Fashion: Pick and mix to find your look

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With Fireworks Night just around the corner, the Capital’s skyline is set to explode with colour and texture.

Much like the style offerings available in the city this autumn/winter as Edinburgh embraces the eclectic mix of trends the fashion gods have sent us this season.

“There is certainly a plethora of trends to choose from. From faux fur to biker chic, lace to animal print, there is a lot going on,” says Sarah Cosgrove, owner of the Arkangel and Felon boutique on William Street.

The mix suits Sarah, a former London-based stylist to the stars, perfectly, fitting her love of quirky, individual outfits like a glove.

We caught up with her as she was busy preparing for her boutique’s autumn/winter fashion show in Fountainbridge, the first she has hosted since the shop opened its doors in the West End Village a year ago.

Up to her eyes in the likes of Paul by Paul Smith, Betty Jackson and Wilbur & Gussie, her team of models were getting ready to show the people of Edinburgh just how to make their mark as the weather turns drab and the nights draw in.

“I always look for things that have a bit of a difference about them,” says Sarah, who has worked with the likes of Claudia Winkelman and Zara Phillips on shoots across the globe.

“We have people who come in the shop who are in their 60s or 70s looking for something very classy and timeless. But the same items can be used to make a very unique look, depending on what they are worn with.

“The heritage trend, with its rich earthy tweeds and tailoring, is a great example of that.”

Sarah’s message this season is to take a risk. Take the time to team up pieces that will really make you stand out from the crowd as the Edinburgh weather takes a turn for the worse.

“It’s all about how you put things together,” she says.