Autumn | Winter 2016 Trends

While I hibernate and hide from the August heat, I decided to purchase the September Issues of Elle and Vogue and dream of gloomier, darker and most importantly colder days ahead. My moonkissed skin, alongside my penchant for black clothing, lends me to much preferring Autumn Winter "trends", much as I hate the word and concept itself.
The September issue of  fashion glossies outline what the months ahead have in hold in terms of style. They round up the looks from the shows from Fashion Week back in February and look for themes running through several different designers and over all four of the fashion cities. With the rise of instant reports of catwalk shows via twitter, blogs and even the digital platforms of magazines, i.e vogue.com, elleuk.com etc, all of the further trends were summarized almost immediately after the shows. From here, brands at all price points, from high end, to high street take influence and plan their looks and collections for September onward,
By the time the September Issues hit the newsstand, not only are the pieces shown on the catwalks available, so are the styles influenced by these trends by other brands. Therefore, these magazines serve not only as inspiration, but a source of enabling these style daydreams to become a reality with shopping suggestions and summaries of what is available and where from.
Karl Lagerfeld once said "Trendy is the last stage before tacky" which I do tend to agree with. Trends are seasonal and date quickly. They are also often fads or novelties. Investment pieces and styles that are timeless are, in my humble opinion, far more important. However, picking up certain pieces each new season can be a great addition to a well curated wardrobe.
Coinciding with the release of the September Issues comes many 'New In' sections of online retailers beginning to filter in some Autumn Winter trend led pieces. Thus, find below some piece I am considering buying to update my current wardrobe.

  Leather Jacket- AllSaints, Shoes - Dr Martens, Skirt - Zara, Blouse - H&M, Metallic Shirt - Bershka, Slip Dress - &OtherStories

Velvet Boots - Topshop, Vinyl Coat - Monki, Silver Jeans - Mango, Satin Cami with Lace - H&M, Metal Shoe Plates - Underground, Skinny Scarf - Topshop

Certain trends really caught my eye on the catwalk this year and I've tried to enrapture these in the above images. Just as florals are inevitable for Spring Summer, velvet is as predictable for Autumn Winter, as seen on the collections by Prada, Giorgio Armani and many more. Not that I'm complaining, a large proportion of my wardrobe is velvet, in as previously mentioned timeless silhouettes and therefore I can simply wear my normal clothes without spending a penny. However, if I was absolutely forced *read: I will buy these* these Topshop velvet boots are a nice addition for a winter wardrobe.
Leather Jacket's are always a staple piece, however this studded one from AllSaints fits seamlessly into any wardrobe whilst also being bang on trend for Autumn Winter. Metallics were also a common theme throughout the shows, so the addition of a metallic shirt for subtlety, or embracing the trend fully with silver jeans will instantly update your look. Although slip style dresses, a la Heidi Slimane for Saint Laurent Paris are now new invention, it appears that they will continue into the next season. 
Again, pretty common for the darker months, Romantic Gothic inspired looks dominated the catwalks, with ruffles, tiered chiffon and Victoriana styles were present. The above Zara skirt is something I really like, however it does have the potential to make me look like my 14 year old emo former self.
Whilst so far, all pieces I would bring forward with me, the only fad-like trend piece I've included here is the vinyl jacket. Louis Vuitton showcased tight vinyl trousers for this season, and while they look amazing in a sleazy 70s rock star way, unless you also have the cocaine chic diet and body that accompanies that, vinyl trousers might be a no go. Think of the squeaking and the chaffing. Instead, I channeled this trend through a vinyl trench coat from Monki - the timeless silhouette will persevere through to other seasons despite the incredibly trend-led material.
With my student loan dropping at the end of September, hopefully I can invest in some of these pieces to update my Autumn Winter wardrobe. That being said, I've just moved out and have filled 4 suitcases of clothes, so perhaps a clear out is necessary...

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