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Winter Colours -2018

With the scorching 2018 summer but a distant memory and seasonal change well and truly underway, we’ve been taking a look at what’s in season for Autumn/Winter 2018.

That will immediately make most people think of either food or fashion - so we’ve looked into both!

Find out what foods are in season in Autumn & Winter

More people live in urban areas than rural areas nowadays, shopping in super markets the stock fruit and vegetables all year round so it’s forgivable that there is a decreasing amount of awareness of where in the world their food is coming from, let alone what’s in season and when.

So why’s it important to try to eat seasonally as much as possible? is an organisation trying to encourage people to do so - here are the reasons they give to eat more local, seasonal food:

  • to reduce the energy (and associated CO2 emissions) needed to grow and transport the food we eat

  • to avoid paying a premium for food that is scarcer or has travelled a long way

  • to support the local economy

  • to reconnect with nature's cycles and the passing of time

but, most importantly, because

  • seasonal food is fresher and so tends to be tastier and more nutritious

Each week their website focuses on one food currently in season, providing interesting information, tips and recipes incorporating it.  At the time of writing the Seasonal food of the week is Quince.

There are plenty of lists of what’s in season when; have their own food seasons section (which is UK specific) - but you could also try:

The seasonal food calendar, which is nice and simple and provides links to some recipes (although, unfortunately, not for all the foods listed)

If you’d like at see what’s in season over the entire year in on place try the BBC Good Food Seasonality table - it’s a bit cumbersome, but does have the ability to filter by food type (Fruit, Vegetables, Meat and Seafood).

One of the more interesting one’s that might help kids get a feel for what’s in season when is this seasonal food chart which can be printed out on the educational website Henri Le Worm.

What are this season’s colours?

Every season Pantone, the world’s leading colour people, publish a collection of colours reflecting what top fashion designers will be using at upcoming shows.

Below (and at the start of this post) are a few featured in their collection for Autumn/Winter 2018 - to see all the colours visit the Pantone website:

Winter Colours -2018-2

I’ve certainly noticed the mustard yellow colour around a lot! (I bought a jumper in Tesco’s only a few months ago this colour lending proof to my theory that I am, in fact, a fashionista)

But how will the vagaries of fashion affect how the discerning Railway engineer or driver dresses?

What is this season’s look for style conscious Train Drivers?

The good news is our drivers don’t need to worry about making a fashion faux-pas this season - because Workwear and Hi-Vis is “in” at the moment!

Whilst men’s fashion site concedes that “the workwear trend is one that’s been dipping in and out of popularity for the past few years” and, even though “workwear brands are among the most reliable out there, they’re often what people struggle with the most when styling.”

Their site features some stylish solutions to the problem (although I suspect none of the looks are meant for actual physical work!)

There is also a current trend for designers like Craig Green, Junya Watanebe and even Louis Vuitton incorporating Hi-Vis and safety wear into their designs.

This article in The Guardian charts the rise of the Hi-Vis look - one industry expert summed it up like this;

“It didn’t come as a shock when hi-vis began to appear on the runway,” says Damien Paul, head of menswear for “It feels like a natural progression from the trend for technical outerwear which is a perfect hybrid of performance wear and streetwear. Plusit ‘pops’ in photographs, for the Instagram generation.”

Although, later in the article, when speaking with a “man in the street” a more considered response was received;

Electrician Gary Wisdom is less convinced. “I don’t mind the more minimal designs,” he says, “but some of these looks are just far too over the top.”

Is there anything we should’ve mentioned?

Do you have any thoughts, comments or views on Seasonal food or fashion?

Is there anything you think we should have mentioned?

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By Alastair Baker at 8 Nov 2018, 00:00 AM