Prague Style: Fall Fashion

Prague's boutiques offer hot looks for cool weather

Elizabeth Zahradnicek-Haas

Written by Elizabeth Zahradnicek-Haas Published on 10.11.2008 09:33:56 (updated on 10.11.2008) Reading time: 3 minutes

Fall is my favorite season for fashion. No matter what the current year’s New York fashion shows mandate, classic autumn ensembles intimate the bohemian and romantic – and they never go out of style. When I think of the coolest cool-weather looks, I’m reminded of Diane Keaton’s “Annie Hall” look: fitted vests and blazers, wide-leg pants, loose apron dresses over a snug turtleneck and, Annie’s pičce de résistance, an eccentric hat. Monika Krajčírová, Design Director at Incognito Designer’s Room, agrees that this fall’s favorite trends lean toward the casual and romantic and include, “Print leggings in angora wool, flowy tunics in rich autumn hues, shawls, and slouchy boots or pointy-toe flats.”

We’ve rounded up some of the prettiest autumn pieces on offer at Prague’s smaller, indie shops. Many of these boutiques’ fall/winter collections are just now debuting. We were impressed by the breadth and quality of clothing we discovered. Browse unique scarves, treat yourself to an autumn bauble, or splurge on a top-of-the line jacket. This is merely a cross-section of Prague’s most fashionable finds – let us know what you uncover!

Autumn Sweaters
Editor’s Pick: Lucia Jumper
2,600 CZK
Evergreen Boutique
Slezká 28
Vinohrady

Evergreen is Prague’s first organic fashion store. Here you’ll find smart, hand-stitched styles  – including menswear – in environmentally correct materials like hemp, organic cotton, and ramie wool. Their new autumn collection features coats and sweaters with adorable details (puffed sleeves, giant buttons) and darling dresses, think tweeds and knits, in warm autumn hues with satin piping and other trendy touches. Strong, sustainable clothes with a conscious.

Fall’s Coolest Clutch
Editor’s Pick: Inabala Clutch
1,250 CZK
Incognito Designer’s Room
Vězeňská 6
Old Town

Delicately etched black trees against a cream background give this feminine clutch the chic appeal of French toile and the spooky autumnal air of an Edward Gorey sketch. Incognito Designer’s Room has been featured on the pages of Czech Vogue and Elle. They showcase up-and-coming Israeli designers in a cozy boutique that feels more like a friend’s apartment than a retail space. Incognito’s autumn line-up also includes feminine shawls and calf-skimming sweaters in shades of heather grey and birch-bark brown.

Buy, Buy Birdie!
Editor’s Pick: Brass Bird Earrings
430 CZK
Flamingo Park
Vlkova 11
Žižkov

These hand-cut brass earrings with sparrow motif from Flamingo’s park autumn jewelry collection add subtle shimmer and shine to your fall ensemble. A necklace featuring a flock of migrating geese (840 CZK) is the perfect match for these elegant danglers. Flamingo Park’s collection of leather accessories (rings and cuffs) and other stylish add-ons are culled by the owners from all over the world. Go here to pick up funky and eclectic accessories, (we like their new unisex line of ropey scarves and chunky jewel-toned belts), at very nice prices.

Hat Couture
Editor’s Pick: Cowl Neck Collar
750 CZK
Design Studio Iška Fišárková
Na Baště sv. Jiří 5
Hradčany
233 340 850

This year skip the cookie-cutter hat from H&M and opt for a one-of-a-kind style from the Iška Fišárková Design Studio. Their fall accessories do double-duty: this sophisticated, yet cozy, cowl neck collar transforms to a cap, while the stylish cuffs (500 CZK), in matching chunky knit, can also be worn as legwarmers. Additional collars in luxury materials and flapper-inspired hats round out this touchable line of accessories. Though viewings are available by appointment only, Fišárková’s designs are surprisingly affordable – not to mention versatile – and a wonderfully unique option in this city’s sea of synthetic, mass-produced fashion.

It’s in the Bag
Editor’s Pick: Retro suede bag
1,720 CZK
Flamingo Park

Flamingo Park gets another vote for their slouchy suede bags with retro print. Curvy and supple, with plenty of room for packing the essentials, these bags are just the right touch of hobo chic, Annie-Hall style. Their fall collection also includes slick weather-proof PVC bucket bags in black with white and grey geometric circles pattern or black with electric-hued geometric circles pattern (1,280 CZK).

Scarf it up
Editor’s Pick: Autumn plaid scarflette
1,150 CZK
Marketa New York
Online only

Though she isn’t exactly located nearby  –  Marketa works out of her studio in NYC – this Czech-born fashion designer will happily ship to Prague. Her scarflettes are adorable: neck warmers in luxe materials like cashmere with lambskin trim and right-now prints like plaid. Warm and functional, they add an unconventional twist to your outfit. Also try the kinky leather lariat cowls – without a doubt putting the sexy back in the autumn season.

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