Sportswear, streetwear, grunge or clashing patterns: which fashion tribe will you back?
Retro-style paisleys feature in many collections for autumn 14, and can be seen in loud colour combinations or plainer, subtler shades. Brands such as Weekend Offender use paisley in panels and patches, while New Love Club covers separates in matching prints.
With the 1990s grunge trend coming through for both genders, the era’s signature parka coat should be top of your list for outerwear buys. Look out for furry-trim hoods and fishtail silhouettes in worn and washed-out khaki. The more directional brands have exaggerated the cut for an oversized look or jazzed them up in brighter shades, while slimmer and long-line shapes offer a
more feminine option.
Loud prints and vivid patterns continue to be big for the young fashion market, with retro graphics, clashing colour combos and bold repeats top buys across T-shirts, jumpers, outerwear and even matching accessories. Religious iconography and flashy chain link designs are particular trends to watch.
Brands move the perennial graphic T-shirt into smarter territory this season, giving the button-up shirt a young and fresh fashion relevance with irreverent slogans and graphic prints covering the front, back and sleeves of shirts from brands such as Soulland and Sixpack France.
Having been around for a while, the baseball shirt hits a home run for autumn, with many brands offering options that will appeal to a wide range of shoppers. From traditional Americana styles in plain colour blocks through to punchy prints and patterns, baseball-style shirts promise to be hero pieces.
Performance-ready weatherproof raincoats, often featuring welded seams, waterproof zips and rubberised finishes, are abundant this season, from brands such as Stutterheim and Rains, through to Elka and Boxfresh. Bright shades such as mustard yellow and orange are popular, but black, navy and grey options will also sell well.
Young fashion brands have looked to a rather grown-up skirt shape this season, with many offering the knee-skimming pencil style. A younger approach to fabrication will appeal to edgier shoppers, with textured leather, foamy neoprene and semi see-through mesh panelling standing out.
- Photography by Leonn Ward
- Styling by Graeme Moran
- Assisted by Emily Norval