The runways shone as brightly as autumn leaves. It seems their red, yellow and brown shades are not just on-trend in nature. The September editions of Vogue and Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and InStyle proclaim the key looks on their covers. Wrapped in silk with sequins, in faux fur and brocade, this winter glitters, sparkles and flies in the face of its reputation as the year’s quietest season.
The three most important trends at a glance:
Fin de siècle
High-necked, but transparent. Playful, embroidered, ruched and flowing fabrics can be found in almost every collection this autumn. Ruffled blouses are combined with skintight leather trousers at Louis Vuitton. Alexander McQueen has transparent ruches, embroidery and puffy sleeves. At Miu Miu there are floor-length brocade skirts with matching jackets.
It’s not just men who look well-dressed in a suit – think Marlene Dietrich, who wore them with platform shoes. In a suit women are guaranteed to look glamorous. From velvety, shiny and metallic to tiger print, as at Cavalli, there is a wide range of styles this autumn. The look has a limited colour palette at Bottega Veneta, with jumper, coat and scarf all in the same shade, while the conventional trousers are replaced with culottes at Brunello Cucinelli.
Brit chic manifests itself in outfits of fine and large check – on coats, tights, dresses. Wearing just one kind of check wouldn’t be enough. There are colourful checks, such as at Veronica Etro, who found her inspiration in ’90s grunge. Or at Miu Miu, where fin-de-siècle ruches meet Brit chic.