With London Fashion Week on the horizon, the fashion catwalks are already showcasing Spring/Summer 2019 trends. With summer 2018 galloping away, the heatwave is becoming a distant hot memory and the equestrian community are looking to the autumn and winter with their horses.
The fashion business working six months in advance saw couture houses this spring full of autumnal trends that we should be wearing this season. A strong countryside and equestrian theme were shown with leather, capes, and tweed being this seasons must haves giving a nod to British iconic heritage looks. A buck to the winter norm, also saw hot colour in vibrant citrus and neon pinks to give a cure to the winter blues…
Last autumn, the classic trench coat was everyone’s favourite. This season, designers have turned to a practical but softer look for outerwear in the form of the cape. The summer equestrian and countryside show season saw stands full of capes from waxed versions with fur trims to the favourite cashmere with added neon trims to add a modern twist to the traditional. Capes suit all sizes and body shapes and always look stylish. Team your cape with skinny jeans or coloured slim trousers together with a long, suede or leather tassel boot and you will be completely on trend this autumn.
Last year saw the comeback of checked tweed in heritage fabrics worn in jackets, trousers and even long skirts translated to the catwalk. This autumn is no different with British tradition remaining strong with traditional tweed making its presence known with oversized coats to wrap yourself up in this winter. Royal Wedding fever seems to have lingered with the form of Balmoral style silk headscarves matched with a tweed jacket would certainly not look out of place at Burghley or simply taking a walk in the countryside.
In the depths of winter, there is no doubt our sense for wearing colour can dull. This season, however, neon and bright colours are very much shown in our clothing, not only for ourselves but for our horses too. Don’t be afraid to wear colour this winter and make your horse stand out when hacking through the lanes. Colours are a little fruiter this season with oranges, watermelon, lemons and limes making a super contrast against navy, black, grey or beige riding wear or everyday outfit. Hot pinks are also a big trend too, so tack up with some colour this winter and make sure you are making an impact on your rural catwalk!
With leather tassel riding boots to vintage biker jackets, leather is strong on the catwalks. Leather dresses were also a key feature which probably is an impractical look for any horse lover! However, leather accessories from handbags to studded belts were very strong on the autumn runways. A throwback to Dior’s famous “saddlebags” with logo branding was also a feature accessory this season.
Fashion designers have also referenced a nod to the cowboy and western theme with earthy tones, neckerchiefs, fringing, and studs complimenting a variety of looks. The full barn dance look may be too much, but adding one western item to your outfit this autumn will look completely on trend.
Dior celebrated equestrian style earlier this year turning their runway into a Mexican inspired rodeo in France, unveiling its mid season collection. It was a horse riding spectacular amidst driving rain but it showed the wearability and functionality of an equestrian themed wardrobe. This is no surprise to any horse owner, that equestrian style can be practical too. It also shows that the equine theme is strong in fashion and is certainly not leaving the arena anytime soon!
by Samantha Hobden
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