Since debuting in the United States in late 2010, AllSaints Spitalfields has become a staple in the hearts and wardrobes of NYC’s trendsetting youth. The British High Street retailer, well known for the pre-aged quality of its merchandise, first emerged in 1994 and steadily gained a loyal following throughout Europe. Offering clothing, shoes, and accessories—all in luxe worn-in fabrics like English cashmere, leathers and shearlings, Japanese silks and shuttle loom cottons—at entry-level prices, we can see its appeal.
For fall, AllSaints veered left from its usual collection of draped knitwear, asymmetrical bubble skirts, and fatigued leathers, presenting instead a more refined line-up of classic pieces like straight coats, relaxed blazers, and pencil skirts in razor-sharp silhouettes. While the feel of this collection is decidedly more sophisticated, the unpretentious, wearable nature of the clothing is still there. Other aspects like the impeccable construction and quality of the materials, which have become central to the brand’s mission, continue to impress.
Geared toward confident, fashion-forward women, the collection was partly inspired by the novel Venus in Furs. Slimmer and more daring silhouettes, barley-there lace tops, and tight leather mini skirts are sexy without being vulgar. Other pieces like an ombre mohair coat and a sheer cap sleeve top accented with studs and delicate chains make a lasting statement. A full line of accessories including handbags, clutches, wallets, and belts, all constructed from lush leathers and animal furs, and tastefully embellished with metallic sequins. This season’s footwear has a more timeless feel, trading in trendy distressed boots for streamlined round-toe pumps and booties. Trademark AllSaints looks like a leather biker jacket and fitted trousers are still present in the collection, but reinvented to compliment the matured aesthetic.
AllSaints menswear has also undergone a sort of metamorphosis. Forgoing grungy denim and flannel looks that characterized earlier collections, this season offers a slew of tailored suiting and sportswear. Wool coats in sharp silhouettes, slim tweed trousers, and cashmere knits are both elegant and functional. Not entirely losing the playful, rebellious quality AllSaints lads have come to love, this collection features pieces in a subdued camouflage print, accented by skinny jeans and bad-boy leather jackets.
The fresh new attitude and look of AllSaints fall collection, while not radically different from previous seasons, is one that the brand’s customers will undoubtedly come to embrace. Effortless versatility and evolved confidence are qualities that will continue to establish AllSaints as a downtown mainstay.