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The summer sun may still be high in the sky, but autumn’s hottest high street pieces are about to hit the rails.

This month sees the launch of Republic’s autumn/winter range which is designed to be mixed, matched and loved. The overarching theme is opulence with edge; outfits dripping with embellishments, draped with lace, and accented with faux-fur and feathers.

Each brand remains distinct, but now more than ever, the collections possess the ability to seamlessly blend together, enabling you to write your own (individually inspired) fashion rules.

Wearable yet wild, the range contained grungy motifs and heavy knits alongside delicate tones of shifting petal, taupe, peach and coffee cream. Deep khaki and black accents can be used to toughen up transitional summer nudes and catwalk influences have clearly filtered into the Crafted brand, with jersey, shearling and more womanly, less structured shapes emerging amongst denim and recurring staples.

Here are some of the standout pieces that I managed to snatch shots of. Look out for them on billboards, in magazine spreads and on shop floor posters in the coming weeks, and get ready to snap them up for yourself from September.

Jackets steal the show on this rail. Make like a rock star in a flamboyant feathered bolero or forgo fur with a short sleeved Miso cover up that’s covered in shaggy looped fringing and ripples of ribbon (as seen on the model being styled in my behind the scenes pictures). Sol Cal distressed denim cut offs (that hark back to mid-nineties scruffiness) are also pictured.

 Made of jersey material, this nude, ruffle-neck one shouldered Miso dress hangs well and feels like it will be this year’s comfortable alternative to structured tailoring. In the shoot it was paired with oil-slick coloured beading (shown) that was slung around the model’s hips, given it an updated Greco-Roman feel.

 Fun, flirty and slightly faded, this Miso dress bridges the gap between summer’s pastels and autumn’s cocoa hues. With a roughed up and on-trend Crafted leather jacket thrown over the top of its 50s cinched in waistline, it’s a great piece of eveningwear for when the nights draw in.

 Maxi’s look set to stay in style for at least the first half of the season. As well as this deep brown Crafted number, I spotted leopard print, tie dye and darker versions rather than ditzy or floaty prints.

Florals are going to stick around too. As well as the variegated blooms on the maxi (see left), cascades of full roses and buds that look like faded vintage illustrations make an appearance on neat casuals and sweeping dresses.

This slouchy, slightly cropped, military style Crafted jumper has batwing sleeves and a chunky knit. Grunge, but with a twist, it has a delicate gold thread running through each stitch (see detail, right) and would be great with slinky trousers and killer heels or heavy duty lace up boots. This item will be available in black only.

Bleached and faded (like the pictured jacket and boyfriend jeans) or deepest indigo is the way to go with denim this autumn. Textures are important, with sheer nudes glammed up with spiky sequins (second from left), feathers again adding a new feel to a LBD and twisted tie-dye in surprisingly chic charcoal colours (far right).

Grimy, industrial looking tie-dye can also be found on this Crafted cropped tee (here show with a contrasting lace panelled body). Leather, suede and tasselled accessories (like this Miso fur bag) are begging to be slung over the top.

This Miso jersey maxi (right) was whisked away to be worn, but the pattern again falls somewhere between distorted animal print and fuzzy charred shapes. An antidote to the neon bright, sculpted body-con of last year.

Zips, wet look fabric and an edgy off the shoulder design- this Crafted top represents what happens when grunge and sexy gothic tease collide. Don’t be put off by its initial appearance; the material is actually soft and not especially clingy. Tassels and a tough beaded cuff were used to add finishing touches to this look for the shoot.

  Tassels and gleaming studs ensure that this Jessica's Attic jacket is real statement piece. With a subtle nod to bulky bombers in its tailoring, wear it with skinny jeans and swagger.

Here’s another piece that proves that the power shoulder has not yet disappeared off the fashion radar (right). Wonderfully soft, the flecked imitation fur on this basic cotton tee transforms it from plain to plush.

 Faux fur, aviator jackets and shearling lining keep snug Miso and Crafted winter jackets on trend. The earthy palette is very much adhered to, with utility pockets and panelling breaking up the silhouette.

Where watercolour-style prints remain, it’s in the monochrome form of cogs and wheels nestled amongst creeping vines. Grittier but not hardened, the oil-stained outlines on this Crafted scarf are a refreshing change from flowing, organic shapes and regimented pixel patterns.

As a pretty serious arachnophobe, I’m not sure whether I could bring myself to wear this fringed Crafted tarantula top/dress. I can however appreciate its delicately bejewelled and eye-catching originality.

Row upon row of cream lace and ivory bows feminise this dainty, slate grey underwear from Miso.

Finally, a bit of fun for the winter months. Although the animal/woodland/wilderness headgear theme has not been taken as literally as it has in some other high street stores, this Crafted teddy bear bobble hat will add a cute touch to a casual outfit or a quirky twist to a more dressed up look on a chilly night.

 I would like to thank Republic for inviting me along and all those who helped and guided me through the shoot.
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