Embroidered accents, every jacket imaginable, feminine ruffles, knitwear and a million different shapes and styles of ankle boot – the AW16 collections are awash with so many different features, that it might feel hard to pinpoint which will be the most important for your wardrobe this season.
Luckily for you, the fashion team are on hand. Working with New Look's latest collection, our styling team have put together a street style shoot that brings to life some key AW16 formulae:
Don't stick to one coat this season. That might sound greedy but it's entirely practical. Honest. With so many styles out there this is a chance to experiment with bikers, parkas and faux fur coats. And given we'll be wearing them constantly, why stick to one style?
You saw it all over Victoria Beckham's runway this September, but velvet accenting is no new trend, as it was championed by Preen in February too. Adding a touch of velvet to your look – be that in the form of a shoe, belt or trimming – is a really great way to add a pop of luxury to the overall feel of your outfit.
The easiest way to utilise all of the best pieces in your wardrobe. Tonal layering was a staple of the Balenciaga, Valentino and Céline runways this season and involves colour matching the top and tail of your outfit, and incorporating other pieces on a sliding tonal palette, such as various shades of khaki, or a head-to-toe denim look. If you're really going to push the envelope on this trend, make like Christopher Raeburn's AW16 menswear show and throw in a matching parka jacket and scarf to boot.
Know Your Knitwear
Oversized, chunky knits were absolutely critical to ELLE's AW16 trend report. Going right back to AW15, designers like Barbara Casasola began throwing dark, long-line knits over delicate pastel skirts and, by AW16, the roll neck was everywhere, being paired with almost everything. In our shoot, we've gone fully Holly Fulton and layered a roll neck under a cord dungaree dress.
If you've been paying any attention to our What ELLE Wears street style galleries, you'll know that the ELLE team (particularly Beauty Editor Joely Walker and Digital Editor Natasha Bird) are big fans of metallic footwear. The style of choice for AW16, though, will be the metallic ankle boot.
Embroidery has been having a fascinating renaissance. Last year we were ironing embroidered patches on our distressed-look jeans, but this year we're watching stitches become a lot more delicate and feminine - see Jasper Conran and Mary Katrantzou. Flowers, especially roses, will be everywhere and across all fabrics and styles.
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