Maybe it is an unforeseen, collateral benefit of the pandemic, or perhaps the rise and rise of young environmentalists, but the demand for clothes and accessories with legacy has never been greater. The big September issues of the great fashion magazines are full of heritage chic from tweed skirts to elegant, quilted wool jackets. Even the classic, equine scarfs as worn by an unexpected fashion leader, HM the Queen, are front and centre of a new, style surge from key fashion influencers.
I guess what we want right now is fashion with long-term appeal; stylish items for our closet that will – cared for with diligence – stand the test of time. Think back to that iconic picture of Grace Kelly leaving a New York restaurant with Prince Rainier shortly before their wedding, wearing an elegant coat, silk scarf and oversized Kelly bag. There is not one element of this image which would have been out of place on the Fall runways and could not be worn successfully outside of the hallowed halls of haute couture.
And, of course, not forgetting my favoured cashmere, a timeless classic with appeal to each generation a ‘must have’ wardrobe accessory!