Bastyan’s Autumn/Winter ’11 Aesthetic

by Katie on October 28, 2011

Attending the S/S’12 Bastyan press day yesterday reminded me just how sublime Tonia Bastyan’s designs are and just how under-rated she is in the UK fashion scene. Surely it’s about time that she showed at London Fashion Week?  But that’s for a future debate.

I can now concentrate on the numerous goodies that Tonia Bastyan has delivered for our delight  for Autumn/Winter ’11.  Tonia’s great strength is creating wardrobe building pieces that can be worn for seasons if not years.  This lady knows what women want and manages to combine an accute practical sensibility wiIn short, the ultimate day to evening wardrobe with souped up swish factor.  

Tonia says, “The overall vision of Bastyan is to present its customer with a well edited offering of fashion solutions that are original, excellently produced and competitively prices.  I am striving to create a range of very individual pieces that don’t necessarily sit as a collection to coordinate, but are a treasure trove of pieces.”

For A/W’11, as ever, fabrics are elegant and effortless with a mix of tailored wools, silks and cashmere with soft knits that combine to create a collection of beautifully aesthetic pieces.

The coat collection for Autumn epitomises this design aesthetic and features a range of statement styles all with the Bastyan signature handwriting.  Highlights include a chic collarless coat with sculptured shoulders taken through to inky blue, nutmeg and grey with contrast black sleeve or there is the pillar-box red pea coat, which adds a touch of casual urban luxe to the collection.  Faux fur features heavily either throughout either as trims and wraps or on all over statement pieces such as the black faux pony skin coat with oversized knitted cuffs.
Separates are key; pairing soft fluid blouses with skinny pencil style skirts or tailored peg style trousers.  Multi use items such as the silk embellished shirt makes the perfect day to evening solution. Soft handle garments are a modern mix of luxurious knitwear or hand-embellished items with beautiful and intricate beadwork.

Tailoring is sharp and defined and brings a touch of vintage glamour through snug fitting jackets and dresses with a svelte nipped in waist or tailored trousers, all perfect for everyday wear.

Dresses still feature heavily and are designed to appeal to a variety of women.  Expect to see flattering silhouettes and desirable easy-to-wear fabrics such as the drape print dress taken from a vintage Japanese print Tonia found on her travels.

Colours are a beautiful array of classic neutrals such as stone, honey, grey, navy, charcoal and black, mixed with muted tones of nude, oyster, ginger and aubergine. 

Bastyan should be sought out by every woman who likes quality without the hype and for pieces  that don’t dictate a style and can be truly worn by their owner, allowing their personality to shine through.  Just let us blogger/writer types let loose on them. 

Items pictured:- Coco Backless Dress, £275, Ginger Faux Fur Cape, £350; Ginger Danae Drape Dress £275; Lucky Lace Dress, £275/Fur Drape Collar Coat, £420; Tibetan Lamb Coat, £420, Rosie Raglan Jacket, £275/Coated Zip Jean, £150; Tokyo Drape Dress, £250/Toscana Faux Fur Stole,  £95.

The Bastyan A/W ’11 collection is available at House of Fraser (UK), John Lewis (UK) and Brown Thomas (Ireland)

Please let me know what you think of the Bastyan collection by leaving a comment in the box below.  Thank you.

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