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Patterned knits – dare we even call them “novelty” any more? – have had something of a revival in recent years, going from much-maligned fashion faux pas to quirky seasonal staples. Doing their bit for the festive-knit revival are cousins Anna Singh and Rachael Wood of Chinti and Parker, the British label with a reputation for ethically sourced wardrobe basics. Their exclusive new collection features intarsiaknit sweaters with snowflake, heart and Fair-Isle motifs, alongside luxe leggings. In ultra-soft Italian cashmere with a hint of sparkle, the collection delivers cuteness and cosy credentials in equal measure. From left Chinti and Parker sweaters £360 each. Available from Fashion Lab, Fourth Floor

by Maria Milano A self-confessed jeans addict, the Women’s Creative Director of Citizens of Humanity tells Harrods Magazine about the endless possibilities of designing with denim and how London is the source of inspiration this autumn.

Made to order When Proenza Schouler design duo Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez launched their pared-back PS1 bag in 2008, they declared it an anti It-bag? How ironic. After all, whatever “It” is, the PS1’s got it in abundance. Swiftly adopted by the house’s hip following – girls who are too cool to ever describe themselves that way – it remains a favourite. Now the pair have elevated the PS1 and equally adored PS11 to a new level with the launch of a bespoke service: five versions made by Florentine artisans, in 10 shades of matt and shiny crocodile, with the owner’s initials engraved on a plaque. Proenza Schouler bag from £12,000. Available from Luxury Accessories Pop-Up Area, Lower Ground Floor

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Sure there’s a time and place for understated jewellery, when only neat little studs and delicate chains will do, but sometimes all you really want are show-stopping, scene-stealing pieces. Luckily, for those in a more theatrical mood, designer Annoushka Ducas has launched Annoushka/24, an exuberant and unusual collection where each style comes in a limited edition of 24 individually numbered pieces. Take the Dream Catcher earrings, which feature ebony panels as a backdrop to intricate scenes of birds perching on flowering branches. Created from 18kt yellow gold, and set with brown and cognac diamonds, they’re just the kind of dramatic pieces that jewellery dreams are made of. Annoushka earrings £12,500. Available from Luxury Jewellery, Ground Floor

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“I own 125 pairs of jeans. Approximately 75 pairs of them are vintage Levi’s, Lees, Wranglers and other denims from the ’40s to the ’80s. I love finding vintage denim at the Rose Bowl Flea Market in LA, Portobello Market in London, and vintage stores across the world. When I wear new denim it’s always Citizens of Humanity, of course. Rihanna always looks amazing in our jeans and she wears them a lot, but what’s interesting to me is how each person styles our denim into their look, whether that be a celebrity or not. Our brand is constantly evolving, and technology and innovation is an exciting part of that. In denim there are few milestones that have really changed the industry in the last 35 years: first came stonewash, then stretch fabrics. More recently we’ve seen the addition of 3-D machines that create FROM TOP Citizens of whisker patterns, Humanity jeans from £285; environmentally jacket £460 and jeans £265. Available from Fashion friendly ozone Lab, Fourth Floor washing and lasers used to create abrasions and worn areas. The Chelsea girl is one of our key inspirations for AW14. It came from a trip to London I took with founder Jerome Dahan. This concept is all about ’90s punk, the East End and Brick Lane. There’s a lot of black and grey denim with strong vintage washes and distressing to give a natural worn-in feel. Designing denim is totally different to designing other garments. Denim is a medium that transforms with each wash. The more time you spend with the material, the more you realise how many design options are available. We have some fabrics in the collection that we’ve used for eight years, but there’s still something new to discover.”

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Harrods Magazine October 2014  

This month, the fashion team travelled to mysterious Mongolia to shoot the bold patterns, textured fleeces and tapestry ponchos in the autum...

Harrods Magazine October 2014  

This month, the fashion team travelled to mysterious Mongolia to shoot the bold patterns, textured fleeces and tapestry ponchos in the autum...

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