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Getting ahead of the game never hurt anyone, and so it’s time to get your wardrobe in gear for autumn.
Dwindling temperatures are no match for interesting layering ensembles and cosy outerwear, but what are the top designers offering in the trend department?
February as a whole may feel like a distant memory, but the impact of Fashion Month is fresh at the forefront of our mind.
From clean Quiet Luxury lines at Ferragamo, Gucci and Tove to creamy buttermilk hues at Tove, Zimmermann and Givenchy, there are plenty of runway highlights to inspire your autumn outfit repertoire.
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Hello! Fashion shares the trends to have on your radar for 2023:
The print classic has entered a new, slightly gothic, era for autumn. Florals mounted on dark colours were all the rage at Di Pesta, Carolina Herrera and many others, exuding eerie depth.
Radiant silks and satins draped to form the ultimate relaxed dress shape took precedence at several major shows. Take your style cues from Loewe and Paco Rabanne and elevate an otherwise understated maxi for party season via a standout brooch.
The hourglass is back for AW23, and designers are paying tribute to the classic, ultra-feminine silhouette via sculptural details. Boning and exaggerated hip volume are key for creating dramatic curvature.
Liquid-like metallics are making a return for AW23, including light-reflecting texture at Proenza Schouler and fluid gold pleating at Giambattista Valli.
This Sofia Richie-approved trend is all about the more muted approach. A far cry from flashy logomania, Quiet Luxury super easy to incorporate into your current wardrobe. Embrace clean lines, neutral hues and luxe-looking cuts.
Designers are still wild for girlish adornments, and for autumn, bows are taking over from spring’s obsession with 3D florals. Look out for plush black velvet versions that you can wear in your hair, or consider playful bow-adorned ballet flats for a subtle entry into the trend.
An offshoot of the hourglass silhouette trend comes in the form of a peplum. Those at Tory Burch were subtle, infused with a lingerie-inspired sultriness, whereas at Richard Quinn and Adeam, the trend was elevated for evening and styled with high-octane opera gloves.
Unctuous butter is one of the key colours right now, and it can be easily fused with the omnipresent Quiet Luxury trend. Embrace mellow yellow via a silky maxi or a creamy fur coat.
All wrapped up
The legacy of Totême’s scarf coat lives on, as evidenced by these super cosy designer ensembles. Wrap up warm in a billowy scarf and let your accessory take centre stage.
One of this season’s most unexpected trends nods to menswear. Valentino’s entire show was focused around a literal interpretation of the classic black-tie dress code, and tailoring combos were also spotted at Carolina Herrera and David Koma.
Another branch of the ‘underwear as outerwear’ trend, this season designers are encouraging us to stop traffic. Brave the briefs, taking your cues from Miu Miu’s embellished knickers and try the trend layered under a sheer maxi.
Cosy and colourful, for autumn there’s no need to scrimp on warmth. Vibrant tights are having a moment – swerve your trusty black opaques and branch out with the shade du jour.
Speaking of which… “Move over cobalt blue there’s a new primary to get to grips with,” says Hello! Fashion’s Editor Jill Wanless. “Red suddenly feels really fresh again, especially worn head-to-toe. I loved the colour pop at Eudon Choi in the form of a silky dress, tights and mules as much as I appreciated the mini dress and go-go boots at David Koma.”
Slouchy, oversized blazers were all the rage at Valentino and even Chanel opted for relaxed-fit versions of its trademark bouclé jackets in playful pinks. If you’re a die-hard sharp tailoring gal, luckily Victoria Beckham came through with simple tailored blazers that acted as mini dresses.
Speak of the devil, mini dresses are back and at the SS23 iterations are all about texture. Pearl embellishments at Givenchy and belted LBDs at Chanel provided a certain opulence, whereas Versace’s shiny purple chromes felt flashy, in the best possible way.
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Underwear as outerwear
Lace was out in full force, with many designers favouring sweeping maxis with cool cutwork. Baby blue lingerie-inspired pieces were showcased at Burberry’s belated London Fashion Week show whereas both Dior and Versace oozed gothic glamour.
Versace’s buttery leather fringing felt very ‘cool-girl-meets-cowboy’, whereas Victoria Beckham’s take spotlighted ra-ra minis and ultra-kinetic hems.
The dramatic bombshell split that we are accustomed to seeing on the red carpet is making its way into SS23. Silky slip dresses at Givenchy, colourful florals at Dries Van Noten, and glossy midis at Prada are paving the way – and are very much into it.
Designers made denim sexy for SS23 – who’d have thought it? Asymmetric fitted shirts paired with soft brown co-ords at A.W.A.K.E. had a certain hippyish glam, whereas Bella Hadid’s buckle Givenchy buckle bra exuded utilitarian sultriness.
Cut-outs are having a major moment, and British trailblazer Poster Girl has been leading the way with its stretchy geometric designs. However, next season we’re loving larger proportioned cut-outs, looking at the likes of Andreadamo, Valentino and A.W.A.K.E for inspiration.
Hello! Fashion’s Style Editor Laura Weatherburn says: “I love a bright cerulean blue as a contrast to the sickly sweet Barbiecore pink trend. It feels a little bit more sophisticated, works year-round, and fits snugly into my nearly all-black wardrobe. I have my eye on a Christopher John Rogers oversized overcoat in particular – très chic.”
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“Everyone has an opinion on animal print, it’s very much marmite in the fashionsphere. I, on one hand, love zebra print, especially when it comes to accessorising,” Laura explains. “But struggle to get my head around a leopard look. That being said, you may well find me in an Alessandra Rich twinset come summer.”
“The glam utility trend is peak Y2K – a nostalgic mashup of satin jumpsuits, sheer cargo pants and low-slung belted skirts (you can thank Miu Miu for that), that have been elevated for a true dress-up moment. Simply slip on a boiler suit, unzip to the navel and add a killer pair of heels,” Laura advises.
News of Disney’s upcoming live-action version of The Little Mermaid has hit designers hard. Expect striking scale-inspired embellishment alongside fishtail silhouettes and shimmery fabrics that glide over every curve. Turn to the likes of 16 Arlington, Valentino and Elie Saab to get your fix.
Sultry mesh and sheer fabrics are having a moment right now, but with an uber feminine twist. Think playful ruffles at Valentino, cool-girl chevrons at Chanel and slinky maxis at Nensi Dojaka.
Tartan has been all over the SS23 runways, signalling that grunge is making a comeback. Play it cool in a Bottega Veneta flannel shirt or keep your eyes peeled for pieces adorned with botanical embroidery à la maison Dior.
Costume-inspired details such as balloon silhouettes, puff-sleeves, corsetry, and capes are high up on the agenda for SS23. Regencycore girlies, eat your heart out.
Channel your inner Grace Jones and raise the stakes by opting for a striking hooded gown, taking your cues from Saint Laurent, Alaïa and Valentino.
Feathers, sequins, and fringing are all party classics, but according to the runways, they’re officially spring/summer suitable too. Take advantage of the post-Christmas sales and begin your 2023 with a textural bang.
This season, lustrous metallics have taken a cool turn, with silver at the forefront. Check out Chanel’s cami dresses, Valentino’s maximalist outerwear and Altuzarra’s pleats for an injection of inspiration.
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