From draping blankets to furry capes, eccentric faux furs and cosy cashmeres, this season is all about wrapping up against the elements. Finally, a trend that is conducive to living in Ireland! Celine came up top trumps this season, leading the way in the plaid and knitwear trends but the Olsen twins outdid themselves with that iconic head to toe knitwear ensemble at The Row.
Draping and layering volumes of chunky knits featured on the runway of Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, Haider Ackerman, Paul Smith and Sonia Rykiel. This trend looks most luxurious in neutral tones of wheatgerm, oatmeal and soft beige, giving an earthy, grounded feel to the look.Turtlenecks, blankets and wool trousers all feature in this major fashion trend, meaning you’re not in if you’re showing skin. At the other end of the scale, my favourite designer, Alexander McQueen with Sarah Burton at the helm displayed their women as fur-clad warriors, neo-futuristic Glamazons ready to wage war on the Winter.
Fall is one of my favourite fashion times of year and the colour palette compliments my colouring. I will be dressing in sepia and amber hues, belting scarves a la Burberry and embracing the metallic trend without looking like a Christmas tree. The Oxford shoe is a welcome addition to this season’s new trendathon and finally it’s time to give the bunions a break. The linchpin of this season, living in Dublin, is the light parka or trench coat as we embrace the Autumn sun and showers in equal measures. Here are some of my favourite offerings.
Miu Miu padded shell colour block jacket, available for €935 at netaporter.com
In addition to adding a parka or light trench to your Autumn wardrobe, there are many other ways to make your Summer wardrobe last a little bit longer by using transitional wardrobe pieces. It may not be time yet for the satin deluxes but adding a pair of opaque black tights to a dress can prevent those mottled corned beef legs we all had as school-girls. I have a major fashion horn for Wolford tights and believe that an investment in two pairs of Wolford and a pair of Falkes will last a lot longer than the twenty pairs of Penney’s tights that you will inevitably end up buying as they bobble and ladder in a vicious cycle of crimes against fashion.
Longer sleeves are essential at this stage and layering works wonders for those of us, like me, that are always complaining of being cold. One transitional trend I will be wholeheartedly embracing is the turtleneck jumper as I feel as magnificent as a Russian spy or a Bond villain while wearing a chic black or grey polo neck with some sharply tailored trousers or a sleek midi pencil skirt. A trend I will be trying out with some minor trepidation is the belted scarf a la Christopher Bailey at Burberry as I try to channel my inner Olivia Palermo.
What I will be avoiding at all costs is the jelly shoe, white linen trousers and denim shorts; it’s Autumn, people, embrace the comfies!