We may still be standing by for pops of spring to turn into flourishes of summer, but elsewhere the fashion pack have been celebrating winter days to come. It’s that time of year again, the ‘new season’ forecast has arrived and we are ready to set our sights upon the fashion offerings of a fresh set of trends for the future colder months. So, what to expect? The AW’19 Fashion Week shows didn’t disappoint…. designer debuts, emerging talent, an abundance of street style and, of course, runways to remember.
THE STYLE EDIT takes a look at the predominant trends that transpired from New York, London, Milan and Paris AW’19 shows so you can step one fashion foot forward ahead of the season.
Gown About Town
No need to dress down for fancy affairs, or play it safe for red carpet events, as minimal goes out the window in favour of autumn’s fantasy gowns. Huge, heavenly, decadent dresses stole the shows internationally as our wildest dress-up dreams came true. Tomo Koizumi layered sweet shades of tulle, while Roksanda indulged onlookers with feather-trimmed fancies. Molly Goddard gave us THAT dress: a sugar-plum fairy-esque dreamy creation that will be emulated across the high street no doubt. Meanwhile Valentino, Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors offered full on flounce in the season’s hottest hues.
We loved it first time around, but now we occasionally look back in slight confusion. A take on the quintessential 90’s grunge has returned for another turn around the block. Albeit this time we’ve picked out the best bits: leopard print, oversized ripped knitwear, heavy black boots, plaids and checks. Throw in some plush, luxury textures including cashmere and angora and you’ve got all the nostalgic references without the angst. This celebration of resurgence was observed at Versace, Agnona and Prada.
Mono No More
Gone are the days of winters swathed in a uniform of black and white. Even navy and cream have been given the elbow in favour of autumn’s brightest season to date. A bold palette of head-to-toe saturated colour burns brightly into the eyeballs of 2019’s darkest days, as we see design houses spread infectious spectrums of colour throughout the collections. Think high octane cobalt blue and acid yellow, balanced with sunset orange and jade green. Go big, go bold, go colour-blocking, as seen at Balenciaga, Max Mara and Jacquemus.
A Faithful Friend
We all love a no fuss, no frills, new season trend. A trend that celebrates the simple side of life and even better, encourages us to fall in love (all over again) with items already living in our wardrobe. Cue the humble cardigan. We all own a few, right? Whether you like yours oversized and slouchy, neat and tucked in, or longline and super cosy – on trend and on budget – the versatile cardigan will be your best friend this autumn / winter. For inspo on how to restyle yours check out the creative offerings of Miu Miu, Christopher Kane, Chanel and House of Holland.
The Shade To Be Seen In
We’ve said it once, we’ll say it again (check out micro trend feature: Our Street Style Caramel Crush at MFW), brown is back! Autumn loves a rich, seasonal take on this simple palette and 2019 is no different. From cool caramels to milky mochas, if the A/W shows are anything to go by, it’s evident that hues of chocolate brown will make winter oh so sweet come the end of the year. As seen at Loewe, Victoria Beckham and Burberry.
Think pearls, tailored twin sets, pussy bow neck ties, bouclé boxy blazers and silk blouses (tucked in of course). The polished aesthetic of the 1970s middle class has been adopted for the winter season, characterised by unashamed materialistic values and conventional attitudes. This feminine, anything-but-frumpy dress code was adorned at Gucci, Longchamp, Celine, Lanvin and Burberry, to name a few.
In need of a confidence injection? This season’s sculptured shoulder silhouette is not for the faint-hearted. Ignite your inner drama queen as the power shoulder pushes its way through our winter wardrobes. We saw forceful yet feminine tailoring at its finest at Marc Jacobs, Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, David Koma and Prabal Gurung – to name a few. Let your attitude match your attire this season.
For The Love Of Leather
The big news in fabrics for AW’19? Leather can do no wrong. Soft, buttery, smooth-as-silk leather. Whether you opt for a high-luxury leather coat, inspired by the offerings at Max Mara and Tom Ford or high-gloss, high-waisted leather trews as seen at Isabel Marant and Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, the investment will be worth it. We promise.
The party has arrived, but no need for a late curfew. Add sparkle to your daytime ensembles to hit the high notes this season, as sequins and rhinestone embellishments leave us lusting after this off-duty trend. Keep the look understated, leaving a little room for a girl’s best friend – diamonds of course. Tweed gets a dressing up at Celine, whilst a simple seasonal staple is adorned with strings of bling at Christopher Kane.