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Stylist’s A/W catwalk report

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Everything you need to know about what to wear for the months ahead

  • AUTUMN LEAVES

    Pumpkin, russet, tobacco, copper... Shades the colour of fallen leaves lifted the sober mood of the shows with a welcome pop of colour. As with every shade this season, the essential way to wear them is head-to-toe but we recommend starting with an on-trend kitten heels before you graduate to a full orange outfit. Which you will.

    On the catwalk at:

    Sophia Kokosalaki

    Paul Smith

    Stella McCartney

    Matthew Williamson

    Miu Miu

    Oscar de la Renta

    Vivienne Westwood

    Peter Pilotto

    Miu Miu

  • CAMEL

    The ultimate colour for channelling Autumn 2010's restrained mood, camel is the shade of the season. The neutral appeared on every item of clothing – and accessory. Wearing the colour head-to-toe will give you the most on-trend way of working it but otherwise a luxe, camel coat is the item you should invest in.

    On the catwalk at:

    Nicole Farhi

    Michael Kors

    Prada

    3.1 Phillip Lim

    Marni

    Sophia Kokosalaki

    Tommy Hilfiger

    Stella McCartney

    3.1 Phillip Lim

  • CHARLIE GIRL

    The glossy influence of the Seventies was a big hit on the catwalks. Want to work the trend this season? You’ll need to start with the right trousers. High-waisted, flattering pants made a welcome return after seasons of scary hareems… but A-line skirts are equally important. Wear both with a silk blouse and the perfectly blow-dried ‘do.

    On the catwalk at:

    Aquascutum

    Zac Posen

    Saltavore Ferragamo

    Emilo Pucci

    Marc Jacobs

    Chloe

    Tommy Hilfiger

    Michael Kors

    Pucci

  • MIDAS TOUCH

    Designers decreed that it’s time to dazzle as gold shone from almost every catwalk. Gold looks best worn as an accent colour during the day (try combining a Lurex knit with camel tapered trousers) then unleash a gold minidress at night. Wear yours with autumn’s essential skinny belt and bare legs to make the trend modern.

    On the catwalk at:

    Balmain

    Maxamra

    Marc by Marc Jacobs

    Michael Kors

    3.1 Phillip Lim

    Salvatore Ferragamo

    PPQ

    Paul Smith

    Balmain

  • FADE TO GREY

    This season, designers in the four fashion capitals decreed that grey is officially gorgeous as an array of smoky shades were shown on the catwalks. But it’s not enough to pull out any old grey pieces lurking in the back of your wardrobe. The shapes need to be fuss-free and in keeping with the minimal, pared-down mood of the season. A sharp blazer or chic dress is the piece to pick.

    On the catwalk at:

    Antonio Beradi

    Gucci

    Stella McCartney

    Pringle

    Marc Jacobs

    Lanvin

    Tommy Hilfiger

    Paul Smith

    Gucci

  • LADYLIKE LACE

    Femme turned fatale with the arrival of lace as the most seductive fabric on our fashion radar. Add edge by teaming it with leather (Christopher Kane) or try layering black lace over a bold contrasting colour (Dolce & Gabbana). A lace top is the most versatile way to get an instant fashion update this update.

    On the catwalk at:

    Anna Sui

    Dolce & Gabbana

    Erdem

    Miu Miu

    Stella McCartney

    Christophe Kane

    Oscar de la Renta

    Christopher Kane

  • BIKER GIRLS

    In a season that was as much about how your clothes feel as how they look, supple chic leather was a hit on the catwalks. Mix it up with tweed, lace and chunky knits for a contemporary twist. Meanwhile biker jackets got an update as they morphed into the aviator. Burberry Prorsum's was the most desired but every label has their own version.

    On the catwalk at:

    Celine

    Proenza Schouler

    Ralph Lauren

    Balmain

    Burberry Prorsum

    Moschino

    Pringle

    Thakoon

    Diane Von Furstenberg

    Burberry Prorsum

  • LEOPARD PRINT

    Moving on from summer’s tiger prints, leopard is the big cat motif to covet for autumn. Designers mixed it up with military shirts, polka dots and Crayola colours for a playfully sexy effect. For day, a silk-print blouse adds allure. Wear with a pencil skirt and perilously high heels to be totally on-trend.

    On the catwalk at:

    Dolce & Gabbana

    Dries Van Noten

    Balmain

    Etro

    Gucci

    Moschino

    Rochas

    Gucci

  • COLUMN SKIRTS

    Fashion hits the floor this season as elegant column skirts became the newest way to dress for evening. But unlike summer’s maxi, this season’s skirts are worn with grungy glamour. Pair with a casual top or chunky knit for an unpredictable angle – Marc Jacob’s mix of cable knit and sequins has floored us. In a good way.

    On the catwalk at:

    Michael Kors

    Marc Jacobs

    Philosophy

    Emilio Pucci

    Roland Mouret

    Sonia Rykiel

    Marc Jacobs

  • NEW WAVE MILITARY

    It's the perma-trend that refuses to go away without a battle. Once again, khaki parkas, double-breasted details and gold buttons featured in the front line. The military jacket is the only way to take on the trend. This season's way to wear it? With an eclectic mix of lace (Burberry Prorsum) or ruffles (Ralph Lauren.)

    On the catwalk at:

    Burberry Prorsum

    Marc by marc Jacobs

    Oscar de la Renta

    Ralph Lauren

    Aquascutum

    Celine

    Dries Van Noten

    Vanessa Bruno

    Oscar de la Renta

  • MINIMAL CHIC

    Many of a/w 2010’s looks were severe, simple and devastatingly chic. Minimal looks stormed the catwalks and this restrained aesthetic looked fresh and new after a summer of ruffles. Pare down your look with plain pieces: sharp-lined blazers and straight A-line edged skirts. It’s the ultimate trend for city girls.

    On the catwalk at:

    Celine

    BCBG Max Azria

    Stella McCartney

    Balenciaga

    Gucci

    Marc Jacobs

    Pringle

    Tommy Hilfiger

    Stella McCartney

  • THE NEW BOHO

    Get involved in a dark romance this autumn as full-length chiffon dresses in faded floral prints contribute to a maverick catwalk trend. Unlike summer's carefree, hippy style, this season's light, floaty fabrics have eccentric, intellectual appeal. Best worn layered over knits or under shaggy faux-fur or a sheepskin gilet.

    On the catwalk at:

    D&G

    Kenzo

    Anna Sui

    Roberto Cavalli

    Philosophy di Alberta Ferretii

    Ralph Lauren

    Erdem

    Erdem

  • OPULENCE

    Inspired by couture details, and intricate embroidery, bejewelled brocade and sumptuous damask set the tone for the season. After-dark dressing turned ultra-desirable as dresses bedecked with sequins appeared at Balmain, while MaxMara’s gold-thread encrusted coats took the fashion-pack’s breath away.

    On the catwalk at:

    Mary Katrantzou

    Matthew Williamson

    Alexander McQueen

    Sophia Kokosalaki

    Balmain

    Maxmara

    Mulberry

    Emilio Pucci

    MaxMara

  • KILLER CURVES

    The reign of waif is finally over as curvier models stormed the runways in the most feminine fashion we’ve seen for several seasons. Prada even sent Victoria’s Secret models down their catwalk to showcase a delectable selection of nipped-in waists. Evoke Mad Men glamour with an essential full skirt, long leather gloves and a neat handbag.

    On the catwalk at:

    Dries Van Noten

    Paul Smith

    Alberta Ferretti

    Victoria Beckham

    Bottega Veneta

    Tommy Hilfiger

    Prada

    Louis Vuitton

    Prada

  • VELVET

    Velvet was one of autumn’s stand-out fabrics. It’s the perfect material for glamorous eveningwear but try layering a velvet dress during the day for a modern take (Ralph Lauren). Deep blood-red velvet is particularly key (and will be perfect when winter sets in) but right now? Slip into a flirtily indulgent skirt.

    On the catwalk at:

    Antonio Beradi

    Pringle of Scotland

    Ralph Lauren

    Anna Sui

    Dolce & Gabbana

    Givenchy

    Richard Nicoll

    Zac Posen

    Ralph Lauren

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