27.02.2024

TREND REPORT A/W 24: WHAT TO EXPECT

Here is a breakdown of what to expect this Autumn/Winter.

A/W 24

Words by Lucinda Dordley | Images: Getty Images/Supplied

The indomitable Lynn Yaeger - a legend in fashion, and former contributing fashion editor and writer for Vogue - once said, “If you want to learn about fashion, look at everything else happening in the world.”

The advent of social media and fashion’s generally cyclical nature has meant that trend cycles are becoming shorter while allowing more visual inspiration to be widely proliferated. This has allowed various fashion trends to be revived and remixed for a new generation with different sensibilities and values.

Fashion has always been influenced by what is happening in the world at large, and this has led to a rise in more whimsical and winsome remixes of many sartorial trends. The global climate crisis and widespread prioritisation of fashion sustainability have seen a rise in conscious consumers who are more strongly aligned with brands and materials that make use of deadstock or up-cycled materials.

Denim skirt, denim jacket

It would be unfair to say denim has been “revived”; denim has become a staple material in the closets of many since its invention in the 1860s. Adored for its utility and durability, denim is receiving a more feminine update for A/W24.

Godet-inset maxi skirts are all the rage, offering a more refined and grandiose take on the classic denim maxi skirt. Seen on runways from Givenchy to Coach during the A/W23 shows, the denim maxi skirt offers versatility in silhouette and comfort on the go. Gone are the days of denim maxi skirts only being found in A-Line cuts; expect to see myriad shapes, from mermaid-like flares to more risqué cut-out hemlines.

This winter is the time to play around with more experimental proportions and shapes, as the volume-sleeve trucker jacket will be seen everywhere. Inspired by surrealist fashion house Schiaparelli’s SS24 whimsical take on denim, fun, fanciful and top-heavy cuts will also be seen in jackets and denim overcoats this winter.

Knit dress

Knit dresses have been a winter staple for several seasons, but a more delicate iteration ruled over A/W24 runways. As shown by The Row, Saint Laurent, Acne Studios and J.W Anderson, soft knit dresses with details such as soft bows, trompe l'oeil roses and cut-outs reigned supreme.

For easy styling, pair a knit dress with boots that have interesting details, such as snakeskin-style cowboy boots or lug-soled combat boots. Alternative styling will be big - juxtaposing soft, feminine silhouettes with more rough-hewn and dark details such as silver hardware.

Lace, mesh, lace bodysuit

The exploration of sex appeal was a big theme for A/W24 runways, with houses such as Munthe, Rotate and Area showing collections that reapproached just what sexy means. Flashes of skin were seen framed through patchwork, mesh, cut out and lace designs, hinting at what is underneath through implication, not explicit view.

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Lace is making a comeback, offering tactile versatility while being grounded in soft femininity. Expect to see this material in the form of sheer dresses and bodysuits. For easy styling, pair a lace bodysuit with vegan leather trousers or a pair of wide-leg dark-wash jeans.

A/W 24 accessories

No outfit is complete without accessories. Coco Chanel said, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory.” We, however, beg to differ. Handbags invoking a feeling of cosiness and comfort will be seen on the arms of many this winter, especially with Gucci giving its iconic Marmont bag a furry update.

Gold tones will also give way to more futuristic and sleek silver jewellery. Expect more abstract shapes such as Bottega Venta’s Drop earrings or Acne Studios’ Crushed Can bracelet.

The colour red is also expected to be seen everywhere - from shoes to make-up and coats. Expect to see a lot of deeper shades such as beetroot and oxblood make their way into your wardrobe.

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