I cannot overlook ‘optional extras’ when it comes to fashion, they are my downfall. I’m talking shoes, coats, bags, belts and jewellery. Those little things, which most people own minimal off, but which I take to excess for both myself and my family. I am not kidding when I say that my 17 month old daughter owns 15 coats but that she only really has one pair of proper jeans. Like me, who owns just 3 pairs of jeans (despite living in them) but enough bags to match up with fashion’s fickleness to change the ‘must-have’ pantone at the drop of a hat (oh, hats – I forgot about hats!). So, it might not surprise you to learn that I’m always on the hunt for the must-have trends in these categories, not that I claim to wear any of them well – often I just squirrel away my purchases, satisfied just by the ownership. Anyway, here is my low-down on the best the season has to offer this Fall for my ‘must have’ items:
Miu Miu showed us that it was going to be dramatic this season. Think Downton on a good day – lots of chandelier earrings and waterfall necklaces, cascading and shimmering.
Against this, Givenchy went a little ‘urky’ on us with Septum nose piercing (yes, that little bridge between your nostrils). Actually, the nose piercing was the last thing to get faint over, since cheek piercing then followed, along with chin jewels).
After this I got a bit nostalgic as an 80’s child. Remember when you were a kid and it felt cool to mismatch your mum’s powerhouse dress up earrings (and even your trainers?). Well, the trend is real this season – with Balmain and Balenciaga offering an odd pairing of geometric earrings.
The spray on boot is here – think a boot that is so tight it looks painted on. Alexander McQueen, Jonathan Saunders, Versace and Marc Jacobs all showed off these thigh high boots on the catwalk. The key is the softness of the leather, which is essential if you are to be able to move in them (and not have your thighs look like a squished sausage). I’m afraid this trend won’t come cheaply.
Gucci went a bit OTT with their goat hair slippers (they looked like a wig on a foot) but the message was clear – your shoes should also be tactile. So look for shoes with fur or shearling trimming, this season.
It’s the season of the snake, with coloured snake skin making a mosaic pattern on your arm candy. Speaking of mosaic, Chanel’s ‘must-have’ bag is actually Chanel’s mosaic-covered 2.55 bag, so expect the trend to be big.
If you did the leopard print trend last year (and the year before – yawn) then know that you can dig your animal print bag out again this year. Both Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs say that leopard print will continue to linger this winter.
It’s all about fur this season. Think brightly coloured fur fluff balls, down to subtle shearling collars. Either way, it’s essential you give a nod to the season with a touch of fluff.
As I said above, coloured fur with be massively on trend but don’t limit your fabric to fur if it’s not really for you. In fact, the jewel coloured trends that are about to make us all smile include ruby red, quality street purple and sapphire – which look just as beautiful on wool.