The autumn/winter 17 fashion trends are shaping up to be very good news for your wardrobe. Why? Well, rather than the old-fashioned system of one thing being "out" while another is deemed "in," designers have broken down the boundaries of what can be considered of-the-moment. Many trends are hitting their third or fourth winter season in favour (take the chunky knit and midi skirt combination for example), and that's a wondrous thing. Not only have you come accustomed to that particular way of styling, but it's highly likely you'll own one or more pieces to get going again without delay. If it ain't broke…
Then there are the genuinely new autumn/winter trends that have almost been built just to make us happy. While a lot was said on the runways—quite literally when it came to the many social, economical and political outpourings of emotion via slogans—the fashion world also agrees that clothes can be a way to lift one's spirits when all else seems a bit grim. From vibrant colours that are best worn head-to-toe to the frippery of feathers, fluff and frills being embellished upon every item imaginable, there's no shortage of fun being had in design circles. Even the simple addition of a pair of loud tights will bring your wardrobe into the here and now.
Keep reading to learn about the A/W 17 fashion trends every girl will want to have in her arsenal next season…
L-R: Fendi, Roksanda, Max Mara.
If there's one hue that screams A/W 17 from a mile off, it's red. Worn boldly via each and every piece of many catwalk looks, this is one colourful idea that actually feels approachable for mere mortals. In fact, it just so happens to the most flattering colour on all skin tones, so it's a win-win.
It was so omnipresent that Givenchy's first collection without Riccardo Tisci at the helm was entirely rendered in red (pictured here). Add that to a list of major names—Fendi to Giambattista Valli to Alberta Ferretti—and you have yourself a super-trend in the works.
L-R: Balenciaga, Mulberry, Céline.
Bag and shoe trends abounded at the shows, but one cost-effective styling trick proved too good to ignore. Tights switched from annoying afterthought to the linchpin holding some of the strongest looks together.
Whether fluffy and nerdish (like at Mulberry) or laden with 1980s references (see the many white bridal-like tights at this Nina Ricci show), there's no denying that this trend will pick up where the fishnet brigade left off.
L-R: Marni, Prada, Sonia Rykiel.
If Miuccia Prada says everything is better with a marabou trim, we're inclined to agree. She wasn't the only trailblazer who found themselves leaning towards exciting, touch-me textures instead of prints. After all, this kind of tactile action does feel very luxurious…
A significant sector of this sumptuous trend made itself very known thanks to a flurry of shearling coats. You can find a style and colour to suit your every cold-weather whim—but our top choice still goes to this vibrant purple creation by Preen.
L-R: Dolce & Gabbana, Creatures of the Wind, Versace.
Say it loud, say it clearly, and definitely say it with your clothes first. The runways were full of dissidence and/or encouragement—prompting the onlooking crowds to be unified, but also to use their wardrobes as a vehicle for change. Many of the brands that would usually rely on logo-power (think Versace) took this tack instead—but we know these bold graphics will be just as recognisable in no time.
Jason Wu's slew of empowering logo tees were instantly adopted by the street style set. But then again, when the designer T-shirt trend won't slow down, is it any wonder the industry is maxing out on this retail winner?
L-R: Jil Sander, Michael Kors, Proenza Schouler.
Summer's mini-bag trend probably won't fade away (who doesn't love being hands-free?) but there's a wave of gigantic arm candy for autumn, and it makes sense. We're constantly lugging around three different receptacles—so why not condense everything you need into a chic alternative?
Just because A/W 17's handbags are huge, doesn't mean they can't be a bit Haute. See the detailed leather knots, stitching and tasselled tchotchkes on this Acne Studios creation for proof.
L-R: Balenciaga, MSGM, Dior.
It's a tried-and-tested failsafe combination all year round in the UK, so we're thankful to the design houses of these leading brands for confirming that there's still plenty of mileage to be had in a midi skirt and a chunky jumper.
Add in a pair of bovver boots (they were present all over the A/W 17 shows, and we particularly liked this Sacai iteration), and you've instantly jettisoned this now-classic formula into a modern zone.
Has 2017 been the year of the corset belt? Yes. But could it be in competition with hats for A/W? Absolutely. Some of the most influential brands on the block made sure to top off every ensemble with a bold—and usually big—hat. Bad hair days can now be a thing of the past.