Exploring Amanda Wakeley’s collection for Autumn and Winter for 2020 has been a delight as they put together two collections with an Asian influence. Collectively the designs and textures that make this collection so strong is upheld by Amanda Wakeley’s synonymous craftsmanship – presenting us with a collection that prepares us for AW20. Beyond what makes the brand perfect in its aesthetic and quality, versatility in the collection is present. It is said here first, the new collections for AW20 by Amanda Wakeley suits all; with the judo belts with hand fringing, plush velvet and vibrancy in colour – we can all be a part of Amanda Wakeley’s universe, truly.
Autumn 2020: “The Wakeley Woman is a contemporary warrior”. This collection is inspired by Japan, this transpires through craftmanship and details which give a story of a “rich and storied culture”. Upon exploring the Autumn 2020 collection, one can’t help but admire the tailoring and the ease to layer with the garments, you’d want to say there is a minimalist element to the clothing; however, there are details such as a fringed belt extending from lapels that challenge this thought. With the Japanese inspiration in mind, the collection doesn’t waver – this collection feels true to Amanda Wakeley. The tailoring and use of material feel British, but the inspiration is subtle and impactful.
If you’re not a Wakeley Woman, you will be this Autumn. This collection takes you from your workday with sartorial elegance to the evening with a modern kimono. Also, did I mention that this collection allows you to layer with ease?
Winter 2020: We have left Japan and now we’ve headed for Mustang, the lost Kingdom of Tibet. We all have a way of storytelling, whether it be a poem, a narrative, philosophy, or even art such as a painting or photography. Who knew that in one collection, Amanda Wakeley could revive the lost stories of Lo through beautiful details in cuffs, hand fringed judo belts and vibrant colours? Wakeley has presented three noticeable textures for this season; silk, wool and shearling. Behold, the Wakeley Woman can move with grace with silk cuffs and be strong with a wool twill dress. Speaking with their fabulous team, I was left with butterflies to how versatile their pieces were – to have a dress styled with the matching skirt or trousers, cinched at the waist, layered with a fringed wool kimono. There could be 101 options for one garment. Anyone, including I will feel comfortable and powerful wearing these pieces wherever I am, whether it be Tibet or London.
You’ll have to wait a few months until AW20 is released, but for now Amanda Wakeley’s storytelling of Japanese and Tibetan culture will have to be a legend until it finds its place in your wardrobe.
By Thomas Brooks FRSA - Junior Fashion Editor
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