The key luxury fashion trends to be seen in this winter
With winter fast approaching, so too is one of the most exciting fashion seasons of the year. As the weather gets colder, it’s a chance to get creative with your outfits, with light and floaty fabrics making way for layering, plus those coveted statement coats and boots.
Shopping smart this winter is all about getting that capsule wardrobe down, and investing in a few carefully chosen and impeccably made key pieces will see you through the season unscathed. As ever, it’s all about quality over quantity, giving you the perfect excuse to visit your most beloved designer boutiques in search of some of the season’s finest. When it comes to looking your best, luxurious fabrics, sharp silhouettes and of course, this year’s must-have handbag are all musts.
Of course, the question on everyone’s lips is, which trends are hot off the catwalk for the months ahead? A glance back to London Fashion Week reveals all. So, before you dash off to the closest Dolce & Gabbana outlet to spend, spend, spend, read on to find out what to look for, because there are some exciting new looks for the taking that you won’t want to miss.
Perhaps a rather unexpected hue for the winter months, butter yellow is the shade to be seen in throughout the season ahead. After all, when did fashion ever follow the rules?
If you’re ready to embrace it, then don’t do things by halves – because this winter is all about committing to a strong look, and owning it. From Max Mara’s layering look to Jaquemus’ power suit, pair with matching heels and a handbag for a head-to-toe look that is guaranteed to command attention. This pared down shade of yellow might be a turn up for the winter fashion books, but is surprisingly wearable, making for a flattering alternative to the usual beiges and camels.
Whilst we’re on the subject of bold trends, here’s one that certainly isn’t for the faint-hearted. Purple is making a colourful comeback for A/W 2019, with brands including Comme des Garçons, and Dries Van Noten championing the shade across their collections. If you’re feeling brave, then layer up – but if the head-to-toe look is too much for you, then choose as an accent colour for handbags, shoes and other accessories instead.
The prim and proper puff sleeve makes a return to the spotlight this season, with this feminine cut featuring in a range of luxury designer collections. From Emilia Wickstead’s rather OTT floral dress, to Givenchy’s more subtle numbers, it’s a flattering cut that can create a look as extravagant as you want to make it. Pair a gently puff-sleeved top with black skinny jeans and flats for a chic day-to-night look, or add oomph to a formal outfit with a bold statement dress.
After being absent from the catwalk in recent years, the mini-dress is making a comeback, and will be welcomed with open-armed by petite fashionistas, as well as those blessed with pins to be proud of. Yves Saint Laurent’s tuxedo dresses are a great place to start – just add tights and sky-high ankle boots, and you’ll have the look down.
Barely a season goes by that florals don’t feature on the catwalk – in fact, show us a LFW in the past decade that hasn’t. A wardrobe staple whatever the season, A/W 2019’s midi-length flower print dresses are reminiscent of 40s swing dancing. Head to Miu Miu and Erdem to get your pick of the bunch. With a range of dark and mysterious offerings to choose from, pair with a faux leather jacket and heels for the ultimate in A/W chic.
If you haven’t got your hands on a pair of Marine Serre’s printed tights this year yet, then where exactly have you been? Perhaps one of the most notable trends of the year so far, choices include everything from polkadots to florals – and, with the likes of Balenciaga, Fendi and other leading luxury brands following suit for A/W 19, it’s the perfect time to debut the look.
Less is almost always more, so wear with a plain, one-coloured outfit and allow your hosiery to do all the talking. Either that, or throw caution to the wind and opt for a printed outfit to match. It’s OTT at its best, yet somehow, it just works.