Luxury polo brand La Martina take us through the biggest trends for AW16 and give us a sneak peek at their latest lifestyle collection
Autumn’s on the way and before we know it, it’ll be time to invest in some stylish but sturdy footwear and a chunky jumper (or two). Aside from the essentials, the start of a new season marks the chance to update our wardrobes with some striking statement pieces.
So to help you on your way, we caught up with Gachi Ferrari, Head of Design at La Martina, to talk through the biggest trends for autumn winter 2016.
Family-run La Martina is synonymous with elegance, expertise and luxury. The brand started life as a manufacturer of premium polo equipment and today, also specialises in luxurious lifestyle clothing from its exquisitely decorated stores worldwide.
So, get ready to turn heads – these are some of the biggest catwalk trends for AW16 and how you can recreate the look at home.
“Embroidery is a big AW16 trend, seen on the runways in New York and London. Our expertly crafted, embroidered jacket can be dressed up or down, whether you pair it with jeans or a smart dress this jacket is classic. Ideal for when the last chukka has been played and the after-party begins.
Part of the Guard’s Capsule, in association with Guards Polo Club, it takes its inspiration from the garments of the soldier and from the dress code to be invited at the Royal Box for polo matches.”
Guards Jacket, £765
Trend: Equestrian Inspired Accessories
“The Sol Brillante (literally “Shining Sun”) handbag embodies the equestrian trend we saw on catwalks back in February. The bag brings to life every facet of La Martina’s heritage as a saddle manufacturer, technical equipment supplier and luxury polo lifestyle fashion and accessories brand.
Horses are as much a key part of polo as the players, and as we are the leading brand in technical polo equipment, we wanted to provide a tribute to these powerful and elegant animals. This leather bag is waxed, to give it the smooth touch, and the handle is braided like the horses’ tails when playing.”
Sol Brillante Handbag, £ TBC
“We recently opened our first stand-alone store in London and were so inspired by the craftsmanship synonymous with British fashion and seen on the runways season after season. We were especially taken by Saville Row, so we teamed up with bespoke tailor and designer Timothy Everest to create the St. James Collection.
Teaming La Martina’s technical know-how and Timothy’s keen eye for unrivalled fit, we created a timeless range of military-inspired jackets using quintessentially British materials and cuts include tweet for The Charwell. Military Jackets, including suits in tweed, were seen all over the runway’s in February.”
The Charwell, £585
Trend: Trench Coats
“From Marc Jacobs to Burberry, the trench coat is a staple on the catwalk with Givenchy and Burberry showing long, timeless trenches this AW.
The Churchill is a unique twist on the traditional trench, in keeping with the military style but with bold gold buttons to help distinguish this from the crowd.”
The Churchill Coat, £795
Lando Simonetti, Founder of La Martina, adds: “At La Martina, we don’t follow trends but rather take inspiration from the polo field, encompassing all elements of the regal game into our collections.
Little touches on the accessories including braiding and stirrups accentuate our timeless pieces, weaving our heritage and the essence of La Martina into each garment, bag and shoe. We aim to take polo off the field and into everyday life. Heritage is very important to me and to the brand, as it differentiates us from other luxury brands – we do not use the game to promote our brand, but we are polo.”
La Martina Autumn Winter Collection – Where and How?
The AW16 collection will be available from www.lamartina.com/gbr/en-gb on September 1st. The items above, apart from the handbag, are available in store now at La Martina, 23 Jermyn Street, London, SW1Y 6ST. The handbag will be available in store by the end of September.
By Leanne Kelsall