40's, Autumn/Winter, bill gaytten, bright colours, Burberry, Cheryl Tweedy, Dior, floral, Giambattista Valli, Issa, lady-like glamour, leather jackets, Louis Vuitton, Mary Katrantzou, mint green, Moschino, pastels, prints, silhouettes, Temperley London, trench-coats, vivienne westwood
There is nothing like not even getting into springtime yet and worrying about what you’ll wear in October or November.
Far from our pastels colours and floaty designs of spring, mint green being a personal favourite, we’re worrying about how to fill our wardrobe with the simple burgundy’s and navy’s that graced this month’s catwalks all around the world. Or are we? The bright colours of spring and summer will cling on into the cold months and we can prolong our wardrobes a bit longer.
As always, knitwear is first on the list. Gaytten laid a huge emphasis on knitwear for the Christian Dior show, in all kinds of rich wintry colours. Giambattista Valli also used knits, showing them in different ways than usual in bodices and skirts.
Trench-coats also made a huge splash on the catwalk for next season, as they do almost every year. From Vivienne Westwood to Louis Vuitton and of course, Burberry, ever design house wanted a bit of the wool trench glory. There were all types of coats: delicate, military, even huge shoulders were back with a vengeance. It became increasingly clear as the shows went on that a trench-coat is the ultimate investment for the fashion forward next season.
Like the last few seasons, the emphasis on lady-like clothing is extremely strong. Every designer worth their weight had a catwalk full of cinched waists, beautiful skirts and dresses, and of course glamorous prints. Dior in particular went back to their original style of the 40’s, creating silhouettes and shapes instead of masking them. This glamorous, elegant style was also seen in the form of fur and soft fabrics, making lines and frames that suit even the most figure-shy women.
Some designers refused to acknowledge the winter coming at all, staying loyal to summer and stuck with florals and summery prints. Mary Katrantzou, Issa and Temperley London, amongst many others, both used a lot of florals in their work and from the looks of things over the four fashion weeks, come September, it won’t be time to put the florals away.
Cheryl Tweedy would be proud of the military styles that were shown in Milan by Moschino and have you get a little into your wardrobe you’re sure to be too. There wasn’t just the usual khaki and navy colours, but a whole host from red to black to yellow lined up like toy soldiers, which makes sure that everyone can enjoy a wee bit of military fashion in their lives. The incorporation of leather into the mix made for a very interesting look and is sure to set off a huge trend. Next season, if you’re buying a leather jacket, don’t make it biker, make it military!
So this winter, don’t limit yourself to dark colours, leave those bright summer hues and prints in your wardrobe and throw on a pair of tights with them. Just because the weather is dark outside, just gives you more reason to brighten the place up!