When idly scrolling through the latest runway roundups, style sightings or our go-to influencer feeds, there is one trend simply too prominent to ignore for 2019: women’s tailoring. A far cry from the classic black single button blazers and tapered trousers of yore, this modern wave of tailoring turns the traditional two-piece on its head. The humble trouser suit, once relegated to the dreary realms of corporate workwear, has been reimagined as a staple street style look in colours too good to keep for the office, whilst sharp-pleated midis have replaced pencils as the smartest skirt in town. Colours are vivid and varied, fabrics are ambitious and luxe and, most importantly, they’re cool enough to wear for any occasion.
One such brand that has played a pivotal part in redefining the tailoring archetype for this season is Joseph. It makes a lot of sense. A tailored co-ord or suit is an instant outfit; a quick win for the modern woman with places to be - something that has been of the utmost importance to Joseph as a brand over the years. Seamlessly blurring the lines between masculine and feminine, Joseph’s AW19 womenswear collection is an exploration of new proportions, sharper lines and contrasting textures. Elongated wide leg trousers, elegant yet commanding pleated skirts, belted waist jackets - even leather is given the tailored treatment, reworked and smoothed into a glossy shirt dress. Though tailoring was once an all boys club, the fits are undeniably feminine, brought back to the body for a look that is smooth but assertive. Classic, impeccably-cut shapes, with a modern twist.
As is the Joseph way, they have stuck to a colour card with a functional balance. Expect urban tones of black and grey, alongside utilitarian camel, ecru and warming seasonal berry shades that all work to serve the wearer around the clock, from morning latte to last thing at night.
Below, Port highlights the key pieces from the collection.