Get the lowdown on the latest trends straight off the catwalk
a Army girl
A staple on the trends list, military rears its fierce head once again, only this time Prada accentuated the waist and Vera Wang gave her soldiers feminine appeal with long-line skirts and just a hint of skin. One thing remains constant, though – the perfect balance of function and luxury.
b Big and bold
There is no such thing as ‘too big for the face’, according to Larry Kotzen, owner of Eyecandy Optometrists Hyde Park. ‘It’s just a myth.’ The legendary Iris Apfel might agree with him given her choice of audacious and oversized spectacles, which we’re channelling this winter.
c Cherry lips
Dark pouts in deep red, plum and black cherry were seen at Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs and Dior. The look is sultry, mysterious and undeniably sophisticated when topped with a layer of high-shine gloss.
d Disco disco
Make-up artists took their creativity to a new level by using glitter to create shapes, patterns and dimension for the eyes. The trick here is to have fun while keeping the rest of the face clean. ‘Think of glitter as skin jewellery – something that you fit to the face in a very beautiful way,’ suggests Terry Barber, MAC cosmetics director of make-up artistry, UK.
The ’80s are back and you can count on exaggerated shapes and over-the-top layering of unexpected textures; we are also excited that Saint Laurent and Genny gave the nod of approval to shoulderpads and wide, waist-cinching belts, paired with even more glitter.
Step aside contouring and make way for flushed cheeks. Rosy hues roughly blended into the apples of the cheeks ensure a youthful glow and easy application.
g Game on
Look no further than the ski slopes for this season’s sports luxe look. The puffer jacket is the key item to own – not only does it make a statement, but according to designer-of-the-moment Demna Gvasalia, the oversized outerwear is also functional fashion at its best.
h Hiking boots
Who said hiking boots are just for the outdoorsy kind? Add a delicate touch to this trend to make it look extra chic by pairing it with sheer, frilly socks.
A little more violet than blue and a little bluer than violet, indigo is the colour of the season and was under the spotlight at Issey Miyake, Balenciaga and Sonia Rykiel, to name a few.
j Juicy hues
Chillier need not be dull. Don’t be afraid to go bright; head-to-toe colour is a look all on its own with glossy textures, vinyl finishes and streamlined silhouettes.
k Kitten heels
Once upon a time, the kitten heel was a fashion faux pas; but the modest heel is making its comeback in the form of chic and dainty booties, which can be paired with everything.
Hair so wet it looks lacquered to the scalp is a major trend this season and gave a true tough-girl look to the models at Alexander Wang, Giambattista Valli and Simone Rocha. ‘For the look to be most effective, the hair mustn’t move: it should be coated with a generous amount of product. Light is meant to reflect off the hair for the ultimate shine,’ says Moroccanoil global ambassador Antonio Corral Calero.
m Multicolour clash
Eye make-up is taken to a kaleidoscopic level of colour with bright hues on the waterline or a sheer blur surrounding the eye. ‘It should simply wrap around the features to effectively catch the light,’ says Terry Barber, MAC cosmetics director of make-up artistry, UK.
n New tailoring
Interesting cuts, off-the-wall shapes and asymmetry – a new kind of tailoring that hints at the exaggerated, creating unusual silhouettes. It adds to the bigger picture of gender neutrality and challenges ‘the norm’.
o Over-the-top sweaters
Printed sweaters in oversized shapes were unexpectedly paired with pleated skirts, clashing prints and ladylike shoes on the trendiest runways, complying with the maximalist tendencies seen over several seasons and adding a geeky vibe to the overall look.
p Popsicle lips
Youthful and innocent: naiveté was a big trend for make-up artists by way of lips stained in popsicle-pink.
Accessories took a particularly royal turn and were so lavish they looked like heirlooms. It’s a maximalist show-off approach: the more bejewelled, encrusted and extravagant, the better.
Ladylike waves cascading down garments were seen all over the runways, giving the clothes a real sculptural element we can’t get enough of.
s Shoulder play
All eyes are on shoulders: from cut-out detail and Bardot necklines to puffy sleeves and angled shapes, the idea is to emphasise and accentuate the shoulders as much as possible.
Hermés, Alexander Wang and Miu Miu switched delicate accessories for tough studded leather and hardware details such as zippers, chains and press-studs for powerful looks on the runway.
u Uber luminous
Fresh, youthful skin has been trending for many seasons and this winter it takes on a heightened radiance, complete with a peachy glow. Think highlighted cheekbones, Cupid’s bow and eyelids, as seen at Valentino, Prabal Gurung and Gucci.
There is something infinitely decadent about velvet, which makes a mark this season as seen in Valentino’s sweeping saffron dress and the dusty pink leisurewear at Alberta Ferretti.
w Wasp waist
Corsets were layered on top of dresses, jackets and T-shirts in a completely new way to cinch in the waist. Prada even used them to pull in masculine military jackets, rendering them a stand-alone feature.
x X-rated eyes
With ’80s fashion trending again, it was only a matter of time before the decade’s beauty followed suit. Enter the dangerous and intense ’80s eye: black kohl along the waterline, which can be extended to a dramatic cat eye.
The retro finger waves of the ’20s and ’30s did their rounds on the AW runways. You can modernise this romantic look by wearing it with a ponytail, as seen on the models at Stella McCartney.
z Ziggy Stardust
Inspired by David Bowie, especially-high platforms swiped directly from the ’70s were spied on the runway. Slightly absurd and mostly impractical, we suggest a practice walk before you take these babies out on the town.