This winter, women’s tailoring takes inspiration from Savile Row, with mannish staples giving a fashionable edge to an eminently wearable working wardrobe. Styling by Damian Foxe. Photographs by Toby Knott
Friederike (far left) wears wool-mix double-breasted jacket, from £1,430, and wool-mix trousers, from £695, both by Giorgio Armani. Poplin Caitlyn shirt, £850, by Ralph Lauren. Brittany (left) wears double-breasted wool suit, from £2,100, by Giorgio Armani. Poplin Caitlyn shirt, £850, by Ralph Lauren
Make-Up James O’Riley at Premier Hair and Make Up using Chanel Christmas 2012. Hair Christian Wood at Premier Hair and Make Up using Kiehl’s Stylist Series. Fashion assistant Milly Simon. Photo assistants Ricardo Simal and Michael Rudd. Models Brittany Burke at Select and Friederike Holst at Union Models. Casting Paul Isaac. Stockists Akris, 30 Old Bond Street, London W1 (020-7758 8060; www.akris.ch). Celine, see Selfridges and other stockists. Dries Van Noten, see Selfridges and Harvey Nichols. Giorgio Armani, 37 Sloane Street, London SW1 (020-7235 6232; www.armani.com). Harvey Nichols, 109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1 (020-7235 5000; www.harveynichols.com). Maison Martin Margiela, 22 Bruton Street, London W1 (020-7629 2682; www.maisonmartinmargiela.com). Maxmara, 19-21 Old Bond Street, London W1 (020-7518 8010; www.maxmara.com) and other stockists. Miu Miu, 150 New Bond Street, London W1 (020-7409 0900; www.miumiu.com). Paul Smith, 84-86 Sloane Avenue, London SW3 (020-7589 9139; www.paulsmith.co.uk). Ralph Lauren, 1 New Bond Street, London W1 (020-7535 4600; www.ralphlauren.com) and other branches/stockists. Roland Mouret, 8 Carlos Place, London W1 (020-7518 0700; www.rolandmouret.com). Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, London W1 (0800-123 400; www.selfridges.com). Stella Mccartney, 30 Bruton Street, London W1 (020-7518 3100; www.stellamccartney.com) and other branch.
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