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by Senior fashion news, Features Editor, Victoria Moss, Fashion Director, The Daily Telegraph and Lisa Armstrong, The Daily Telegraph
Why wait until next year to adopt some of the key trends from the SS17 catwalks? Lisa Armstrong and Victoria Moss pick out the pieces that are winter-friendly, but won’t be obsolescent by the time spring arrives…
1. Shiny coats Brigate trench, £89, Archive by Alexa Chung for M&S. Available 1st November.
At Saint Laurent, Anthony Vaccarello allowed for some modesty by pairing his teeny bustier dresses with black, high-shine, collarless parkas with wide-cut arms. Sonia Rykiel had oversized versions in deep khaki with bracelet-length sleeves. Meanwhile at Valentino, enticingly bright-red double-breasted shiners were worn over ethereal princess dresses, providing a punk-y contrast. Neatly, in the second round of Alexa Chung’s Archive collection for Marks & Spencer she has included just the thing – available on November 1. Get in line.
2. The light-as-air sweater...Sonia Rykiel SS17.
There’s so much to like at Julie de Libran’s updated Sonia Rykiel, including her reworking of the trouser suit – a non-stuffy, non-constricting thick cotton canvas tunic and trousers. But for right now and beyond are those featherweight knits – layer them for year-round day-to-night dressing.
3. A seasonless sandal Roger Vivier SS17.
Once you’ve got your head around the apparent silliness of this, you’ll realise it’s eminently sensible. Why limit sandals to a few weeks of the year, especially when they are becoming increasingly robust and embellished? At Céline, Phoebe Philo tied strappy sandals over semi-sheer tights – a look that’s bound to be copied. If that’s too fashion-victim, you can still wear a sheepskin backless loafer or a jewelled Birkie à la Roger Vivier deep into winter. Let the sock‑couture begin.
4. The wear-anywhere dress
Pearl embroidered dress, £125, & Other Stories
If you’ve never previously bought into the idea of the dress as a one-stop solution to just about everything, that’s probably because for so many years they were either boring wraps, droopily boho or constricting numbers that required considerable tweaking before they fitted properly.
Welcome to the flowy, fluid, fit and flare – flattering narrow (or as much as you want it to be) over the shoulders, but gently fanning-out thereafter. The key to the wear-anywear dress is fabrication: soft, drapey but reasonably weighty. Slip them under sweaters and jackets for now, and start peeling away the layers once spring approaches.
5. Monchrome Martin Grant SS17.
Possibly the easiest trend to adopt, and a consensus (at least on this fashion desk) – that keeping to a sharp black and white palette means you will effortlessly attain high levels of eternal chic. A few pointers: the worry is always that if one is dining in a restaurant fellow guests may ask you for the bread basket. The trick then, is to make sure each item has a quirk or design flare.
This Martin Grant look is a case in point: note the collarless crisp white shirt with a frill detail on the wrist. The skirt – high waist and flared (with pockets: ergo, the dream) – and a fashion-y enough shoe should ensure that even in the most cutting edge of dining establishments no-one’s going to be bothering you for their order.
6. An oversized blazer Haider Ackermann SS17.
Long-line blazers with sloping arms offer a relaxed masculine feel, which works with the looser silhouette in general. However, the masculinity is in cut only, for the best versions are in spangly, coloured fabrics and have a serious sense of pizzazz. Exhibit A – this divine metallic streaked Haider Ackermann suit. Imagine that blazer over elegant black trousers for a cocktail event? The exact right way to do louche glamour this festive season.
7. Expressive earrings
Simone Rocha flower drop earrings, £195, Matches Fashion
If ever there was a fashion perennial, the dingle-dangle is it. But hark, for there is change ahead. The sculptural but blank modern-art-on-your-lobe is now facing rear-guard action from more expressive ear embellishment. From daggers at Valentino to Vanessa Bruno’s delicate shells, almost anything goes, provided it’s gutsy and out-there. Favourites to buy now? Simone Rocha’s super-light, super-sparkly crystal drops may be all you need to see you through the party season and way beyond.
8. Sophisticated pinkValentino SS17.
There’s a very lengthy, preposterously pretentious tome to be written on the modern deconstruction of colour, but in a nutshell: fashion has adopted a non-season specific approach. Forget all that guff about not wearing white after Labor day (that’s for our American readers), or not touching black in summer.
In every fashion capital this month, designers took a broad sweeping brush to the spectrum: clarets, navy and chartreuse for spring? Ivory and blush pink for winter? Why not? It’s a question of how you accessorise them. Pale pink sandwiched between russet, red and chocolate and topped with claret or crimson lipstick makes for a supremely sophisticated autumnal palette, while darker shades mixed with white will work in warmer months. It’s all part of a move to a wardrobe of clothes that work more or less year round.
9. The wide cropped trouser
Dogtooth kick flare trousers, £150, Whistles
Trouser legs for now and next season are remaining resolutely roomy. Stella McCartney’s had a pleasingly louche attitude, with paper-bag waists and tapered ankles. Chloé’s were drawstring at the waist, and fell square and wide all the way to the ankle, which is key. For now, pair with a loafer or brogue and, as the weather cools, add a boot with striking detail (all the better to show them off – why hide under a hem?).
As we move into spring, swap in for those lighter shoes or sandals. Marni and Isabel Marant both have great high-waisters, in flattering colours (try to look beyond black). Meanwhile, Whistles has a great selection of kick-flare versions – a lovely red-and-black dogtooth, as well as chic grey pinstripe versions.
This article was written by Senior fashion news, Features Editor, Victoria Moss, Fashion Director, The Daily Telegraph and Lisa Armstrong from The Daily Telegraph and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.