It’s that time of year again, the new season has arrived and we are more than ready to embrace the fashion offerings of a fresh set of trends for the colder months ahead. So, what to expect?
AW’17 walked us down memory lane with collections inspired by decades past; expect nods to both the 70s and 80s, as well as a fast-forward look into fashions of the future. A new spirit of grown-up dressing and female solidarity is here for autumn, as we meet the latest soft power-dressing staple.
Much like last season, the AW shows offered a fusion of escapism and activism, with several design houses making social, economical and political statements via slogans and cultural references.
This season expect vibrant colours, fresh silhouettes, embellishment, feathers, frills and a whole lot more as we present The Style Edit’s top catwalk trends from the New York, London, Milan and Paris catwalks…
If you invest in one colour this season, there’s no question – red is the hue to be seen in for autumn/winter. If red isn’t a colour you would usually pick out, fear not, there is a flattering shade for every skin tone. The runways showcased rich wines at Max Mara, dramatic shades of scarlet at Valentino and Alexander McQueen and deep blood reds at Fendi. If you’re feeling brave, don’t be afraid to rock this super-trend, go bold red-to-toe!
FENDI, MAX MARA, VALENTINO
Autumn/winter may be the season of cosying up on the sofa, but that’s not what the designers had in mind for us… Think sequins, sparkle, crystal beading and chainmail galore!
Ramp up the drama as the return of dressing-up gets us in the mood to dazzle under the low lights of a cocktail lounge. Are you a fashion fan of the future? The catwalks saw this trend pushed beyond night-time escapades and into a space age dress code, as we saw glitter boots at Chanel and alien-like crystal bodysuits at Gucci.
GUCCI, LOEWE, CHANEL
Autumn/winter sees the suit step out of the office, as double-breasted blazers, wide structured shoulders and softly tailored trews offer an elegant everyday uniform.
Raf Simon’s debut at Calvin Klein presented the classically austere grey checked suit that will become the key seasonal staple. This trend offers flexibility and versatility to work with your personal style preferences and silhouette – whether you opt for a wide leg pant, fluid flare or straight leg ankle grazer, anything goes.
Designers embraced revivals of both the 80s and the 90s as the power suit was celebrated across many shows including Victoria Beckham, Joseph, Céline, Mulberry and Stella McCartney.
JOSEPH, VICTORIA BECKHAM, CALVIN KLEIN
It wouldn’t be winter without the revival of the classic knit as seen across design houses including Prada, Miu Miu, Christopher Kane and more. A failsafe staple, the knitted jumper or cardigan is at the core of every winter wardrobe.
This season sees the knit chunkier than ever. Bright and bold in a primarily colour, or traditional and timeless in classic Aran or cable knit, the options are endless. Team your chunky jumper with a midi skirt and heels or wear a longer style with bare legs and over-knee boots before the chills set in!
MIU MIU, PRADA, CHRISTOPHER KANE
CELEBRATE THE 70s
This season we are celebrating the return of the 70s, the era that has paved the way as the frontrunner for autumnal attire.
References from the decade were prevalent in the seasonal colour palette of caramel, tobacco and rust, while retro fabrics such as corduroy and shearling returned in swinging seventies style at Prada and Lemaire.
Designers from Marc Jacobs to Etro embraced the true flamboyant fashion attitude of this trend as we saw retro wallpaper prints, folksy maxi dresses and even the exuberant pop/glam-rock look return in a nod to nostalgia.
ETRO, MARC JACOBS, LEMAIRE
Say it loud, say it proud, this season your clothes can speak volumes as the AW’17 catwalks all marched to the same beat of a voice for change and unity, showcasing both social and political statements.
Taking a style stand, designers evoked a rebellious attitude through the implementation of slogans and cultural references. Bold graphics, tag lines and the use of textiles prompted onlookers to unify in a collective fashion voice.
From Raf Simons’ celebration of “the coming together of different individuals” in a gender neutral collection at Calvin Klein, to John Galliano’s patchwork used to illustrate “memories, which unite us and give us hope” at Maison Margiela, designers employed a mash-up of cultural references to mark the importance of inclusivity.
PRABAL GURUNG, CALVIN KLEIN, MAISON MARGIELA
Eve Brannon, Fashion Editor