Yes, we may have only just retrieved our swimwear from the back of the wardrobe, but at Sheppard Style HQ we are getting ahead in the style stakes and talking over the top trends for AW. Read on for our rundown of the biggest pieces to invest in for the new season…
THE DECADE: 1960’S
There was a definite retro-tinged feel to the AW catwalks, with designers recreating the iconic sartorial markers of previous decades with a thoroughly modern slant. Whilst Chanel took us back to brash 80’s prints, and Gucci made the case for 70’s glamour, the 60’s mod look was the most dominant retro connotation. Key pieces to look for on the high street include shift dresses, shirt collars, anorak outerwear and block-heeled Mary-Janes- perfectly practical for all-night dancing.
THE FABRIC: CRAZY FUR
Fur is back in a big way for AW, with designers including Balmain, Topshop Unique and Saint Laurent presenting gargantuan statement fur pieces in unexpected shades.
Crazy coloured fur has been a hallmark of the street-style set for several seasons, and is set to really hit the mainstream this year. The high street now offers faux fabrics to rival the real deal, with beautifully soft handles and remarkably realistic finishes.
No longer limited to the traditional fur coat- this season we are set to see statement-making furry bags, shoes and scarfs. RiverIsland lead the way on the high street- look out for pastel-hued furry accessories- we predict an immediate sell-out.
THE COLOUR: ACID BRIGHTS
The hyper-brights of summer are set to continue firmly into the new season, with eye-popping hues of pink, purple and yellow dominating the AW colour palette. This is a daunting trend to take on head-to-toe, so nod to the trend with easy fluro separates. For the sartorially brave, super-bright colour-blocking will set you high in the style stakes.
THE PRINT: LEOPARD
Leopard print returns in a number of guises for AW- from Saint Laurent’s grunge-tinged rock n roll dresses, to sophisticated cashmere coats at Celine. Nod to the trend with printed accessories, or wear head-to-toe for a rebellious look.
This is a trend set to be heavily adopted on the high street- look out for key pieces already hitting Topshop and Zara.
THE EVENINGWEAR: SHEER DETAILS
Eveningwear is crafted in gauzy, translucent fabrics for AW, resulting in a look which is subtly seductive, not in-you-face sexy. This trend dominated the after-dark offerings on the catwalks, with designers from Dolce & Gabbana to Valentino conjuring ethereal connotations with the lightest of silks and chiffons. Ease yourself in and choose pieces with sheer panel detailing, or go brave with lucid pieces layered over little black slips.