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Fashion

THE TRENDS TO KNOW FROM THE RUNWAYS

Your indispensable guide to the new season’s most important trends as selected by our Fashion Director Shelly Corkery. Which direction will you take?

TOUGH LOVE

THE MOOD: Autumn turns on the tough love, the catwalks looked to gothic heroines and worked striking contrasts of strong shoulders and nipped in waists with flawlessly crafted party dressing – all styled with tough accessories and biker boots.

THE MUSE: Gothic muses reigned supreme from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein at Prada, the Bronte sisters at Alexander McQueen to Britain’s post-war Teddy Girls at Christian Dior.

THE HERO PIECES: Prada’s incredible off the shoulder party dress and pin-sharp tailoring from Christian Dior.

THE BRANDS: Alexander McQueen, Prada, Bottega Veneta, Dior and Isabel Marant.



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SO BOURGEOIS

THE MOOD: The 1970s bourgeois babe is having a moment right now. Designers were channelling her impeccable wardrobe of sensible skirts and neat blazers to the max, but with a 2019 verve, as Victoria Beckham says, "She’s a lady, but she’s not ladylike."

THE MUSE: The look of the Parisian bourgeoisie at Celine, Annie Hall at Victoria Beckham and 1980s IT girls at Isabel Marant.

THE HERO PIECES: Opulent pussy bow blouses, luxurious cords and colourful blazers.

THE BRANDS: Christian Dior, Celine, Isabel Marant, Victoria Beckham.



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LA VIE EN ROSE

THE MOOD: Take your pick of incredible blooms this season. From gothic roses at Prada to flora and fauna with edge at Dries Van Noten. The kings of florals Dolce & Gabbana also got playful by splicing a 1940s and 1980s silhouette together as a fitting ground for their frothy, feminine blooms.

THE MUSE: The muse came in the form of gardens – whether it was Dries van Noten’s autumnal Antwerp garden or Prada’s edgy rose motifs.

THE HERO PIECES: Prada’ s darkly romantic floral print dresses and skirts along with Dolce’ s iconic rose prints.

THE BRANDS: Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Paco Rabanne, Dries Van Noten, Givenchy and Richard Quinn.



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PURIST

THE MOOD: "I think there’s a need for a return to elegance and sophistication" said Daniel Lee of Bottega Veneta this autumn, and we can’t get enough of this pure mood which fuses feminine and masculine elements to create an easy silhouette.

THE MUSE: The modern woman’s wardrobe essentials were the centre of attention with designers at Loewe, The Row and Jil Sander creating collections for this effortlessly chic modern woman.

THE HERO PIECES: Bottega Veneta’s stark white tailoring and The Row’s elegant coats and elongated jackets are the only way to go for a sleek silhouette.

THE BRANDS: Jil Sander, The Row and Bottega Veneta.



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OUT OF OFFICE

THE MOOD: It’s time to go back to business this autumn in the season’s most elegant tailoring. This trend works classic tailored suits that are nipped in at the waist with oversized shoulders and relaxed trousers in a palette of grey, black and red.

THE MUSE: An ode to the graceful, modern working woman looking good both in and out of the office.

THE HERO PIECES: Victoria Beckham’s tomato red trouser suit and Prada’s super elegant jackets.

THE BRANDS: Prada, Dolce and Gabbana, Victoria Beckham,Roksanda and Balenciaga.



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URBAN EXPLORER

THE MOOD: Reset your compass, this trend brings you on a woodland safari to new fashion territory.

THE MUSE: Natacha Ramsay-Levi brought Karl Lagerfeld’s 1970s safari girl to life again for 2019 at Chloé and Isabel Marant’s nomadic girl returned to the fore.

THE HERO PIECES: Stella McCartney’s belted trench styled with Hunter wellies and Isabel Marant’s enveloping oversized trench are the ultimate way to wear the trend.

THE BRANDS: Isabel Marant, Chloé, Stella McCartney.



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NEW FEMININITY

THE MOOD: Dramatic volumes, dreamy colours, and majestic romanticism were the forces of fashion this season. With artful draping and pretty detailing. The silhouette was statuesque with cool cuts and asymmetric hems adding a dash of 2019.

THE MUSE: Love poetry at Valentino, haute couture and Japanese vases at Givenchy.

THE HERO PIECES: Valentino’s flowing capes and Givenchy’s shimmering after dark silk dresses.

THE BRANDS: Givenchy, Valentino, Loewe and Dries van Noten.



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DAYLIGHT DISCO

THE MOOD: Shine bright like a disco ball - sequins and glitter are a go-go for darkness and for daylight.

THE MUSE: The Studio 54 set, Jerry Hall and Marlene Dietrich.

THE HERO PIECES: Givenchy’s tuxedo with glittering lapels and Paco Rabanne’s shimmering sequin trousers and bejewelled mesh dresses - made to be seen in daylight and after dark.

THE BRANDS: Dries van Noten, Rejina Pyo, Paco Rabanne, Prada and Givenchy.



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