Best of Frieze Fashion: trousers and casual tailoring


Back at Frieze, the second big clothes story after capes was the abundance of beautiful, easy-tailored trousers, mostly worn with trainers. It’s the ‘gentlewoman styling’ we’ve been talking about (well, along with everyone else) recently, that lovely, pared-back-but-still-elegant take on tailored jackets, coats and trousers. I love the softness and one of my favourite outfits was on this elegant gallery worker above, her dusty pink trousers are from Acne (SS15) and are cut slightly oversized from gorgeously drape-y fabric. I am now desperate for a pair.

textural gardens

As for the art, not only was there a return to warmly textural pieces, but there were loads of plants around too (we did warn you this was coming). The collection above was the frontage for the Taka Ishii Gallery from Tokyo, I love the poles mixed in with the tropicals….Who needs posh pots?


I kinda stalked this woman above (please accept my apologies if it’s you) as she was ABSOLUTELY wearing the best casual tailoring outfit I saw. She looked divinely elegant, those trousers are cut from gorgeous fabric and her dark check wool top did that brilliant not-tucking-in thing and sat at the perfect point below her waistband. The bag is from Hermes, so we’re looking at this for inspiration rather than purchasing, right?

The gorgeous orange artwork behind is an exact replica of the artist Do Ho Suh’s flat in Korea, made out of coloured polyester netting.


Above is Tracey Emin’s Self Portrait, Bath, I love the shot of neon over the grey….it’s a good reminder that grey on it’s own needs something to stop it looking dull, nicely highlighted below with that trouser stripe. Also, lovely coat….

coats in art

More plants and texture seen at Frieze Masters, more of that in Friday’s post.


Now, if I was a slender as this stylish woman below I would get a pair of these trousers and never take them off all winter, don’t they look fabulous? There were lots of checked and tweedy trousers in darker colours, which all looked good, but I loved these wide leg, large check ones. The length looks good too, cut just above the ankle. If the idea of a bold check trouser is too much, Toast have a nice coat in a similar check.

checked trousers

Wearing a two piece as a one piece is a ‘thing’ currently, blame it on the boiler-suit/all-in-one craze. Another fabulous outfit below, showed how good this could look. Now I’m not suggesting coral-pink, damask weave matching trousers and top are for everyone, but this woman looked amazing in hers, and the wine hued bag and boots were the perfect colour anchor for the look too. The top-rather-than-jacket offers an easy way of dressing too, you don’t need to worry about matching stuff and the final look is very considered.

trousers and top

I’ve rounded up a few similar trousers and coats below for you to peruse, incase you’re inspired! Come back Friday for all the fab stuff that didn’t quite fit in anywhere.

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  • Monix says:

    Thank you Amanda for stalking – you do it so well! Love, love, LOVE the orange large check trousers, she looks amazing in them. Adore Acne Studio (especially as they go up to a size 16).
    Roll on Friday…

  • Amanda says:

    Thanks Mon! And Acne is a fabulous brand…Ax

  • Patricia says:

    Know what I love about these clothes? They remind me of clothing I have made for myself since the very early 60s.
    I’ve been using upholstery fabrics (or lookalikes), handprinted tablecloths, bed sheeting and any other fabric that I can’t resist all my life to make rather simplistic shapes into interesting and fun stuff to wear. Soft tailoring of these fabrics leads to some really individual items. I’d recommend this hobby absolutely for sheer fun (and it’s often very inexpensive) and because it completely frees your imagination. It’s a bit addictive, though.

  • Amanda says:

    What a brilliant observation Patricia! You are so right, they are like upholstery fabrics…. A

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