Ponch-oh!

Burberry Prorsum Catwalk - London Fashion Week 2014

Burberry AW14

Ponchos have been around since the pre-Hispanic era so it’s no wonder they’ve been incorporated into the fashion world. Clint Eastwood’s character in ‘A Fistful of Dollars’ was known for wearing a poncho because it was a unique look for a cowboy.

On The Catwalk:

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Tommy Hilfiger AW14

Burberry’s latest catwalk show was a monumental success, with Cara Delevingne opening and closing the show and a live performance from Paloma Faith their AW14 collection was anything but abysmal. Ending the show with the models previewing the colour block ponchos brandished with their initials. The use of dull tones clash effectively to not overpower the eyes and create elegance.

Ponchos were also seen on the catwalks of Tommy Hilfiger, Hermès and Valentino so it is no doubt that they’ll be returning to the high streets very soon. Vivienne Westwood has been known to preview a poncho or two in some of her previous collections. The pioneer of punk herself used a one off poncho to promote her cause – Climate Revolution.

So what is it about the poncho that keeps us going back for more? They keep you warm and it’s like wearing a snuggie, but a more socially accepted version.

On The High Street:

With them appearing on the catwalks of high end brands, it’s no surprise to us that ponchos are making their way into High Street shops. Putting their own spin on styles seen during fashion week eventually the likes of Topshop, River Island and Zara started to stock them.

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This Checked Mohair Poncho retails at £230 at Topshop. For this amount of money you’d expect great quality and it to be flattering. This just isn’t. It looks like a washed out Scotsman’s tartan and doesn’t flow and create elegance, it just sits.

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Zara stock this poncho and for £65.99, it’s more reasonable. Albeit for men it’s on point style-wise and there is a hint of practicality to it.

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More for the money conscience, this poncho is on sale at £18 from Boohoo.com. Following the trend of Autumn/Winter ’13 this blue tartan piece is a good addition to your wardrobe.

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Going more designer, Denim and Supply by Ralph Lauren have created a paisley poncho that will easily be able to bring back this Autumn. With a more summery feel with the print, it coincides with the florals for Autumn trend seen on catwalks. For £110 it’s a fraction of the price expected from a designer label.

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House of Fraser stocks items similar to the ponchos worn for the Burberry finale at London Fashion Week, this garment is available for £65. Unlike Burberry this, piece has a classic monochrome colour scheme.

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