Laura Ashley Isle of Harris Collection Combines Style and Warmth

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It's time to wrap up against the weather with Laura Ashley's Isle of Harris collection, a capsule wardrobe of stylish winter warmers.

Colder weather may have many people racing for the comfort of your leather sofa and a pile of cosy rugs, but with all of the beauty of autumn's changing colours on display, there are as just as many who hanker after the invigorating qualities of brisker temperatures: bracing hikes and windswept adventures, rosy-cheeked cycle rides and leaf-crunching walks, all followed by a mad dash back to the house for tea and biscuits in the warmth.

Inspired by this love of Britain's great outdoors, Laura Ashley's Isle of Harris collection comprises everything needed to combine style and warmth this season, with layers of snuggly knits, chic coats and cosy scarves.

Featuring colour combinations of deep plums, vibrant reds and ever-stylish greys, the Isle of Harris collection works effortlessly together to echo the deeper colours of the changing season whilst ensuring a pop of colour that will add cheer and warmth to bleak days and dull weather.

With a distinctly British feel, the collection employs fabrics that have been produced at Scottish and British mills, with checks and herringbones lending a traditional touch to contemporary shapes. Chunky knits abound: cable sweaters, tabards and belted cardigans add warmth and depth when layered atop trousers in jumbo cord, and wool skirts that come in slightly shorter lengths so that tights and boots can be showcased. The emphasis is on texture rather than print (although we love the distinctly autumnal leaf print blouse) with intarsia, argyle and the AW10 style essential, Fair Isle, combining with block colours in bold shades to create a look that's as well suited to the long hours and sophisticated pace of city life as it is to Sunday lunches in country pubs worked off by aimless walks through changing fields.

Those on the endless quest for the Holy Grail of AW dressing - the perfect knit dress - need look no further, since styles within the Isle of Harris collection are made from the softest cashmere blends and merino wools, with striking design elements including contrast colour blocks, stripes and Fair Isle edging, making them perfectly suited to cosy luxe as well as dressed down comfort. And for the best of this season's heritage trend, the Wool Check City Coat, made from quality wool woven in a Yorkshire mill in a muted charcoal, lime and berry plaid, will add a sharp, sophisticated yet deliciously cosy finish to any ensemble. It's all in the details.

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Laura Ashley PR Team
0207 880 5100

About Laura Ashley
Laura Ashley is one of the UK's leading retailers, with over 225 stores in the UK and Republic of Ireland, plus an expanding international business offering stylish, high quality, great value women's clothing and home furnishings. In the last financial year Laura Ashley sales were £268.4 million.

As a much-loved British heritage brand Laura Ashley founded in 1953 provides a source of design-led items, good-quality yet accessible fabrics, wallpaper, furniture, lighting and home accessories and women's fashion.

The company also offers an excellent level of services including an array of bespoke options for the home, including made to order upholstery in a choice of over 100 fabric options, made to measure curtains & blinds and a comprehensive Design service.

Laura Ashley has growing franchise operations all over the world, including the Far East, Australia, Scandinavia and South America, as well as increasing numbers of licensing projects for products including carpets, eyewear, scarves and bedlinen.

In addition to an increasing portfolio of store Laura Ashley also offers a mail order service and internet sales at http://www.lauraashley.com.

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