London Fashion Week, this week, has been excitedly showcasing what we can expect of next year’s Spring Summer collections. However, over this weekend there has also been a Trend Show, which has brought us all up to immediate speed on the trends we need to take note of immediately, for Autumn Winter. We were there to pick our favourite trends for this season and the best news is all these trends are accessible now, so there is nothing stopping you bringing your wardrobe up to speed right now.
1. Into The Wild
Leopard print is the king of all animal prints and pops as soon as temps fall. This year, however, the daddy of all cats has competition from its wild sisters leopard, cheetah, snake and zebra. McQ Alexander McQueen and By Malene Birger showed us statement coats and boots in zebra, coats in cheetah and bags in snake. Don’t worry faithful leopard followers – tactile, pony skin leopard print bags and ankle boots were still prominent. The most fashion forward of us will clash prints, going wild with several prints at once, but if head to toe isn’t for you then dip your toe in with accessories or footwear. An interesting way to mix this trend up would be to clash it with alternative prints – such as florals or stripes.
2. Punk Rocks
The Queen of fashion punk, Vivienne Westwood, told us back at the start of the year that 2015 would see a punk revival and she wasn’t wrong. Thanks to contemporaries House of Holland and McQ Alexander McQueen, who all had Vivienne’s back with this trend, Punk has been pushed through to the forefront of this season’s fashion. Don’t be alarmed by the concept of ‘punk’ since the execution comes more in detailing – safety pins, velvet trims, red tartans, zip detail denim and studded bags and bikers.
3. Super Retro
Flower power rules! Retro is blooming with mesmerising psychedelic prints and boho silhouettes, See by Chloé, Just Cavalli and DKNY took us right back to the 70s with mustard and powder blues which looks beautiful on a blouse, paired with a denim flare. Or invest in a patchwork suede mini for a piece that epitomises the 70s era. The key lies in picking a hero piece and building around that with boots, a floppy hat and oversized sunglasses – effortless autumnal retro style lies in making sure your whole look is authentic.
4. Marsala Tones
Back at the start of 2015 Marsala was voted Pantone’s colour of the year. Back then, when aqua and yellow reigned supreme, it was hard to envision a shift towards this gothic shade (almost verging on bordeaux). Nevertheless, fast forward a few months (and a couple of seasons) and here we are submerged in variations of the this must have shade thanks to enablers IRO, Joseph and Kenzo who all used this standout colour in their collections. Variations of the colour include paprika, plum, burgundy, berry but it’s important the shade remains rich and warm (and not pillar box). When it comes to wearing Marsala anything goes – it was evident today in shoes, bags, dresses, even tights! But a subtle way to acknowledge it could be in your lips and nails.
Of the four trends my favourite was ‘Into The Wild’ because I always think a little bit of animal print can go a long way from taking an outfit from meh to exceptional. Take, for example, a top to toe black outfit and imagine how outstanding it can become with a leopard print, knee-length jacket. Or imagine how fashion forward your LBD can become with zebra heels. However, if you are after something truly new (because, let’s face it, animal print is a bit on repeat), then go for Marsala and take a risk on your this years’s winter boots being in this year’s hottest colour. Happy shopping!