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.
Every year, we hear the phrase ‘Utilitarian’ thrown about when it comes to fashion trends. This is mostly due to its reliability and accessibility as a seasonal favourite – especially when it comes to practical dressing - which is never going out of style.
There are some many great utility pieces coming through for this season with a real amplification on the details. Each season, quality and craftsmanship become more and more in focus as we strive for a more sustainable wardrobe full of quality, not quantity.
This season is no different at Emporium Melbourne. Key pieces to keep an eye out for are jumpsuits - you can find a beautiful, tailored option from Camilla and Marc. The iconic trench coat is a season must have for any wardrobe, and you can find beautiful options from Coach, SABA and Sandro. Most notably, the shacket (a shirt and jacket hybrid which has versatility to be worn as an inner or outer layer) is going strong. This multi talented piece features in both menswear and womenswear collections this season, with some great versions to be found at Maje (Cropped Fine Tweed Jacket), Camilla and Marc (Montaro Leather Shirt) and Viktoria & Woods (Chorus Shirt) for women and Uniqlo (Over Shirt Jacket) and M.J. Bale (Haywood Worker) for men.
Kevin wears a bold new take on the trench coat, running for a tram down Swanston Street. This trench coat from Scotch & Soda is season must have for its graphic print, bold green colourway, practical pockets and quality hardware. The look is paired back with a colour blocked belt bag from Coach. Belt bags, fanny packs, bum bags - whatever you call them, they are making a major resurgence - hands free convenience with cool.
A great tip for when creating a Utilitarian inspired outfit, is to keep things tonal. Look for pieces which are beautifully tailored and practical in form and function for ease of movement and comfort. Opt for neutral hues and layer your pieces together for a chic outfit that will guide you through your daily schedule with ease.
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