New season top picks AW17
Yippee, it's that time again! I love new season time at Kettlewell. So many new colours, new styles, and new opportunities for incredibly easy shopping.
Every season, my problem is what to leave out for my five top picks, rather than what to choose, and this season was even harder than usual, with the ever increasing range of products and fabrics that Kettlewell offer, from necklaces to shoes and jersey to boucle and faux suede.
However, I have forced myself to pick only my very favourites, the ones that I predict will be hanging around for approximately 23.8 seconds after they are launched in early September.
Now this is right up my street. Buttery soft with a hint of edgy styling, this jacket will take you everywhere this autumn/winter and beyond. Add a biker edge to a pretty dress, or smarten up a basic tee and jeans.
Grace blazer, trousers and pencil skirt
OK, so this is technically three things, but it's the fabric I'm excited about here as much as the style. I don't know a single person who has touched this fabric who hasn't gone 'oooooooh' at its magical properties. All the style and smartness of a herringbone tweed, but with the comfort, hold-you-in effect and ease of wearing of stretch jersey. Needs to be tried to be believed.
Look 3: Grace Jacquard Blazer in Marine Teal, Grace Pencil Skirt in Marine Teal, Sleeveless Mock Turtle in Shaded Spruce, Star & Bead Necklace in Gold Bronze
Look 4: Merino Crossover in Marine Blue, Grace Jacquard Trousers in Praline
Cosy merino sweater
If, like me, one of your summer heroes was the effortlessly stylish cotton/cashmere mix crew neck sweater, then breathe a huge sigh of relief, because the winter weight version is here. Created from sumptuous pure merino in a slightly chunkier knit than the summer weight sweater, this neat crew neck will resolve a multitude of outfit conundrums.
Is it an animal print? Is it a heart print? Whatever you decide it is, this easy to wear tunic will up your casual outfit game no end. Layer up with the Alexa biker above for cool chic, or add a jersey wrap and pretty necklace for a prettier look.
This is the dress you'll turn to this winter when you need an instant confidence hit. The swirling print, long sleeves, faux wrap front and clever ruching on this dress all work together to highlight your best features and conceal any bits you're not so keen on. Add some edge with an Alexa biker or make it work-ready with a Grace blazer. It's another one of those things that Kettlewell does so well - a dress-up-dress-down wardrobe essential.
As well as my favourite styles, here's a look behind the scenes, of Melissa's recent trip to the factory to check on the progress of the new season styles as they go into production. Lots of obsessive trying on, measuring and fine tuning takes place until each and every new piece is absolutely perfect and ready to go into a full production run for the coming season.