Capes/ponchos, Duffle hybrids, Grenadine and Marigold
The cape moved into the mainstream for A/W 10/11 and shows no sign of peaking for next season. New shapes include capes with high-low hemlines (longer at the back), the poncho (often knitted) for a more casual approach and a tailored, lean silhouette as seen at DKNY (pictured).
2. Duffle hybrids
Designers took the classic duffle coat and rethought proportions and reworked traditional looks into sleeveless hybrids (as at Derek Lam, pictured), added new fastening details, or reworked the silhouette into blouson-inspired shapes.
This intense grenadine is the new red for the season, providing a warming level of colour. We saw it on dresses (at Reed Krakoff, pictured), formalwear, outerwear and knitwear. Work this palette with cognac browns (another key shade) for a vivid, saturated palette that has real commercial appeal; perfect as a statement or a highlight.
An evolution of the yellow palette, with warming winter golds burnished with just a hint of orange. This level of colour is perfect to sit alongside the cognacs and grenadine reds for a rich, autumnal palette that works across all product areas; on the catwalks it was used on dresses (Edun, pictured), formalwear and outerwear.
More key items, colours and looks Mallard blue, cognac, sapphire, coloured fur, parkas, fur gilets and shirt dresses