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Wednesday 2 August 2017

Autumn/Fall Preview Part 2: The Trends

Uterque leading the way with a very directional line up including these wide, cinched waist jeans
At this stage of early August, most of the new arrivals are transitional pieces rather than anything very new or directional. So the statement sleeve is still with us, as is the ruffled skirt, in plain colors. The pleated skirt is still around and there's lots of silver pleated skirts.
Silver Pleated Metallic A-Line Midi Skirt, Marks and Spencer, £35
The backless shoe and sliders have been updated in more luxurious velvet and brocade fabrics, as has the kimono.

There are some new silhouettes with the wider leg and the belted waist making a return. The jeans above are by Uterque. They're worn with another key trend, the soft pull-on shoe boot.
Soft pull-on boots are new for Autumn 2017. This pair from Uterque
These are also from Uterque, who have a very strong Autumn line-up so far. The longer pull-on boot is great for those with less than slender calves because there's no zip to impede progress. Over-the-knee boots are still big this autumn and will also be in soft pull-on style, so now there's no excuse not to wear them.

Odd shoes were seen on the catwalk, and Zara is showing this with identical shoes but in different colours. I have to say, I quite like it!
An emerging trend for AW17 is mismatched shoes, as shown by Zara UK

Several summer staples are given an update for Autumn including the kimono, which is now in sumptuous brocades and embroidery. This one from Zara, £119.
Gingham is still around too, as seen in this luxurious silk crepe de chine jumpsuit, £390, from Diane Von Furstenberg.
The asymmetric skirt is a big trend in autumn. This pleated lam̩ and tulle midi skirt is by Christopher Kane, ʣ1,445.
Corsets and waist belts were seen in the summer collections but failed to make a huge impact. They're prominent again this autumn and more likely to take off because oversize jumpers and coats look far more flattering belted.
Here Zara have used a wide red belt to cinch the waist of the model wearing this elegant dress, £79.99.

Florals have gone in a new direction with dark backgrounds. There's an example from Zara in my Pinterest board AW 17.

Knitwear is given a flattering dusting of shimmer, and fake fur in the form of coats and jackets will provide some warmth and color. For evening, midi skirts in pale pink and cream, and fabrics like silk and velvet, offer something alternative to metallics and red. Pleated skirt below in pink from Oliver Bonas, £65.

Velvet pencil midi skirt, £35 in gold mix, £55, Marks and Spencer Autograph
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  1. I love the silver and gold skirts. Nearly bought a tweed skirt (which was beautifully cut) in a Toast sale but I didn't as I reminded myself it never gets quite as cold as it used to. The big trousers are amazing but I never buy that kind of large trouser because that's what a lot of older women wear or are expected to wear. However, I do admit that the size of the flare in the first pic is interesting. Just might!

  2. I'm liking the Kimono trend that's been around for a while now. I'm thinking about trying that xx

    1. Me too, I haven't got one yet so I'm glad to see they are still around.

  3. Go on, go on! If you try the wide flared trousers, I might give it a go too. I wore the wide flares in the 70s but haven't tried since then!

  4. Beautiful selection Gail. I have a silver skirt just like this one but I have not wore it yet as I am looking for the perfect top to go with it.

    1. I love metallic skirts but am less keen on pleats - I will also be looking for one myself - plus the top to go with it.

  5. Well a pleated skirt is defo on my list for AW! I've seen a few of the boots recently and the jury is out on my decision as to yes or no from me! Nice picks Gail.xx Jacqui

  6. I'm drawn to those first pants that look like a midi/maxi skirt. Kind of wild. Often those will just make me look even more Oompa Loompa though unless I wear them with a really high heel.

    The thrift stores are a great place to find vintage kimonos/smoking jackets.



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