It’s that time (again) when the carefree chiffon blouses and high waisted shorts are reluctantly folded away and replaced by turtlenecks and oversized cable jumpers. Yes, I’m talking about autumn/winter. The moment that brings any hope of consistent sunshine to a screeching halt. But, there’s no need to despair, autumn/winter fashion has a lot to offer avid fashion followers, such as a lot more layering.
At the forefront of this year’s autumn/winter fashion, are brands such as Balmain. Teaming up with the likes of legendary supermodels such as Naomi Campbell and Iman, and not to forget singer Rihanna; Balmain has firmly established itself as a brand to lust over. The latest collection for this upcoming season by the fashion house emphasises the female form with unapologetic peplum detailing, and military inspired heavy gold detail around the waist. Balmain’s creative director Olivier Rousteing has experimented with bold animal prints, fabrics and accessories; while tying it all together with representative colours of the season such as khaki, greys and deep reds. As well as this, the brand has also unveiled sleek and eye-catching menswear designs, which are equally laden with prints and leather.
The high street has followed suit, with brands such as Ted Baker teaming traditionally chunky detail jumpers with peplum detailing- equally chic and warm. Brands such as Whistles, continue to experiment with sleek two piece tailoring, a homage to the menswear inspired cuts exhibited by designers such as Victoria Beckham, Christian Dior and Stella McCartney to name a few. Tailoring is timeless and chic, and when done correctly makes an impact.
Throughout the high street, there also appears to be a revival of everything high waisted, acid wash and oversized, largely in part because of nostalgia for the halcyon days of the 90s. High street favourites, Topshop and River Island have incorporated an edgy 90s vibe, with khaki bomber jackets and chunky cut out boots selling out fast. This is ideal for winter, as bomber jackets can be styled casually for those lazy days- just throw on a grey t-shirt, black jeans and boots.
Although the weather is noticeably chillier, there is no need to abandon the fun prints and vibrancy in our wardrobes. Designers, Carven and Kenzo who have merged a muted colour palette with bold prints in their respective autumn/winter collections, demonstrate this. The high street reflects this yearning for interesting prints, with brands such as New Look using eye-catching prints on their clothing. This includes the darkened floral print on trousers and dresses. The sombre cousin of the dainty florals that is hard to miss during spring/summer.
The pastel colour trend seems to have snuck its way onto the catwalk in this cooler season, with designers such as Jil Sander and Miu Miu, playing with the ice cream colour palette in their 2014-2015 fall collections. On the high street, brands such as Motel and Missguided have already stocked up on pale blue fluffy jumpers and white chunky shoes which are set to make a comeback this season.
Autumn/Winter can be the ultimate challenge. It requires exacting knowledge of fashion trends and being frugal (especially if you’re a student). Although trends are not meant to be followed religiously, with new trends emerging every season, the challenge to be comfortable and fashionable all at once never gets boring.