Trend Settings AW17

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There’s no escaping it – autumn is here and, with its decidedly inclement conditions, has brought with it a realisation that those breezy summer styles just won’t cut it in a force 10 gale.

With a wardrobe update an impending must-do, we’ve once again enlisted the help of Nottingham designer and stylist, Susi Henson, whose guiding hand will hopefully give you a few pointers to the coolest trends for AW17.

The early arrival of autumn this year has certainly made those first autumn collection drops into store feel a little more timely than usual. Late in August saw the early turning of the leaves and conkers starting to drop to the ground, so the new collections that always seem obscenely early each year have this year come just in time. As we start grabbing our cosy knits and boots as evenings draw in you may be wondering what else this seasons trends are offering. Well wonder no more because here is the lowdown on what to expect on the High Street this season.

The Autumn / Winter 17 collections are offering something for everyone and there are so many trends this season that you may find yourself wondering what direction fashion is headed in. Collections on the High Street take a peek into the past adopting silhouettes and detailing from the Twenties and the Seventies, then takes a giant leap into the future with all of the space age metallic you can imagine and dare to wear.

Fashion trends are less defined than they used to be, and they are also lasting longer. So, if you recognise any of these trends continuing from previous seasons that’s because that’s exactly what they are doing. This is great news for us all because the days of a trend lasting one season appear to be over, with some of this season’s highlights in the trends for the past three or four seasons. This also means the concept of ‘throw away fashion’ is finally being thrown away itself, and our wardrobes are staying up to date for longer.

If you’re looking to update your wardrobe with some of this season’s hottest items, look no further as this report has got it covered.

The Coat:

If you are looking for one staple item to buy this season it’s definitely the winter coat. There are so many fabulous coat styles in the shops now, from smart and structured to my favourite, ‘the duvet coat’. The idea of feeling all wrapped up under your duvet whilst out and about – how is that not an appealing thought? Last year’s key coat shape was the Military look. Belted waists are still big this season, with the key shape being the Trench and deconstructed tailored overcoats. At the opposite end of the style spectrum is the Puffer coat, which takes the form of oversized padded duvet-inspired style. For a more fitted version go for a belted ski jacket, also another key coat shape this season.

Interesting fabrics and textures are also key this autumn, as they have been the last couple of seasons, so expect to find coats in a multitude of fabrics such as shearling, faux fur, marabou and vinyl, with exaggerated detailing such as large bows, ruffles and embroidery also featuring.

Deconstructed Tailoring:

There is a lot of tailoring on the high street this season and whilst it’s softer than last season, with less defined shoulders and a looser fitting silhouette, it is also more masculine. Looser fit and straighter lines make the suit more relaxed with palazzo style trousers and an opportunity to make these suits look more playful. Deconstructed jackets with asymmetric detailing can be worn with nineties-style slogan T-shirts or shirts with over-sized leg-of-mutton sleeves. Country check fabrics and tartans, as well as plains and stripes, are also huge so there is a great variety when it comes to your tailoring requirements. This is the season to get some up to date work wear pieces also.

Soft Leather:

Be prepared to vamp it up as leather is everywhere for AW17. Soft leather coats, jackets, skirts, trousers and dresses are all over the high street, and it’s not only in standard black and brown palettes – there are a multitude of fabulous shades to choose from. The quality of leatherette has improved too over recent years, with less expensive items still looking and feeling like the real thing. Knee high and over the knee leather boots in varying shades are also big this season too.

Tonal Colour Blocking:

This is a very colourful autumn indeed, not just for its colour palette but also for the trend to wear all of it. One colour tonally (darks, mids, and lights) worn head to toe. The colours for this season are all shades of red (pillar box, wine, terracotta, burnt orange), blues (military blue, sky blue, cobalt) and last season’s big obsession, pink (hot pink, baby pink, fuchsia). Olive, woodland greens and saffron yellow are also key colours in womenswear.

Space Age:

Metallics – love it or hate it, the trend for metallic is only getting bigger. For makeup, accessories, footwear and now clothing, prepare to shimmer your way through this season. Whatever your metallic choice, you have full permission to mix your metals as much as you like, as well as your textures. The party season is covered with this trend full of shiny and glossy fabrics such as lamé, foil, sequins and diamantes. Galactic prints are also big too.

Feminine Folk:

There are a lot of bold trends this season, so this is just the balance our wardrobes need. Whimsical floaty floral print dresses, folklore-style blouses, ruffles, bows, flowers and flounce. This trend is very soft, feminine and full of texture, where Folk meets Romany Gypsy with detailing straight out of an old-fashioned haberdashery. Fur lined coats, shearling and embroidered fabrics with thin neck ties and slouchy suede boots complete the look. Off the shoulder is still a strong trend, with ruffle tops and chunky knits.


With such an eclectic mix of looks for the season when it comes to accessories, anything goes. Key trends are – big statement earrings, fur hats, waist belts, fancy hosiery (think lace or fishnet) and envelope-style bags. For footwear – knee high and over the knee boots, ankle cuff shoes and T-bar shoes are the looks to shop for. Twinkly toe shoes with diamante adornment, satin ribbons and brocade are key details, especially when planning your outfits for the party season. White leather accessories are also a strong trend for bags, shoes and boots.