The autumn 2018 fashion season is imminent...
The seemingly endless summer is cooling off, it appears, which sounds like the perfect opportunity to cast our thoughts forward to the incoming new fashion season. Autumn 2018 promises to bring with it a batch of fresh ideas, from spins on iconic British heritage looks, to yet another revival of Eighties style. There are updates on how to wear your coat (a technique-led trend that anyone on any budget can accomplish) and new ways to wear neon (it looks great, honestly). The only question to ask yourself; Which trend should I try first?
Why choose one favourite coat for the new season, when you could wear seven? That seemed to be the ethos at Balenciaga, Simone Rocha, Missoni and more shows for autumn 2018, where looks came with an abundance of layers. Blanket throws, puffa jackets, capes and waterproofs all now go together. In real life, you might want to simplify the styling by just adding a thick coat over a thinner one in a contrasting colour. Snug.
Python, zebra, cheetah, croc and more animal prints roamed free and wild across the catwalk shows this season. Victoria Beckham showed devotion to leopard print, Isabel Marant backed snake pattern trousers, while Tom Ford couldn’t decide and spliced together as many patterns as he could in a single look.
The new neons
Miuccia Prada is bringing back neon. But not garish, Niceday highlighter neon. The new hues are fruitier, with watermelon, lemon and lime making for a delicious palette. Best worn as a stand-out pop of colour amongst a navy, black, grey or beige outfit.
Brown is the new black
From tan to sludge, all you need to do is find the right hue for you, or go tonal in a top-to-toe effect. Natacha Ramsay-Levi at Chloe showed us how to do it right; mix a glossy chocolate leather coat with a peanut satin shirt, and tweed trousers.
The Queen’s Balmoral look served as inspiration for many, with tweeds and silk scarf prints being extrapolated to extremes. Newcomer Richard Quinn is the undoubted king of the latter look, covering all possible surface areas on every model with his patchworked floral designs, while Her Majesty looked on from the front row. For the former? Tweed was everywhere, from Marc Jacobs to Miu Miu, but it was, as always, Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel, who proved the most devoted, as dozens of models crunched through his carpet of crisp autumn leaves wearing the fabric.
The new wraps are bigger, snugglier and cut a more dramatic silhouette than those that came before. Swag a patterned blanket nonchalantly over your shoulders as seen at Roksanda, or take care to artfully drape and tuck it as at Giorgio Armani. Pick belts and brooches to literally tie the whole look together.
The ankle-grazing midi skirt
A hero item to buy this season; a midi skirt that falls a little longer than those you already own. The spot you want the hem to hit is just above the ankle, as championed by Maria Grazia Chiuri at Christian Dior.
What to wear in 1985
Yes, there are power shoulders and oversized ruffles to behold once again. But the special things to note about this season’s reincarnation of Eighties fashion are all in the fabric. Shimmering lurex, foils and the bodycon bandage dress are back, and ready to see us through every Saturday night for the entirety of party season. There is nothing understated about Balmain’s Instagram-ready electric jackets and minidresses.