As the new fashion season approaches, autumnal trends are getting well underway on the AW2016/2017 catwalks. Out with the old and in with the new: summer simplicity is a thing of the past as we welcome in the opulence of rich, luxe fabrics, heavy embellishments, and renaissance silhouettes. With the shifting season, designers are redefining our previous summer staples and introducing an autumnal antithesis – think swathing velvet, military reign, and sportswear-meets-office for the coming autumn months. Get ready for the open back to become the new off the shoulder, for earrings to be the outfit centrepiece, and prepare to toss your sneakers (temporarily) aside as the heel is back with a vengeance.
Clashing Brocade Prints Outfit
The sweetheart neckline has taken the catwalks by storm for this upcoming fashion season, with the likes of Dior and Miu Miu debuting ensembles that herald flashes of décolletage and open backs: a contest of fashion’s most romantic neckline and fashion’s most daring backing. To recreate this trend, why not try the show-stopping Emile Vidal Carr open back jacket with a plunging sweetheart neckline. As Prada has shown this season, with a print as bold as this you have to go big or go home with your pairing piece. So for a high-fashion clash, team the jacket with the Hemyca floral brocade trousers and you’ve got a head turning outfit base. Now on to the autumn accessories. The heel is back and it has reached vertiginous heights. Get ahead of the trend game with the Kim Kwang pony hair ankle boots (but we suggest you have a little practice walking in these sky-high stilettos before stepping out of the door). Tie this striking look together with the Hibourama jewel velvet crossbody bag and some dramatic A few Jewels earrings: you’ll score top style points with notes of velvet detailing and oversized ear candy.
HEMYCA – ROBIN BLACK FLORAL BROCADE TROUSERS
EMILE VIDAL CARR – EMIRA JACKET AVAILABLE IN MULIT-COLOUR AND MULTI-COLOUR BLUE
KIM KWANG – HAND PAINTED PONY HAIR ANKLE BOOTS
AFEW JEWELS – OLOU WHITE GOLD AND BLACK RHODIUM EARRINGS
HIBOURAMA – JEWEL VELVET BLACK CROSSBODY BAG
Elevated Sportswear Outfit
Sportswear was the go-to off-duty look for summer, with the bomber jacket and athleisure pieces earning their place as summer wardrobe staples. Thanks to Balenciaga, the sportswear trend can transition into autumn and winter too: the way to wear it now is by pairing your staple puffer or anorak with full skirts or well-tailored trousers. For a fashion forward look that pays homage to this trend, try teaming the Lorens Bach navy puffer jacket with Barjis’ silky maxi skirt in blue and grey stripe. Challenge the sports vibe even further in your accessories by amping up the embellishment. Glitter will always be in and these Raoul lace up heels in midnight blue offer the perfect complementary hue for this outfit. Complete the look with a fun crossbody bag like the Hibourama mini jewel and fur bag in light pink and black to elevate the casualness of your statement puffer even further.
BARJIS – ARWA MAXI SKIRT IN LIGHT BLUE AND GREY STRIPED PANELS
HIBOURAMA – MINI JEWEL FUR LIGHT PINK AND BLACK MINI CROSSBODY BAG
LORENZ BACH – NAVY AUTUMN PUFFER JACKET
RAOUL – MICHELLE LACE UPS IN MIDNIGHT BLUE GLITTER
Animal Mania Outfit
A classic style that comes back around nearly every season; animal print is bigger and better than ever. The way to wear it now? Any way you like. Be it leopard, cheetah, snakeskin, or any other animal motif you fancy, designers are now mixing and clashing to their hearts content. It seems there really is no fashion do’s or don’ts with this trend so be brave and be bold. We love the clashing snakeskin accessories in this look. Pair the De Siena Melysandre ankle sandals with the Kim Kwang snakeskin bag in turquoise for a clever way to colour contrast the same animal print. Opt for a spotted dress like the Hoss Intropia animal print silk dress for an all-out animal ensemble and tie the look together with a block colour jacket like the Ardent & Co black PU jacket.
HOSS INTROPIA – ANIMAL PRINT SILK DRESS IN DARK GREEN
DE SIENA – MELYSANDRE ANKLE SANDALS IN BEIGE
KIM KWANG – OLGA SNAKESKIN BAG IN TURQUOISE
ARDENT & CO – FAUX RABBIT FUR PU JACKET
The Military Lady Outfit
A fresh new take on military; the likes of Burberry and Prada are duty-bound this season with their catwalks armoured with military inspired pieces. A floor length military coat will become your autumn statement outerwear, knocking the previous camel colour off of its podium. You can take this trend über masculine or keep it flirty and feminine, or mix the two silhouettes together. For the perfect officer’s blazer check out Plakinger’s wool piece and pair with the Ethologie black panel fluted skirt for a juxtaposed feminine/masculine silhouette. The corset belt is also making a comeback as an innovative take on nautical tailoring: the Hoss Intropia thick waist belt will look standout layered over the blazer and will highlight the gold hardware buttons. Finish the look with a real nod to British imperialism with the Mary Frances queendom bag, encrusted to the high heavens with jewels, and a high shine stiletto like Kim Kwang’s wine red leather pump as a feminine alternative to the polished military boot.
PLAKINGER – WOOL BLAZER FINISHED WITH GOLDEN BUTTONS
ETHOLOGIE – NICOLE BLACK PANEL FLUTED SKIRT
KIM KWANG – HIGH SHINE LEATHER PUMPS IN RED WINE
MARY FRANCES – QUEENDOM HANDBAG
HOSS INTROPIA – THICK WAIST BELT
We hope you’ve loved these autumn outfits to take you into the colder months; share with your friends if you’ve enjoyed reading and getting ahead of the game with the autumnal trends!