Trend Report: 10 essential looks for AW17

The flurry of Fashion Weeks are over, these are the biggest trends we spotted from AW17.

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Since Paris Fashion Week wrapped last month, there’s been ample time to sit back, relax and reflect on the top trends of the season. From New York to London, and throughout Milan and Paris, the autumn-winter collections were overflowing with notions of revolution, female empowerment and trailblazing diversity on the catwalk – the same catwalk we saw jam-packed with enough covetable trends to get your tongues wagging in anticipation for next season’s new wardrobe.

So what’s trending for AW17? Here’s the complete breakdown from start to finish.

High-Shine Silvers

This season was all about the metallic decadence. From Karl Lagerfeld’s “rocket women” at Chanel to Comme des Garçons’ avant-garde foil creations, the autumn-winter collections were a true showdown of interstellar silvers. To get the point across how popular this trend actually was during fashion week, here’s a list of designers leading the way in high-shine form: Wanda Nylon, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Paco Rabanne, Christopher Kane, Loewe, Chanel, Calvin Klein, Comme des Garçons, J.W. Anderson, Y/Project, Saint Laurent and Gucci. Wow… Seriously, when it comes time to look for a dazzling new autumn wardrobe, you won’t have trouble finding options.

Top: Wanda Nylon. Bottom: Comme des Garçons.

Pretty Patchworks

From Sadie Williams to Gucci and Maison Margiela, the folksy patchworks were certainly a recurring look this season, with Alexander McQueen’s unique colour combos adding steam to the trend. The autumn-winter demand for print-on-print pairing made for a thirst-quenching array of new vibrant mash-ups.

Top: Alexander McQueen. Bottom: Maison Margiela. 

Double-down on Denim

Denim is easily the most wearable piece of clothing in anyone’s closet – not to mention Faustine Steinmetz’s absolute favourite textile to work with. In addition to her internationally inspired collection of different denim treatments and styles, this season was made a complete celebration of the jean, with ultra-lux variations and newfound tailored elegance contributed by Dior, Calvin Klein and Stella McCartney.

Top: Calvin Klein. Bottom: Faustine Steinmetz.

Smooth Reds

Definitely one of the more popular colours of the season, red – and its various shades – made a big statement on the autumn-winter runway. From sleek coats at Givenchy to monochromatic ensembles at Tod’s, this fiery hue took a more laidback approach to dominating the catwalk – often appearing sensible and refined in the collections of Simone Rocha, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, Jil Sander, Sid Neigum, Roksanda Ilincic, Teatum Jones, and many others. Honestly, red was everywhere.

Top: Givenchy. Bottom: Simone Rocha.

Full-On Furs

Here’s a trend that lasted well throughout the season, from New York with Marc Jacobs and Yeezy, to London with J.W. Anderson, to Milan with Prada, and finally in Paris with Dries Van Noten, Loewe and Vetements (whose classic, vintage-inspired coats looked plucked straight from the discount-diving bins). All of these options were effortlessly preppy, wild and instant no-brainers when it comes to staying cool in six months’ time.

Top: Prada. Bottom: Vetements. 

The Wilder West

The perennial crop of western influences hasn’t been this strong in seasons. Starting with Raf Simons’ true country carnival of classic Americana at his debut collection for Calvin Klein, the cowgirl-inspired look made its way onto the autumn-winter catwalk with leather vests, cowhide prints and thick denim options (already not in short supply). By the end of London Fashion Week, Ashley Williams, House of Holland and Erdem made for sure we knew it plain and simple – cowgirls are hot and here to stay.

Top: House of Holland. Bottom: Calvin Klein.

Floral Flocks

Florals may well be the traditional print of spring-summer collections, but this season’s tendency for floral frocks delivered a sense of depth and intrigue to the otherwise vibrant and delicate motif. From the all-over prints at Simone Rocha, Joseph, and Preen by Thornton Bregazzi to the aged powdery pink flowers at Christopher Kane, Autumn/Winter 2017 delivered a rocky landscape of feminine yet tough florals – an all-around edgier vibe later encouraged during Paris Fashion Week by Vivienne Westwood and Balenciaga.

Top: Preen by Thoronton Bregazzi. Bottom: Balenciaga. 

Comfort Blankets

Here’s an obsession we started during men’s fashion week – with the extra-padded, ultra-comfy duvet coat. Made with heavenly layers of quilted piles, these coats are perhaps the coziest option you’ll ever find in winter outerwear; they’re warm, effortlessly cool and extremely on trend. Whether you want to swaddle yourself in the dramatic floral duvet coats and padded wraps at Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, or the quilted ankle-length equestrian blankets at Mulberry, you’ve got it made for the cooler months ahead. But, if those don’t do it for you, you can still find variations of our new favourite comfort blanket in the collections of MM6 Maison Margiela, Antonio Berardi, Pringle of Scotland, Sonia Rykiel and Junya Watanabe.

Top: Mulberry. Bottom: MM6 Maison Margiela.

Checks and Balances

Following the Women’s March in late January, it seemed more than fitting to see an almost pre-destined industry-wide response, with female empowerment at the core of countless collections. This season kept menswear in balance with several strong nonchalant options, ranging from the vintage plaids of the 1970s to the grunge checks of the 1990s. This versatile and classic print paved the way for a beautiful play on masculinity and femininity – a checkered trend that appeared in the collections of Eudon Choi, Shrimps, Mulberry, Gucci, Pringle of Scotland, Prada and Balenciaga.

Top: Pringle of Scotland. Bottom: Eudon Choi.

Broad Shoulders 

“The bigger the better” seems an apt response to one of this season’s more popular looks – the broad shoulder. Stealing another look from the men this season, the collections of Alexander Wang, Dries Van Noten, Balenciaga and Off-White featured oversized menswear blazers and shoulder pads in exaggerated elegance. The new power suit jacket was also seen on the catwalks of Marques’Almeida, Jacquemus and Jil Sander.

Top: Alexander Wang. Bottom: Off White.

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