Every year when we start writing our trend report for Autumn Winter, we have to stop ourselves from exclaiming, ‘How has it come around so soon?!’
This year feels like it’s flying faster than ever before, and it’s very probably because of the pandemic.
While we were confined to our houses for the most-part of 18 months, fashion became practical and most importantly, comfortable.
There will always be a place in our hearts for practical fashion, but now we’re embracing our ability to go out, see our friends and, of course, dress up.
Elsa Schiaparelli got it perfectly right when she said, “In difficult times, fashion is always outrageous.”
This autumn, we’re ditching dark hues and simple silhouettes in favour of fluorescent brights, exaggerated faux fur coats, extravagant party looks and embellished accessories.
There’s already a chill in the air and it won’t be long before the cold weather creeps up on us. There are plenty of trends for fall that you can start embracing now.
Here are 13 you’re going to see a lot more of over the coming months and where to buy the look on the high street right now.
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Who says knitwear needs to be plain?
Fair Isle knits covered the catwalks at Molly Goddard, Chanel, Etro, Paco Rabanne, Balenciaga and Miu Miu, the latter actually staging its show at a ski resort in Italy.
The trend could be a nod to the nation craving adventure and escaping to the country during and since the pandemic, but even if you haven’t, these knits will get you in the mood for the slopes.
Spotted at Etro, Miu Miu, Emilio Pucci, Paco Rabanne, Molly Goddard, Junya Watanabe, MM6, Balenciaga, Dsquared2, Rentrayage, Chanel, and Vivienne Westwood.
Fairisle High-neck Jumper, £283, P.A.R.O.S.H. at Farfetch – buy now
Wool Jacquard Wool Jacquard Zipper Vest, £175, GANNI – buy now
Every year dark hues dominate for Autumn Winter but crayola brights stole the AW21 shows, with neon featuring heavily at Balmain, Roksanda, Prada, Versace and Bottega Veneta.
After 18 months of loungewear, expect to see colour covering everything, from head-to-toe.
Spotted at Balmain, Roksanda, Prada, Versace, Molly Goddard, Bottega Veneta, Ferragamo, Raf Simons, Loewe, JW Anderson, Chanel and Burberry.
Quilted Shoulder Bag, £25.99, Zara – buy now
A-line Lyocell-blend Dress, £34.99, H&M – buy now
Oversized Linen Shirt, £69, Arket – buy now
Shades of Brown
Chocolate brown might often skip your imagination when it comes to fashion, but it was good enough to eat on the AW21 runway.
At Chloé, brown came in an abundance of textures and teamed together for a comfy, cosy look, while Acne mixed textures with leather and knitted details.
If you’re not into Crayola brights, this could be the trend for you this season.
Spotted at Acne, Chloé, Chanel, Fendi, Ami, Schiaparelli, Gestuz, Rabens Saloner and Holzweiler.
The Attico Single-breasted Blazer, £867, The Attico at Farfetch – buy now
Open Back Puff Sleeve Midi Dress, £95, & Other Stories – buy now
The Tank Slip Dress, £340, Matteau at Farfetch – buy now
Logos and monograms have been growing in popularity in recent years, with Fendi and Gucci being just some of the labels to champion the retro look.
Now, Versace, Balmain, Loewe and Max Mara are celebrating the look with their AW21 collections, bringing back the 70s-inspired trend in an array of head-to-toe monogrammed looks in muted and monochrome tones.
This look doesn’t need to break the bank. While luxury labels have championed the look for decades, the high street has plenty of monogrammed pieces up for grabs.
Spotted at Versace, Balmain, Loewe, Max Mara, Fendi, Chanel and Gucci.
GG Marmont Matelassé Mini Bag, £1,230, Gucci at Farfetch – buy now
Oblique Diortwin Square Scarf, £360, Dior – buy now
Soft Tabby Shoulder Bag, £425, Coach – buy now
More is More
Party fashion comes back around every winter, but this year, prepare for all out extravagance.
Sequins, embellishment, glitter and silky fabrics are back with a bang, while silhouettes are exaggerated and too much is never enough.
Spotted at Stella McCartney, Halpern, Ashish, Burberry, Loewe, Erdem, Dries Van Noten, Versace, Valentino and Louis Vuitton.
Sequin Mini Dress, £49.99, Zara – buy now
Sequin Halter Flared Jumpsuit, now £55.20, Warehouse – buy now
Sequin Spot Top, £75, ASOS DESIGN – buy now
Ponchos and Capes
I’ve been waiting for ponchos and capes to take off after years of the trend being teased on the runway.
This year, designers including Prada, Chloé, Burberry, JW Anderson and many more showed iterations of the outerwear piece in their shows, making a clear case for their return.
Spotted at Prada, Alberta Feretti, JW Anderson, Burberry and Chloé.
Check Cape, £125, Uterqüe – buy now
Oversized Knitted Cape, now £19.99, Mango – buy now
Rustic Knit Poncho, £59.99, Zara – buy now
Recycled Polyester Oversized Cape, £375, GANNI – buy now
As we all now know, skinny jeans are out. Of course, trends never disappear for long, but that’s what fashion (and Gen Z) has decided since the start of the pandemic.
Instead, slouchy denim is taking over, with Celine, Chanel, Peter Petrov, Ganni and many more amongst the designers celebrating the re-emergence of Y2K style.
Spotted at Celine, Chanel, Peter Petrov, Ganni, Rag & Bone, Peter Do and Petar Petrov.
Cole Wide-Leg Jeans, £55, Lucy & Yak – buy now
Dear Cut Jeans, £75, & Other Stories – buy now
Loose Straight High Jeans, £49.99, H&M – buy now
Faux fur never strays far from the runway during Autumn Winter, but this time, it’s not just coats adorned with fur.
In 2021, as well as chic outerwear from Fendi, Givenchy, Prada and more, furry boots, hats and scarves appeared at Chanel, Burberry and Stand Studio, among others.
For those who prefer to keep it understated, adding a touch of faux fur in the form of accessories this autumn will make the perfect style statement and keep you cosy too.
Spotted at Fendi, Givenchy, Prada, Chanel, Burberry, Petar Petrov, Peter Do, Acne Studios and Stand.
Daisy Faux Fur Jacket ‘Wear & Care’ Chestnut, £179, Jakke LDN – buy now
Tiger Print Faux-fur Coat, £323, STAND STUDIO at Farfetch – buy now
Oversized Faux Shearling Coat, £135, & Other Stories – buy now
If you were as in love with Gucci’s monogrammed tights last year, you’ll love the fact that printed tights are making their comeback for AW21.
Prabal Gurung, Vivienne Westwood, Prada and Maisie Wilen followed the more is more mentality, with the former matching their polka dot statement tights to their dresses.
Spotted at Prabal Gurung, Vivienne Westwood, Prada, Gucci, Fendi and Maisie Wilen.
Leopard Tights, now £19.50, Wolford – buy now
Rhonda Tights, £69, Falke – buy now
Moon-print Fishnet High-rise Stretch-mesh Tights, £145, Marine Serre at Net-A-Porter – buy now
After being one of the key colours for SS21, green continues to dominate in AW21. In fact, ‘Green Bee,’ a ‘grassy green that perpetuates nature’ was one of Pantone’s colours for London Fashion Week AW21.
Ganni, Kenzo, Salvatore Ferragamo, Stella McCartney and more embraced the colour in a variety of tones, ranging from the deep and earthy, to pastel green and neons.
Spotted at Ganni, Kenzo, Salvatore Ferragamo, Stella McCartney, Elleme, JW Anderson, Baum und Pferdgarten and Rotate.
Green Ripstop Wrap Midi Dress, £225, Ganni – buy now
Linen Blazer, £49.99, Zara – buy now
Leather Bucket Handbag, £99.99, Zara – buy now
Puffer jackets are bigger, bolder and more exaggerated than ever before. Prada, Givenchy, Marni, Balenciaga, Chanel and Louis Vuitton blew up their padded pieces and they came in every shape and form, from cropped jackets to ponchos and longline coats.
Spotted at Stand, Givenchy, Marni, Isabel Marant, Raf Simons, Remain, Khaite and Jason Wu.
Quilted Shawl Collar Jacket, £115, Arket – buy now
Belted Quilted Coat, £135, & Other Stories – buy now
Weekender Puffer Jacket, £88, Free People – buy now
Another trend continuing its journey from spring summer 2021 are micro minis. Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, Lanvin and Fendi displayed an array of mini skirts amongst them.
Spotted at Valentino, Chanel, Self-Portrait, Lanvin, Versace, Schiaparelli, D&G, Fendi and Tom Ford.
Macramé-style Straight-cut Skirt, £219, Maje – buy now
Floral Print Miniskirt, £29.99, Mango – buy now
Knitwear can hardly be seen as a trend for AW21 as it features heavily every single year, but what made this season different is the colour palette.
Designers including Chloé, Ports 1961, Fendi were amongst the designers who embraced neutral tones in caramels, outmeals, creams and browns, with layering playing a key part. Chunky scarves were thrown over jumpers worn over knitted skirts at Ports 1961, co-ords were seen at Altuzarra and Proenza Schouler and knitted details featured in Chloé in the form of fringing.
Spotted at Ami, Chloé, Ports 1961, Fendi, Proenza Schouler and Ports 1961.
Rib Knit Midi Dress, £65, & Other Stories – buy now
Knit Pocket Sweater, £59.99, Mango – buy now
Knit Dress With Beading, £89.99, Zara- buy now