AW16 Back to School: Inspiration Behind the Collection

The first collection under our new Head of Knitwear, Florence Salazar (see Vogue), Autumn/Winter ’16 took our obsession with material creativity to new heights. With novel, large-scale intarsias and sophisticated knit techniques, native Parisian, Florence, was inspired by English schoolgirls and references to the classic uniform. Discover the key elements central to this academic-inspired collection.

THE APPLE MOTIF

A playful nod to school days, the apple makes its appearance as an oversized motif and as an all-over intarsia. An eye-catching interpretation, the apple adds character to our AW16 looks.

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SEASONAL HUE: CHARTREUSE

Halfway between green and yellow, chartreuse is vibrant yet wonderfully autumnal vibe. Earthy yet electric, the hue looks especially enhanced on AW16’s beautifully textured Merino and cashmere sweaters.

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ACADEMIC-INSPIRED ELEMENTS

Classic school uniform details as intarsias form some of the collection’s most playful options. Paired with jeans or monochrome tones, these unexpected details really pop.

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CONVERSATIONAL PIECES

‘Friday’ and ‘good girl’ conversational cashmere sweaters and cotton t-shirts form the seasonal slogan pieces, tying in with the academic theme. A literal conversation starter, and a fun way to represent everyone’s perennial favourite day of the week.

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MERINO DRESSES

Cosy yet directional, our impeccably knitted Merino wool dresses in the collection tap into our penchant for easy dressing. In a classic fit-and-flare style as well as striped maxi dress, these knit dresses will add instant elegance. 

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BOLD SHIRT HEMS

We’ve been experimenting with sweater hems since our inception, and this season the shirt hem is made even bolder and extra long. A distinctly contemporary design element, it allows for many layering effects. Try it over an even longer t-shirt or blouse in a contrast colour.



See the rest of recently launched Chinti and Parker AW16 here, or view the Lookbook.