There’s a slight chill in the air as summer begins to melt away. Soon the beaches and piers will be empty, with ice cream and spritzers swapped for soup and mulled wine.
The hot weather is always unfortunately short-lived in the UK, but at least that means it’s time for a new wardrobe. So we’re taking a look back at the autumn/winter trends showcased at London Fashion Week in February and where to shop to find them as the cold creeps in.
Autumn/winter trends 2015
Back in February Burberry led the way with a huge investment in this style, both on and off the catwalk. Along the front rows of their show they had Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, and Cara Delvigne all dressed in the boho style to match the models on stage. Very shrewd marketing indeed. Burberry weren’t the only ones throwing out a bunch of paisley and suede, with Chloe and Lanvin also joining in with the trend.
Now that the leaves are turning brown, which of our favourite shops have followed Burberry’s lead? Quite a few will sate all your 70s needs with New Look, Primark, Simply Be, George, and Marks and Spencer all helping you head back in time.
New Look boho: blouse £19.99, sleeveless jacket £44.99, jeans £19.99, boots £29.99, ring £4.99, necklace £7.99
One colour stood out in February, so expect to see it a lot in the coming months. Red often took centre stage, perhaps chosen to match the leaves blown about by autumnal winds. Getting in on the act were Salvatore Ferragamo, Marni, Dior, and Hermes. Who’s going to argue with them?
Snap up some strong red looks at Topshop and Next, with Debenhams also offering great choices with their Principles, Instaglam, and Red Herring collections.
Next red outfit: striped sweater £32.00, A-Line skirt: £30.00
Forget restraint and minimalism. Another strong theme from February was big, bold patterns, so expect to see a lot in upcoming collections. In particular, Dior, Pucci, and Jonathan Saunders were all showcasing some great outfits and patterns sure to grab attention. Clearly this season won’t be about blending into the background.
If you want to stand out from the crowd this winter you’d best check out Tesco’s F&F range. Also head down to Debenhams where you’ll need to seek out the labels J by Jasper Conran, Star by Julien Macdonald, and RJR.
Debenhams bold print: jumper £40.00, skirt £55.00
If strong patterns and colours aren’t your thing, don’t worry, you’ve got other choices. At February’s London Fashion Week we saw a lot of check on the catwalk. And why not? It’s a classic. The designers backing this restrained style back in Feb were Bottega Veneta, Chanel, Miu Miu, and Henry Holland. That’s a list not to be sniffed at.
When it comes to the shopping itself you won’t have to go far to find a nice bit of check. George, Topshop, Primark, Long Tall Sally, Simply Be, Debenhams, and Next all have some in. You’ll be spoilt for choice.
Asda check top and skirt: Checked blouse pencil dress £18, Silver bangles £5
Image by Nikos Koutoulas