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Season Preview: Autumn 15

As the buying season kicks off, here are the key looks from some brands you’ll see on your trade show travels.

Sugarhill Boutique

As always, it’s all about the dresses at Sugarhill Boutique. Longer skirt lengths broaden the label’s appeal to a wider age group. The classic shift style is updated into a tunic or A-line shape, while the fit-and-flare or skater styles of previous collections are limited. To go with this more grown-up look, the colours are suitably mature with forest green, navy, lilac and teal across matt crêpe polyester, stretch cotton, jacquard and lace. Wholesale prices start at £11.45 for tops up to £39.30 for a coat. Sugarhill Boutique will exhibit at Pure London and Magic in Las Vegas.

 

Henri Lloyd

The coast and countryside inspire Henri Lloyd, with garments focusing on functionality outside the city. Down or Thermolite (a performance fabric) are used in jackets, including waterproof and windproof styles, such as seam-taped parkas for bothmen and women. Melton wool products are also central, such as a man’s classic pea coat, or a woman’s Chesterfield, both of which add a naval feel to the range. Waxed cotton jackets, for which Henri Lloyd partners with UK weaver The British Millerain Co, also catch the eye in outerwear. Wholesale prices range from £10 for T-shirts to £150 for jackets.

Henri Lloyd will exhibit at Jacket Required and Pure London.


 

Sorel

Clean, contemporary and functional are the key messages for footwear from Sorel. The women’s Major Collection is trend-led, taking its inspiration from the military, with buckles and zips on ankle and calf-high boots. Wedge boots highlight Sorel’s focus on detailing, such as a heeled rain boot with pops of colour at the heel and ankle. Men’s boots are timeless, and a taller style with felt top lining and a seam-sealed waterproof construction should be popular. Wholesale prices start at £36.40 for a suede and felt boot, up to £59.10 for heeled leather boots.

Sorel will exhibit at CIFF in Copenhagen, Ispo in Munich and Moda in Birmingham.


Laurèl

The world of cinema, including its interiors and costumes, was the starting point for the autumn collection from Laurèl. The range references the 1960s with miniskirts, bootcut trousers and fake fur, although retro-inspired pieces are updated with modern fabrics such as neoprene and patent coatings. There is also a nod to the 1990s with sportswear details including bonded jersey or double-faced fabrics, while draping and asymmetry are key for silhouettes. Other standout items include a knee-length dress with a lace top and swinging skirt, an oversized red cape and embroidered, embellished or brocade coats. Wholesale prices range from £84.75 for blouses to £339.25 for coats.

Laurèl will exhibit at Scoop in London, Collection Première in Düsseldorf and Paris Fashion Week.


Adini

All Adini’s signature elements - prints, textures and natural fabrics - are present for autumn 15. However, this season the range has a particularly fashion-forward focus, which the brand describes as an “uncomplicated aesthetic with a touch of art house flair”. Key items include classic white or black shirts paired with skinny, printed stretch trousers or denim jeans, alongside dresses in luxury jacquard jerseys, wool blend coats and slouchy boxy tops in modal linen. The palette is autumnal, with deep greens, dark blues and oranges. Wholesale prices range from £5 for scarves to £45 for coats.

Adini will exhibit at Moda in Birmingham.


Merc

The Merc Originals collection has a vintage workwear theme for autumn 15. The look is taken from 1960s England, with smart jackets and trousers, pea coats, retro cable knitwear and paisley and check button-down shirts. Fits for this season are slim, with simple, clean silhouettes creating quite a young look. Key fabrics include coated cotton and moleskin for outerwear, cotton and cashmere-mixed yarns for knits and wool and PU leather details for added texture. Nodding to the brand’s British mod heritage, printed T-shirts feature scooters, targets and music-related imagery. Wholesale prices range from £9 for T-shirts to £70 for wool overcoats.

Merc will exhibit at Jacket Required.


Ruby Shoo

New styles from Ruby Shoo include a pointed-toe ankle boot, a shoe boot and a high-cut ankle-strap court shoe. These now sit alongside the staple collection, which includes the classic court shoe shape. The main theme is New Bohemian and prints for autumn have a folkloric feel in opulent shades and patterns inspired by Moroccan tiles. Colours include bold reds, purples and blues, while special occasion styles include metallic gold and silver. Wholesale prices range from £11.75 for a clutch to £21.65 for boots.

Ruby Shoo will exhibit at Moda in Birmingham, FN Platform in Las Vegas and Sole Commerce in New York.


Camel Active

Camel Active combines opposing ideas to deliver new looks for autumn 15. In menswear, traditional workwear styles are mixed with sportswear details, while outerwear is mixed with classic tailoring elements. The look is slightly distressed, with unusual processes such as cold dyes used to provide a worn-in effect, or vegetable dyes for leathers to create an aged, rubbed-off impression.

For womenswear, the focus is on hybrids, with traditional boyfriend styles such as trench coats or field jackets interpreted in a feminine fit, while subtle details such as velvet, corduroy or leather add a fashion-forward edge. For the first time, real fur is used across both collections.Wholesale prices start at £8 for T-shirts to £140 for outerwear.

Camel Active will exhibit at Panorama in Berlin.


Double Two

For its formal shirting range, Double Two continues to focus on the trend for contrasting trims and collars. The Warm Handle range is set to be popular for autumn, with new printed designs introduced including florals and polka dots, while baby corduroy is introduced in the printed range. For the more casual Bar Harbour collection, old-fashioned workwear is a key trend, with faded denims, brushed-cotton lumberjack shirts and plain-wash twill shirts. Chunky stitch detailing adds interest, while colours tend to focus on green, navy and grey. Wholesale prices are yet to be finalised.

Double Two will exhibit at Moda in Birmingham.

 

 

Duck and Cover

Style references have been taken from a diverse range of influences, from dockworkers to vintage sportswear and 1990s ‘lad’ culture. Tracksuits, increasing in the collection since autumn 14, are key alongside jersey polo shirts and crew necks. Shorter Harrington and bomber jacket styles look modern, while slim workwear-inspired shirting comes in tartan and gingham. As recent autumn seasons have seen temperatures rising, the brand has developed lighter fabrics that are climate-adaptable, for example fleeces and double jerseys that are finer and more compact. Wholesale prices range from £6 for T-shirts to £70 for outerwear.

Duck and Cover will not be exhibiting at any trade shows this season.


Antony Morato

Several different themes are explored in Antony Morato’s autumn 15 collection. Black, the most trend-led story, features items such as bomber jackets and leather trousers in black and white. Gold, the more casual story, keeps the brand’s Italian origins in mind with a ‘Dolce Vita’ theme. This encompasses casual sleeveless gilets as well as printed suits, with bold red and blue the major colours. Leather and denim are standout fabrics across the board, while stripes are a central print in the collection. Wholesale prices range from £10.70 for a hat to £124 for a bomber jacket.

Antony Morato will show at Pitti Uomo in Florence.

Latte

Prominent styles from Latte’s autumn 15 collection include dramatic capes, embellished knits and long-length tunic tops, with more of a figure-hugging silhouette seen for knitwear. Pleated skirts and jacquard-print treggings round out the offer, which includes merino and cashmere wools for a suitably warm winter range. The focus is on workmanship and highlighting the brand’s made in Italy quality. The colour themes centre on monochrome, particularly on outerwear, with highlights of mustard and pink. Wholesale prices start from around £40.

Latte will exhibit at Moda in Birmingham.


Glamorous

Three trend stories make for an all-encompassing autumn range from Glamorous. Purist sees an update on the brand’s minimalist story from spring 15, giving it a nautical twist with striped jersey tops, pea and duffle coats and wide-leg trousers. Mystical Romance embraces grunge, with washed-out denim, while fake fur is a key fabric on a variety of jackets in dark browns and cream shades. Finally, Artisan includes vintage-inspired pieces decorated with embroidery, for example on jackets in shades of red and orange. Hand-drawn prints and typographic slogans are strong themes. Wholesale prices range from £4 for tops to £35 for jackets.

Glamorous will exhibit at Who’s Next in Paris, Panorama in Berlin, Pure London, Magic in Las Vegas, Coterie in New York and The Hub in Hong Kong.


Denham

This season the designers at Denham have taken inspiration from the Mongolian tribes of the nomadic empires to create a Winter Nomad theme. The mainline combines elements of nomadic layering, patchwork and quilting. Chunky graphic knits are complemented by tumbled sheepskin pieces and sand-washed silks, while indigo and other blue shades are the colours of the season.

As for denim, the standout jean of the season for men and women is the signature slim five-pocket style. The technicalperformance of the jeans has been enhanced, with new multi-blend stretch denim.Wholesale prices range from £14 for tops to £320 for leather jackets.

Denham will exhibit at Modefabriek in Amsterdam.

 

Palladium

Palladium’s starting point this season was to consider walking through city terrains. Key styles include the men’s Pampa ankle boot, which features a lace-free zip-up front and contrasting army green side panels. There are full-length stormproof boots for men with contrast leg panels from vintage-inspired army blankets. For women, calf-length boots with a wedge heel come in burgundy or copper. Unisex styles include boots with army tech nylon finishings or light-reflective details. Wholesale prices range from £31 for an ankle boot to £47 for a full-length boot.

Palladium will exhibit at Jacket Required in London.

 

Marc Cain

Another brand taking inspiration from the 1960s is Marc Cain. Predicted bestselling items for the season include sleeveless A-line minidresses, woollen oversized floor-length coats and 1960s-style suits with slim-fit blazers and cropped trousers. Knitwear plays a central role in the range, with wider silhouettes for a casual look, while rollnecks and chunky textured knits are key. Real furs in unusual colours, such as bright yellow, make a strong statement, contrasting with the more pared-back shades of grey and caramel. Wholesale prices are available on request. Retail prices range from £35 for a bracelet to £2,195 for a fur coat.

Marc Cain will exhibit at Panorama in Berlin.

 

Alan Paine

Alan Paine’s English Explorer range includes the addition of a new blended lambswool mélange and the reintroduction of a merino Teflon yarn. A blended lambswool knit with a polo shirt collar and buttoned placket is expected to be the bestseller.

The brand has introduced a trim-fit capsule in its merino collection, which includes zip-through cardigans.  The woven range has been expanded with plaids and checks. Dark raspberry red, orange, indigo and deep green are the main shades. Wholesale prices start at £28 for lambswool basics, rising to £105 for cashmere basics.

Alain Paine is showing at Pitti Uomo in Florence, MrKet in New York, and Modefabriek in Amsterdam.

 

Aigle

This season Aigle “combines the sartorial eccentricity of the landed gentry with a modern preppy aesthetic”, according to the label. Traditional fabrics like cashmere and Scottish-inspired patterns, such as tartans, feature alongside bespoke paisley prints. This sense of hybrids is particularly prominent in outerwear: women’s duffle coats have fur-trimmed hoods traditionally associated with parka coats, while menswear sees pea coats borrow their silhouettes from parka jackets. Texture is emphasised throughout through fabrics such as fleece, sheepskin, Sherpa wool and down quilting. Wholesale prices range from £26 for polos to £230 for outerwear.

Aigle will show at Premium in Berlin and Jacket Required in London.

 

Native Youth

Autumn 15 sees a coming of age for Manchester-based men’s young fashion label Native Youth. It’s quite a casual range, with autumnal staples including wool pea coats, parkas and classic varsity and bomber jackets for a modern element. Knit-effect jersey, acid-wash jersey, alpaca and jacquard knits make for relaxed daytime pieces such as sweaters, while short- and long-sleeved shirting provides a smarter look. The brand’s ethos is “to make clothes that guys actually want to wear” and that’s easy to spot for autumn.

Native Youth will exhibit at Capsule in New York, Paris and Las Vegas, Seek in Berlin and Jacket Required in London.

 

Anatomic & Co

Plenty of new developments make for an interesting autumn 15 men’s footwear range from Anatomic and Co. The brand has produced an extra wide-fitting sole for its Ease range, as well as a waterproof collection, which has both shoes and boots with a flexible membrane for extra performance. There are several new styles, including a moccasin and a boat shoe, which will soft-launch for autumn 15 ahead of a full launch for spring 16. Finally, the brand has created a lightweight sole made of flexible PU gel for styles such as city loafers. Wholesale prices range from £42.95 for lightweight moccasins or loafers to £56.95 for boots.

Anatomic & Co will exhibit at GDS in Düsseldorf, Micam in Milan, Moda in Birmingham, Tec in Paris and FN Platform, Las Vegas.

 

Frank Lyman

Major items from Frank Lyman include long belted duster jackets that can be worn over trousers and tops, plus swing coats and other longer jackets. Silhouettes tend to be straighter for autumn 15, while dresses have overlays making them less clingy and more flattering to a variety of shapes and sizes. Prints include geometric patterns, chains and animal designs, while fabrics come with surface detailing such as bouclés with glitter, jacquards and fake leather. Key shades are deep and autumnal including red, teal and indigo. The average wholesale price for the collection is £50.

Frank Lyman exhibits at CPD in Düsseldorf, Panorama in Berlin, CIFF in Copenhagen, Milano Prêt à Porter in Milan and CPM in Moscow, plus North American shows.

 

Skechers

Lightweight, flexible and athletic styles remain key at Skechers for autumn 15. Memory foam insoles are a major feature for the season, having been added to comfort and casual styles across men’s, women’s and children’s. Bold neon colours are at the centre of the range, with the sports collection in particular standing out with ombré and tie-dye effects as well as Aztec and leopard prints. For boots, leather styles lead the way, along with fake fur linings which look on-trend. Elsewhere, the GOwalk range continues to be a focus with its half shoe/half sock concept creating lightweight walking shoes. Wholesale prices range from £20 for children’s trainers to £46 for lace-up boots.

Skechers will exhibit at Moda in Birmingham.

 

Guide

The heritage look is a main theme for Guide this season, with classic tweed jackets and heavy shawl-neck collar and funnel-neck knits. For tailoring, there is an emphasis on soft brushed fabrics, with checks a strong story, while bold linings, patch pockets and removable pocket handkerchiefs are a main feature for autumn. Flamboyant shirting has been introduced in flock satin fabrics with double collars. For the jersey range, a raglan-sleeve design has been added. Finally, the knitwear collection offers new premium basics made from 95% cotton and 5% cashmere. Wholesale prices range from £14 for shirts to £68 for jackets.

Guide is yet to confirm its trade shows.

 

Weird Fish

Womenswear from Weird Fish is inspired by cities of the northern hemisphere, under the title ‘Scandi Weekend’. Prints have an architectural focus including cityscapes as well as traditional florals. Outerwear, including macs and waxed cotton jackets, looks strong, while reversible skirts and textured jersey tops stand out. Menswear is inspired by the northwest American outdoors, including the Great Lakes. Tartan brushed-flannel shirts in rich colours act as layering options, and knits and waxed parkas lined with wool provide hard-wearing separates. Wholesale prices for menswear range from £7.50 for T-shirts to £50 for jackets. Womenswear is from £8 for T-shirts to £41 for outerwear.

Weird Fish will exhibit at Aimex in Solihull and Moda in Birmingham.

 

Bitte Kai Rand

All things avian inspire the latest collection from Bitte Kai Rand, with a mood board comprised entirely of birds. Bird imagery, such as feathers or wings, is used in prints across separates made from twill, viscose or transparent georgette. Bird-inspired shapes such as an asymmetric knitted tunic with a striped tail, a batwing dress and a cape also feature. The colour range is bold and varied, from yellow, red, orange and electric blue to softer caramel or dark blue. Wholesale prices range from £14 for basic T-shirts to £190 for outerwear.

Bitte Kai Rand will show at Scoop in London, Premium in Berlin, CIFF in Copenhagen, Coterie in New York and Modefabriek in Amsterdam.

 

Rocket Dog

Rocket Dog has taken the theme ‘All Roads’, looking at different colours, textures and terrains encountered in world travel. Autumnal colours including browns, greys and bolder accents of red and blue are eye-catching, while graphic prints, tartans and animal patterns liven up the range. Key styles include the Weekender, a new boot style with a fake-fur cuff, or the Temecul, which is another new lace-up boot with a sock detail around the ankle cuff. Wholesale prices range from £18 for a flat shoe to £60 for a leather boot.

Rocket Dog will exhibit at Moda in Birmingham and Micam in Milan.

 

Pearly King

The inspiration for Pearly King has come from across the globe, with the menswear brand taking items of cultural dress and traditional patterns and combining them with its usual musical influences. A big part of the collection includes ethnic prints that have been applied to garments such as jumpers and joggers. The tailoring range continues to develop with the addition of patterned tuxedo jackets. Distressed and laundered indigo is prominent, plus red, teal and mustard colours. New fabric treatments include bleached prints across jersey and denim, as well as laundered knitwear. Stretch denim has been introduced. Wholesale prices range from £5.50 for basic tops to £125 for leather pieces.

Pearly King will be showing at the Hub in Hong Kong, Pitti Uomo in Florence and Jacket Required in London.

 

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