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HN X ELLE TRUNK SHOWS
No time to attend the Autumn/Winter Trunk Shows? No problem.
1. 80S AFTER DARK
Tinged with elements of 80s power dressing with a smattering of disco thrown in for good measure, Autumn/Winter 2018 is about being ultra-luxe – in both work and play. Adopting the maximalist’s mantra – ‘more is more’ – the runway was rife with high-shine styles alongside severe silhouettes and thigh-grazing hemlines.
16 Arlington embodies the autumn mood with sequin-saturated tops, trousers and dresses that, we predict, fashion magpies will be falling over themselves to get to. For a tamer take, Christopher Kane delivered jeans dripping in crystals – a nod to the Y2K ‘jeans and a nice top’ trend.
2. ANIMAL INSTINCT
Animal prints roared on the runway with designers as varied as Dries Van Noten, Givenchy and Kenzo getting jungle fever. We prowled the collections for our favourite from the menagerie.
Indecisive dressers will be pleased to hear that mixing prints is still having a moment, as the Trunk Show styling proves. The ELLE team worked Dries’ shaggy ostrich-feather coat with a leopard knit and Chloé’s snake-print boots. Felicity Kay, Junior Fashion Editor of ELLE magazine, predicts zebra will be the biggest print of the season – “although there are many great prints out there, and it just depends on how you style them,” Kay says.
3. CHECK MATE
Maybe it’s the ‘back-to-school’ thoughts that September brings, or perhaps it’s an offshoot of the heritage trend, but designers remind us that this is the season to get our wardrobes in check. From Prince of Wales to nostalgic 90s gingham at Alexander Wang, and Acne’s tweed-spliced dress that speaks to the American Midwest trend, this season it’s hip to be square.
When asked which checks she’ll be investing in this autumn, ELLE’s Felicity Kay said she favours the “bright and bold checks that have a punky feeling – anything from Balenciaga.”
4. GO NATUREL
Moving away from the sugary shades that have dominated the runway, the Autumn/Winter 2018 catwalk was awash with earth tones. “The warm neutrals are super-flattering on all skin tones – so it’s a bonus that this colour palette is on trend,” Kay says.
Warm in both colour and construction, styles arrive in rich, ruddy hues crafted from velvet, shearling, suede and wool, while glimmers of copper and bronze add an afterglow to workday wardrobes. Kay suggests staying away from colours that are too close to your actual skin tone, to avoid looking washed out.
5. SWEET SPOT
This season’s shows saw designers wipe the sartorial plate clean with all-white ensembles and cool, shiny metallics. For a softer spot, there’s a smorgasbord of ice-cream shades, from lemon sorbets and powder blues at Calvin Klein 205W39NYC, to 16 Arlington’s Parma Violet coat. The sweet sister to Pantone’s Ultra Violet colour of the year, lavender is claiming millennial pink’s sartorial crown.
From eveningwear to casuals and accessories, sweet shades are making an impact, with luxe fabrications elevating the minimalist palette. Kay advises breaking up tinfoil tones with denim or a white tee if you’re looking for a more muted approach: “It’s a good tip for any trend you’re scared to try out,” she says.
6. THIS IS ENGLAND
Loved for its lasting appeal, the heritage trend held court across myriad catwalks. Balmoral fashion continues to reign supreme, with the headscarf acting as an unlikely – but necessary – autumn accessory.
Classic prints are reimagined on oversized silhouettes and spliced with contrasting fabrics at Acne and Calvin Klein 205W39NYC, while Brøgger breathes new life through unexpected flourishes. Forgoing the fusty country squire fabrics, boxy blazers and deconstructed separates are realised in hand-woven fabrics. For an instant lift, pair tradtional tweeds and tartans with “ugly” chunky trainers for a confidently modern finish.