Your Ultimate AW15 Trend Report

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You may have just returned from your summer holiday, but new season clothes are hitting stores now (yes, really!). Here’s our fashion features editor’s handy guide to the new season and how to look good in the hottest autumn winter 2015 trends...

Eighties Mum

WHAT IS IT?
If you were born in the late Seventies and your memory is good enough, your mum could well be your ultimate style icon for AW15. We’re not talking about your mum’s current wardrobe (even if she is super stylish), but the one from 1984, filled with oversized cropped leather jackets, shoulder pads and graphic prints.

HOW TO WEAR IT
If you find this trend a bit scary – those voluminous shapes can be a bit tricky, particularly if you’re not very tall - you can just tap into it with a geometric print in primary colours on a more figure-hugging silhouette.

SEEN AT (left to right) Christopher Kane, Peter Pilotto, Bottega Veneta, Michael Van Der Ham

Eclectic Part 1: The Dandy

WHAT IS IT?
Brocade trouser suits, ruffled poet shirts and pussy-bow blouses, flat shoes and all things flamboyant make up the masculine half of this trend. If you think Mick Jagger might have worn it in 1969 then you’re probably right on track.

HOW TO WEAR IT
The brave will go head-to-toe in a matching suit, but little touches like a neck-tie or waistcoat will work just as well with a classic white shirt and jeans. Whatever you do, don’t wear a plain black trouser suit – it’s about as far away from dandy as you can get.

SEEN AT (left to right) Gucci, Paul & Joe, Chloe and Marc by Marc Jacobs

Eclectic Part 2: The Librarian

WHAT IS IT?
A trend for the modest woman and the feminine other half of The Dandy, The Librarian wears tartan skirts (knee length or below please), buttoned-up collars and sensible cardigans. Ladylike handbags and ribbed socks and tights finish the look.

HOW TO WEAR IT
If you must wear heels, make sure they have a chunky block heel, and a Mary Jane is ideal. Try some heavy eye make-up and add massive earrings to vamp up the look a bit.

SEEN AT: (left to right) Gucci, Stella Jean, Miu Miu and Tommy Hilfiger

Puffa Girl

WHAT IS IT?
The most unexpected and yet most widely used trend of the whole season, quilting was found in Sta-Puft Marshmallowman proportions (Celine, Fendi, Moschino) as well as more subtle skirts and tops (House of Holland, Max Mara). It’s surprisingly wearable if you get the proportions right.

HOW TO WEAR IT
Unless you live in arctic conditions and require a floor length padded coat to keep you warm, stick to one, moderately puffy item and mix it with items from your wardrobe in similar shades. When the texture goes a bit bonkers, it’s best to keep your colour palette simple.

SEEN AT: (left to right) Versace, Fendi, House of Holland and Celine

Gothic Heroine

WHAT IS IT?

We’re not just talking top-to-toe black here; extreme styling really brought this trend up a notch, whether it was black lipstick at Giles or facial jewellery at Givenchy. Look for luxe fabrics like leather, velvet and lace.

HOW TO WEAR IT
This is obviously a great option for eveningwear (perhaps with slightly more subtle styling) but try it for the daytime too – a grungy cardigan over a simple black frock would look brilliant with Converse.

SEEN AT: (left to right) Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Givency and Chloe

Modern Princess

WHAT IS IT?
We’ve got all sorts of regal accessories to choose from with this trend, from the medal ribbons and long opera gloves at Prada, to oversized pearls at Balenciaga and Stella. A babydoll-style dress or chic overcoat in a pretty pale colour is what you should wear with them. No trousers please!

HOW TO WEAR IT
The easiest way to wear is simply as your winter coat. Make sure your skirt hem is higher than the coat so you can’t see it, and team with a skinny roll-neck in a coordinating colour.

SEEN AT: (left to right) Max Mara, Fendi, Marni and Prada

Red Alert

WHAT IS IT?
It’s rare that one single colour is quite as ubiquitous as red is for AW15. It was EVERYWHERE, and often worn top-to-toe as a ‘through colour’, including accessorising with hats (Daks) and shoes (Osman).

HOW TO WEAR IT
If you only buy one red item this season, make it a roll neck sweater. Wear with more red, or if that feels a bit alarming, try mixing with this season’s other hot shade, camel.

SEEN AT: (left to right) Daks, Emilia Wickstead, Christopher Kane and Jonathan Saunders

Clash of the Tartans

WHAT IS IT?
It’s not exactly unusual to see lots of tartan for the winter season, but this year the checks on show were particularly lovely. Take House of Holland’s tartan clash dresses with their mix of clans on one frock, and Paul Smith’s subtle trousers suits; totally wearable and no Super Gran connotations.

HOW TO WEAR IT

We love that House of Holland look; wear a black long-sleeve top under a tartan dress and accessorise with a black neckerchief (another hot item that will jazz up any outfit for AW15)

SEEN AT (left to right) Vivienne Westwood, House of Holland, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Paul Smith

Cropped Flares

WHAT IS IT?
The new trouser is the cropped flare (air punch from everyone who was too short to wear full-length flares this season!); it its most extreme guise at Mary Katrantzou and Stella, it even came with fluted hems that lent a really feminine touch to the ankles.

HOW TO WEAR IT
Try in either monochrome or neutral colours like grey or navy, but if you want a bit of colour it has to be red (of course!). Wear with block heeled ankle boots in a contrasting colour.

SEEN AT: (left to right) Mary Katrantzou, Fendi, Roberto Cavalli and Stella McCartney

50 Shades

WHAT IS IT?
Don’t panic! This is bondage-inspired clothing at its most chaste, because you’re still completely covered up. Harness-style tops were worn over long sleeves, giving just a hint of something sexy underneath. Although, it doesn’t get much more raunchy than Dior’s thigh-high latex kinky boots.

HOW TO WEAR IT
Our favourite take on this trend was Burberry’s Seventies boho vibe; wear your harness top over a folk print dress that has long sleeves and skims your ankles (just short enough to show off a pair of suede ankle boots).

SEEN AT: (left to right) Burberry Prorsum, Roland Mouret and Christian Dior


 
 
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