Autumn/Winter 2014 trends

Autumn/Winter 2014 trends

Our favourite time of year is already upon us. The September issues are out and the shelves are being stacked high with all things bright and beautiful.  Not sure what to buy? Don’t buy a thing until you read this…

The art of dressing

Bauhaus, expressionism, the Bloomsbury Group and surrealism have all inspired this season’s looks. Hand-painted fabrics and dazzling prints will be brightening up our winter wardrobes this year.

Sheep and chic

Shearlings and sheepskins look set to have a fashion ‘moment’ this season. Dusky, pastel tones will be on our most-lusted after list, as well a trend that some people are calling ‘unexpected fur’ –which made us guffaw a little, but in fact means we’ll be seeing this tactile fabric in new places, such as on the bottom of skirts, on sleeves and in bright colours.

Slouchy trousers

Tailoring is here to stay, but this season it’s much more relaxed – the antithesis of eighties power dressing. Soft fabrics and loose lines are the watchwords this season, so think Jean Muir hanging out in London, rather than Melanie Griffiths in Working Girl!

Red or dead

If you’re buying a dress this autumn/winter, make it an LRD (little red dress). Scarlet, oxblood, ruby – it will all be there on the high street, so whatever your skin tone, there’ll be a red for you.

Fairytale

Whether you’re a Little Red Riding Hood or Alice in Wonderland, folksy fairytale designs will be unfolding in your wardrobe this year. Decorative motifs and handicraft touches will be the order of the day, and expect to see lots of capes, hooded coats, folksy florals and even woodland creatures (!) this year.

Kitsch cool

Retro brands will be making a comeback via our closets with cereal boxes, brand logos and mascots adorning accessories. Leading the charge was Moschino, with McDonald’s themed looks, but even Anya Hindmarch got in on the action with soap box style purses, suggesting that this is a trend that’s here to stay – for this season at least.

Military

Practical fashionistas will rejoice a the return of military, utilitarian styles. From simple wool pants to luxuriously crafty leathers and coats with frogging, this look is rugged and ideal for urban adventures. This look should serve us well when the weather gets cold!

Back to the future

Sadly this isn’t a revival of Marty McFly’s wardrobe – instead, it’s a fresh take on swinging sixties. Think optical prints, mini-skirts and chic belt coats. It’s Marsha Brady meets Jackie O. And oh my gosh, it’s so wearable.

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Autumn/Winter 2014 trends

Our favourite time of year is already upon us. The September issues are out and the shelves are being stacked high with all things bright and beautiful.  Not sure what to buy? Don’t buy a thing until you read this…

The art of dressing

1. burberry-021814spHFM

Bauhaus, expressionism, the Bloomsbury Group and surrealism have all inspired this season’s looks. Hand-painted fabrics and dazzling prints will be brightening up our winter wardrobes this year.

Above: Burberry Prorsum Spring/Summer 2014

Sheep and chic

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Shearlings and sheepskins look set to have a fashion ‘moment’ this season. Dusky, pastel tones will be on our most-lusted after list, as well a trend that some people are calling ‘unexpected fur’ –which made us guffaw a little, but in fact means we’ll be seeing this tactile fabric in new places, such as on the bottom of skirts, on sleeves and in bright colours.

Above: Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Christopher Kane

Slouchy trousers

3. dior mccartney givenchy hermes

Tailoring is here to stay, but this season it’s much more relaxed – the antithesis of eighties power dressing. Soft fabrics and loose lines are the watchwords this season, so think Jean Muir hanging out in London, rather than Melanie Griffiths in Working Girl!

Above: Christian Dior, Stella McCartney, Givenchy, Hermes

Red or dead

4 dg red

If you’re buying a dress this autumn/winter, make it an LRD (little red dress). Scarlet, oxblood, ruby – it will all be there on the high street, so whatever your skin tone, there’ll be a red for you.

Above: Dolce & Gabbana Autumn/Winter 2014

Fairytale

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Whether you’re a Little Red Riding Hood or Alice in Wonderland, folksy fairytale designs will be unfolding in your wardrobe this year. Decorative motifs and handicraft touches will be the order of the day, and expect to see lots of capes, hooded coats, folksy florals and even woodland creatures (!) this year.

Above: Red Valentino, Autumn/Winter 2014

Kitsch cool

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Retro brands will be making a comeback via our closets with cereal boxes, brand logos and mascots adorning accessories. Leading the charge was Moschino, with McDonald’s themed looks, but even Anya Hindmarch got in on the action with soap box style purses, suggesting that this is a trend that’s here to stay – for this season at least.

Above: Anya Hindmarch Autumn/Winter 2014

Military

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Practical fashionistas will rejoice a the return of military, utilitarian styles. From simple wool pants to luxuriously crafty leathers and coats with frogging, this look is rugged and ideal for urban adventures. This look should serve us well when the weather gets cold!

Above: Balmain, Pucci, Balenciaga

Back to the future

8 gucci

Sadly this isn’t a revival of Marty McFly’s wardrobe – instead, it’s a fresh take on swinging sixties. Think optical prints, mini-skirts and chic belt coats. It’s Marsha Brady meets Jackie O. And oh my gosh, it’s so wearable.

Above: Gucci Autumn/Winter 2014

Other trends to watch for this season: pink coats (dig them out from last year!), greens for all seasons (from emerald to sage), true blues, 50 shades of grey, tartans/plaids, forceful florals and metallics. All in all, it’s set to be a spectacular season!