Shoot: How to follow fashion using vintage pieces

Creating autumn/winter’s key looks using solely pre-owned pieces - all sourced and styled by Newmarket’s designer and vintage boutique D’ORO - Velvet’s contributing fashion editor Rohiny Belani proves you don’t have to buy new to follow fashion

Crop Rotation

The new silhouette turning all the heads comes by way of cropped jackets and tops. A far remove from the mini tees of your youth, these short takes are sophisticated and seriously chic. Feeling daring? Pair with second-skin leather pants.

Top/Jacket: Alexander McQueen 2002

Leggings: The Row

Boots: Chanel

Earrings: Vintage Kenneth Jay Lane

Skirting Around

Artisanal knitwear, that autumn/winter staple, is worn with statement pleat and plaids and accessories with edge for a look that’s fun as well as fashion. This joyful mash-up is an antidote to the comfort we’ve been wrapped in over the past year. Fashion is

back, and we welcome its energetic and vibrant return.

Top: Yves Saint Laurent black velvet top with its own brooch

Skirt: Yves Saint Laurent tartan skirt

Shoes: Manolo Blahnik special edition open toe heels

Earrings: Vintage gold tone tweed style earrings

Tinker Tailor

When it comes to tailoring this season, think old-school smart. Designers aren’t going halfway: button-downs are layered under vests, over turtlenecks, under jackets, under long coats, over trousers — and sometimes finished with a scarf or a hat. These ensembles are paired not with pumps or sneakers, but ankle boots. In other words, it’s not about subverting the classics - it’s a literal take.

Blazer: Vintage Hermes red equestrian blazer

Top: 1980s Jil Sander off-white silk pussy bow blouse

Leggings: The Row

Scarf: Vintage Hermes pink Brides de Gala

Hat: Vintage Herbert Johnson black trilby

Boots: Prada

Keep it Cosy

The optimal word to describe fashion in the past year was cosy. Designers are continuing down this path for autumn 2021, but not in the way you would initially think (read: no sweats here). From a cream-coloured wool jacket at Chanel to a tan shearling-lined coat at Chloé to a fuzzy hoodie at Christian Dior, our favourite labels have refined these comfy styles, bringing couture cuts to their designs. The fabrics may indeed be plush and the sizes large, but cosy never looked so good.

Coat: Maxmara Alpaca blend swing coat

Bag: Chanel brown handbag circa 1984

Boots: Jimmy Choo

Get Shorty

With the trend de jour short and super-fitted, autumn 2021 is all about the sultry mini. Inspired by Dior’s babydolls and tuxedo dresses, it’s the silhouette of the season. The rule of thumb? Show legs for days!

Top: Red Valentino silk blouse

Skirt: Zadig & Voltaire

Boots: Prada

Meet the Team

Photographer: Simon Carter - @simonbalancer;

Model: Rohiny Belani - @asweetrohmance

Hair: Samantha Kay - @makeupbysambridal;

Makeup: Joely Richardson - @makeupby_joely;

Outfits, accessories and shoes: D’ORO, Newmarket - @d.oro_uk;

Location: National Horse Racing Museum, Newmarket - @nhrmuseum;

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