Get the building blocks for a successful season with these top trends and essential pieces
The trend for large coats has been around a while but goes mainstream for autumn 14. Focus on silhouettes with boxier cuts and dropped, elongated hems or look to thick and chunky fabrics as an easy way to add volume. Many have a masculine feel, such as this classic shape.
Buy into the fluffiest, fuzziest and furriest knitwear, bringing textural interest to standard jumpers and cardigans. Fluffy mohair and similar yarns deliver fuzz with a soft, premium spin, while loose ‘angel hair’ fibres are another way to nod to the trend.
Brands are pushing furry finishes with the introduction of fluffy handles and furry textures. Some have opted for actual furs and shearling, both real or faux, whereas others achieve a similar look with fuzzy wools, such as this oversized coat.
Whether the real thing or imitation, leather or leather-look fabrics are one of the strongest fabric trends. Many brands work it into their collection, covering jackets, trousers or more directional tops. Elsewhere, leather on panels or trims is a simpler way to touch on the trend.
Crewneck sweatshirts and knitted jumpers will always be perennial buys, but upgrade your store’s offer and catch shoppers’ eyes with standout designs and statement styles. Beading and embellishment lend sparkle, while embroidery and contrast panelling give everyday items a boost.
Ladylike shapes that boast a range of body-flattering features will be winners next autumn. Watch out for sleeved designs, whether small capped styles, mid or full length. Elsewhere, high but wide necklines offer a flash of collarbone without revealing too much flesh.
With winter heralding the party season, eveningwear brands introduce extra sparkle and shine to bring a glamorous addition to easy and wearable pieces. Extra sequins, delicate beading and over-the-top embellishment turn simple shapes into evening-ready party attire.
While eveningwear dresses and skirts still abound, several brands are pushing separates as a smart alternative. These are often given a dressier and feminine makeover, with slimmer, hip-hugging cuts and sparkling party-ready embellishment. Other styles include contrast fabric lapels.
- Photography by David Ralph
- Styling by Graeme Moran
- Assisted by Emily Norval