It was at the AW17 shows in February that we drooled over Miu Miu's totally sheer PVC raincoat and dreamed of being draped in Gucci's full sequin body suit (mask included), but it's not until the diluted versions of these trends start dropping into stores that we start to get a jist of what we should really be wearing.
I, personally, couldn’t wait to get stuck into trying this season's key trends in real life. But, despite being totally obsessed with new trends, I too often am on a strict budget when it comes to shopping, so I always look for ways to incorporate them into my existing wardrobe. Especially the more tricky trends: disco, I'm looking at you. So, below, I've played around with my take on the biggest fall fashion trends and have popped in links so you can shop every piece – and more – as you go.
Seriously High Shine
A huge proportion of the AW17 catwalks were heavily glossed. From PVC to coated leathers to transparent plastics, on anything from coats to pants, the main theme was super shiny. Miu Miu, Ellery and Wanda Nylon were among the key players for this trend and it was one I thought I’d want to steer clear of in real life. But, after slapping on a pair of PVC pants and trying several of the coats shoppable below, there’s just something about wearing a totally fake fabric that felt so wrong it was right. They key to keeping this look chic is to style with smarter items such a shirts and kitten heels. If you are going to wear a PVC pant, ditch the slinky top!
This season, sequins are not just for Christmas. After seeing both the YSL and Gucci shows, it’s safe to say we all wanted to be draped in lurex, glitter and embellishment and be heading to a party in the 80’s. But, obviously, in reality we’d stand out like a sore thumb on the tube from Canary Wharf. So, for me, when it comes to sequins, dress them down to give a good balance. So wear jeans with embellished tops, or if you’re lucky enough to squeeze into a pair of metallic pants, style with a t-shirt on top. Perhaps it’s all a bit Ab-Fab for you, then stick to accessories. From Attico to Uterque, there are some super chic glitzy accessories that won’t make you feel tacky.
The One-Piece Wonder: The Dress
I walked away from so many of the biggest shows, like Preen by Thorntonbreggazzi, Loewe and Off_White, thinking: ‘I need that dress’. They were the asymmetric, all-ruffled, mixed print stand-out pieces that you can see yourself wearing literally everywhere. With a chunky platform heel for the evening or with a roll neck underneath for winter daytime dressing. I love a dress but don’t like being too girly, so I styled with a chunky biker boot for a bit more edge. These are also one of the biggest boot trends for fall so you’d be silly not to grab a pair. Comfort first!
Tailoring was everywhere on the AW17 catwalks. From full pant suits to skirt suits and even oversized double breasted blazers worn on their own. For me, the pant suit is the strongest item that is actually so wearable. We looked to the likes of Joseph, Calvin Klein and Ellery for inspiration on this one, and they range from classic checks right up to bright reds and olive greens. This is the first pant suit I’ve worn (ever!) and I felt so confident. Not just for the office, I’ll be wearing this in the evening with a sass kitten heel. My top tip: suits look best with a t-shirt as it keeps them cool and not too formal, and look for a slightly cropped leg to flatter.
Shop My Look: Long check blazer, £275, Bimba Y Lola, Check trousers, £160, Bimba Y Lola, "Sample not for sale' t-shirt, £99, Kseniascha Naider, Black kitten heels, £25.99, Zara, Black slogan back, £595, Off_White
The Colour of the Season: Red
This season's key colour is being worn with confidence and head-to-toe. We're talking everything from clothing to accessories in clashes of different shades, like Roksanda and Gucci both demonstrated on the AW17 runway. For someone that had never worn red until this summer, going head-to-toe was very daunting. But I felt the way to do this was in something you feel super comfortable in, which for me is an oversized knit and a silk skirt, which has just the right balance of "dressy" to casual. If this is too much, then stick to an accessory. Red boots are the shoe of the season and from Fendi's thigh-high to Zara's kittens, you're sure to find a style for you.
Shop My Look: Trio coloured knit jumper, £45, Marks and Spencer, Satin skirt, £79.99, H&M, Check block heel boots, £55, River Island, Small white leather bag, £1,010, Marni, Double hoop earrings, £200, DA-IE.
All images by Sunil Makan.