neatly knotted silk scarf. Even at 85, recent pictures show she is still able to pull off this look with aplomb.
|A young Princess Elizabeth riding with her sister, Princess Margaret (Image from telegraph..co.uk)|
|Softened with a silk scarf. A lesson for Ronald Reagan from The Queen (Image from wikipedia)|
|Wallis with Edward. Her suit is ladylike AND tweedy (Image from englishtap.com)|
|Lady of the Manor does evening in Dior and Cartier (Image from www.fashionista.com)|
|Andrea Riseborough wears a brilliant Dior twist on tweed (Image from www.fashionista.com)|
|Dashing (Image from www.fashionista.com)|
|A careful concoction of tweed, elegance and modernity at YSL (Image from catwalking.com)|
|Gucci. Perfect for Afternoon Tea. The stole adds glamour and keeps you warm in blustery big houses! (Image from catwalking.com)|
|Tweed, deconstructed. Modern day Girl of the Manor at Erdem (Image from catwalking.com)|
|Mulberry make it modern with crinkly socks and long hair (catwalking.com)|
|Celine's Pre-Fall collection pre-empts this trend. The trench is a good transition alternative to full on tweed (Image from style.com)|
|Celine makes riding the tube as elegant as riding a stallion. (Image from style.com)|
Now, do it yourself. As we have previously said, don't take these things too literally otherwise you may end up looking like a walking anachronism. That said, I have been fantasising about my own riding coat from Savile Row and some custom made riding boots. Equestrians and Ladies of the Manor alike are all well catered for. Here is our curation of what's available NOW.
|Fedora £55 from Reiss|
|Skirt £170 D&G at Net-A-Porter|
|Shirt £270 See by Chloe at Net-a-Porter|
|Riding Pants £64 American Apparel|
|Elbow Patch blazer ASOS £65|
|Chelsea boots £62 Topshop|
|Pretty, pretty dress £175 Whistles|