The bumper editions of all the fashion magazines’ September issues have landed on our collective doorsteps and we’ve had enough time to dog ear the pages, then do an Asos, & Other Stories or Topshop search to see if we can get the same looks for a fraction of the price.
However, in that search for the perfect dress, shoe or trouser style that will magically transform our wardrobe from so 2016 to good enough for a Frow, you’ve probably forgotten that prime bit of fashion real estate that is your wrist.
Don’t worry we’re on hand to give you the right timepiece to tap into five of this season’s key trends. And you won’t even have to make wardrobe space to buy it.
Unsurprisingly this was seen everywhere at Alexander McQueen. On display was needlepoint such as you might find on a Victorian sampler, leather whip-stitching that was almost Native American in design and what looked like half-finished tapestry panels, with the thread still hanging loose.
It wasn’t just McQueen, Erdem and Loewe were also inspired by the homespun, while Gucci decked out its bomber jackets in a floral print that was reminiscent of your Nan’s sofa. This penchant for embroidery filtered through to its watches, which featured a variety of stitched animal dials.
This serpent version, with its Nato-esque strap, emblazoned with Gucci’s current motto “l’aveugle par amour” (blind for love) straddles the lines between stylish and sporty making it the perfect everyday wearer. Buy now £560.
If you haven’t already scoured the high street for a suitable imitation of those Saint Laurent boots, what have you been doing with your lunch hour? Sequins weren’t only splashed from knee to toe but were also seen bedecking models from wrist to ankle at both Versace and Emma Wickstead.
To get that look in horological form then look no further than Bulova. The brand more commonly associated with sporty man’s watches or pioneering tuning-fork technology has launched a line of Art Deco and sophisticated women’s watches called Rubaiyat (shortlisted for the Eve’s Watch Awards 2017 in association with Urb-it). It’s the sort of thing we’d imagine Daisy Buchanan wearing in the recent reboot of Great Gatsby. Which is just another way of say we want it now. Buy now £649.
Blue may be the warmest colour but red is the most desirable when it comes to this season’s accessories. Chanel’s new capped-toe mid-calf boot in red is the ultimate interpretation of the trend. If you don’t believe us, click here. While we might not all be able to adorn our feet in Karl Lagerfeld’s latest, we can get some red on our wrists in the form of this beauty from Gc. The strap is in a gorgeously rich scarlett, while the subtle play of hues on the dial stops the watch from being too aggressive. It’s just the right side of daring. Buy now £225.
The New Modesty
Forget flashing your cleavage with all the desperation of an ex-Big Brother contestant, this season is all about the cover-up. Everyone from Erdem and Roksanda Illinic to that previous flouter of the “bust or legs” rule Victoria Beckham showed dressed that skimmed the ankle and buttoned up to just shy of the jawline.
In watch terms this means opting for something classic and demure such as this extremely elegant Oris Culture Classic Date Lady. The cream tones make it more perennial than white, while the stainless steel case gives the design a lightness that works beautifully with the rose-gold coloured indices and hands. And, as an added bonus, despite being below £1,000 it also has an automatic movement. You can’t get more grown-up than that. Buy now £900.
Being more of a design movement than a fashion one, finding Bauhaus expression on the catwalks isn’t usual. However, this season it is there in the angular forms of handbags of Chloe, Balenciaga and the newly Raf Simmons-ised Calvin Klein.
Luxury watch brands such as Nomos have been bringing the Bauhuas to watchmaking since the 1990s however, if you don’t want to spend big then this Fossil number ticks the boxes nicely (shortlisted for the Eve’s Watch Awards 2017 in association with Urb-it). Its powder-blue dial accents and vintage-television screen case have retro appeal, without it being too slavish, while the leather strap adds a touch of luxury. It’s a curve ball from Fossil and a damn stylish one at that. Buy now £125.
And if that wasn’t enough inspiration then head over to the Eve’s Watch Awards in association with Urb-it microsite to have a look at the shortlisted timepieces. You’re guaranteed to find something that’s perfect for your wrist.
And while you’re there make sure you cast your vote for the Popular Choice Award. Just tell us your favourite watch brand of the year and you could be in with a chance to win a luxury weekend for two in London.