Fashion Weeks in major cities around the world finished earlier this month and although there were obvious restrictions that reduced the number of designers showing, there were also many creative solutions to forge ahead to exhibit designs for the coming Autumn/Winter 2021 season. There were traditional catwalks in opulent locations with no audiences, outdoor shows, look book shoots and even digital shows.
As usual, I have done the heavy-lifting for you and watched the shows to pick out my favourite trends for later this year.
Winter white continues to be a staple trend year after year and it's no different for AW2021. Designers showed head to toe looks in various fabrics – wool coats, silk dresses, knits and comfortable jersey. Light creams and stark whites extended further into shoes and handbags to complete the clean look.
Skinny belts were seen in many collections and not just through trouser belt loops. These accessories helped to accentuate waistlines over coats, blazers, gilets and gathered dresses. This is my favourite trend for the colder weather as it means you can add layers without losing your shape. Our reversible Italian leather belts here are perfect for achieving this look.
After we all spent a year at home in comfort, many designers embraced loungewear and elevated relaxed looks in different ways. Knee high boots, creative layering and sparkly accents added polish to comfortable knitwear while tailored jackets, blazers and vests contained loose silhouettes. I love the juxtaposition of relaxed shapes with structured pieces and I think an easy way to work this trend is by pairing loungewear and a strong handbag.
My love of colour is no secret and although there was some coming down the runway these past few weeks, the real bold pops seem to be hidden under layers. Bright tones in winter are great for lifting the spirit and in AW seasons past, reds and greens have been popular. This AW21, however, vivid colours were peeking out from beneath more subdued shades, as if we are cautiously optimistic about the season to come. This combination of bold and subtle colour is a mainstay of my design ethos – allowing playful confidence to sit alongside chic, classic style.
All images from vogue.com where you can see the full runways shows of all the designers.