What to wear this season – wearable fashion from the AW16 catwalks
As much as we adore the catwalk, most of the outfits are perfect for admiring from afar but would seem less appealing if we introduced them into our everyday lives. Here are the hottest trends this season and some simple ways to introduce them into your own wardrobe in a wearable fashion:
This season there is a coat for everyone; from the timeless trench coats as seen at Valentino to Roberto Cavalli’s floor-sweeping velvet numbers. If you are after something a little edgier then you might be inspired by Diesel’s black leather jackets which are beautifully versatile, looking as striking when worn with skinny jeans, cigarette pants, a slinky pencil skirt or a diaphanous silk dress. Even the puffa jacket is making a come back and is a sure fire way to stay snug this winter. If it’s good enough for Stella McCartney, DKNY and Balenciaga then who are we to argue? If you are after something a little more chic then the shearling coat is a great option. If you want a break from traditional black or navy then shades of butterscotch, biscuit, camel and caramel are massive this season. These neutral shades go with everything and will lighten up your look. If you fancy a little more colour then get inspired by Burberry, Celine and Prada who exhibited macs in shades of green, powder blue and gold.
Purple is the must-wear colour this season and can be interpreted in any manner you wish. You might not have the courage to wear it head-to-toe but even subtle dashes of purple will bring your outfit up to speed. Roberto Cavalli opted for decadent brocades and rich velvets, which are ideal for evening wear. Miu Miu and Loewe opted for softer, more girly tones. If you’re not sure if you can carry off an entire purple outfit, opt for purple accessories, jewellery with purple accents or one key wardrobe item such as a purple cashmere jumper.
Grid prints are achingly on trend this season with tartan, plaid, gingham and houndstooth gracing many of the AW16 shows. Whether you opt for printed dresses, jackets or some well-chosen accessories; this is a classic look that looks sophisticated and doesn’t appear faddish. Pick up a soft houndstooth cashmere scarf and matching gloves for a highly wearable version of this trend. Animal prints were also notable with Calvin Klein and Givenchy opting to embrace their wild side.
Velvet is the must-have fabric of the season and is the ideal choice for the Christmas party season too. Wear it black, slinky and classic or opt for something crushed and colourful, head-to-toe or in the form of a scarf. Either way, you need to inject an element of velvet into your wardrobe.
The must-have shoes of the season are ‘hooties’ ( a portmanteau of the words heeled + booties) which actuals translates as a hybrid between a glove pump and a heeled boot. Céline and ANCE Studios were the first to unleash these shoes on the world and the style has since taken the world by storm. They are elegant, versatile and practical. What is not to love? Wear them with cropped trousers, jeans, culottes or skirts. This style says AW16 more than anything right now.
There are so many wearables styles this season that reflect that creativity of the catwalk but in a much more accessible style. With the right coat, your brand new hooties, a subtle touch of violet and some consideration to prints, you’ll be embracing the AW16 style in no time.