This morning, COS invited media to browse their new offerings for the fall/winter season (conveniently housed beside Greenhouse Juice Co). While minimalism and a clean palette certainly held true-to-brand, I was impressed to see a sort of new-coming eclectic sense through varying textiles and reworked detailing. Familiar leather looks and wool overcoats offset the arrival of chunkier knits and bold colours. The collection as a whole was inspired by the backdrops of Lynette Yiadom Boakye’s paintings, offering an unseen richness. Functionality and innovation were certainly key.

Keeping things in similar fashion to the SS16 collection, many pieces had subtle utilitarian detailing, such as cargo pockets and larger zippers to really streamline the brand’s vision for 2016. Much of the lighter-coloured pieces, such as their iconic white shirts, focused on delicate folds, where as the deeper navy and blacks opted for a more futurist feel with a lot os mesh and high-tech fabrication. While I usually find COS’s selection quite structural, I was pleasantly surprised to a sense of relaxation, while still adhering to the androgynous foundation. The oxblood shoe with a suede heel immediately caught my attention–again, analyzing the added textural elements. Crinkled leather accessories and tightly knit choker’s proved that the ’90s aren’t going anywhere (which I’m srsly okay with). And this jumpsuit…I still. can’t. get. over…

This is an excerpt from the article COS A/W 16 Preview which originally appeared on http://ethcsofstyl.com/.