February 22 2013
Lucia van der Post
A newish label to help you cosy up at home is Lucza, which – although less than two years old – already counts Samantha Cameron, Rosamund Pike and Mariella Frostrup among its many fans. It was started by Karen Scofield, who believes busy women should be able to come home and change into clothes that are relaxing without looking as though they are ready for bed.
Her latest creation is a capsule wardrobe – trousers (in both cigarette and wide-leg, palazzo-style versions), tunic dresses, cashmere knitwear and silky blouses (Anna top, £130, pictured) – which is perfect for when you want nothing more than to chill out in front of the fire or the latest box set of Homeland. If you check it out on the website it may seem a tad dull, for the shapes are mostly classic, but what make it so sought after are the soft, supple fabrics and easy silhouettes. It can be worn all year round (blouses on their own in summer, teamed with sweaters come winter), and while for the moment most of the collection comes in white, cream, black, navy and grey (so that everything works together), blue and green are in the pipeline. Devotees are particularly fond of the trousers, which home in on comfort, stretch and ease. They come in a silk/Spandex mix (£140), viscose/polyamide (£265) or MicroModal/elastane (£80).
Check out, too, The White Company, which has found, somewhat to its surprise, that its relaxed, off-duty clothing is hugely popular, and so for this winter has produced some of its most successful shapes in cashmere and neutral shades. A poncho is £140, a long-line cardigan £175 and a roomy rectangular sweater £155.