With the erratic British weather signaling that autumn is well on its way, there is no better time to be a step ahead of the crowd and start to look at what the Autumn/Winter fashion season has in store for us. While the colder weather might trigger a doom and gloom response in most of us, you can at least be happy in knowing that us Brits do dress better in colder weather and you now have the opportunity to bring out all your favourite coats and boots again.
Soon shops will be receiving their first delivery of the AW14 ranges and so now is the time to become familiar with all of the seasons biggest trends.
The 60s Are Back
By now you should have recognised that every season has its signature decade and this AW14 is no different. Runways have been channeling the vibes of 60s mods, think along the lines of structured A-line shifts, knee-high boots and polo necks. For some style pointers look no further than Louis Vuitton and Gucci, who both showed glamorous A-lines.
Fairy Tale Fashion
Surprisingly enough some of the biggest fashion houses took their inspiration from traditional fairy tales, although fortunately the likes of Dolce &Gabbana decided on more of a dark and unctuous take. Expect to see the likes of large furs, thick ruby coats inspired by the likes of Red Riding Hood and embellished capes.
If you want to be first onto this trend then a hooded cape is your best bet without risking falling into the pages of an actual fairytale. They make for a stylish and comfortable trend that will have you skipping through forests and recapturing your childhoods.
Normcore Is In
For anyone not familiar with normcore, it is a style that is also referred to as ‘perfectly boring’, except now it has had a high fashion makeover. This isn’t to say the clothing is actually boring but rather that it is a focus on the basics, think along the lines of beautifully tailored items that use a lot of grey, black and navy. They may be called perfectly boring but this trend is an opportunity to brush up on your basics and get the best possible quality staples for your wardrobe.
Some fashion houses such as Burberry aren’t content with following the masses and actually create trends all on their own. This season is no different as Christopher Bailey and his team has decided to celebrate the boho artists and writers of the 1920s, also known as the Bloomsbury Set.
If you want in on this trend then consider incorporating a bit of whimsy into your wardrobe with watercolour inspired scarves, shearling jackets and drawstring ankle boots.
A polar opposite to Burberry’s romanticism is Karl Lagerfeld’s hard-edged consumerism and supermarket chic-themed show.The catwalk for this trend was transformed into one of the most stylish supermarkets we’ve ever seen and you’ve no doubt seen the likes of Cara Delevigne and Rihanna having fun in the aisles. As for the clothes themselves you’re likely to see a continuing trend of crop tops, stylish track pants and trainers.