Autumn/Winter 2018 Trend Report (Part 2)
Welcome back to Part 2 of the Autumn 2018 Trend Report and thank you for all your feedback from last week’s Post. It is always so lovely to know you enjoy reading it and I hope it continues to inspire, rather than dictate, what you wear.
So, we have covered animal print, tweed and leather but how about pleats, winter florals and the new colour of the season. Let’s get started…
Yes, the pleated skirt is back with a vengeance and was centre stage at the catwalk 2018 shows. Joseph, JW Anderson and Balenciaga showed amazing versions,all with that flirty, fluid movement that is sexy as well as comfortable (the perfect combination).
You may already have a pleated skirt from your summer wardrobe which you can now wear with fabulous boots and a cool knit. If not, there are some great high-street options for you.
This beautiful pink version comes with a touch of sparkle. Whilst you could wear this dressed up for evening I much prefer it styled in a dressed down way. Pair with a t-shirt and trainers when the weather allows or as shown with beautiful boots and a chunky knit.
This version from Massimo Dutti still plays with pleats but in a much more structured way. If you are someone who feels pleats add bulk at the waist – this is the one to go for: gorgeous with heels or long boots, a fitted jumper or silk shirt.
This gorgeous merlot version from Coast would be a great addition for Autumn/Winter. Ok, here it is styled formally but why not add a great white shirt or a beautiful black roll neck and leather jacket. Think beyond how brands style their clothing and make it work for you and your own personal style.
If you love to wear florals, you’re in luck – there’s a huge choice out there for autumn/winter. Designers suc h as Erdem, Marcus Lupfer and Elie Saab showed it’s all about flowers on luxe fabrics such as silk, velvet and chiffon.
Whilst I’m not a huge fan of wearing florals myself, I do appreciate how fabulous they can look on others. So before I show you some great examples remember – just because it’s a high trend, it doesn’t mean you have to go there – but some of these may tempt you to try it.
This Me and Em version is a great way to toughen up a ditzy print. It has a dark background and side stripes which give it a more edgy look. It also comes in a top if you feel the dress is too much.
This Whistles dress proves strong and bold prints work beautifully with soft silk. I have styled this on a client with plimsoles, with ankle boots and a leather jacket and with long merlot suede boots and a coatigan. The possibilities for this dress are endless and the colour is divine.
Ted Baker is well known for floral print. However this version doesn’t scream “Ted Baker” which is one of the reasons I love it. I also love the edging on the collar and cuffs and the length – fantastic with long leather or suede boots.
The new season colour
There were many new colours to hit the catwalk this season: all shades of brown (including toffee, chocolate and camel), pastel blue, silver and, my personal favourite, bottle green. It was show-cased beautifully on the runway by designers such as Alexander McQueen, Atlein and Givenchy. I’m not usually a huge fan of green shades but this one is different: so dark it’s almost black, with a rich coolness to it that I love. Whether you choose head to toe or a mix of different shades – it is a stunning colour for the season.
You’ve probably got grey and black knits from last season so why not add this gorgeous green version from Whistles – stunning with winter white and works particularly well with denim. This version is oversized but still has shape so it is super-flattering.
If you’d rather bring in the colour with accessories this is a stunning tote from Aesther Ekme which would be incredibly versatile with neutral colours.
Finally remember bottle green looks fabulous with all black as shown here from Cefinn’s new collection (although you will find many variations of this blouse on the high-street too).
Happy autumn shopping – call if you need me – it’s always a joy to help.
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