After four weeks of shows, here's our round-up of the key trends for Autumn-Winter 2015. First of all? That 70s trend is going nowhere. Catwalks were awash with 70s styling, with models sauntering out in fringing, suede, pussybow blouses and flares. They wore the warm, earthy colours we so often associate with the 70s: brown, green, burnt orange, deep red, and the white polo neck quickly established itself as next season’s wardrobe staple. Burberry presented toned-down psychedelic prints paired with over-the-knee boots and fringed coats. Look to Chloe and Orla Kiely for 70s styles you can wear on a daily basis: we love Chloe’s deep v-neck blouses and dusty brown corduroy dungarees, while Kiely presented the sweetest check pinafore dress paired with a delicate blouse.
Moving forward, designers also paid homage to the 80s, and models were clad in shiny fabrics, voluminous mini prom skirts and colourful knits (shoulder pads obligatory). Missoni’s signature zigzag transformed into a fluid marble print, teamed with clashing metallics and huge beaded earrings, while Saint Laurent’s vamped up models marched out in leather miniskirts, ripped fishnets and fur coats. Monique Lhullier offered a more subtle take on the 80s trend, consisting of silky evening wear and jewelled tights that we absolutely adore. Linking to Saint Laurent’s Gothic mood were Thom Browne and Alexander McQueen’s Victoriana outfits. Browne’s collection was inspired by the Met Museum’s Death Becomes Her mourning dress exhibition, an influence clearly evident in the elegant, ethereal mood of the collection. Models glided down the catwalk in sheer, delicate fabrics featuring frills, lace and high collars aplenty.
The fur coat looks set to be the favourite cover up trend for the colder months. Louis Vuitton and Stella McCartney’s collections featured huge creations of black, cream and leopard print fur, while Celine offered chic animal print coats. Elegant and cosy at the same time, we can’t wait to snuggle under a (slightly less enormous) faux fur coat next winter.
50s inspired outfits were present throughout the shows, and Chanel’s pencil skirts, floral coats and tweed suits were a nod towards the femininity of the era. We seriously adore Marc Jacobs’ updated 'New Look', where elbow length leather gloves, dark colours and leopard print gave the classic ensemble a dark twist.
Florals are set to continue on into next season (can they ever go out of fashion?). Sarah Burton sent the McQueen models out in sheer rose printed fabric, while Dolce and Gabbana favoured sequins and bold embroidered florals. Prints weren’t just feminine though. Carven’s rich blue and green floral suit offered a masculine twist on the floral trend, Christopher Kane created a bright red coat with bold black zigzags, and Christian Dior’s models wore classic animal prints in clashing colours. Perhaps most striking were Valentino’s Op-Art inspired tunics, showing that this season’s monochrome trend will continue on into the next.
Words by Anam Rahim