Blanket dresses, drop-stitch knits and an almost entirely nude palette – Joseph AW15 was a lesson in subverting the familiar.
Knits were worn threadbare with drop-stitches, shapeless woollen two pieces engulfed the body and toffee hued wool blankets (the kind you get in the wardrobe of a budget hotel) morphed into dresses. Meanwhile two-strap pony skin sandals were worn with socks. A fashion no-go, right? Well, Joseph’s girls wore the tabooed-twosome with pride. On paper it would sound boring, but beauty shone through. Who would have thought it?
Following in the footsteps of Christopher Kane, turning ‘bad taste’ into ‘good taste’, Joseph chose to explore the materials typically unassociated with high fashion. Heavy knitwear and blanket textures were softened with sheer nude silk and delicate patterned patchwork silk dresses gave the collection an injection of femininity.
Socks and sandals aside (we’re undecided about that one), the AW15 Joseph bags deserve a special mention. Fur fronted with nude leather panelled sides, they came oversized and would look best worn with one of the full fur tunic tops, or the teddy bear fur sleeved coat. Neutral tones never looked so good.