Show off your style with this season’s most hype-worthy trends
Words: Leila Petersen | Images: Vogue
When designers showcased their autumn/winter 2020 collections last year, the fears of a coronavirus had just started to swirl, and unbeknown to us, would change our lives, redefine norms and force us to adapt to a new way of being. Fashion, too, had to adjust and reshape in an already fragile landscape.
With the uncertain future of fashion weeks, the shift in consumers’ shopping behaviour (who favour simpler, more practical clothing) and designers moving away from trend-driven collections that last for one season, it no longer feels modern to build a wardrobe dictated by what we see on the runways. And although we are slowly edging towards seasonless fashion, it’s inevitable that certain themes, items, and silhouettes will converge to form a season’s overarching message, but it's now up to fashion admirers to interpret how they'll work these styles into their day-to-day routine.
THE TREND: That 70’s Show
SPOTTED AT: Chloe, Celine, Hermés, Givenchy and Gabriela Hearst
KEY COLOURS: Burnt orange, olive-tone hues, tan and shades of caramel
KEY STYLES: Flared trousers and jeans, argyle printed knits, velvet suiting, jackets and coats featuring oversized collars made of fur or shearling.
HOW WE’RE WEARING IT: Paying homage to fashion's most emulated decade is easier than you think. Channel the 70’s by tucking earth-tone tops or pointed collared shirts into high-waisted slacks and flared jeans, donning a knee-length denim skirt styled with tees, shirts and knee-high boots or opting for more refined silhouettes with skirt-cum-culottes, blazers, sharp pleated trousers, tailoring and trench coats.
THE TREND: Cool Cardi’s
SPOTTED AT: Fendi, Christopher Kane, Coach, Dolce & Gabbana, Marni and Marc Jacobs
KEY STYLES: From tiny and cropped to slouchy and chunkier, the cardigan was seen in a variety of styles, colours and silhouettes on the runways.
HOW WE’RE WEARING IT: Due to its versatility, a simple cardigan is a wardrobe must-have. Worn with everything from denim to trouser suits and pencil skirts, our favourite look came courtesy of Coach, which used the humble cardigan as a key layering piece. Worn over a shirt but under a blazer, the label showed us just how cool the cardigan can look.
THE TREND: Leather Looks
SPOTTED AT: Alberta Ferretti, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Hermes and Fendi
KEY STYLES: Leather cropped up in all forms including coats, trousers, dresses, skirts and of course jackets
HOW WE WEARING IT: This season we saw major leather looks worn from head to toe. But, if you're going to invest in one leather piece this season, make it a statement coat. Paired with a cool tee, casual jeans and chic boots- it’s your daily winter uniform sorted. You can't go wrong with a leather shirt dress that you can layer over a turtleneck for the coldest of days, or go for a slightly slouchy pant style that will breathe new life into any one of your oversized sweaters.
THE TREND: Puff Out
SPOTTED AT: Max Mara, Prada, Versace, Ferragamo and Dior
KEY STYLES: Anything from sporty oversized styles to chic, belted shapes
HOW WE WEARING IT: The ultimate (and most cosy) outerwear piece, the puffer jacket makes quite a statement on its own which means the rest of your look can be kept quite simple. A shorter puffer paired with a maxi dress and combat boot combo is an off-duty look guaranteed to keep you both warm and on-trend. But if you after something a bit more stylish, opt for a chic belted version teamed with tailored trousers and a pair of standout
THE TREND: The Knitted Dress
KEY STYLE: Often maxi in length, these dresses can be either loose or fitted.
SPOTTED AT: Jacquemus, Jil Sander, Bottega Veneta, Burberry and Agnona
HOW WE WEARING IT: An easy, everyday dress, the knitted frock is the perfect layering piece. Add a boyish blazer for smart occasions, layer over a slim-fit roll-neck for super chilly days, or commit to wearing one on its own. Opting for neutral colours such as grey, camel, cream and black allows you to dress this look up and down with ease. As for footwear? We love how the stomper boot keeps this casual but cosy look up to date.
THE TREND: Seeing Red
SPOTTED AT: Carolina Herrera, Victoria Beckham, Bottega Veneta, Valentino, Rodarte and Christopher Kane
KEY STYLES: Maxi dresses, trouser suits and skirts were splashed with shades of red
HOW WE WEARING IT: Undoubtedly one of the biggest colours to take away from fashion week was red. Eye-catching, bold it can breathe new life into a look, robust reds were seen on head-to-toe looks in a plethora of textures and fabrics from leather capes to relaxed knits, adding a sophisticated touch to winter ensembles. Whether you opt for maximalism with monochromatic red looks, or a more subtle accent through a shirt or a shoe, adding some red to your look is a fun and easy way to inject new energy into your style.