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AW16 Trends To Look Out For

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Saint Laurent AW16

Saint Laurent AW16

Yes, we’re in the middle of a heatwave and, yes, you probably don’t want to even contemplate the grey rain and ashen skies that are such a hallmark of the British autumn/winter season, but it’s nearly upon us folks. And pretending it isn’t won’t keep you warm when the weather shifts. You’ll just get chilblains. However, we think there is much to get excited about with the changing of the seasons, not just log fires and an excuse to drink all the red wine but the new trends trickling down to the racks too. Here are a few that we think might make the winter seem a little bit brighter.

Ruffles and frills/eighties

David Ferreira AW16

David Ferreira AW16 

You cannot go wrong with the eighties as a fashion decade to ape. There is just so much to love, from punky tartan, to big old prom dresses and stirrup leggings (Marni AW16 was mad for those). This season it’s the ruffles that set the benchmark for us. From the oversize ruffles at Saint Laurent (were they really that big or were SL’s models particularly emaciated this season…), to the subtler curves at Ashley Isham. Also making an appearance, the netted mini skirt, as seen at David Ferreira. Think Madonna Like A Virgin, plus a cheerleader.

Ashley Isham AW16

Ashley Isham AW16

Capes 

Alexander McQueen and Burberry Capes

Capes can be a controversial item. It wasn’t that long age that capes were HUGE! And then, just as quickly, they were so over guys, and wearing one was like leaving the house in Uggs. However, this time they seem to be returning with more longevity - popular last winter and all over the AW16 catwalks like a well-tailored rash, from military at Burberry to dazzling at Alexander McQueen. Judy Wu’s combat green designs were perfect for day-to-day chic and we loved the ladylike elegance of the vintage styles at Rohmir.

Rohr AW16

Rohmir AW16

 Sleeves 

Simone Rocha AW16

Simone Rocha AW16

Sleeves are kind of dull aren’t they. They’re just there really. Just hanging from shoulders, a practical essential during the winter months but nothing to write home about. Right? Wrong! This season your sleeves can be whatever you want them to be, from lined with edgy spikes through to emblazoned with crystals. Simone Rocha did Victoriana, Temperley London did tiered lace and Mary Katrantzou used them as a graphic canvas. We especially love this look from Roberts Wood, which makes a statement and yet remains casual AF.

Roberts Wood AW16

Roberts Wood AW16

Sequins 

Ashley Isham AW16

Ashley Isham AW16

Although they’re kind of a winter perennial, sequins are getting some special love this year. Ashish was the label that took this trend to the extreme – head to toe sequins is something everyone should experience at least once – but there are plenty of other ways to get your sparkle on. We loved the sequins that were scattered through Ashley Isham AW16 – on garments and faces – giving the looks an extra terrestrial shimmery dimension.

Ashish AW16

Ashish AW16

Velvet 

Pam Hogg AW16

Pam Hogg AW16

Again, another pretty wintry look that usually makes an annual appearance here and there on the end of year catwalks. However, velvet as a trend in its own right is new for the incoming season – at shows like Preen by Thornton Bregazzi it was pretty much the dominant texture. If you’ve got the cojones, velvet is a wonderful fabric tailored into a pair of flares like this Pam Hogg mustard coloured vision (with or without the bare chest). For those with a little fear of this fabric you can wear it subtly as a velvet choker, or opt for a demure velvet dress a la Valentino.

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi AW16

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi AW16

Cocktail dressing

Oscar de la Renta AW16

Oscar de la Renta AW16

Things got pretty ladylike on the AW16 catwalks for the new season with dressing for cocktail hour making a reappearance. For those of us more used to throwing back negronis on a barstool for half the night, the idea of a single hour for the mixed drink seems, frankly, absurd. However, there was a time when it was quite the occasion and so people made a damn effort. This was reflected on the catwalks this season, from the gold jacquard trouser suit at Oscar de la Renta in New York, to the neatly vintage dresses at Rohmir.

Rohmir AW16

Rohmir AW16

Polo necks under everything

AV Robertson Fashion East AW16

AV Robertson Fashion East AW16

The historically awkward combination of the polo neck with Another Neckline was bound to make itself into a trend at some point, so challenging a combination is it. However, while this might just seem like an incredibly self-conscious way to dress, you’ll be surprised by the kinds of look you can create with two necklines that might not seem to be the perfect match. Ideal for ‘trans seasoning’ that summer top you could never find a bra for or just layering up against the cold.

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