Best Of: Reiss Fall New Arrivals

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Are you a fan of Reiss? If so, you are in good company around here. Not sure? If the label sounds just vaguely familiar, you probably ran across it a couple times in the photo credits for Kate Middleton. She’s been snapped sporting Reiss both before and after becoming an official Royal.

Beyond the Royal connection, the London-based label is known for creating design-focused pieces that tend toward architectural simplicity. Although I’ve spotted some particularly hideous ruffly creations on the Reiss site from time to time, I generally find that they offer a range of very wearable pieces that have a timeless appeal. The new fall arrivals tend toward the latter. I made my way through all 159 new pieces and picked out my favorites. Check them out…

Reiss fall new arrivals - sweaters, trousers, blouses, coats

1. Reiss Emile Sharply Tailored Coat, $525.00
The spare details on this sleek wool-blend coat will put the emphasis on your ensemble, not your topper. It’s available in three gorgeous, far-from-ordinary colors: burgundy (shown here), lilac, and royal blue. I think the burgundy will wear just like a neutral when paired with black, grey, and white pieces.

2. Reiss Amie Textured Two-Tone Jumper, $240.00
It’s rare that I go for patterns in my knitwear, but this read and cream textured sweater has such a gorgeous look that I’m drawn to it despite its graphic pattern. This particular shade of red feels just right for fall – it was all over the runways, plus it is a slightly subdued take on red that is perfect for us color-phobes.

3. Reiss Sergant Oversized Roll Neck Jumper, $195.00
The densely knit acrylic/ poly/ wool blend of this sweater is what initially attracted me. It’s so dense it’s very nearly jersey. But it’s not. And it’s boxy, and has pockets. Altogether, it’s kind of sweatshirt fake out. I’m all for any piece of clothing that makes me think this hard.

4. Reiss Yara Fluid Clean-Cut Blouse, $180.00
This lightweight shirt is one of those items that’s likely to become a go-to staple. It’s a fresh take on the classic workwear must-have, thanks to the mandarin collar, concealed buttons, and curved hem (which makes it just as appropriate worn outside the waistband as tucked in). I love this rich navy, but it’s also available in white.

5. Reiss Rex Fluid Batwing Top, $180.00
Speaking of white shirts… here’s one that I’m positive doesn’t already live in your wardrobe. How fun is it to run across a totally new take on the basic white dress shirt? I love it. And I love this blouse. It feels as modern as picks from Acne or Jil Sander, but falls just on this side of wearable.

6. Reiss Francois High-Waisted Wide Leg Trousers, $240.00
I remember a time, maybe eight or ten years ago, when a dressy wide-leg black trouser was the thing to wear for a classy night out. Then the look fell out of favor, for no real reason other than the rise of other style choices. I think I’m starting to miss that look, and running across these gorgeous trousers has me hoping that the look is going to come back with a vengeance for fall.