These are my top 10 trends for autumn/winter, but I thought I’d give you a bit more than my favourite looks from the runway. I thought, why not tell you where to buy them from too on the high street? So here’s my top 10 and some shops that do the trend best. Enjoy! 🙂
Eighties Revival – Balmain lead the way with the eighties trend; his exaggerated shoulders, short hemlines, dollops of sparkle and wide belts set the scene for one of the most extroverted trends of the season. For more inspiration there’s also Christopher Kane, Saint Laurent and J.W. Anderson’s eighties offerings.
Look to ASOS’ glitter and sequined outfits, New Look’s PU leather jackets and mini skirts and white ankle boots, & Other Stories’ graphic knitted jumpers and Zara’s and Topshop’s metallic sheen skirts.
Return of Folk – This season Boho/folk comes in patchwork and mixtures of prints and fabrics. Take a leaf out of Burberry Prorsum and Chloe and wear them as extra long capes and dresses, or go down the Lanvin route and clash as many items as possible.
The high street’s offering of this trend are diverse; from River Island’s printed dresses and suede offerings, to House of Fraser orient-inspired Boho kimonos, Miss Selfridge has some fantastic patchwork cape jackets, leather fringing and shearling jackets, while New Look has the best patchwork pieces and Boho capes and blankets on offer across the high street.
All Things 70’s – Like we saw for spring/summer 2015, the seventies trend is once again huge across the catwalks and the high street. This season we’ve moved away from specific aspects of the decade, such as Studio 54 and office-wear, and embraced all aspects of the seventies trend. Burberry Prorsum and Anna Sui gave us Joni Mitchell, floral-inspired hippie seventies, while Dior and Jonathan Saunders gave us flares and pantsuits to make any seventies working woman swoon. Lastly Chloe gave us skinny scarves, peasant blouses and lots of corduroy.
For the high street versions, look to Zara for Chloe-inpsired wear right down to the skinny scarves and relaxed blouses, Miss Selfridge and River Island for some amazing flare pantsuits, Mango for some disco-worthy jumpsuits and to ASOS for the most amazing suede and faux fur long coats around.
Graphic Art Prints – For prints so dramatic they belong on a wall in a gallery, look no further than Dior for their full-on jumpsuits, Emilio Pucci’s swirling monochromatic dress and over the knee co-ords and Jonathan Saunders’ sixties print mini dresses. All will have your head spinning and delight your senses.
The high street wasn’t as keen on this bold trend, but you can still grab some pieces here and there. The best undoubtedly belongs to Monki and their post-modern art print midi dresses and their swirling orange and navy print oversized jumper that just screams Christopher Kane. Miss Selfridge does a more demure burgundy high necked mini dress that still very graphic in its print, while Reiss has a gorgeous gold and black square print dress perfect for the party season.
A Gothic Romance – It was all a bit moody on the catwalks of Alexander McQueen, Alberta Ferretti and Rodarte, where the 19th Century ruled with frilly high necked dresses, elaborate cuffs and sheer fabrics. Each designer upped the ante by paying close attention to the accessories, and Givenchy went as far as to give us full-on face jewellery to match his morbidly dark collection.
The high street has gone all out for this trend as nearly every brand has their own interpretation of the gothic theme. Dorothy Perkins and Marks and Spencer both gave us Victoriana-inspired lace dresses and jumpsuits, while Miss Selfridge worked with heavier fabrics, but focused on a-line midi skirts and high necked blouses and tops. New look gave us oodles of gothic-inspired silver jewellery and black studded ankle boots with fringing that’s to-die-for. Primark went all out of berry and black high necked Victoriana dresses and long duster coats, while River Island went with statement black blouses, eyelit-tied skirts and fishnet tights. Topshop focused on leather eyelit dresses and Zara once again specialised in floor-length duster coats and a beautiful velvet midi dress.
Geek Chic – Gucci undoubtedly led the way with the geek chic trend inspired by Margot Tenenbaum we’re seeing all over the catwalk and high street, but they weren’t the only ones. Tommy Hilfiger gave us varsity girl, while Chloe’s professeur chic just needed some elbow patches to complete the look. Think lots of geeky glasses, bobble hats, berets, cutsie bows and tennis dresses.
For high street equivalents you’ll have to look a little harder, but ASOS gave us some fantastic plastic glasses and the geek trend styled through the lens of the seventies with some neck scarves, bold prints and denim overalls. Mango were another store brilliant at taking on aspects of the geek trend, with lace bodies and leather pleated midi skirts, while Zara TRF took on the geek trend with faux fur jackets, long striped pleated skirts and suede pieces.
Coloured fur – It doesn’t matter whether it’s sheep gilets, snow jackets, or just fur accents, coloured fur is the new way to wrap up warm this winter. Statement shearling ruled at Lanvin, while Louis Vuitton made maxi faux fur and Roksanda Illincic gave us two-tone fur jackets.
ASOS has some beautiful baby pink faux fur jacket in two tones and coloured fur stoles in black, white and green. Dorothy Perkins has a really cute lilac clutch bag; and River Island is the place to go for shaggy fur coats in a variety of colours, while Topshop is perfect for coloured patchwork faux fur, from cozy gilets to cropped jackets.
Velvet Underground – The softest of textiles gets a complete overhaul this season, with Christopher Kane’s velvet dresses and Giorgio Armani’s velvet trousers. Or you could go down the Dries Van Noten route and wear your velvet in capes or the sleek coats of Alexander Wang.
On the high street, head over to none other than Topshop for your velvet fix. Here they have everything from royal red or blue velvet ankle boots or full royal blue trouser suits in the softest velvet. Topshop also stock some exquisite ochre brocade dresses in velvet and blue print mini dresses that are half sixties, half Boho girl. For a darker hue, head to Marks and Spencer for their dark navy crushed velvet suits that’s just perfect for the Christmas season. Zara also have a good offering of navy velvet slip dresses and cami tops, to go with their collection of wide leg velvet trousers in a variety of colours and prints.
60’s Princess – The 60’s princess is an amalgamation of various trends found on the catwalks this season, but it primarily consists of Prada’s stiff empire-line waists and pant suits in candy colours, while Stella McCartney send down dresses with a tulip skirt and the décolletage on display, while Balenciaga’s dresses were of stiffer fabrics and sensible grey. A 60’s princess must wear a pair of loafer kitten heels, as seen on Chanel, Prada, Bally and Bottega Veneta, and if a prim dress is too much, tweed skirt suits are a suitable alternative. The best ones there are undoubtedly Chanel, Max Mara and Marc Jacobs.
For a suitable high street alternative, Miss Selfridge’s skirt suit in pale pink is a must have, as is their cleavage baring grey jumpsuit. River Island have a salmon pink high hemline pantsuit, that is so reminiscent of Prada’s offering, it’s worth buying it fast before it sells out or is taken off the market for copyright infringement. For loafer kitten heels, there’s nowhere better than Topshop’s wide range and Zara’s offerings. Both stores are an absolute must for this trend.
High Shine – As it’s to be expected with any autumn/winter season, sparkly items are a must in the run-up to the party season. It doesn’t matter whether it’s sequins, high shine materials, or plenty of glitter, the designers turn into magpies come autumn. This season we say a variety of shiny clothing on the catwalks, from Christopher Kane’s green lurex sweaters and midi skirts to Loewe’s high vis silver jacket, or Sonia Rykiel’s seventies sequined dresses. Shiny items were aplenty and with designers such as Rodarte, Louis Vuitton, Dior and Michael Kors getting in on the action, you know it’s getting a lot of love.
The high street did not disappoint with this trend either, as we have everything from ASOS’ high sequined dresses, tops and matching clutches in a variety of colours and styles, French Connection’s more demure black sequined maxi dresses and an absolute showstopper of a sequined cape on offer, Marks and Spencer offered up their own version of the Rodarte’s signature sequined dress, whereas New Look decided to focus all its glitter efforts on their accessories and boots.