Softly does it: the Markus Lupfer woman never sleeps, and Autumn / Winter 2016 caters for her 24 hour lifestyle without compromising on polish. A quirky sophisticate, she glides through her day, transitioning from work to play with easy charm. How to semaphore the season's mellow mood? It's all in the details: a sprinkling of stars, sweetened frills and niave embellishment plough a bold romantic furrow.
Having attended the Markus Lupfer SS16 presentation last season and fallen in love, I was more than a little bit excited to see what he had in store for us this time. After a cold and rainy walk across Westminster, we were welcomed into the warm and dry of Horse Guards Avenue and presented with a deliciously refreshing juice drink to enjoy whilst we mooched around the presentation.
Markus Lupfer has a beautiful way with prints and patterns. This season he managed to incorporate his signature florals into the collection with a winter-appropriate, retro 70s style, which looked elegant and sophisticated in a colour palette of navy blues, forest greens, and dusky pink.
Lupfer contrasted the sophisticated florals with metallic foil pleated skirts for a glam-rock meets bohemian sensibility vibe. Luxurious outerwear was also a key-focus, including a body-swamping chunky corduroy cape, a studded leather jacket and a beautifully cut, oversized tailored coat complete with matching seventies floral pockets.
The handbag collection, which made its debut as part of the Pre-Fall 2016 collection, creates a polished and put-together collection. Taking centre stage is the Riley tote, rendered in Italian-sourced leather, followed by a chorus line of studded and jewel-embellished cross-body Casey bags, the perfect finishing touch that takes a Markus Lupfer woman's daytime outfit to evening with ease.
Bags aside, it was the star-speckled and flower-embroidered boots which were the highlight of the collection in my opinion. The beautiful and intricate detail made for stunning, standout pieces that finished off the looks to perfection. The sooner they can make their way into my wardrobe - the better.