As the fashion industry continues to evolve at a breakneck pace, the Margaret Howell Fall 2023 collection offers a refreshing sense of constancy.
At a recent preview, Margaret Howell and her design team provided a deep dive into the collection, piece by piece, offering a glimpse into her unique fashion ethos. With a keen eye for nuance, Howell effortlessly blends modernity with tradition, resulting in a collection that is both pragmatic and unselfconsciously gender-fluid.
One standout piece from the Fall 2023 collection is Howell’s softly unstructured jackets, which have been updated to run longer and looser for women. These jackets perfectly complement her cotton shirts, which have been injected with a volume that allows the hem to trail from underneath. The collection also features reimagined kilts in black, which could be a novel twist on black tie or paired with roomy hoodies and duffel coats.
What sets Howell apart from other designers is her commitment to constancy and evolution. She approaches design as an ongoing narrative, constantly discussing every detail with her team, including swapping the belt loops on a skirt. Howell’s collection combines the best of her mainline collection and her more casual MHL line, featuring oversized raglan sleeved coats in a plaid checked wool, workwear and track pants, and 1920s-inspired dresses that beg to be layered.
The collection also offers a valuable lesson for young indie designers struggling to find their way in a crowded market. Howell started small with a clear vision and voice, growing and evolving over time while staying true to herself. Even as she’s become an established brand, Howell continues to surprise with her designs, such as cozy neutrally toned balaclavas that she knitted herself when she started her career.
In a time of harried uncertainty, Margaret Howell’s Fall 2023 collection offers a welcome respite. Howell’s constancy and commitment to her vision prove that there is value in staying true to oneself and growing and evolving over time. For fashion enthusiasts and designers alike, there’s always something new to learn from Margaret Howell.
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