This week I had an exciting and last minute opportunity which I will explain more next week but I also headed to the Reiss AW15 press event. As one of my favourite, luxury high street brands I could barely wait and walked into what must have been my most favourite press event yet.
Instead of being left to my own devices, I was personally shown around all of the sections and what they were influenced by which was so informative and felt like you really got to know the inspirations behind the pieces. Throughout the collections there were elements of the classic Reiss staples with a mix of vintage 20's and 80's.
Their classic coats and shapes mean that they haven't lost their luxe edge but with a modern update of lighter fabrics and younger styles and cuts, they're welcoming a whole new audience without sacrificing their loyal customers. The boxy bag was my (and most of the PR ladies) favourite, being a dead ringer for the Aspinal suitcase bag and is officially my favourite bag of the season. Alongside this were their classic camel overcoats, chic two pieces and the cosiest cashmere jumpers that I can't wait to wrap myself up in.
However my favourite room was the very decadent evening wear room. Being a sucker for dresses and all things gold, it was like throwing a magpie into a glitter bath. With so many 20's inspired black and gold accents, flapper dresses with fringing and velvet crops, it was the most beautiful way to emmerse myself in the retro age. Adding in a bit of lace, sequin trousers and my second favourite piece which was the gold brocade dress, you were transported back to a much more glamorous era.
Reiss is synonymous with classic pieces but I love how the usual colours of burgundies and navies, along with bright fun party dresses are making a reappearance for AW15. They have enough staple workwear and casual pieces to juxtapose the jumpsuits and mini dresses perfect for party season.
The mens AW15 range was really exciting: whilst I'm much more of a pretty womenswear kind of girl, their sweet suits and classic roll necks got even me drooling. They had some really exciting collaborations, with some retro inspired gloves with classic leather designer Dents and their classic brogues and boots with Allen Edmonds. And who can resists some 20's gangster moll fedoras with Christy's? These three collaborations with iconic London designers, some originating back to the 1700's only emphasises the heritage of Reiss and it's designs.
Their younger range, Nineteen Seventy One had a gorgeous neoprene jacket and younger luxe sweatpants and paisley shirts. Even I was blown away by their collections which is something for me and I love how they haven't ignored the young yet dapper professional.
I had such a gorgeous time wandering around this modern wonderland and couldn't bear to leave, but I left with a list of things to buy and a promise of champagne and nail treatments downstairs.
Thank you to Reiss and Bonafide Supernova for an amazing evening!