Reiss Autumn Winter 12 Collection (Women)

Last week I attended the Press preview of the Reiss autumn winter collection 12/13 in NYC.  Regular Blog Readers will know that I have a huge love for London label Reiss, who for a woman my age and profession tick so many style boxes (modern, classic, well made, often a little edgy….)

The new collection is overall a little more relaxed than previous years.  Inspiration comes from the sporty aesthetic of the 90s and the feminine silhouettes of the 40s – you will find dropped shoulders, oversized outerwear, nipped in waists and pencil midi skirts at Reiss this winter.

With an overarching motif of ‘The Weekend’, several themes are visible. A downtown vibe gives us clean lines and minimal silhouettes – one of my favourite looks within this vein is the leather dress at the top of this blog post.  ‘Heritage’ describes the interesting mix of fabrics and textures Reiss has incorporated into this line: comfy knit sweaters and ‘Sunday best’ tweeds all packaged together with some chic, androgynous styling.

The look top right is another favourite.  The jacket has a gorgeous handkerchief detail hem and I adore the styling here with the belt and the leather driving gloves.

I think we see a little of Carrie Bradshaw in the look immediately above, left, no?

Reiss do evening wear so very well and this collection contains some stunning dresses for Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties.  On the one hand Reiss bring us a series of elegant, fitted, oh so sheer dresses embellished with metallic beadwork, on the other they bring us pared down glamour with a slightly grungy vibe. It’s a nice contrast.

The colour palette for fall 12 is grounded in earthy, woodland tones – green hues and lilacs. There is a romantic infusion of nudes, neutrals and soft blush pinks for the day wear and a fabulous injection of warmer tones (aubergine, paprika) for the evening designs and some outerwear.

I think this is another stunning womenswear collection from Reiss – some of which I am quite sure will form the basis of future outfit posts on my Blog later this year.

Thoughts, Blog Reader? Do you have a favourite style from what you’ve seen here?

All photos: Reiss.