It would be a crime to not have leather on the AW16 runway collections! Good thing, designers considered the leather weather and amazed us with everything from sunshine-yellow at Cedric Charlier to Aegean-blue at Celine and a variety of browns at Mugler and Esteban Cortazar. Although there’s something about Ellery’s all-over black look with exaggerated sleeves that is making our heartbeat faster. For a refreshingly sophisticated take, turn to Hermes’ full-sleeves A-line midi dress.
Our Barbie days might be long over, but that doesn’t mean we can resist the charm of pink. Designers at the AW16 runway collections repositioned the shade from saccharine to strong. From Chanel and Esteban Cortazara’s structured take on hot pink to Kenzo and Balmain’s rather feminine version in soft pink, there’s a good enough reason to rethink pink. Whichever side of the spectrum you choose, make sure its equal parts naughty and nice. We can’t take our eyes of Stella McCartney’s jumpsuit dripping in pink.
Our favourite school-girl pattern abounded on the AW16 catwalks in fresh, new and unexpected ways. The crisp autumnal pattern was spotted in a lovely blue at Jacquemus on a trench coat, in a Prince of Wales check at Emanuel Ungaro and in an Ivy League flavour at Dries Van Noten via wide-leg trousers. Barbara Bui took the traditional bright tartan to a boiler suit and a matching cross-body bag! Here’s to never growing up…
There’s nothing more spirit-quashing than ruining a fantastic ensemble with a bobbly ol’ boring jacket, so take a tip from the runways of Balenciaga, Vetements and Stella McCartney by making sure your outwear lives up to what’s underneath. Yes, we are talking about the cool, oh-so-casual fascination of a pretty poufy jacket. We’re particularly smitten with Vivienne Westwood and Acne Studio’s colour choices of pastel and high-shine metallic. Rain? Wind? Snow? Bring it on!
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