Hail Britania! – Fashion Inspired by the British Empire
For the Autumn/Winter 2011-12 collection, Creative Director of Jaeger, Stuart Stockdale was inspired by the elegance of the far-reaching British Empire during colonial times. This was evident with the colour pops of paprika, mustard, pepper-red and khaki from the spice markets of Egypt and India constrasting against the British autumnal pallete of camel, tan, navy, slate and black.
Unexpectedly, the starting point and backbone of the collection was the ‘great winter coat’ – with Jaeger having a strong heritage in outerwear the coats are the stand out pieces of the collection. For the outerwear, Stockdale took his inspiration from the depths of the Kensington Palace archives and the legacy of royalty and courtiers it contains. Stockdale took influences from the exquisite detailing and elegance from the archive pieces and brought it up-to-date for the collection.
The outerwear line came in a number of silhouettes, shapes and lengths, including a chestnut mazi coat with oversixed sheep skin lapels and a navy hip length reefer coat with large swooping lapels that curved into the waist. Houndstooth, Prince of Wales check and wool meltons featured in over the knee dresses, skirts and tailoring giving the collection an air of the seventies. A soft femininity was added to the collection in the form of delicate silk chiffon blouses in jewel colours, which were teamed with flowing harem pants and flattering cigarette trousers.
Chunky cable knitwear finished off the stunning collection and was giving a form-flattering shape with slim belts nipping in the waist. So without further ado, we present the Jaeger Autumn/Winter 2011 – 2012 womenswear collection…enjoy!
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