Stuart Walford is a Melbourne based fashion stylist and creative consultant. Fresh off the back of styling the 2022 PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival, Stuart collaborated with Emporium Melbourne to showcase the very best of Autumn Winter 2022 looks that you can find in centre now.
There is no better way to express your different fashion personas than through silhouettes and patterns. From sleek and serious shapes with fine, detailed prints to full flamboyant figures and fabrics you can reflect your mood with attention to these details, using clothing to tell a story and aid in your daily self expression. This autumn winter, pattern takes a strong U-turn as retro florals and nostalgic graphic prints return to front and centre.
A great example of a subtle print is the navy camo blazer Kevin wears whilst dancing to the busker in front of the State Library. This statement jacket is from M.J Bale. It’s a great winter wardrobe piece, despite its structured and classic shape, as you look closer the pattern reveals itself under different lighting. Our campaign stylist Stuart Walford paired this piece back with classic basics in white to help highlight the pattern details.
Heritage checks and plaid are also iconic prints which will never date and you can often find these in more neutral colourways which can sometimes be easier to style back with staple pieces you may already have in your wardrobe. Erin wears a beautiful fluid SABA wrap bodice dress which features a stunning check print in green hues and creams. This is a bold take on check and a great piece for a winter evening when layered with a statement coat. Emporium has an amazing range of winter investment coats with some great options to be found in Camilla and Marc, Viktoria & Woods and búl (but more on that in weeks to come!).
Another great trick when styling and buying patterns for the season is to look for colour cues already provided to you, which can often be found within textile prints. Look for the colour combinations used in the textile. If you pick out a highlight colour, use this to find other garments to style together in the one outfit. It will take some of the guesswork out of the equation and help to create a more cohesive look.
From the picture:
Erin wears a Croix Silk Cotton Dress by SABA, Long Coat by SANDRO, Statement Earrings by MIMCO and Waverley pump by COACH.
Kevin wears a Sweater by UNIQLO, Jacket & Jeans by MJ Bale and Monk shoes by 124 Shoes.