A strict palette of navy, black, camel, grey and white determines the look on this seasons catwalks. Effortless and unfussy, minimalist pieces in deluxe fabrics combine to elegant effect. Accessories are kept to a minimum. Simple pared down chic is the key Autumn/Winter trend.
Amongst the muted shades of Autumn there is an explosion of colours, vibrant greens and blues alongside fizzy yellows and rose pink can be found in the collections of Versace, Balenciaga and Jonathan Saunders. Worn in varying tones of the same shade, this flamboyant trend is all about colour and creativity.
A favourite wardrobe staple, the camel coat was evident in every style possible from floor length to trench coat. The shades varied from the lightest buff to the darkest cinder toffee tones. Cosy and comfortable Capes were a surprise addition to most collections. Real and fake fur in shaggy cuts and shrug styles abound. Animal stripes and winter whites were joined by light rose and antique pink shades creating a softer look!
Romance and retro were the key looks for evening wear. 50s inspired smart pencil skirts or circle skirts and prom dresses with featured belts to display ultra feminine tiny waists, full hips and a generous bust line. Teamed with retro framed handbags and elbow length leather gloves. Elegant long evening skirts combined with slouchy knits, as were long floral bohemian dresses in grey, fawn and toffee shades. The collections were over flowing with sheer lace looks. See through gowns and blouses over body suits or stockings and suspenders for a daring sensual look!
High Waisted Trousers, beautifully tailored, creased – front, leg lengthening styles are sweeping away the harem pants and jodhpurs. Wear with killer heels and signature belt as seen on the catwalks of Chloe, Givenchy and Louis Vuitton. Also predicted for this Autumn is the change of hemline to midi. Either stretchy and tubular or straight and silky, again with your highest heels. Team with a Leopard print coat or jacket as demonstrated by Miu Miu, Emilio Pucci and Lanvin recently.
Reflecting current affairs, the military influence has been evident in Dior’s bomer jacket and pencil skirt combos and Burberry’s aviator jackets, with designers Donna Karan and Prada introducing military influenced pieces into their latest collections. The prevailing colour theme appears to be red this season with all the top houses exploring it in their collections. Socks and shoes were seen across all collections, taking its lead from the summer’s tribal ikat colours and delicate lace offerings,. Hosiery visits new style frontiers this winter, sheer ankle socks add extra style points. Shoes are seductive, adventurous and ladylike. From platform stilettos to grown up kitten heels and knee high sock boots with tractor tyre soles. Gloves are elbow length ( leave them long or scrunch down your forearm). Handbags are classic smart styles in beautiful natural tone leather. Slimline belts are a must this season.