So, we've jetted around the World along with the buyers and fashion editors and looked at hundreds of images of the designers' visions for what we'll all be wearing when the temperatures plummet in the Autumn. If you've been reading our previous posts you'll have a pretty good idea of the key trends that will be hitting the stores (and therefore your wardrobe). But, it can be a tricky path to negotiate so to make life a little simpler we've put together the key looks and pieces for you (you can thank us in October!!)
Firstly, the 60's and 70's. Many designers followed on from Spring with heavy references to past decades, with the 60's and 70's definitely being the most popular. Velvet and suede proved versatile fabrications with culottes and capes also making an appearance. Necklines were high and Victorian at Giles and McQueen or floppy and pussy bowed at Pucci and Chanel. Fur collars couldn't be avoided at Matthew Williamson, Rodate and Altuzarra. 70's colours were dominant with burnt orange, olive, chocolate and tan. If the 70's isn't your bag, or you're craving a bit of newness after the summer than look to Tommy Hilfiger and Rag & Bone for a more athletic take on the trends, and headbands worn with sporty styling at Bally and Lacoste.
Birds and feathers showed on many high profile catwalks such as Gucci where they were beaded and embroidered across jumpers and Rochas which had them flying, appliqued, across blouses and also at Diane von Furstenburg. Marabou feather trimmed dresses at Michael Kors and Lanvin with peacock prints at Givenchy. Dries van Noten took things one step further by adding them to thick cord on necklaces.
Moving onto accessories (with a focus on jewellery, naturally!) Berets looked great, and when fashion heavy-weights Gucci and Marc by Marc Jacobs were both showing them you know they're going to be huge. They looked particularly strong with a brooch pinned on. Brooches in general were massive - literally and figuratively. They were pinned onto everything from the aforementioned berets to lapels, jumpers, capes and coats.Statement earrings are nothing new but this season several designers chose to send their models out wearing a single one; a hoop at Balmain or a drop at Isabel Marant.
So, overall we have learned that the 70's is where it's at in terms of colours and silhouettes, fringing will hang off everything and we'll be wearing a white polo neck under all our outfits and pinning brooches everywhere! On your marks, get set, go....!!