Get ahead of the sartorial curve with our guide to the biggest trends for the coming season.
It all gets a little confusing doesn’t it? We are talking about autumn and winter trends just as it feels like the first proper day of spring. Who wants to think about what they are going to wear when the days start to get shorter again, when it’s just stopped being dark when we leave for work. Well, the fashion industry does. We are nothing if not over prepared for our future wardrobes and we know that you like to be ahead of the sartorial curve just as much as we do.
So, we aren’t going to bombard you with micro trends and street style hacks (just yet). Instead, think of this as your top liner on what’s to come for the new season.
1. (Not boring) beige
We’ve said it once, we’ve said it twice, in fact at this point I think we waxed lyrical on beige a hundred times over, but the colour that has dominated the spring summer conversation is here to stay. For those early adopters of the trend, you will know by now that beige has lost its boring tag and fallen hard into category: chic.
When it comes to styling hacks, it really hasn’t moved on (it’s just got even better) it’s still head to toe or rather it’s still all-consuming as seen at Burberry, Max Mara, Fendi, Hugo Boss and Michael Kors. If you were waiting for the phase to pass, give up. This one is here for the long haul.
2. Big Bird
Not strictly yellow feathers but feathers in general have seen a big resurgence, in fact we would go so far as to say this was the most prominent trend to come out of September’s fashion shows. A real signifier of glamour, feathers have come to replace fur for many brands as the outerwear fabric of choice like Saint Laurent and Mary Katrantzou.
There was more subtle variants of feather on the runway with Loewe showing us how to make feathers works from an accessories point of view, Erdem used them for decorative details and Valentino gave us jaw-dropping evening wear. Whether dipping a toe or deep diving into this trend, prepare for instant glamour.
3. Luxe Leather
In a bid to buy better and buy less the runways really helped us out with some super luxe, buttery soft looking leathers. They came in all shapes and colours: green culottes at Jacquemus, a tan pleated coat at A.W.A.K.E., a burgundy bomber jacket at Salvatore Ferragamo and a forest green parka at Tod’s.
The looks came thick and strong all sporting the same pared back agenda - this was just really great pieces, worn with ease and meant to last you a lifetime. Ditch the black leather biker jacket, you’re in for a big upgrade.
4. Bling Ring
Joining feathers in a bid to bring back glamour, is crystals. From elegant detailing to all-out shine, crystals are the embellishment du jour. It was an Eighties riot of crystals at Moschino with Bella, Gigi et al taking to the runway in crystal everything: choker, earrings, belts and crystal encrusted leather jackets.
Burberry and Dries Van Noten took their crystals and turned them into trimmings, acting as the finishing touches to their paired back looks. The big news regarding crystals? They are no longer reserved for nightfall, with designers pairing their bling with every day staples like white shirting at Christopher Kane and black blouses at Paco Rabanne. It’s time to shine bright in the daylight hours.