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Autumn 14 Womenswear: Designer Directions

As the dust settles on the autumn 14 catwalk season, we identify the womenswear trends that will filter down to the high street and beyond.

The longer the better

London, JW Anderson

London, JW Anderson

It’s a trend that has been around for a while, but feminine longer lengths and fuller shapes are the winning skirt style for autumn.

Falling on or below the knee, fitted pencil skirts or voluminous dirndls all tick the trend. Opt for luxed-up options in leather or embellished designs for an eveningwear spin.

 

 

Art Collage

London, Roksanda Ilincic

London, Roksanda Ilincic

Designers updated colour blocking and simple patterning through the use of jigsaw puzzle-like constructions featuring geometric panelling and creative patchwork. Appearing across everything from dresses to outerwear in simple shapes, blocked collages used bold colour and interesting fabric mixes such as leather, wool and fur to liven up basics.

 

 

Cop a crop

Paris, Acne

Paris, Acne

From ankle skimmers to full calf-baring culottes, cropped trousers are an unlikely key item for autumn.

Pick your length carefully, as a high crop can be difficult to pull off and culottes are rarely a flattering shape. While wide-legged high crops are more likely to appeal to the younger market, subtler options on plainer and slimmer trouser styles will have a broader appeal.

 

Red or dead

Milan, Prada

Milan, Prada

While it’s worth remembering that autumn 14 is a colourful season overall - think outside the black, navy and beige box - red stood out as the most dominant and wearable colour. A promising commercial winner, every shade was seen from autumnal oxblood to fiery crimson. Whatever you go for, make sure there’s a flash of red in your buy.

 

 

Furry finishes

New York, DKNY

New York, DKNY

Real or faux, tactile fur textures have been a favourite for autumn, with shaggy shearling the most commercial winner.

Colourful patchworks and bold patterns at the likes of Roksanda Ilincic and Marni will trickle down to the high street for the young market, while toned-down designs will work for many consumer groups.

 

Pump it up

Paris, Chanel

Paris, Chanel

Statement coats are a must and buyers should stock up on cocooning oversized silhouettes.

Go directional with long, below-the-knee lengths, pumped-up proportions and boxy shoulders.

For more conservative shoppers, nod to the trend with super-sized details such as wider lapels, chunky buttons or zips and thicker fabrics.

Winter Garden

Milan, MSGM

Milan, MSGM

The most commercial print trend to crop up was the perennial florals.

A favourite in spring and summer, designers offered a moodier winter update with repeat pattern flowers and foliage on darker backgrounds and in more painterly styles. Buy into floral tops, blouses, skirts and even outerwear, but remember: the braver your customer, the bigger the blooms you should choose. Printed matching sets also carry over from spring.

  • Images provided by Catwalking.com

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