French Connection Presents Autumn Winter ‘14

MENSWEAR

The Autumn Winter 2014 collection sees French Connection introduce classic gentleman staples that have been raided from the Father’s wardrobe and reworked to suit the modern man’s aesthetic. The collection nods towards the brisk British winter, quality textiles provide a sense of richness as lambswools feature in a collection of the British heritage.

Cottage industry inspired knitwear is prominent throughout the collection; distinctive pheasant fairisle jumpers are modernised to otherwise traditional wool. Silhouettes are unstructured and artisanal to reinforce a very British look. Hues are suitably autumnal with camel, charcoal, port and navy brought to life by confident flashes of lifeboat yellow and blue sapphire. Wool overcoats and quilted jackets are the go-to pieces in the cold season, creating both style and warmth needed for those dark crisp winter nights.

A sea of navy and marine blues is framed by strong denim and crisp poplin shirts, accented by polka dots and the checkered prints evolution. Chambray shirts have a heavy duty feel, the perfect undergarment for heavy coats adding to the military vibe reinforcing the strong masculine image.

In tandem with the classic British tradition, the collection also sees the revival of nineties sportswear. Jackets see a modern matt shine in charcoals and burgundy, where fabrics have been fused together to offer a more relaxed and natural performance. The classic sports hoodie has been transformed to a waffle knit making it ideal for everyday wear. Sleek bomber jackets skillfully tread the line between history and modernity through tweaks in silhouette, fabrication and finish.

The collection is classic and sharp, respectful of the past, yet thoroughly modern.

WOMENSWEAR

The Autumn Winter 2014 collection looks towards Eastern influences depicting the contrast in Russian wealth, the grandeur of the Tsar regime set against the bleak landscapes of Siberia.

A rich colour palette of dove grey, celestial blue and berry punch dominate the collection, modernised through paisley and digitized floral prints and adapted on dresses.

Ornate prints feature on sports-luxe co-ordinated separates, taking reference from winter athletics, a continuing trend for the coming season. Intricate floral prints and light embellishments appear on draped blouses and knitwear, a digital take on an otherwise functional and simple cut. Masculine injections come in charcoal separates with relaxed fits and geometric prints.

Lacquered lace decorates dresses, a key staple for autumn, taking note from traditional Russian ceramics, whilst sheer sleeves add a contemporary twist.

Icier undertones dominate the latter half of the season with designs and colour ways reflecting the harsher climates of Siberia. A dropped shoulder coat in pale blue is given a brushed wool finish, while boucle and wool coats round up the outwear selection. Mix matching fabrics add a luxurious element to basics, playing on the low-luxe trend for autumn. The knitwear for the season features animal and vibrant prints with zip detailing, whilst an open knit sweater is accented with crystal drops.

Animal prints adorn luxe sweaters with the ‘Tabby Fur’ coat a stand out piece for the season as wildcats of Siberia inspire insulating outwear. Eveningwear is decorated with zip fastening detail, revealing the shoulders, whilst heavy embroidery in linear formations reflects an era of bourgeois dressing.

About French Connection India

Founded in 1972 by Stephen Marks, French Connection, the edgy, attitudinal, high street British fashion brand set out to create well-designed and fashion-forward clothing with a quirky spin on design. With more than 1,500 outlets across 25 countries worldwide, French Connection is truly a global fashion brand. BMI, the exclusive licensee for FCUK in India, introduced the brand to the Indian market at the Lakme Fashion Week in April 2007 and has since opened over 107 points of sale across 49 cities. BMI has ensured that the brand in India emulates the same global strategy with respect to timely seasonal launches, competitive pricing and the highest standards of in-store service.

About BMI Wholesale Trading Private Limited (BMI)

BMI Wholesale Trading Private Limited and its Group of Companies (BMI) have been responsible for the launch of Gucci, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, French Connection and T.M.Lewin businesses in India. Within a span of 8 years, BMI has opened over 700 points of sales across 53 Indian cities. An ever expanding geographical and retail presence, coupled with an in-depth understanding of the Indian retail environment, positions BMI as the preferred partner for international brands looking to foray into India. All of BMI’s stores are designed to global standards and present in prime high street, mall and department store locations, thereby completing a truly world class shopping experience.

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