Fashion has gone hell for leather this autumn with leather straps, garters, corsets, boots and accessories – everywhere! Also trending is all-over black and the mystery and seduction of the femme fatale aesthetic. At the other end of the spectrum is pink, as seen in soft layers at Carolina Herrera; bubblegum pink at Versace; vari-tone pink at Bluemarine and Valentino’s intense all-over fuchsia. Coats spread their wings into capes that range from graphic, boho and deluxe to the monochromatic cape à la Hermès and Nina Ricci’s blue offering.
Back to leather – it’s seen in every garment and in every colour under the sun. Saint Laurent and Versace bring us black trench coats; Chloé and Fendi preferred browns. Prada presented olive green leather jackets with sharp shoulder pads, whilst Lanvin sent sophisticated fuchsia down the catwalk, Max Mara went total-look yellow and Bottega Veneta produced midi skirts.
In other looks, Gucci, Chanel and Versace went preppy while top brands Dior, Balmain and Burberry backed looks reminiscent of a dystopian future with Mad Max/Dune-style biker jackets and gloves in black and earthy tones.
Tank tops (aka vest tops) are trending with logos at Loewe and Prada. Legs are squeezed into knee-high or thigh-high boots in denim, leather-look (at MM6) or sparkly PVC. Accessorize with knitted balaclavas in grey, orange or black. Gucci and Adidas exposed their sporty souls, and D&G channelled the eighties and sheer fabrics.
Open your mind and your wardrobe to new trends. Introduce bright colours and invest in oversize and classic–cut suits with a retro feel for comfortable, yet smart daywear. Suits are making a comeback – anything goes when it comes to fabric; silk, velvet, denim, tweed, flannel, wool and even leather. Jackets are long, fitted, and with strong, square shoulders. Also back in vogue is the double-breasted blazer.
Trousers are ample with creative shapes and fastenings – pleats, tucks, baggy… Drawstring jogging trousers provide sublime comfort yet exude hip confidence; available in relaxed fit or elasticated at the ankle. Rolled up in knitted fabrics is another cool look, especially in cashmere – a seasonal must-have.
Comfortable tailoring is key, paired with unisex over shirts, flannel shirts, sports blazers… Keep to earthy tones and mix with preppy details, prints and playful motifs. Oversize shapes look stylish but are practical, smart and comfortable.
There’s a lot of mix ´n´ match with fabric and print combos used in new tech materials. Unstructured trousers, blazers, and suits are here to stay in prints and textures inspired by nature, with patchwork, embroidery and exotic motifs. Make way for stripes, plaids and fringes too. Quilted fabrics feature in all types of outerwear in bright colours, especially red, but also in earthy tones such as honeycomb, jade and dark oak.