TRENDS AND STYLES FOR AUTUMN/WINTER 2018

The galaxy, infinite starry skies and the zodiac inspire this print story, offering a fresh print and pattern direction for transeasonal deliveries.

Influenced by the likes of Dior, Gucci and Balenciaga, micro stars and outer-space imagery appear across dresses, blouses and skirts, with dark grounds essential. Colour is kept predominately pared back, but brought to life by metallic and foil applications for a truly cosmic look.

The mood for bold stripes continues into autumn, with variegated and mix-and-match renditions offering a strong direction across multiple product categories.

Running the gamut from deckchair to pinstripe designs, stripes are favoured in midtone blue shades grounded by classic black or white. At their most directional, different coloured stripes are combined for offbeat pattern styling that makes for an impactful look.

The focus on transeasonal and versatile styling remains a key message that isn’t going away any time soon, with the latest catwalks showing an evident blurring of seasons. Duster jackets in both shiny and matte finishes are ideal for transitional ranges. They work equally well as a lightweight outerwear option at the start of the season and as a layering item for the colder months. The duster is also a versatile and travel-friendly item, occupying minimal space and serving different purposes.

Unfinished hemlines remain an important detail across categories with extreme shredding and laddering emerging as the latest update.

Ranging from couture-like designs, to more accessible teared and fringed hemlines, shredded trims impact core items such as skinny jeans, denim skirts and truckers, and are a key trend across all markets this winter.

Tie details emerge as an important update across product categories, from woven tops to skirts, dresses and blazers. Seen in a variety of widths, ties are both integral to the item, particularly self-fabric ones used as a fastening option for eyelets, or, more directionally, used as a key detail for composite garments. Shoulder fastenings update bestsellers such as the cold-shoulder top while large bow ties add a feminine feel to tops, dresses and knitwear.

Metallic finishes add interest to basic jumpers and are spotted across casual everyday shapes for important hybrid looks. Designs range from drop-shoulder roll-necks to boxy cable sweaters, elevated through the inclusion of metallic yarns, statement coatings and foiling applications.

An obvious item for partywear too - this feels newer when styled within an everyday, pared-back look.