Which trends matter? What looks great? Who do you want to be? Here’s your essential guide for the upcoming autumn/winter 2013 season. We’ve seen it all from the front row. We’ve been backstage to ask the designers all the relevant questions. So here are the most exciting, influential and wearable stories, just for you. Be inspired…
Junya Watanabe AW13
THE NEW SKIRT
It’s longer, mid-calf, slightly flared at the knee, and requires a total rethink on footwear. Kitten heels are too prim. Flats, too frumpy. What you need is the new Flatform, or a chunky heeled boot and a leather stocking.
From Valentino to Alexander McQueen, the robes of cardinals, monks, nuns and priests are the inspiration behind some of the season’s most note-worthy shows. Meet the new serenity.
IN THE NAVY
This is the season’s chief colour. Just as well since it goes so beautifully with the other season’s favourites - black, burgundy and pops of purple.
BOY MEETS GIRL
The masculine-feminine story climaxes this season with the best pinstripes, slouchy trousers, oversized coats and double-breasted jackets.
There’s the unmistakable whiff of nostalgia in her tailoring, but this lady is subversive, off-kilter and erotically charged. The pictures speak for themselves.
Jonathan Saunders AW13
THE BIG COAT
The bigger, the better. Cocoon-like or man-sized, just make sure it’s in some delicious texture – mohair is destined to be the season’s hottest.
This woman is gonna get you! She’s either some otherworldly creature swathed in long robes or wearing a strong-shouldered suit and power heels. She means business.
EXCESS ALL AREAS
Whether it was Fendi's fur mohicans or every single thread of Tom Ford’s extravagantly decorated cross-cultural, multi-ethnic wham-bam-shazam collection, embellishment defiantly rules, ok?
THE DARK ARTS
This season’s fantasy story is full-blooded romance of a mysterious and luxuriant nature. Think capes, cloaks, high necks and toe-grazing hems, in opulent textures and grand silhouettes. Clothes that cast a spell.