Burberry and Chanel have been quilting their iconic items for years, becoming quite synonymous with the design detail. Each year the designer houses bring out new quilted styles to continue and strengthen their signature style statement. Long live their quilted legacy.
Last year we saw quilted textures come through in smallish doses across retail. This year the trend is completely mainstream, and available across all price points and items. Jackets, coats, vests, bags, wallets, belts, hairbands and footwear. Jackets and coats are the most common quilted items, with bags coming in as a close third. Some items are quilted all over, while others are blocked with quilted pieces. Quilted fabrications range from leather, pleather and cotton, to nylon, velvet and polyester.
I like the quilted texture trend. Quilted outerwear tends to be practical, robust and fairly crease-resistant, which is appealing. I like to wear quilted textures in small doses, preferring items that are partially quilted. A full on quilted jacket reminds me too much of my horse riding days, when I was at the stables at every opportunity. So I think of that look as gear no matter how you slice and dice it. But I do like fully quilted outerwear on others. As for a fully quilted 2.55 — I’m in.
Some of my clients find quilted textures frumpy, or overly equestrian, while others will wear quilted outerwear with pleasure. Over to you. Do you like quilted or partially quilted outerwear? And what about quilted bags, belts and footwear? Do you vote yay or nay?