Annmarie O’Connor reveals the new season’s top trends and how to wear them.
Call it an 80s redux but this season’s creative colourways are taking us waaay back. From Roksanda’s mustard and purple crepe jumpsuits to Marni’s lilac and khaki frocks - this season’s palette pairings pack a punch.
Temper the saturated hues with optically shrewd hourglass silhouettes and judicious panel placements.
The style semester is officially in session, this time with an offbeat edge. The unlikely muse? Margot Tenenbaum whose ineffable mix of sleek and geek has infiltrated the autumn catwalks from Gucci to Prada and Tommy Hilfiger.
Mix geek and glam – think leopard print and pussy bow blouses; mini skirts and flatform brogues; fullforce faux fur and beret
Summer’s boho love-in gets the rollover treatment as ethnic prints, beatnik shapes and folky fabrics like patchwork and suede trend for another season. The mood is softly decadent as seen at Chloé but with a cool girl Burberry edge.
Balance a flowy top or prairie dress with a pair of strict leather knee boots. Layer with a cardi and tights when chillier days descend.
Fall hard for the decadence of a rococo sitting room (Laurence Llewelyn Bowen, anyone?) as fabric swatches push this season’s fashion envelope. Dries Van Noten’s baroque brocades set the bar with velvet, feathers and ornate stitching creating some of the most cruashable catwalk creations by a mile.
More is more: Embrace intertexuality by pairing brocades, hyper prints and 3-D embellishment.
Prepare to snuggle up as monster chubbies, shearling coats and Mongolian gilets continue their trend ascent. And what’s not to love? Stella McCartney’s eco fur made us weak for winter; while Marks & Spencers’hirsute highstreet offering made everyday luxe a faux sure thing.
Too over-the-top? Trend gently with a kinetic-friendly bag or patchwork stole.
Fashion proves it’s got plenty of neck as the polo becomes the season must-have. From oversized slubs as seen at Victoria Beckham to fitted classics at Topshop Unique and Margaret Howell, cresting collars all make the grade. Looks like modesty is the new black
Pair an oversized polo neck sweater with a pencil skirt and second skin ankle boots for bangon season style.
Princess dressing gets the royal seal of approval as crown jewels, full skirts and nipped in waists make their runway redux. Look no further than the unstudied elegance of Grace Kelly for style cues or be a modern monarch like Dolce’s high fidelity heiress
Create a modern fairytale by adding skintight leather gloves to fit-and-flare dresses look or add Mary Janes and a top handle bag to a power polo neck and PVC skirt.
What’s that we hear? It’s the 80s calling and they’re bringing maximalism back. Prepare to channel your inner glitter ball and don’t forget the lurex and sequins either. If you’re not ready to mix metallics with auxiliary hues (oh, Loewe how we loved your show) or show off one shoulder à la Balmain, then look away now.
Anchor sparkle, gloss and sheen with a matte counterpart like Manley’s silver leather peplum dress. Divine.
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