As summer comes to a close, I begin to eye up my autumn wardrobe and reacquaint myself with my knit jumpers and wool coats. After the summer months of white linens, slip dresses and Tevas, I return to my autumn uniform. Inspired by Nora Ephron, I wear classic pieces like a black roll-neck (I have a few) and black jeans for most of the cool months. I rarely stray from this in favour of new autumn trends, as I've never found anything tempting enough to change my mind. But this year, I've found a trend I'm ready to obsess over: quilting.
Quilting—aka the process of sewing two or more layers of fabric together to make a thicker padded material—can be dated back to ancient Egypt, but it's never really at the forefront of fashion trend reports. It's a sewing technique that has humbly spanned across various centuries and cultures. From early Amish settlers in America up to Elsa Schiaparelli's couch to the Chanel flap bag, quilting has added a bit of oomph to fashion everywhere. In more recent decades, quilting has come into the fashion light by way of "duvet dressing," most notably captured in Viktor & Rolf's A/W 06 collection (pictured below), which saw a model walk down the runway in a vertical bed–like coat.
But not all quilting creations are quite as madcap. Normally, when you think of quilting, you probably think of outerwear, like the country-style gilets often spotted on the queen of England or puffer coats. It's also commonly used on luxury leather bags by brands like Gucci, Chanel and Saint Laurent. But this year, quilting has developed even further.
This season, it's taking an entirely new form, largely because Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta brought quilted clothing pieces into a new light. In his debut collection as creative director for the brand, fashion's new favourite designer used the technique skirts and shoes, as well as coats and jackets. Bottega pieces have been among the most popular on street style stars at New York Fashion Week, quilted styles included.
Quilting has also been reinvented by smaller, emerging brands. A brand I recently came across on Instagram called Textile Haus has devoted an entire collection to quilting in vertical lines, with bags and coats that sell out on repeat. As a minimalist, I feel like this trend is something I can bring into my wardrobe seamlessly. But I also feel like it's a fun new way to try a trend and stay warm, no matter your style. I've spotted so many fabulous quilted pieces you can buy now, from the high street to indie brands to high-end designers. Keep scrolling for my quilted shopping edit.