It doesn’t seem a minute ago since I was putting together last years Autumn Fashion Edit, but here we are again. The sun is dipping lower in the sky and thoughts are turning towards soft knits, boots and (yay!) hats!
We’re in the middle of the fashion weeks. We’ve had New York and London, Paris is underway – but what we’ve all really been waiting for is Truro Trend which starts this coming week. They’ll be plenty of parties in the boutiques and the high point of the week will be the catwalk in the Cathedral on Wednesday night. I’ll be there doing some live Facebook broadcasting, so if you’re not able to be there in person, tune in to the Facebook channel and you won’t need to miss anything.
Here are some AW16 trends that you might find on the catwalk or in the boutiques around town
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Velvet|Lace|Trainers|Bags|Dark Florals|Suits|Pie Crust Collars|Knits
Benetton|Bishop Philpott|Busby&Fox|Little Boutique|Magpie&Fox|Plum Boutique|Vans|Vor Store
Velvet is huge again this season. It’s not difficult to have a crush on this fabric. Most of us will have had a velvet dress at some point – mine was a particularly memorable one from the 80s with a Ra-Ra skirt from Richards Shops (remember them?). I guess for most of us Stella McCartney’s quilted velvet coat at £1,400 will be out of reach but there are a couple of stand out velvet items I found in the local shops.
The Maison Scotch Bee Velvet Blazer has been ticking all the fashion boxes with the staff at The Times. I’ve seen it in their style magazines two weeks running. It’s available from Plum Boutique – but hurry, they are already proving very popular.
I loved this velvet dress from the newest addition to Truro’s fashion scene, Busby and Fox. Just so wearable and would look as good off-duty with opaques and brogues as it would dressed up for an evening on the town.
Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen conjured up visions of layers and frills for the AW16 collection, which put lace firmly on the map for this season. I found this part boudoir, part Sports luxe top from French Connection in The Vor Store. The fabric is so soft and is a fantastic combination of two great trends. You’ll wear this again and again.
In one of my previous fashion posts, I highlighted the fact that Victoria Beckham had abandoned her Louboutins for trainers. Where she leads, we have duly followed. The ‘trainer’ is to 2016, as Carrie and her Choos were to 1998. And who’s not sad to see the back of sky high heels, especially if you’re walking up and down the hills in Truro. I’m thankful for the day I clapped eyes on my Vans Old Skool Zip shoes. In fact, I loved them so much, I bought two pairs this summer. Leanne from The Vans Store in Truro tells me that Old Skool are the most popular and were seen all over London Fashion Week recently, even Kanye is a fan. You heard it here first.
Cross body bags are big again this season. Perfect for carrying your essentials and I find them useful for anchoring large scarves and wraps in place too. And leaving your hands free to have a drink with friends or grab a bite to eat. This cute cross body from Becksondergaard is available online and in Magpie and Fox. Amber has got some great new stock in and I love the boho vibe of this bag.
The nights might be drawing in, but that doesn’t mean that we have to abandon our floral fixation. Dark florals are in most of the shops right now and this pyjama style suit from Dutch designer, Rabens Saloner (found in Plum) is a great way of combining these two trends. They’d look great worn separately, but wear together with your highest heels (you’ll fancy a change from the Vans) and channel your inner Kate Moss.
I do love a suit – and this one by the fantastic Paul Smith is on sale in Bishop Philpott. Double-breasted with on-trend velvet polka dots, the jacket is just as at home with jeans as with the co-ordinating dress and trousers. It takes me back to the 80s and has a touch of the Lady Di about it. (If you want a serious Lady Di fashion overload, follow princess.diana.forever on Instagram – its a hit with all the fashionistas in London apparently)
Pie Crust Collars
Talking of Lady Di, the pie crust collar is back. But have no fear, Sloane Rangers need not apply and a headband is no longer required. Pie crust 2.0 is a seriously cool affair worn with Sports Luxe and brogues or trainers (Vans or Adidas Stan Smiths). Made by Bellerose, available from Plum
This post has been fairly monochrome, so now for an injection of fabulous colour from Chris at Benetton. The store and the new Benetton catalogue is a riot of colour, enough to cheer up any overcast day. The store is unashamedly bringing the 80s back – and why ever not?!
And last but not least a great Autumn Lookbook from Little Boutique featuring wraps, coats, bags and cosy knits.