Monday 19 February 2018

Tweed is the fabric of choice

A modern twist on the Chanel suit during Paris Fashion Week. AP/ CHRISTOPHE ENA
A modern twist on the Chanel suit during Paris Fashion Week. AP/ CHRISTOPHE ENA
A model walks the runway during the Chanel Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2011 show during Paris Fashion Week at Grand Palais on October 5, 2010 in Paris, France. *** Local Caption ***
Tweed featured strongly at Oscar de la Renta's SS11 show. Photo: Getty Images

It’s not a fabric often associated with summer, but in the coming months expect to see a flurry of tweed hitting your favourite stores.

Designers couldn’t get enough of the usually heavy-duty material during the Spring/Summer 11 shows, but lucky it was given an edgy, lighter feel.

Chanel offering a modern take on their failsafe short jacket, sending models out in pale versions of the tweed coverall such as cream, pale pink and grey. More interestingly the fashion house created an almost floor-length nude jacket from the cloth, which had frayed edge detailing and looked superb when matched with wedge heels.

Marc Jacobs went for a full-on tweed attack, creating a pale cream trouser suit from the cloth and topping the look off with a huge hat, bandeau bikini top and scarf. Moshchino opted for a matching skirt and jacket look, in either black or white. Although it could have looked heavy, styling the pieces with bare legs and pretty heels gave them a summery vibe.

Oscar de la Renta couldn’t get enough of the material, carving jackets, skirts, dresses and tops from it.

One of the easiest ways to embrace this trend is to invest in a tweed shift dress, which would be perfect for days in the office or summer nights having drinks with friends. Channel Audrey Hepburn and style your pale-coloured frock with an elegant up-do, cinched-in waist via a skinny belt and timeless heels.

If you want an edgier take on the look, try a three-quarter-sleeve tweed jacket paired with skinny denim or leather jeans, huge sunglasses and tonnes of attitude.

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