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The last two fashion cycles have left those who are sartorially-inclined grappling with the new and refined idea of fashion – seasons are blurred and so are genders. FW 18 runways where were spring met autumn, and womenswear and menswear, unprecedentedly, shared the same stage. Too much to take in? Fret not, we’ve narrowed it down to the top five trends you need to know this fall.  

Statement Jacket 

 

Neons at Balmain FW 18
Trench coats with floral detailing at Pero

The statement jacket is a one-piece investment that will up your look in an instant. Ditch the idea that this trend is reserved for cooler climes; a lightweight jacket can make the same impact as an opulent fur coat. Look to Péro’s collection for a classic season-less trench with pretty floral detailing. Go futuristic with a PVC coat a la Simone Rocha. And if you really want to turn headds, then take your cue from Balmain and Balenciaga. Just remember, the bigger, the brighter, the better.  

The Finer Detail  

Embellished denim jackets at Dolce & Gabbana
Rahul Mishra's pink overcoats are a great winter coverup

A non-mover from the runways, the embellished piece is a must-must-have, especially as the festive season gets underway. The runways were awash with sequin (Louis Vuitton), glitter (Namrata Joshipura), bedazzled effects (Dolce & Gabbana) and embroidery (Rahul Mishra). Go OTT like at Givenchy with a sparkling dress, and add some contrast by pairing minimal androgynous accessories. Or try a striking skirt as seen at Paco Rabanne and pair with a classic white shirt for the ultimate ‘this look took me no effort’ vibe.  

Popping Tones

A riot of colours at Jeremy Scott
Striking hues at Chanel

Once upon a time, dark vampish hues dominated the fall colour spectrum. While some runways stuck to these traditional tones, others went off the chart and included bright colours in their lineup. MSGM went for solid neon touches creating a balanced palette. Jeremy Scott’s rendition, on the other hand, was loud, playful and enhanced by The Fifth Element-ish wigs, giving new meaning to a head-to-toe concept. If that’s too much, for a subtle approach take a cue from Bottega Veneta’s vibrant yellow suit. 

Tribal Call   

Prabal Gurung's saree-like drapes
Tribal art at Aartivijay Gupta

A trend that transitioned from summer to an autumn-resort favourite, the tribal look is here to stay. Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen gave us her take in a bold leather dress, while Manish Arora was inspired by obi belts and kimonos. Prabal Gurung encapsulated this through drapes akin to a sari, embroidery, and shades of pink ( an ode to the matriarchal Mosuo tribe of China and India’s female activist group Gulab Gang). Apt, given the current mood of the world. So when it comes to this look, there is no room to be flighty, only fierce. There’s a bigger message – empowerment – even if sartorial for a start.   

Legging Lessons  

Metallic tights at Tom Ford
Stirrups at Victoria Beckham

A spinoff from summer’s big ’80s trend, this flattering, versatile, not to mention accommodating piece was excitedly welcomed comeback after decades. Victoria Beckham paired her looks with stirrup leggings (yes, stirrups are back), while Tom Ford showed how to make leggings glamorous in a metallic presentation, and Philipp Plein kept it simple with his active-luxe take. Make this your go-to, for days when you have to transition from a yoga class to a chic soiree.  

 

Images: Courtesy Brands

 

Ami Unnikrishnan

Fashion writer and beauty specialist, Unnikrishnan has been involved in various aspects of the luxury industry for more than a decade.