The summer collections are out, and we will soon be transitioning to a season of multiplicity and completely contrasting ideas that are unlike anything you’ve ever seen before—from statement streetwear, to velvet everything, these are the major trends emerged from A/W16 runway. And even though we’re still in the height of summer, more and more people are looking into the trends for this upcoming fall. Rich and glittering cocktail dresses in velvet made cool and feel as great as they look, and then streetwear reinvented allows you to dress down without looking crazy.
Here is my 360-degree guide to the most energising pieces and talking points of the A/W16 must-have trends. Meanwhile, I got you an instant shopping list in each section that has all the wardrobe tweaks to take you into autumn. Get ready to freshen your mind!
The velvet touch
Every season there is a new hero piece and for this autumn it’s set to be the pyjama-like velvet. Velvet emerged as one of the jaw-dropping trends on the runway, from a sharply tailored number in tobacco at Vetements to a sweeping mustard beauty at Valentino. Again, ideas that sound questionable at best.
However, velvet is a classic for winter, but it is positively prolific for a/w16. As this Fashion Week begins in New York and travels through London, Milan and ultimately Paris, plush velvet has totally stolen the limelight for next season—swathes of velvet were all over the catwalk. Whether it’s a dress or soft tailoring, embrace this season’s opulence.
ASOS—Velvet Midi Kimono £20.00
You may think velvet isn’t the most practical fabric for autumn, how about a velvet loungewear? It’s one of those things we didn’t know we actually needed. This rich and smooth grey velvet kimono from ASOS will mean you standout at harvest time, and at only £20 to get a luxurious one alike the runway piece! How amazing is that?! Replace your always-a-wardrobe-staple LBD with this and you’ll be the most snazzy lady at the party
1. Opting for a bodycon dress from Missguided in the new season’s must-have fabric. Wearing velvet from head to toe elevates your look in an instant.
Misguided—Velvet strappy bodycon dress grey £12.00
2. If you’re not ready to go all velvet, then go for this dark orange high-street velvet skirt or you’ll spend a season living in regret—first-world fashion problem, much?
Head-to-toe dressing may be enjoying its moment on the runways, but next season’s baubles are all the better when they come gloriously mishmashes with old favourites from your jewellery box—A statement choker or necklace is always in style.
Topshop — Thin Navy Velvet Choker £6.00
Try keep it subtle and opt for velvet ones in light colours, or embellished ones in pink for extra points. How to ace new-season style? It’s all in the details and time to make your move.
You might do a double take, it seems your grandmother’s bags were shown on the AW16 runway…well, hell yeah! There’s something ‘old’ yet ‘new’ in there—autumn’s dainty, heirloom—inflected purses will have everyone guessing.
And just as plush panne dresses and soft tailoring stole the limelight for autumn, so too velvet turned up on your new season’s handbags, especially the amazing cross-your-heart bag. Yet, they aren’t just a blissfully hands-free bet, it’s also gotten a hell of a lot cooler this season.
Always keep in mind that a timeless bag will surely elevate the simplest and cheapest outfits into wholly chic and luxurious ones. Get a bag for life, it’s the perfect way to treat yourself for some major arm candy. Finishing touch? Keep it simple and stylish with just one bold choice.
ASOS —Velvet Paisley Embroidered Duffle Bag £20.00
If you’re hesitant to commit to a velvet look this autumn, go for smaller doses with a small bag. Invest now, love it until death do you part.
It’s so unbelievable that even as a massive fan of killer heels, Victoria Beckham was spotted wearing chic and cosy sportswear before and after the A/W16 fashion show, and obviously where she goes, the rest of world follows. So, this autumn please don’t limit the idea of womanhood to one style, try rock sportswear outfits to add on a new cool to the next season.
Brands such as Vetements and Louis Vuitton took to the street for inspiration, heroing pieces like the jumper and jogger trousers. All you need to do is choose your look and just make sure it’s tempered with high-class, well-cut pieces.
Here’s the power pieces you need right now and where to shop them:
1) Topshop — Petite Reversible Bomber Jacket £85.00
The fashionista’s new off-duty uniform.
This reversible embroidery bomber can always be a normcore alternative to party dressing and will definitely make up your wardrobe till that party season.
Shoes—The stomper boot and the platform
When it comes to ready-to-wear clothes, your shoe collection fits right in. And as plush panne dresses and soft tailoring stole the limelight for Fall, velvet turned up on a smashing pair of Bowie-esque statement platforms.
On the season’s most talked about pieces, you got to forget low-rise pumps and turn up the haute with the ‘such-great-height’ platforms—Eye-catching and, seriously, you can wear them with just about anything.
Here’s how to wear autumn’s biggest shoe trend right now.
ASOS — Senso Sonia II Velvet Stretch Heeled Ankle Boots £72.00
Hitting the road in towering platforms befitting Bowie himself might be too much for a day-to-day wear. Alternatively, go for these deliciously soft, yet beautifully structured velvet boots from ASOS.
From work to play, nothing looks quite as cool and let the show-stealing boots give you a different personality.
David Bowie inspired platforms
D-ALESS DRESS SHOE / AW 16
The Bowie inspired boots is worthy of your attention and requires a dose of Ziggy Stardust attitude. Make a smart move to go for this structured and lightweight platform boots from Diesel to capture the mood of the moment.
Topshop — KIWI Flower Boot £42.00
Our second autumn hero—the statement stomper boots, practical and with a nicely punkish edge, the hiking boot has emerged as one of the season’s key shoe shapes, whether flat or high-heeled, it’s tough enough to take on anything.
This hard-working, hefty boot from Topshop will soon transform your outfit into a new maximalist, wear them as a masculine counterpoint to a hyper-decorated look or as the functional finishing touch to your practical wardrobing. Practical with a punk edge, either flat or heeled, you’re winning.
You’ve seen the big fashion refresh and now I’m calling all fashionistas to give your look an edge with autumn’s cool trinkets by adding a edgy touch to your accessories. Making clever additions to your wardrobe now will effortlessly stretch your style arsenal into autumn.
ASOS—Limited Edition Hand Cuff Earrings £6.00
FYI, pull your hair back into a tight and simple ponytail when wearing these long statement earrings.
Or, go for more embellished rings will signal modern elegance and gives you a flair for fashion. It’s the most charming (and most literal way) to add a little something extra to your look and style them an autumn way.
Reset your style with these key pieces of the new season, picking and choosing the ones that work best for the individual, and wear them in your own unique way. Remember more is more, so don’t be shy and get ready for your most sumptuous season yet. Get a jump on them now before everyone else adopts them!
Yours with all the trends
Sally Mu x