Last week I went along to Hobbs' AW13 press day, which took place in an elegant townhouse just off Soho Squarethat had been filled with spring flowers for the occasion. Just look...
The terrible thing about press days is, if they're good, they tempt you with all this lovely stuff which a) you won't be able to buy for at least four months and b) makes you wish away the season that has barely begun. In this case, I now couldn't care less about fresh spring days and balmy summer nights - I want to be swishing around in a camel-coloured knee-length circle skirt and navy polo neck IMMEDIATELY. Oh dear.
Anyway, I don't want to spoil anyone's excited-about-summer-coming buzz, so I'll just take you on a brief canter through my favourite pieces from the collection, which you can bookmark and return to come September when you're ready to shop for autumn.
When I think about my wardrobe and what I need to buy to fill the gaps, I find it helps to think about a stylish dame for inspiration. In the summer it's often someone cool and classic like Audrey Hepburn or Megan Draper - you can't beat cropped trousers and a Breton top with ballet flats for a no-brainer spring day outfit (I've pretty much been wearing this for the past two weeks solidly).
Come autumn, I jump forward from the '50s and '60s to a less gamine, more grown-up look - like Meryl Streep's in Kramer vs Kramer with just a dash of Diane Keaton in Manhattan. Whether this actually comes to pass in reality is quite another matter, but I always think it's good to have something to aspire to, right?
In my mind this translates as lots of mid-calf-length skirts and dresses, worn with leather boots and roll neck sweaters in a palette of navy, camel, mustard and burgundy. Beautiful, classic coats with a masculine cut in navy or camel cashmere, plus plain leather satchel-style bags are also essential (in my fantasy AW wardrobe at least.) The odd bit of William Morris-style tapestry print is also desirable.
I would happily welcome either of these lovely coats into my closet. Obviously coats are a major purchase but I grit my teeth and buy a new one every two to three years, then have the ones I already own dry cleaned so I've always got a smart option to throw over whatever rubbish I happen to be wearing (lazy girl style tip.)
Hobbs seemed to have taken all my seasonal requirements and produced a collection that ticked all my boxes, plus added a few more elements into the mix that I didn't even know I wanted, but now desperately desire. Stupid summer, why can't it be over already?* Look at these fab Sarah Lund-esque chunky knits...
Spring/summer's hottest shoe-shade, white, is still in for autumn/winter it seems if these Celine-esque pumps are anything to go buy. I'm also in love with the nut-brown Mary Janes (I suspect they would probably change my life - that's not putting too much pressure on a pair of shoes, is it?) and leopard courts too.
Lovely pumpkin-coloured satchel with a jazzy tassel - just the thing to brighten up that quietly luxurious navy coat I'm coveting...
And look who I found rummaging through the rails - Siam!
I love all this stuff and that '70s look so beautifully worn by Diane and Meryl because it's quite covered up, almost conservative, but no less elegant or glamorous for that. Opulent fabrics and deep, rich shades make for an understated style that I can dream about, if not quite achieve.
Which is your favourite season, fashion-wise? Do you love feeling the sun on your bare skin and walking around in sandals, or do you like nothing better than bundling up in scarves and cosy sweaters and stomping through piles of leaves (watch out for the dog poo!) in shiny new boots?