FASHION FORECAST – Top Trends for Autumn/Winter 2014

1. WRAP IT UP

Blanket dressing is in, crop tops are out.  So lock up your muffin tops and be grateful for that extra ounce of flubber with the cold weather approaching. Layering is essential, but I’m not talking ‘Forty Coats’ here.

Forty Coats was an Irish television programme which featured on RTE in the 1980s. Style icon or no? You decide. Here he is rocking the 'blanket chic.'
Forty Coats was an Irish television programme which featured on RTE in the 1980s. Style icon or no? You decide. Here he is rocking the ‘blanket chic.’
Forty Coats was thought to be based on a well-known Dublin character Johnny Forty Coats and here he is featured with another Dublin character of lore, Bang Bang.
Forty Coats was thought to be based on a well-known Dublin character Johnny Forty Coats and here he is featured with another Dublin character of lore, Bang Bang.
Johnny Forty Coates ( P.J Marlow ) Dublin Character known as a gentle man with no fixed abode who would wander the Liberties, well-known and liked by the community. No matter, the season Johnny was always seen to be sporting 3 or 4 coats.
Johnny Forty Coates ( P.J Marlow ) Dublin Character known as a gentle man with no fixed abode who would wander the Liberties, well-known and liked by the community. No matter what the season or the weather Johnny was always seen to be sporting 3 or 4 coats, hence the moniker.

 

The key to this trend is strategic draping a la Christopher Bailey at Burberry Prorsum. Not only did this trend feature at Burberry but it also had a major presence on the runways of Chloe, Prabal Gurung, Etro, Barbara Bui, Issa, Sacai and DKNY. Adding a belt can transform this look from geek to chic.  Capes, shawls, blankets and ponchos are all fair game this season and the bigger, the better. I have long been a fan of  Acne men’s scarves and will be dusting off last year’s navy wool scarf and reinventing it this season. Derive your inspiration from Olivia Palermo and channel the essence of your inner apache to pull off this Navaho spirit look.

Here are some of my favourite looks from the runway

Issa
Issa
Sacai
Sacai
Barbara Bui
Barbara Bui
Etro
Etro

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Here are some of my high-street faves on this trend

Topshop pattern blanket coat, £75.
Topshop pattern blanket coat, £75.

Available online, here: http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=0&viewAllFlag=&catalogId=33057&storeId=12556&productId=16213646&langId=-1&categoryId=&parent_category_rn=&searchTerm=TS23Q10GMON&resultCount=1&geoip=home

Good Girl Gone Plaid Jacket, Nasty Gal, €45,87.
Good Girl Gone Plaid Jacket, Nasty Gal, €45,87.

Available here: http://www.nastygal.com/clothes-jackets-coats/good-girl-gone-plaid-shawl

ASOS Block Panel Cape, €35.55.
ASOS Block Panel Cape, €35.55.

Available here: http://www.asos.com/ASOS/ASOS-Block-Panel-Cape/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=4503433

Zara Cowlneck poncho, €49.95
Zara Cowlneck poncho, €49.95

Available here: http://www.zara.com/ie/en/woman/graphic-pastel/cowlneck-poncho-c662001p2025552.html?sharedProduct=true

2. THE PLAID FAD

Tartan, plaid, gingham, this season’s runway was awash with a sea of checks. If you’re not blessed with the limbs of Giselle and the swagger of Cara Delevingne, then best to avoid Celine’s take on this trend unless you want to blend in with your Nana’s shopping trolley. Hedi Slimane at Saint Laurent created a look reminiscent of an early Cobain-years Courtney Love with models looking like sexy female bass players in an otherwise all male-band. Simone Rocha took inspiration from Anne Boleyn with her off-the-shoulder number which has been a hit with bloggers worldwide and Vivienne Westwood’s lifetime love affair with the punk culture of her beloved Scotland brought us some gorgeous plaid clad models.

Simone Rocha
Simone Rocha
Celine/Phillip Lim
Celine/Phillip Lim
Jean Paul Gaultier AW14
Jean Paul Gaultier AW14
Rag and Bone, AW14
Rag and Bone, AW14
Milly Aw14
Milly Aw14
Emilia Wickstead coat.
Emilia Wickstead coat, available at net-a-porter.com
Sea oversized pullover
Sea oversized pullover available at shopbop.com
Equipment plaid shirt
Equipment plaid shirt, available at revolveclothing.com

BEST OF THE HIGH STREET

Asos midi skirt
Asos midi skirt, €54, available here:

Available here:

http://www.asos.com/asos/asos-midi-skirt-in-tartan-print/prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=4359116&clr=Green&SearchQuery=tartan+skirt&pgesize=16&pge=1&totalstyles=16&gridsize=3&gridrow=1&gridcolumn=3

Jumper, & Other Stories.
Merino wool jacquard sweater, €75, & Other Stories.

Available here:

http://www.stories.com/at/Ready-towear/Knitwear/Checkered_Jacquard_Sweater/582940-5309308.1

Asos culottes
Asos culottes

Available here: http://www.asos.com/ASOS/ASOS-Culottes-in-Tartan-Check/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=3803332&xr=1&mk=VOID&r=3

Warehouse skirt, £40.
Warehouse skirt, £40.

Available here: http://www.warehouse.co.uk/window-pane-print-skirt/skirts/warehouse/fcp-product/4349076136

New Look coat
New Look coat, €99.

Available here: http://www.newlook.com/eu/shop/womens/jackets-and-coats/cream-premium-multi-check-collarless-coat-_325903199

Chelsea girl pussybow blouse, River Island.
Chelsea girl pussybow blouse, River Island, €33.

Available here: http://eu.riverisland.com/women/tops/blouses–shirts/Yellow-Chelsea-Girl-check-pussybow-blouse-658511

Oasis trousers, €55. Oasis top, €44.

Available here: http://fashion.oasis-stores.com/search?asug=&country=IE&w=claret

3. NORMCORE

A collective sigh of relief was uttered by the non-model community when the phrase ‘normcore’ emerged onto our radar and ‘normal’ was no longer a dirty word. Not the new normal! Susie Bubble beware! For anyone with an eye for impeccable tailoring and clean lines, this look is modern and sophisticated with a sprinkling of office chic. A utilitarian vibe without looking too 1946 Berlin. Or maybe it’s all just a massive in-joke with the fash-pack? Who cares? Embrace the normality and adopt the luxe lines and quality tailoring for a mature and uncomplicated look. Zara, Cos, All Saints and &Other Stories are the perfect high street stores for this stripped back look. Here’s some of the most chic, sleek magnifique looks from the runway.

Marni AW14
Marni AW14
J.W. Anderson AW14
J.W. Anderson AW14
Trainers and wool leggings on the runway at Chanel AW14
Trainers and wool leggings on the runway at Chanel AW14
Christopher Kane, AW14
Christopher Kane, AW14
Junya Watanabe, AW14.
Junya Watanabe, AW14.
Jill Sander AW14, rocking example of normcore.
Jill Sander AW14, rocking example of normcore.

Best of the high street edit:

Pleated back roll neck, COS, €69.
Pleated back roll neck, COS, €69.

Available here: http://www.cosstores.com/ie/Shop/Women/New/Pleated_back_roll-neck/365246-17539123.1#c-24480

Whistles Nao Wide Leg Trousers, €280.
Whistles Nao Wide Leg Trousers, €280.

Available here: http://www.whistles.com/women/clothing/trousers/nao-wide-leg-trousers.html?dwvar_nao-wide-leg-trousers_color=Lilac#start=1

Gap wool midi skirt, €74.95.
Gap wool midi skirt, €74.95.

Available here: http://www.gap.eu/browse/product.do?vid=1&pid=000989226000

Tuxedo shirt, & Other Stories, €45.
Tuxedo shirt, & Other Stories, €45.

Available here: http://www.stories.com/at/Ready-to-wear/Blouses_Shirts/Tuxedo_Shirt/582945-4436433.1

All Saints Elodie coat, £358.
All Saints Elodie coat, £358.

Available here: http://www.allsaints.com/women/coats/allsaints-elodie-coat/?colour=16&category=117

4. METAL MATTERS

Relax the kaks ladies. I’m not asking you to raid Ru Paul’s drag wardrobe, although, let’s face it, that ‘psychological woman’ sure knows how to rock the runway! The key to this trend is if you look like the Tin Man, then you have probably overdone it. The metallic bomber is the linchpin of the trend and a sure fire way to pull off this look. River Island have come up my favourite high street looks this season with stunning metallic mini-skirts in bronze, silver and gold, blending together two trends this season, 60s chic and metal mania.

KTZ AW14.
KTZ AW14.
Moschino AW14
Moschino AW14
Ashish AW14.
Ashish AW14.
Gareth Pugh, AW14.
Gareth Pugh, AW14.

Best of the high street edit:

Bronze metallic leather-look mini skirt, also available in silver, €40, River Island.
Bronze metallic leather-look mini skirt, also available in silver, €40, River Island.

Available here: http://eu.riverisland.com/women/skirts/mini-skirts/Bronze-metallic-leather-look-mini-skirt-657371

Supertrash destruction dress, €159.95.
Supertrash destruction dress, €159.95.

Available here: http://www.supertrash.com/ie/shop-supertrash/destruction-dress/17168

Metallic satchel, Zatchels, £50.
Metallic satchel, Zatchels, £50.

Available here: http://www.zatchels.com/silver-metallic-leather-barrel-bag.html

Lavish Alice Metallic Print Tailored Skinny Cigarette Trousers €62.56
Lavish Alice Metallic Print Tailored Skinny Cigarette Trousers
€62.56

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Available here: http://www.asos.com/lavish-alice/lavish-alice-metallic-print-tailored-skinny-cigarette-trousers/prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=4505375&clr=Silver&SearchQuery=metallic&pgesize=204&pge=1&totalstyles=698&gridsize=3&gridrow=33&gridcolumn=3

Sparks Sequin Top, €82.94, Sister Jane.
Sparks Sequin Top, €82.94, Sister Jane.

Available here: http://sisterjane.com/products/sparks-sequin-top

RICHARD BRAQO STILETTO PUMPS, €95, &Other Stories.
RICHARD BRAQO STILETTO PUMPS, €95, &Other Stories.

Available here: http://www.stories.com/at/Co-Labs/Richard_Braqo_Other_Stories/Richard_Braqo_Stiletto_Pumps/101517145-6131460.1

5. EVERYBODY’S STARRY EYED

Oh Luke, how we all shuddered when you found out that you kissed your sister. And we were all routing on Leia being the ultimate ‘bring her home to your Mammy’ kind of girlfriend! If only Jeremy Kyle was around, you may have had yourself some very public humiliation on your hands. The inexplicable phenomenon of man’s obsession with Star Wars is something that can never be explained in rational terms, just like Kate Moss’s relationship with Pete Doherty, the rise of the jelly shoe and the popularity of Hitler-chic in Thailand.

Sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy at Rodarte have indulged their inner nerds and man do those nerds have style. The stars of the Rodarte runway were R2D2 and Princess Leia while over at Preen,  Darth Vader was Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi’s asthmatic poster boy looking amazing next to colourful prints.  Over at Matthew Williamson, the inspiration was starry nights and Kate Moss’s 30th birthday look for his new collection. Stars were also a major player at Diane von Furtsenberg Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Phillip Plein, JW Anderson, Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen also showed some other-worldly creations adding to an intergalactic trend that rocked our worlds (albeit our earthly one).

Matthew Williamson, AW14
Matthew Williamson, AW14
Preen, AW14.
Preen, AW14.
Rodarte, AW14.
Rodarte, AW14.
Rodarte C3PO dress, AW14.
Rodarte C3PO dress, AW14.

Best of the high street edit:

Pippa Lynn Star Print Contrast Panel Dress in Black, €72.
Pippa Lynn Star Print Contrast Panel Dress in Black, €72.

‘Pippa Lynn’ dress available here:

http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/uk/catalog/productdetail.jsp?currency=200002&id=5139449250030&parentid=SEARCH+RESULTS#/

Spectacular sparkle jumpsuit, French Connection, €265.00.
Spectacular sparkle jumpsuit, French Connection, €265.00.

Available here: http://www.frenchconnection.com/product/Jumpsuits+and+Playsuits/7GANA/Spectacular+Sparkle+Jumpsuit.htm

Sequinned trousers, €39.99, H&M.
Sequinned trousers, €39.99, H&M.

Available here:

http://www.hm.com/ie/product/47573?article=47573-A&cm_vc=GOES_WITH_PD#

6. ALL MOD-CONS

Time for a retro update to fashion with a nod to 60s icons Twiggy, Jane Birkin and Jean Shrimpton. Mini-skirts, a-line silhouettes, geometric prints and Mary-Janes were all major players on the runway this season.  Hedi Slimane channeled Marianne Faithful in his collection for Saint Laurent with glitter boots and glossy patent Mary Janes a go-go. Gucci amalgamated two top trends in one by presenting Winter pastels with A-line silhouettes. My go-to look for this trend is a geometric print mini-skirt, a sleek black polo, opaque Wolford satin deluxe tights and black patent knee high boots. Tres chic!

Gucci, AW14.
Gucci, AW14.
Louis Vuitton, AW14.
Louis Vuitton, AW14.
Saint Laurent, AW14
Valentino AW1

Best of the high street:

Baroque playsuit, Missguided, €39.19
Baroque playsuit, Missguided, €39.19

Available here: http://www.missguided.eu/catalog/product/view/id/125817/s/stevie-collared-neon-baroque-playsuit/category/1532/

Altuzarra for Target Velvet Blazer- Ruby Hill, $59.99.
Altuzarra for Target Velvet Blazer- Ruby Hill, $59.99.

here: http://www.target.com/p/altuzarra-for-target-velvet-blazer-ruby-hill/-/A-15894401#prodSlot=_2_12

Ruffle Bow dress, Sister Jane, €86.76.
Ruffle Bow dress, Sister Jane, €86.76.

Available here: http://sisterjane.com/products/ruffle-bow-dress

Panelled shift dress, Warehouse, £46.
Panelled shift dress, Warehouse, £46.

Available here: http://www.warehouse.co.uk/panelled-shift-dress/60s-style/warehouse/fcp-product/6213116782

Wool blend swing coat, Topshop, £89.
Wool blend swing coat, Topshop, £89.

Available here: http://www.topshop.com/en/tsuk/product/clothing-427/jackets-coats-2390889/fluffy-wool-blend-swing-coat-3314336?bi=1&ps=200

Minkpink sweater, €47.96, Nasty Gal.
Minkpink sweater, €47.96, Nasty Gal.

Available here: http://www.nastygal.com/clothes-sweaters/minkpink-montmarte-knit-top

Leather pencil skirt, River Island, €135.
Leather pencil skirt, River Island, €135.

Available here: http://eu.riverisland.com/women/skirts/tube–pencil-skirts/Dark-pink-leather-split-front-pencil-skirt-655251

7. THE GREAT RUNWAY KNIT-OFF

Never before has the knitwear trend blended so seamlessly into the runway as at this season’s Celine and The Row collections. Soft, luxurious fabrics in volumes and layers created a modern, ultra chic take on the knitwear trend.

Dressing head to toe in wool separates has never been synonymous with couture chic but this look surprisingly looks very high fashion and trend-centric. The perfect mix of elegance and maturity, this is a very welcome addition to Autumn/Winter dressing.

The Row, AW14.
The Row, AW14.
Marc Jacobs, AW14.
Marc Jacobs, AW14.
Cara at Stella McCartney, AW14.
Cara at Stella McCartney, AW14.
Miu Miu, AW14, adding an amazing pop of colour to the runway.
Miu Miu, AW14, adding an amazing pop of colour to the runway.

Best of the high street edit:

Fearne Cotton for very.co.uk, £44.
Fearne Cotton for very.co.uk, £44.

Available here: http://www.very.co.uk/fearne-cotton-eyelash-spot-jumper/1436901439.prd

Graphic sweater, & Other Stories, €55.
Graphic sweater, & Other Stories, €55.

Available here: http://www.stories.com/at/Ready-to-wear/Knitwear/Graphic_Sweater/582940-8506916.1

Polo-neck jumper in a wool mix, € 59.99, H&M.
Polo-neck jumper in a wool mix, € 59.99, H&M.

Available here: http://www.hm.com/ie/product/42509?article=42509-A

UNIF Crayola Jumper, €98, Urban Outfitters.
UNIF Crayola Jumper, €98, Urban Outfitters.

Available here: http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/uk/catalog/productdetail.jsp?currency=200002&id=5119437420103&parentid=WOMENS-JUMPERS-CARDIGANS-EU#/

Fluffy jumper, Missguided, €27.99.
Fluffy jumper, Missguided, €27.99.

Available here: http://www.missguided.eu/catalog/product/view/id/128721/s/selena-brush-check-jumper-orange/category/493/

ASOS Knitted Rib Skirt With Mohair, €42.65.
ASOS Knitted Rib Skirt With Mohair, €42.65.

8. ANIMAL FEVER

This is the trend that keeps on coming, season after season. Take heed, you don’t have to be Bette Lynch to wear animal print. Take inspiration from 60s sirens Brigitte Bardot or Jane Birkin. Balmain, Celine, Gucci and more sent their models down the runway in an array of animal prints, including leopard, zebra, python and snake-print. If you’re feeling playful and want to dabble in the trend, adding accents of block colour looks chic and sophisticated. For a fierce fearless look, check out Carven’s head to toe animal print blocking and Sportmax’s monochrome animal look.

Balmain, AW14.
Balmain, AW14.
Tom Ford, AW14.
Tom Ford, AW14.
Carven, AW14.
Carven, AW14.
Sportmax, AW14.
Sportmax, AW14.

The best of the high-street:

Nasty Gal Cat Skills Coat €102,31.
Nasty Gal Cat Skills Coat
€102,31.

Available here: http://www.nastygal.com/product/nasty-gal-cat-skills-coat

Snakeprint brogues, €41.99, Missguided.
Snakeprint brogues, €41.99, Missguided.

Available here:

http://www.missguided.eu/catalog/product/view/id/133896/s/camilla-pointed-lace-up-brogues-snake-print/category/1550/

Oversize animal print blouse, Zara, €39.95.
Oversize animal print blouse, Zara, €39.95.

Available here: http://www.zara.com/ie/en/woman/tops/shirts/oversize-animal-print-blouse-c498002p2096007.html

Snake print shorts, River Island, €40.
Snake print shorts, River Island, €40.

Available here: http://eu.riverisland.com/women/shorts/smart-shorts/Black-snake-print-high-waisted-shorts-661709?mid=38432&cur=GBP&cmpid=af_Linkshare_UK_ExOx7xqa5PY&siteID=ExOx7xqa5PY-F0A_VyhYALJjYuMiAXt7xw

Warehouse animal print blouse, £40.
Warehouse animal print blouse, £40.

Available here: http://www.warehouse.co.uk/animal-print-blouse/all/warehouse/fcp-product/6233088464?cm_mmc=Linkshare-_-Affiliate-_-UKNetwork-_-0RpXOIXA500&utm_source=linkshare&utm_medium=affiliates&utm_campaign=UKNetwork&utm_content=10&utm_term=0RpXOIXA500&siteID=0RpXOIXA500-jvdrUJkUyIWsgWGivxZ4tQ?lng=&ctry=null&siteID=TnL5HPStwNw-wS0ChzOZf39JSb7Tky6D6Q

Leopard print pelmet skirt, £38, Topshop.
Leopard print pelmet skirt, £38, Topshop.

Available here: http://www.topshop.com/en/tsuk/product/clothing-427/skirts-449/leopard-print-pelmet-skirt-3256083?bi=1&ps=200

9. WINTER PASTELS

The appointment of Raf Simons at Christian Dior in 2012 has been a constant source of excitement for the fash pack, the result being a reinterpretation and re-imagining of the brand, without a complete overhaul of its trademark femininity. Simons has reinvigorated the brand by adding some contemporary flashes such as a peplum hem, sports laces on traditional gowns, accents of vibrant colour and embellished patchwork detail. Dior led the Winter pastels trend with sorbet colours  adding a delicious feel to the collection. Pastels may be the palette we usually associate with Spring, but this season, sky-blue, lavender, rose, lemon, melon, all appeared, resulting in an all-embracing femininity.

Dior, AW14.
Dior, AW14.

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Rebecca Minkoff, AW14.
Rebecca Minkoff, AW14.

Best of the high street edit:

Go With the Flowy Pants €54,35, Nasty Gal.
Go With the Flowy Pants
€54,35, Nasty Gal.
Leather look skirt, River Island, €40.
Leather look skirt, River Island, €40.

Available here: http://eu.riverisland.com/women/skirts/tube–pencil-skirts/Light-blue-leather-look-pencil-skirt-660774

ASOS Co-ord T-Shirt In Fluffy Knit, €39.8.
ASOS Co-ord T-Shirt In Fluffy Knit, €39.8.

Available here: http://www.asos.com/ASOS/ASOS-Co-ord-T-Shirt-In-Fluffy-Knit/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=4028754&cid=15444&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=204&sort=-1&clr=Mint&totalstyles=276&gridsize=3

Lilac fluffy tee, Miss Selfridge, £25.
Lilac fluffy tee, Miss Selfridge, £25.

Available here: http://www.missselfridge.com/en/msuk/product/clothing-299047/knitwear-299069/lilac-fluffy-tee-3336066?bi=41&ps=40

10. FUR REAL?

Remember how mad we all were when the cat got killed in Love/Hate? And when Naomi Campbell wore fur after swearing off it for life? Well, this anti-fur sentiment has been echoed on the runway this season with amazing and eccentric dip dyed faux furs. Shrimps came out on top with an amazing array of eccentric dip dyed and vibrant faux furs. If you want the real deal, some designers, including Prada have gone the whole hog. Shearling is trending and the bigger and shaggier, the better.

Shrimps, AW14.
Shrimps, AW14.
Prada, AW14.
Prada, AW14.
Alexander McQueen, AW14.
Alexander McQueen, AW14.
Alexander McQueen, AW14.
Alexander McQueen, AW14.
Roberto Cavalli, AW14.
Roberto Cavalli, AW14.
Givenchy AW14.
Givenchy AW14.

Best of the high street edit:

Faux fur coat, Topshop, £89.
Faux fur coat, Topshop, £89.

Available here: http://www.topshop.com/en/tsuk/product/clothing-427/jackets-coats-2390889/faux-fur-patchwork-throw-on-coat-3437279?bi=1&ps=200

Warehouse, faux fur pink jacket £65.
Warehouse, faux fur pink jacket £65.

Available here:

http://www.warehouse.co.uk/pink-crop-faux-fur-jacket/aw14-collection/warehouse/fcp-product/4250004450

Faux Real Sweatshirt €65,54, Nasty Gal.
Faux Real Sweatshirt
€65,54, Nasty Gal.

Available here: http://www.nastygal.com/normcore/faux-real-sweatshirt

ASOS Faux Fur Long Patchwork Collar, €49.76.
ASOS Faux Fur Long Patchwork Collar, €49.76.

Available here: http://www.asos.com/ASOS/ASOS-Faux-Fur-Long-Patchwork-Collar/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=4341172&cid=15444&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=36&sort=-1&clr=Patchwork&totalstyles=277&gridsize=3

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  1. mary says:

    The nasty girl plaid jacket is awesome. I’d look like a blanket with boobs so I better steer clear.

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    1. It is, isn’t it? OMG, a blanket with boobs. Hilarious!

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    2. A blanket with boobds??!!! Now’s that a blanket that I would buy! hilarious! x

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