A quick guide to the trends you should be paying attention to for next season.
1. 60s mods
Every season has its signature decade these days and this time round it’s the 60s, as seen at Nicolas Ghesquiere’s first show for Louis Vuitton which featured structured A-line shifts, knee-high shiny leather boots and luxe polo necks.
2. Fairy Tales Come True
Dolce & Gabbana turned storytellers with their dark, unctuous take on traditional fairy tales for AW14. Think huge fur hoods, jade green embellished capes and enchanting Little Red Riding Hood thick ruby coats.
3. Designer Normcore
Yes, normcore’s gone high fashion. Also described as ‘perfectly boring’, the key to this trend is beautifully tailored louche trouser suits, soft wool jumpers, and a lot of classic grey, navy and black. This is about wearing the very best classic pieces you can afford, to make your life as simple and comfortable as possible. As seen at Stella McCartney, Marc Jacobs and Margaret Howell.
4. Portrait Of An Artist
Burberry often creates trends all on its own these days. And it’s no different this season with Christopher Bailey celebrating the boho artists and writers of the 1920s, known as the Bloomsbury set. Beautiful, whimsical watercolour scarves were layered over dresses and worn with drawstring ankle boots and either a shearling jacket or one of those monogrammed blankets.
One for the creative spirit inside all of us.
5. Fast Food Fashion
Seemingly in direct contrast to the romanticism seen at Burberry, Karl Lagerfeld gave us hard-edged consumerism with his supermarket chic-themed show. The catwalk was transformed into the most stylish supermarket we’d ever seen and the FROW was encouraged to go wild in the aisles for the Chanel branded foodstuffs at the close.
The clothes, including very high end Pepto-Bismol crop tops, track pants and trainers, were fabulously trashy.
6. Feeling Blue
While pink has reigned supreme in recent seasons, blue fought back on the AW14 catwalks (though don’t ditch the pink coat yet – Christopher Kane ensured they’re still en vogue, phew).
From cobalts to teals and everything in between, we’ll all be feeling blue this autumn.
7. What would Dietrich do?
For those of a darker disposition, just channel the uncompromisingly glamorous Marlene Dietrich and her very real brand of romanticism, by indulging your love for buttery soft black leather, flashes of red, and inky languid silks, as seen at Lanvin, Prada and Givenchy. Dangerously seductive.
8. The Super Coat
If you only buy one thing for the new season, it must be a statement coat. Our particular favourite is the blanket coat (what can be better than basically commuting in your duvet?) but other key looks were chunky faux-furs, full length patchwork designs, luxe puffas and anything shearling.