The Most Striking Autumn/Winter Trends to Have on Your Radar
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The Most Striking Autumn/Winter Trends to Have on Your Radar

Wardrobe staples for the new season

Looking to stay ahead of the curve? Keep up to date with the latest trends for autumn and winter, courtesy of our AW22 style guide.

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Autumn/Winter Trends to Have on Your Radar

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Models in pink outfits getting ready for the runway

Barbie Palettes

Greta Gerwig’s upcoming Barbie film has been a hot (pink) topic this summer, and it’s safe to say we’re obsessed with the glimpses we’ve had of Margot Robbie decked out in fuschia hot pants and flares. We’re not the only ones falling for the film’s visuals, either – Valentino’s Creative Director, Pierpaolo Piccioli, made his Aw22 collection an ode to our new favourite shade of pink. Outfits were built around the colour, creating a bold, monochromatic palette. As the saying goes: go big, or go home. You can stay true to the trend and paint your entire wardrobe pink, or slip into the colour gradually (although bear in mind that it’s a slippery slope).

Image: Valentino AW22

Back to Work

After a solid two years of wearing sports bras and jogging bottoms to work (from our makeshift WFH desk, of course), we’re ready for a tailoring takeover. Suits are back in fashion – but not like you know it. Inspired by our collective love of Barbie Pink (thanks, Margot), designers have been sending models onto the catwalk in fuchsia suits fit for a day at the Dream House. Pink not your colour? Not to worry, as other designers such as Michael Kors and Alexander McQueen opted for bright pops of colour on their blazers while the likes of Alberta Ferretti took on texture with a velvet number.

Image: Alexander McQueen AW22

Model sat on windowsill wearing a chunky wool knit jumper and floral skirt, with leg propped up to reveal white lace tights and teal velvet platform heels

Painted Legs

Fish out your fishnets, pull on your pantyhose and shimmy into your stockings: this transitional season we’re layering up with our favourite pairs of tights, socks and leggings. Think swirling patterns, neon colour palettes, cut-outs and fun textures. Australian luxury brand Zimmerman is one to watch when it comes to this trend – just look at its recent AW22 collection for reference – decorating its tights and leggings with whimsical illustrations inspired by astrology and star signs.

Image: Zimmermann AW22

Model in blue dress and silver head piece holding a bottle of champagne by a staircase

Vintage Garms

Nostalgia is a force to be reckoned with in fashion, and we’re, quite frankly, obsessed. Whether it’s a 70s-esque sweater vest, a good pair of flares or a vintage slip dress, chances are we’ll be wearing it come autumn. If you fancy a glamorous spin on the AW22 trend, look to British trailblazers RIXO. The brand hosted an Old Hollywood-themed bash for its Fashion Week presentation, where models were decked out in sequined maxi dresses, beaded flapper caps and feather boas. This is the grown-up version of ‘playing dress up’, inspired by eras gone by.

Image: RIXO AW22

Model on the runway in trench coat and pleated check dress

Pleat Perfection

Our penchant for preppy staples isn’t going anywhere soon, either. The latest schoolwear staple to join the ranks of high fashion is the pleated skirt (or dress). Ideal for the office, brunch with friends, or simply exploring the city, you can’t go wrong with a good pleat. Burberry showed us just how it’s done with its AW22 offering, which saw the fashion house layering up its pleated tartan skirts with a classic trench and wintery boots. The brand also dove deep into the Barbiecore trend with a pink pleated number, worn alongside a sheer pink corset and wooly cardigan, and even experimented with a pleated coat-dress and green suit combo. Browse the collection here, and be prepared to get pleated.

Image: Burberry AW22

Models in psychedelic print clothing

Print and Repeat

Maximalism is also set to experience its own little renaissance this season. And what better way than with prints, print, prints galore. Most of us are already partial to a good print (or five, all at once), but this autumn/winter we’re going bigger and bolder. From psychedelic swirls in shades of neon, striking pinstripes on your favourite trousers and lots and lots of animal print. We’re loving Emilio Pucci’s AW22 collection, which perfectly sums up the playfulness of this trend. Wear your pattern of choice all on its own or layer up for a hotly anticipated (and welcomed) clash. The key here is mix your prints with texture, whether that be a velvet jacket, fringe hem or, in the case of Pucci, fluffy snow boots.

Image: Emilio Pucci AW22

Close up of woman wearin metallic blazer and stacked necklaces

Bling Bling

Fellow magpies will be delighted by the return of all things rhinestoned, sequined and metallic. Designers are getting ready for party season with a whole host of fun looks designed to give its wearer some added sparkle, from glittering suits and skirts to fully bedazzled dresses. Looking for inspiration? For classic glam, look to luxury label Chanel armed its models with metallic capes, trousers and blazer-dresses in shades of gunmetal and silver for its AW22 runway show. Those after something a little more daring will be find themselves right at home with Miu Miu, which decked out its models in sequined net dresses layered over sheer crop tops and satin shorts.

Image: Chanel AW22

Hoyeon Jung modelling on the runway for Louis Vuitton

Bomb It

As one might expect, outerwear is going to be a big thing for us once it starts to get colder, and designers seem to have synonymously agreed that the layering of choice this AW22 is the bomber jacket. However you choose to bomb it – we’re a fan of Louis Vuitton’s classic and androgynous look, worn by Squid Game‘s Hoyeon Jung above – this is a wardrobe staple set to make a comeback year after year. So, layer up and get cosy: we’ve got a long flight ahead of us.

Image: Louis Vuitton AW22

Featured image: Zimmermann


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