Inside the Autumn Winter 18 Collection


This season we honour the lives, work and actions of extraordinary pioneers who have paved the way for change and equality. Influenced by intuitive women like Miriam Makeba, Junko Tabei and Martha Graham, AW18 uses strong personalities from the past, to craft a wardrobe for the modern day woman.

Miriam Makeba

Prints and Colour - Miriam Makeba

An abundance of colour and unapologetic brights, our African Winter line is inspired by South African singer, Miriam Makeba. Embodying her love for florals, retro checks and bold style, our August collection casts a spotlight on exclusive hand-drawn and hand-painted prints, from the Harvest Field and Pretty Pansy to the Florette and African Spot.  Styled in a spectrum of shapes, they are expressed through sheer blouses, tea dresses, 100% silk shirts and flippy mini skirts.

Introducing an eclectic mix of textures and colours for September, we romanticise on floral and botanical motifs. Combining shades of rich violet and rainforest green, our power suits take a modern stand on relaxed tailoring and workwear dressing.  Highlights in craftsmanship include softer florals and abstract shapes that perfectly layer and blend with silk. Try the Ginko Leaf on our delicate scarves or the Petal Geo print in a sophisticated blouse.

Cashmere and Knit - Junko Tabei

Casual but composed, wearable but never dull, our everyday wardrobe calls on fearless Japanese mountain climber, Junko Tabei. We took the peak of cold weather dressing and transformed Tabei’s style into a casual story of sumptuous knits, meringue-like cashmere and chunky wool scarves and hats. New developments in texture gave our team the space for innovation; donegals have vivid coloured flecks and cords are rendered in rich aubergine and navy hues.

Oversized, fitted or cropped. Tucked in, layered or worn out. We go rogue on cardigan dressing. Signature pique cardigans are paired with colourful check minis and a slouchy rib is styled under the Herringbone tweed coat. We celebrate tonal blocking with cashmere brights and pair iconic stripes with contemporary jeans. Labelling our cashmere life collection with traditional Japanese names, the Kyoko, Fuji, Izumi and Suki jumpers are available in a selection of crew neck, boat neck and V-neck styles.

Junko Tabei
Martha Graham

Structure and Silhouette - Martha Graham

Celebrating relaxed femininity, our lead into Christmas is influenced on the riot stance of modern American dancer and choreographer, Martha Graham. Challenging female stereotypes, the team were inspired to create a collection of languid elegance in sensual fabrics; taking different families of garments and fusing them into one.

Our winter calls on a lively collection of rich flowing velvet, pleated lace and handmade jacquards. Collared coats are subject to fun faux fur trimmings and silky velvets replace the standard blazer. Restricted shapes are exchanged for fluid circular culottes and wide leg flare trousers offer a flattering silhouette. Social events are attended in regal tones, with our yellow ruched bodycon dress and deep red devoré top becoming the standout pieces for the party season.

Accessories and Footwear

A nod to western styling, accessories and footwear for AW18 expands to cowboy boots, croc textures and intricate embroidery. Chunky heels, pointed toes and ankle cuts takeover footwear, whilst crossbody bags and compact clutches are crafted from premium leather, suede and artistic resin builds.

Composed of Scottish knits, Italian fabrics and Irish wool, our knitted winter warmers take a retro spin with bright colours, zig zag styling and large pom poms. This season our jewellery features delicate metals and translucent stones, all pared back with highly polished metals and gold or silver plating.

What this means for Autumn Winter

Tonal colour blocking | Sumptuous cashmere | Modern tailoring | Silky velvets | Botanical prints | Shades of saturation | Rich textures | Colour popping separates | Elevated knits | Eclectic mixes | Stripe combinations | Western styling | Statement accessories | Occasionwear dresses | Relaxed femininity | Floral features | Fluid shapes | Faux fur touches | Workwear elegance | Contemporary cords | Heritage fabric | Pleated lace | Tweeds and checks | Mix and match | Retro nods

Author: Katey Bulner

Curious reader, creative writer, travel expat and gin connoisseur. Forever stuck in the romantic jazz era. Jigsaw’s Content Writer.