September’s Fashion Heroes

By Astrid Carter | 26th September 2023

Contributing Fashion & Lifestyle Editor, Astrid Carter, brings us her September Fashion Heroes, from the high street dress that looks £££ to the anti-IT bag and the LBC (Long Black Coat) that’s set to be your most sensible new season spend.

model wears black boho jacket and jeans

Quinn Quilted Jacket


Free People

ON THE WISH LIST: Free People’s Quinn Quilted Jacket

Somewhere between a sporty bomber and a boho quilted jacket is Free People’s Quinn design. We love the almost regency sleeve and intricate embroidery – it’s giving Bridgerton – with the tough black shade and edgier shape. Wear with a chunky roll neck, tapered dark wash jeans and an Isabel Marant-esque cone-heel boot.

It's jacket season once again and this Free People quilted jacket has autumn wish list written all over it.


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On the subject of outerwear, the long black coat is going to be everywhere this season. At Miu Mui, they were slung over sporty grey hoodies, while at Victoria Beckham they added structure to soft tailoring and brought together head-t-toe looks of black at Givenchy.

If you’re on the lookout for one that’s not too spenny, check out COS. Seen here on Instagrammer, Claire Rose, it ticks all the boxes – structured shoulders, floor-skimming length and a classic nod to men’s tailoring.

Quite possibly one of the best investments you’ll make for the season and beyond

One of the best investments you'll make all season and beyond.




THE ANTI IT-BAG: Naru Studio’s Fan Shoulder Bag

As much as an artillery of investment designer accessories would be nice, there’s something effortlessly cool about the anti-It bag. A bag that speaks volumes in design and quality but is in no way flashy. Case in point: Naru Studio’s impossibly chic Fan bag. Is this the most perfect shoulder bag I’ve ever seen? Quite possibly, yes.

The London-based brand has been founded by London College of Fashion alumni Natalie Smith, who works closely with British leather artisans to create the most exquisite pieces. I love the intricate almost origami-style pleats on the Fan bag, alongside the understated lines and gold metalwork. Wear with everything from a power suit on the shoulder to jeans and a grey marl sweat cross-body.




THE PRETTY BLOUSE: Sézane’s Aina Blouse

I’m leaning into my love of all things late ’60s / early ’70s with Sézane’s Aina blouse. The French label knows how to create a piece with a vintage feel and this charming embroidered top will be worn on repeat all season – tucked into suede A-line skirts, paired with high-waist flares or layered over Daisy Jones and the Six-esque cords.




THE HIGH STREET HERO PIECE: Zara’s Scarlet Knit Dress

Fashion consultant (and my new Insta obsession), Valeria, showcases a lesson in layering with shimmer sequin trousers and Zara's scarlet red knit dress. An absolute steal at just £35.99

AND FINALLY… TO BED: Yaitte Teams Up With Jewellery Designer Roxanne First

I’m a sucker for a good set of PJs and these rainbow pastels are making the grey days and chilly nights less hard to adapt to.

Created in partnership between British sustainable label Yaitte and cult jewellery designer Roxanne First, they take the former’s best-selling BUOY shirt and give it the latter’s kaleidoscope of colour treatment in a patchwork of sherbet shades.

The set is available in shorts and longer bottoms but I also love the shirt paired with light-wash denim and white loafers come the weekend.



From inky blue boots to fuzzy mohair sweaters, mega silver trousers to cosy knits, here are all the pieces making the wish list for September…

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