Even the most optimistic amongst us must admit that summer is well and truly over. As we lament the chill in the air and darker evenings, there is one upside – the autumn/winter wardrobe update. This is definitely my favourite fashion season, the colours and fabrics tend to be richer and the overall look you go for can be really high impact. It can be a bit of a fashion minefield though so I’ve rounded up my key trends for this season. Enjoy!
Colour blocking was undoubtedly the trend story of spring/summer, you couldn’t move more than 20 yards down the high street without seeing bright pops of clashing colour in the windows of New Look, Topshop et al. Traditionally, shades tend to get a little muted for the cooler months but designers are still enamoured with bright hues. Michael Kors and Burberry both favoured bold blocks of colour while the likes of Jasper Garvida and Meadham Kirchhoff favoured slightly more subtle shades. Anything goes, from rich jewel tones to headline hues.
Many designers took inspiration from trends and fabrics of yesteryear for their collections. Tartan featured heavily at both Vivienne Westwood Red Label and quirky London-based label Ashish who gave it a luxe, punk feel with his signature of sequins. Luxury British houses Daks, Burberry and Mulberry used fabrics such as tweed and corduroy in their collections while Christopher Kane had a more contemporary take on heritage. The high street has been quick to pick up on this trend and there are already lots of tweeds and plaids around. If the head-to-toe look is a little much, you can still incorporate subtle accessories like a pretty brooch or checked scarf with knee length skirts and pussy-bow blouses. For a slightly avant-garde look, look out for heritage fabrics in bright colours.
One of the best things about this season is the abundance of textures. From fur (faux, of course) to mohair and chunky knits, autumn/winter is a season for keeping cosy. Italian fashion powerhouses Marni and Fendi both overloaded on texture, layering big shaggy faux furs over soft wools. Over in New York, Rodarte saw quilted calico prints paired with smooth leather. As different textures are a staple for winter, this trend is more about how you clash and combine pieces in your wardrobe. Be brave and don’t be afraid of layering a chunky knit scarf over mohair jumper paired with a pair of leather trousers.
The spring/summer love affair with the Seventies continues into autumn/winter, which is great news for those who bought into the trend last season. Gucci went for a glamorous look with culottes, wide-brimmed hats and opulent jewel tones while Mulberry touched upon the seventies with a more feminine look with pussy bow blouses. One of the easiest ways to wear this trend is to go for flared or wide leg trousers with a pretty blouse tucked in while the high-octane sophisticated the seventies look are perfect for the party season.
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