A Comprehensive Guide To The AW16 Fashion Trends

A Comprehensive Guide To The AW16 Fashion Trends
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From puffa jackets to the new tartan, this is your autumn/winter 2016 trend report.

It may seem as though the summer has just begun but it’s already time to start thinking about the trends you’ll be wearing this winter. As autumn/winter 2016 pieces start to appear in store, use our trend guide to help you pick the looks you’ll be wearing from September through to April (if not June) next year.

Nautical looks were all over the catwalk this season. Prada and Dolce & Gabbana infused a little sailor sensibility into their collections, while Tommy Hilfiger went all out with his steamer set show. For those who usually wear dark colours through the winter the seaworthy pieces in the gallery below are an easy way to infuse A/W16 into your existing wardrobe. An admiral coat, stripes and an anchor or two and you’ll be shipshape!

Make your mum happy and pile on a puffa following DKNY, Marques’Almeida and Balenciaga with oversized, and sensible, outerwear. Play with proportions with these voluminous and feathery pieces and match them with super-sized sportswear. Texture is also important when styling up the look - chunky knits are a fantastic foil for the seasons hottest, quite literally, quilted pieces.

Animal print was back again on the catwalks of the A/W16 shows. Not many designers escaped from the clutches of the wild. There was leopard, cheetah, jaguar, giraffe and the new kid on the block zebra. It was worn top-to-toe at Givenchy and Calvin Klein, plus their were hints to the animal kingdom at Gucci and Loewe.

For the new season your wardrobe staples have got a little twisted. With the addition of ruffles, bows and lacing your basic shirt/skirt/dress has become a little more fabulous. The key with these not-so-basis basics is to pair them with simpler pieces, look to Jacquemus for some corrupted wardrobe inspiration.

Decayed glamour was another distorted trend from the runway. Moschino sent their models strutting in fabulous gowns with singed holes, slashes, raggedy hems and, at one point, on fire! There are few who would push their wardrobe to the limits quite like that, so it may be better to look to Alexander McQueen, Simone Rocha or Preen for this trend; wear lace, brocade and sheer fabrics that ere on the dark side.

Velvet was this season’s key fabric. It was worn with embellishment for a very princess feel. We may not be able to stroll around wearing the crown jewels but adding some texture and sparkle to the winter months is surely something we can all get on board with!

Houndstooth, plaid and gingham may all have their day in the autumn/winter shows but the tartan army was everywhere. At Tod’s, Gucci and Burberry girls wore tartan every which way. Add the season's must-have accessory, the hiking boot, for the full highland experience.

Click through the gallery below for our shopping editor Josh Newis-Smith’s favourite autumn/winter 2016 fashion trends.

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