COS is one brand that never disappoints and when I recently attended their Autumn Winter Press Preview I was so impressed with the upcoming collection and am excited to be sharing the details today.When I think of the Swedish brand COS – I generally think tailoring, beautiful detail and a modern aesthetic. And this collection ticks all of those boxes and more.
But first – we have to talk about the location as I absolutely fell in love with it. When I heard that the preview was going to be on Grafton Street, I didn’t quite know what to expect. I first thought maybe they were going to somehow do it in the & Other Stories Store but the address didn’t line up. Well… it turns out that 72 Grafton Street is an architectural dream.
The downstairs of the premises is open, raw and has a certain charisma of its own but it is upstairs that has the wow factor. It has a stunning white, curved vaulted ceiling that takes your breath away as it is so unexpected. It was originally constructed in 1910 (btw I don’t normally research buildings but this was too ornate not too!), as a cinema by architect Richard Francis Caulfield Orpen and wow did he create something special. The strong architectural aspect of the building reflected also the strong lines in the new collection so was the perfect setting.
The entire collection as it was presented had a focus on colour blocking, soft tailoring and to me was a modern take on classic pieces. It features effortless draping, a bold industrial palette, rich textures as well as the minimalistic feel that the brand is known for.
The trend of movement within the fabric was beautiful. Many of the textiles used in the collection were soft and would effortless glide against the skin but still give a structured silhouette. The use of textiles like Merino Wool and silk makes the exaggerated lapels, cuffs and vents, sharp pleats look elegant but fresh and I think that this will appeal to many people.
The accessories within the collection were very unusual and really caught my eye. They are very much minimalist in their geometric shape and would add a beautiful dimension to many outfits. The use of perspex and steel also adds an androgynous layer to the collection.
And we just have to mention these burgundy square-toed heels with the geometric block heel. Wow. Wow. Wow. The rich colour will be perfect for Autumn and that detail makes these really stand out – the cut is clean but the architecture-inspired shape is eye-catching. Oh, and of course you should certainly get the matching bag (above)…
The standout piece for me was this stunning skirt. By now, I am sure that many of you know that I am all about the detail when it comes to both clothes & interiors and I love the folds on this piece. It would be simply stunning with a top/shirt tucked in – to really showcase the waist.
Thank you so much to COS for having me along – I adore their clothing and now in May looking forward to the colder season. And don’t forget if you can’t get into a COS store, you can also shop COS online by clicking here 🙂
I will leave you with some more amazing images from the COS AW17 Lookbook – simply beautiful;