BETA offers the perfect opportunity for us to not only catch up with clients and press, but to also get a taste for trends coming through and there was certainly plenty to feast my eyes on!
What perhaps struck us the most was the number of European brands exhibiting at the show (many for the first time), which really added something new to BETA for us. Many were relatively young equestrian clothing companies and we suppose drawing on our fashion roots, we really love the energy that these young brands have and also their desire to do something different – which they certainly did!
From a Union Jack graffiti style tailored show jacket through to an eco-friendly clothing line, which marries an environmental consciousness with beautiful design.
It’s not to say that our British equestrian clothing brands didn’t come up with some really great collections and it was also great to see a cross over into the equestrian arena with so many country brands exhibiting there. It was great to see so many of them echoing catwalk trends too, as our last blog referred to.
There was a really nice balance between products, saddlery and country brands and for our own clients Aloeride and Verdo Horse Bedding who were exhibiting there; we think this also offered diversity in terms of the type of visitors.
And on the trend front for horse and rider wear? Well, we saw lots of brights from Hot Pink through to Tangerine and Turquoise contrasted with a more muted autumnal pallet of Berry, Chocolate and Plum. Sporty and practical with the emphasis on flattering curves and technical fabrics Après Ski wear was an influence and when it comes to horse AND rider wear? Colour co-ordinating your steed and your outfit still rules and judging from the horse’s winter woolly coats, those faux fur trims on jackets, boots and hats will compliment perfectly for next season!!