I may not be able to pronounce hygge - that Swedish addiction to cosiness - but as the weather turns colder, it’s become the driving factor in how I get dressed. The desire, for me, at least, to watch Gilmore Girls and look and feel warm has become so overpowering I’ve benched some of my favourite clothes (cotton dresses and denim jackets included).
Picture your dream autumn wardrobe. Are there fluffy jumpers and dresses you can wear 100 denier tights with? Is there a faux fur coat and dinky bag? Now, I wasn’t expecting this, and I’m sure you weren’t either, but it’s the label Kate Spade that’s currently serving up the perfect winter uniform. There are jeans cropped for ankle boots, sweaters that can be worn alone or layered over a fluid dress and, best of all, there’s a coat that will add oomph to every day but won’t undersell your party season ensembles.
It’s impossible to talk about Kate Spade without mentioning the space the eponymous designer carved into the collective conscious. She injected fun into fashion and gloried in the kooky. Next spring is Nicola Glass’ first collection for the label, which showed for the first time during New York Fashion Week last month, and just like this winter range, it’s just as buoyant and sparkling as it was under the late Spade. During Spade's tenure at her namesake brand she locked in pretty house codes that mixed wearability with a steady stream of imagination, and this new collection is a fitting legacy to the designer.