This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the opening of the Joseph
store in South Kensington, London. In celebration of that fact, the stalwart London brand decided to throw itself a fashion show this season, and while under the spotlight the collection came off more retail-friendly than runway-ready, it did serve as a useful reminder of Joseph's place in the London fashion scheme of things. The collection included some very good new takes on the Joseph staples—knits and outerwear particularly. Creative director Louise Trotter made a convincing case for cozy sweater dressing, and there were a handful of top-notch jackets, such as the shearling-lined motorcycle jacket in a wine-colored check. Elsewhere, tie-neck blouses, naval-inspired trousers, and long skirts in dot chiffon all made a positive impression. Results were more mixed in terms of the leathers: Some all-leather looks came off heavy, though a leather jacket trimmed with long fringe will certainly find a lot of fans when it hits the shop floor.