“If winter comes, can spring be far behind?” The very thought of fall ushers in the humdrum of greys and neutrals. For many, fashion tends to lose its appeal during the colder months. As temperatures drop, so does the style quotient. Or does it? This fall-winter is full of surprises, from purple reigning the runway to the revival of velvet, as seen at Fendi, Alexander McQueen, and Bottega Veneta.
By the looks of it, copper may well be the new black. The rich hue of orangey-brown autumn leaves seems to have had a huge impact on Canali, Wooyoungmi, and Topman among others.
Though camel tones surfaced more than a few times, the winter palette of blacks, greys, and greens was very much the paradigm for the season’s coat trend. Staying true to tradition were Haider Ackermann and Louis Vuitton with neutral and earth tones.
Fashion’s love for underlined luxury demonstrated an unbridled romanticism this season. High shine fabric in the form of silk shirts, nylon or silken outerwear, and leather pants turned out to be the most obvious highlight for major shows from Ami and Katie Eary to Dolce and Gabbana.
It never really is winter without statement outerwear. Duffle coats with interesting design tweaks were all over the runway, from extended lengths to chopped sleeves as seen at Maison Margiela to refashioned hooded top layers and plasticised material spotted on the Coach runway.
This season’s most coveted are visibly chunkier, with thicker soles, fringing, and statement buckles. Nothing says ‘get off the couch’ better than a pair of hiking boots, this season’s surprise versatile essential. Take your cues from Dries Van Noten, Prada, and Bottega Veneta.
The simplest, safest way to nail a look without compromising on style. Embrace autumn’s biggest talking point, monochromes. Save time by slipping into a coat or jacket, top, pants, and footwear, all in the same colour. Take a hint from Lou Dalton, Dolce & Gabbana and Saint Laurent.
This winter, menswear is a celebration of maximalism. Somewhere between fantasy and realism, the season echoed the gaudiness and exuberance of the ’70s boys will be boys brashness.