Key themes for the new sea­son

KATIE WRIGHT presents your au­tumn/win­ter cheat sheet

Coventry Telegraph - - STYLE GUIDE -

TECH­NI­CALLY, au­tumn doesn’t start for an­other cou­ple of weeks, but if you’re go­ing by the sar­to­rial cal­en­dar then it’s well and truly here al­ready. The sum­mer col­lec­tions have long since been cleared from shop floors and the first drops of the new sea­son have ar­rived, with snug­gly sweaters and big leather boots mak­ing the prospect of dip­ping tem­per­a­tures not quite so de­press­ing af­ter all. That’s right, there’s lots to be ex­cited about on the fash­ion front for au­tumn/win­ter, be­cause the cat­walks gave us some stun­ning trends, and now you can shop them to your heart’s con­tent on the high street. But don’t, what­ever you do, start spend­ing un­til you’re up to speed with the sea­son’s style fore­cast. Here are the seven key fash­ion themes you need to know about for AW18 and how to shop them now...

1 AN­I­MAL PRINT

LEOP­ARD prints roared back into fash­ion on the cat­walks, seen ev­ery­where from Max Mara to Tom Ford, while ze­bra was trot­ted out at Ba­len­ci­aga and Halpern, and tiger print growled on the girls at Bot­tega Veneta.

2 LEATHER

THE leather dress is one of the key pieces of the sea­son, as seen at Stella McCart­ney (rouched), Givenchy (belted) and Vic­to­ria Beck­ham (col­lared).

3 SEVEN­TIES

THE decade most de­sign­ers plundered this sea­son? It was with­out doubt the Seven­ties, specif­i­cally the col­lars, coats and colours.

Col­lars were long and sharp at Louis Vuit­ton and Chloe. Coats were big and fluffy (Vuit­ton again) or suede at Tory Burch and Coach. The colours – brown, beige, mus­tard, chest­nut – were ev­ery­where.

4 TWEED

A TWEED trans­for­ma­tion took place through­out the sea­son, the tra­di­tional fab­ric given a mod­ern spin by de­sign­ers. At Al­tuzarra, that meant sharp over­coats, while at Prada it was bright hues, but the most cre­ative ex­am­ple was in Lon­don, where Matty Bo­van showed de­con­structed wo­ven skirt suits with fab­u­lous hound­stooth boots.

5 PLEATS

A KNEE-length pleated skirt has be­come a sum­mer sta­ple in re­cent years, but now de­sign­ers are mak­ing the case for wear­ing a longer length in win­ter. From the el­e­gant even­ing styles at Emilia Wick­stead and Lan­vin, to the cream creations at JW An­der­son and Vic­to­ria Beck­ham, the one thing they all have in com­mon is that they’re de­light­fully swishy.

6 THE QUEEN

ON the AW18 cat­walks, the Queen was the undis­puted style icon. The most lit­eral in­ter­pre­ta­tion was at Toga, where Her Majesty dop­pel­gangers, com­plete with gloves and head scarves, ap­peared on the run­way. Re­gal silks and flo­rals also made an ap­pear­ance at Ce­line, Moschino, Richard Quinn and more, while the Town and Coun­try tweeds trend also ref­er­enced the royal fam­ily.

7 HEAD­GEAR

HOODS, bal­a­clavas, berets, head scarves – all man­ner of millinery ap­peared in the AW18 col­lec­tions. There were even crowns and tiaras at Dolce & Gab­bana, but if you’re look­ing for some­thing a bit less os­ten­ta­tious, try a Ver­sace in­spired beret or flo­ral head scarf in­stead.

Seven­ties-style: Rust brown cor­duroy baker boy hat £12, teddy coat £65, rust tile v-neck pinafore dress £28, stripe wide neck ruf­fle tee £20 (shoes, stylist’s own, coat and tee avail­able late Septem­ber), Miss Sel­fridge

Sosan­dar navy zip-through leather-look col­lared dress £69

Dorothy Perkins beige brushed leop­ard print v-neck jumper, cur­rently re­duced to £22.50 from £30

Glam­orous.com multi-tweed but­ton front blazer £42

Lipsy flo­ral high neck blouse £34, Next

Top­shop pleated crepe skirt £69

TK Maxx eu­roseta silk scarf £16.99

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