COS AW16 Press Day


On Tuesday I headed down to Dublin to attend the COS autumn/winter 2016 press day.

I had attended the SS16 press launch last year and really enjoyed getting a preview of the coming season. I much prefer the seasonal styles of autumn so I was eager to see the new collections.

Much of the collection is purposely over-sized, with dropped shoulders and elongated sleeves or  legs. This conscious free-form style is apparent throughout the menswear and womenswear pieces.

A subtle and muted colour palette create a collection that both speaks to and work with each
piece. Any item can be combined, creating a versatile and functional wardrobe.

Traditionally feminine shapes and colours have been applied to the menswear collection, created a free, androgynous selection. Soft creams and blush pinks will add a different cool tone to a winter look.

The Japanese-influence COS is renowned for continues into this season, as seen in kimono-style collar-less over coats, this time in stunning off-white Donegal tweed.

There is always a stand-out graphic print in the collection and this is it.
A hand-drawn grid pattern, with a flocked finish, creates a modern take on a traditional overcoat.

Fellow blogger Mark from Effortless Attire (right) dressing like a true fashion fellow in head to toe black. (And showing me up in the process)

There is a running theme of utility, with fastenings, fabrics and details drawing from the realms of safety wear. Oversized zips, velcro closures, reflective fabrics and neoprene have all been used.

A satin blazer is transformed by a thin layer of wadding, merging safety with sartorial.

Oversized, drop-shoulder boucle coat. 

The Cos take on the classic white shirt and the polo neck; combining a jersey collar with a crisp cotton body.

The simple placement of a dart or stitch changes the entire silhouette of a piece.

This reflective sleeveless vest gives me a late 90's vibe.

Reflective cycling safety gear applied to street-style casual wear. 

One of the few bolder colours was this pop of mulberry in a polo neck. Just the single feature colour against a pared back palette denotes a true sense of colour and style.

Even the accessory selection was influenced by workwear and safety gear. Maritime duffle bags, felted snapbacks and these padded hand warmers.

Thanks to Cos and the team at Baluba for the invitation.

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