Article by Samantha Nice
Yes I know… we’ve not even had a chance to don our spring/summer garments yet but the runways have already determined what we should be adhering to this autumn/winter.
When it comes to colour it appears anything goes. From rich earthy colour palettes to bright colour blocks. Fuchsia pink will carry us right through to next year as seen by the likes of Versus Versace and others. Christopher Kane opted for a much more muted pink palette as did Anya Hindmarch. Antonio Berdardi went for a heavily navy infused look, whilst David Koma favoured khaki. It appears mustard yellow is set to be the colour of the season thanks to the likes of Calvin Klein. Other colour palettes include rich blues and purples and oxblood red.
For inspiration when it comes to prints and patterns, think vintage wallpapers, wild flowers, embroidery, patchwork and other clashing favourites. Things we didn’t think went together now do thanks to mismatching at JW Anderson and Mary Katrantzou. Florals are sticking around for yet another season but in vast variation. Christopher Kane brought pale pink brocade florals whilst Preen by Thornton Bregazzi mixed electrified florals and vintage prints.
As expected we will see a slight adaptation of this year’s SS17 trends as we move into the colder months. Ruffles won’t be going anywhere and neither will velvet. Both dominated the runways of Erdem, Antonio Berdardi and others. Asymmetry will also stay prominent as we look towards uneven hemlines and skewed skirts and dresses from David Koma, Christopher Kane and others. Pleats and flute sleeves will also continue to dominate, as will drop hems.
A heavy emphasis on shoulder detailing is still a must, as we see an abundance of puffiness at Temperley London. We loved their adorable bib necklines and tie collars. Talking of adorable, we loved Molly Goddard’s pretty dresses and renowned knits. We also saw the return of the classic Noughties leggings and ballet pumps combo.
Remember wearing hotpant shorts over your tights? Yes, Alexander Wang has rekindled this romance.
We also saw Ryan Lo collaborate with Hello Kitty to give a playful new print to their drop-waist dresses.
When it comes to outerwear, it’s all about making an entrance. Opt for the oversized, patterned piece and let that do the talking. Patterned coats were seen across the board from Paul Costelloe and Peter Pilotto. From loud jacquard prints at Mary Katrantzou to more muted pastel florals, they are a must for everyone’s winter wardrobe. If you’re not fancying the garish prints, go oversized and pick those with a fur collar trim. Capes and wraps will remain so be sure to keep them at the front of your wardrobe. Roksanda showcased oversized shearling coats in abundance and Preen by Thornton Bregazzi also favoured the boyish fitting quilted shrugs.
Oscar de la Renta brought a new twist to jazzing up our favourite LBD as it’s now all about the embellished footwear. Ditch your statement necklaces and draped earrings as it’s time to let your feet do the talking.
Much-loved British label Mulberry brought yet another stunning show which was full of wallpaper prints, pleated dresses, checked suits, floral capes, cord skirts, fairisle knits and embroidery. Bag-wise, it was all about their cross-body ‘hat box’ style bags.
Topshop Unique offered yet another uplifting show of colour. They returned back to their British roots with their new campaign girl Lily Jean Harvey. Lily has taken over from our American Instagram crush, Taylor Hill. The show was jampacked with slogan tees, stripes and tracksuits.