Monsoon is really developing into a very trendy and key brand for us ladies. Previously Monsoon has been seen as a middle-aged bracket brand but over the last two seasons, more and more on-trend and staple items have made a feature in their collections. A/W 2013 has to be my favourite season so far and as well as a warm-knitwear look, with some embellishment and earthly colours, Monsoon also has a huge Red-Russian injection that is rich and essential for the colder weather. Signature jackets, Boho cut dresses and heavy textures are also featured throughout but still has that lust factor which makes it an essential item as well as a luxury one. It’s Bag glory at Accessorize for their A/W 2013 collection and that’s only a quarter of their range. As the latter months of the year are the ‘going out’ and evening wear period, statement necklaces, big earrings and chunky armwear gives Accessorize that glamour edge for their customers but I’m more interesting in their bag-candy. There are a few trends breaking through including a red/heritage look, chains and a black edge gives a gothic look and there are plenty of glitter clutches to push and carry us into 2014.
All images by Lois Spencer-Tracey