A chill has started sweeping in on the wind and the leaves have started turning into a stunning burnt orange colour, and Starbucks is now selling pumpkin spice everything. Yes, it is safe to say that autumn is almost here. For many people, autumn is the best time of year – the time of Halloween, hot chocolates, crunchy leaves, comfy wool cardigans, and crackling fires. However, it is also a sign of quite a significant shift in the world of fashion as the summer clothes are replaced by warmer styles. So, what can you expect to see on the rails this autumn and what should you consider getting rid of from last year’s collections?
You need to get rid of the preconceptions that you might have about animal prints being trashy, since they are ready for a huge comeback in autumn 2018. Leopard and zebra prints appear to be favourites this year, with designers such as Calvin Klein, Victoria Beckham, Tom Ford, Balenciaga, and Givenchy all including it in their lines. Most appear to be pairing animal print leather driving gloves with simple black accents to make the prints stand out, so this appears to be a popular option for anybody attempting to rock animal print this autumn. Leopard print shoes and coats are likely to be how the trend will represent itself on the high street, but you can also find some crocodile, cheetah, and zebra patterns out there too. While natural, neutral tones are more prominent, you might spot some more wacky and wild colours out there too. If you are concerned about the impact of the animal print, worry no more. Even the major luxury fashion houses and big names are avoiding real fur looks, instead choosing faux far alternatives to achieve their chic safari looks.
The biggest autumn trend of the year is all about embracing one’s inner Shrek. No, this shouldn’t worry you, it is not all about green ogres. Instead, layering and extreme layering are making a major comeback. After all, why would you choose a single favourite coat for the new season when you are free to wear two, three, five, or even seven? It might seem like going a bit too far, but there were adventurous combinations of puffa jackets, blanket throws, waterproofs and capes gracing the catwalks last month. So, rather than snuggling in a single jumper this autumn, fashion designers are confident that it is possible to achieve the same level of comfort and warm look using multiple layers. It is possible to achieve this by fastening your trench coat and scarf together, or matching a shirtdress with jeans, a blazer with an overcoat to achieve a very elegant and smart day look. Ultimately, more layers are better than less.
Take the 70’s Biscuit
The 1970’s seem to be the resilient fashion decade, making regular reappearances throughout the history of fashion. This autumn, it is all about having a sepia-toned retro feel, like a biscuit dipped in steaming tea. From Fendi’s chocolate and beige monogrammed clothes and accessories to Chloe’s ‘ode to everything brown’ that incorporated all possible shades of brown in a single outfit, brown is currently in the top spot as ‘the new black’. So, whether you plan to go casual, smart, slouchy Sunday, or uptown girl, it definitely should be tobacco, toffee, tan, caramel, or simply any variation of the colour caramel.
Revenge of the Shiny Crystals
Glitz and glam, from crystals to glitter and everything in-between that gave off a nice shine was undoubtedly one of the greatest summer trends. It seems that autumn won’t be any different. Helping you channel your inner magpie, the coolest brands and designers have started incorporating fake diamonds and crystals into everything, from hair clips to sunglasses, and even boots. From gleaming barrettes to trainers with giant jewels, there’s a crystal item to suit any taste. So, you can expect jewellery departments and shops all over the world to be dripping in (faux) diamonds this autumn.