At every fashion week season, a number of different trends and styling ideas crop up. This is by no means an exhaustive list representative of all the shows, more a summary of my favourites from what I spotted at the shows and presentations I visited in London and Milan.
1. The Sneaker
Many magazines and bloggers have heralded the death of this trend and of normcore in general although possibly these sneakers don’t really ‘fit’ into the normcore section. However, from what I saw, sneakers are not going anywhere anytime soon.
Models sashayed down the catwalk looking elegant and confident wearing sneakers, presentations were packed with sneaker options, basically, sneakers were everywhere. There seem to be two versions, the colourful or eclectic version and the ‘ugly’ male-style version so popular this current season.
2. Colour and Lots of It
All black will always be fashionable but gone are the days when wearing colourful outfits in winter seemed somewhat out of place. Colourful, multicoloured outfits are a huge trend with some looks(scroll down to look at what Jasper Conran did) featured multiple bright colours in one outfit.
In Milan, the colour of choice seemed to be red – long sections of some designers’ collections were dedicated entirely to this colour.
In the autumn/winter collections, you should always expect some kind of layering but this season it seemed to be somewhat cleverer. There was knitwear worn under summer dresses, sweaters under pinafores and vests, a bulk of the outfits featured multiple layers.
4. Polka Dots
There’s really no other way to describe it, polka dot is the pattern trendsetter of choice for next autumn / winter. The pattern will come in all shapes and sizes and multiple colour options.
5. Coloured Opaque Tights
Bring back the tights !! And they were back – opaque coloured tights are back and I for one couldn’t be more excited. They were given a lot of prominence in many shows especiallyy in London and New York Fashion Week
6. Jewelled Footwear
Glitzy jewels, in general, are even currently a hot trend but the trend is set to continue into next Winter especially when it comes to footwear – basically the more intricate the better.
7. Plaid and Tartan Fabrics
Plaid fabrics have been steadily growing in popularity but next winter tartan and plaid fabrics are a ubiquitous trend. There will be a wide variety of tartan and plaid fabrics and it can be worn head to toe or an addon to any outfit.