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10 trends to get you excited about Autumn/Winter 2013

By Lauren Bravo on August 11th, 2013

All good things must come to an end, and that means summer. But it’s ok, because autumn is waiting in the wings and by golly, is she well dressed…

I’ve always felt that September is the real New Year. It’s that back-to-school feeling. Every summer I planned to arrive back for the autumn term transformed – new hair; new school shoes; new Ellesee rucksack.

Now that we’re grown up the September resolutions are still there, but it’s more about going back to style school – remembering how to put proper outfits together, after a summer of slouching about in increasingly creased cotton things and sandals like a beach urchin. Silhouettes become a thing to consider. Layering is an option again. There are exciting textures to play with, and exciting jumpers to wear on all those exciting nights in watching Downton with a blanket on your knees.

Autumn Winter 2013 is already looking mighty fine, and she’s not even here yet. Tartan, cocoon coats, mind-spinning animal prints, leather in shapes you’ve never seen leather before… here’s a preview of great pieces to keep your spirits up when the temperature drops.

The cocoons!

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If only all AW trends were named after the things you really want to do during autumn and winter. The 'blackberry crumble' trend and the 'duvet on the sofa' trend could join cocoon shapes in our wardrobe, and we'd accessorise with a hot water bottle hat. Until that day, we have coats like this one from ASOS to wrap up in - textured, cosy, and specially designed to leave room for extra pudding while simultaneously keeping the draught out. Plus, it's orange.

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Six men’s Cashmere jumpers for under £100, Nordic sweaters for the winter and the 12 most iconic rock and roll band t-shirts of all time

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on November 27th, 2012

If you’re starting to feel the dread of Christmas looming and you’ve got no idea of what to buy your boyfriend/brother/father, why not take a look at our brother site Brandish for inspiration. A selection of the things they’ve looked at recently include: cheap(ish) Cashmere jumpers for men, the 12 most iconic rock and roll band t-shirts of all time, 10 men’s trophy jumpers and retro gadgets the man in your life might like to own.

But if you, like us, would much more like to invest in your own wardrobe with some chunky knits, check out our round-up of the best women’s Nordic and Fair Isle jumpers out there or the jumpers Scandi crime queen Sarah Lund would kill to get her hands on (in our opinion). And if you’ve got the date for the Christmas party in your diary take a look at our favourite red dresses and the best LBDs this season to ensure all eyes will be on you.

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How to dress like The Killing’s Sarah Lund – including that Nordic jumper!

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on November 21st, 2012

Photo: DKWe’re obsessed with Nordic Noir and especially The Killing, which is now in its third and final series (sulk..). For those who sat down and watched the first two episodes at the weekend would rejoice that Scandinavian crime heroine Sarah Lund (aka Sofie Gråbøl) is back – and she’s got a new jumper! And a rather dashing co-star, Mathias Borch (played by Nikolaj Lie Kaas)…

But this time around the currently most talked about knitwear piece isn’t due to its previously mentioned superpowers, but the fact that it is… well rather boring. A white and black tyre track patterned thing, it didn’t get us as excited as the Gudrun & Gudrun marvel from season one. Can it be? Can our favourite series from the North be ending on a fashion low?

There might be more twists that expected (we’ve already had a few dead bodies and an abduction) as the publicity shots released for the final season show Sofie Gråbøl with her trademark messy ponytail  and a navy Nordic jumper which has (cue excitement!) the same pattern as the original Jumper, just a different colour!

Could it be that as the series progresses, we will see a return of the much loved Faroese jumper? Well the navy knitwear by Gudrun & Gudrun is on sale now for €280 (£226)…

If you want to emulate Sarah Lund’s style and make a killing in the fashion stakes this winter, team a chunky Nordic-style jumper with faded blue jeans and a pair of heels. And don’t forget that messy ponytail and understated make-up.

 Jeans: Lee, £79.90 / Jumper: Gudrun & Gudrun,  €280.00 / Shoes: Topshop, £110.00

Not a fan of blue? Take a look at our top 10 jumpers fit for a Nordic Noir heroine or the best Nordic and Fair Isle patterned jumpers this winter.

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10 jumpers fit for a Nordic Noir heroine

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on November 16th, 2012

The third and final series of Danish crime drama The Killing is back on British TV screens this Saturday – and we cannot wait!

Over the past few years, Britain has experienced a Norse invasion as TV series and films falling into the Nordic Noir genre has flooded screens across the isles, with The Killing (or Forbrydelsen as real Scandi crime buffs call it) and its main protagonist Sarah Lund (Sofie Gråbøl) leading the pack. With great twists and turns, one of the more curious things is the Cult of The Jumper. In season one, viewers could see Sarah Lund wearing a very recognisable Fair Isle patterned jumper by Gudrun & Gudrun. It survived being shot at, cuts and crashes (who knows what else). And last season, Sarah sported a fiery red number… also from Gudrun & Gudrun.

We expect the final season of The Killing to offer one or two new jumper goodies. If you want one of your own – and can’t be bothered to knit one yourself, here are some of our favourite Nordic inspired jumpers around…

ASOS chunky stitch detail jumper - £40.00

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Available from ASOS.

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The best Nordic and Fair isle jumpers this winter

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on October 31st, 2012

Woohoo, it’s finally time to dig out the knitwear and walk around the city looking like you’re a ski-enthusiast. But if you find that your precious items from last year has been a feast for the moths don’t worry as there is plenty of Nordic inspired jumpers and cardigans to choose from this season. With November just one day away, we’ve had a look around for fashionable statement knitwear to update your wardrobe with.

Here are our picks and if you want your man to look equally on-trend, here are Brandish’s ten favourite trophy jumpers for men.

Urban Outfitters dip-dye Fairisle sweater £42.00

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Great colours, this dip-dye sweater will make you the envy of the pub or park. Available from Urban Outfitters for £42.00.

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5 Nordic inspired cardigans for winter

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on November 18th, 2011

I love my Nordic knitwear! OK so maybe it’s because I’m Scandinavian and therefore grew up wearing thick, woolly knits to keep warm during harsh and cold winters… But what’s not to love?!

So you can imagine how excited I am that the UK has jumped on the Nordic knitwear wave, with most of the shops offering one item or more so that we can all get our Nordic fix. There are also the Fair Isle patterns to consider – most of which really look extremely similar to Nordic ones. Either way they all come from the Vikings and the Norse explorers.

All wrapped up - £45

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Woodland creatures just make me go into a winter dream, thinking about snow and hot cocoa… Wrap yourself up warmly this winter with this great cardigan from Asos . Invest now for £45 and head to the closest pub with a roaring fireplace.

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