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Ahead of the curve: Fashion Week looks you can wear now

Still reeling from the revelations of New York and London Fashion Weeks? We break down the hottest looks we’ve seen on the designer catwalks

Written by Jenny Brownlees
Published 23.09.2021

September summons up feelings of a fresh start, with its changing weather and that familiar back-to-school feeling.

And there’s nowhere we’re embracing a new chapter more than in our autumnal outfits. Gone are the sweatpants of lockdown – we, for one, are ready for some brand new, prim n’ polished fashion.

And in case you haven’t heard, it’s fashion month. Over the past few weeks, all the top designers’ runways have been providing us with a whole new wave of inspiration for what we’ll be adding to our wishlists next season. Both New York and London Fashion Week, previously altered due to the pandemic, have been back in full force — with catwalk inspiration aplenty.

Whilst designers are showcasing looks for Spring/Summer 2022, don’t think that means a lack of style inspo for what to wear right now. Looking at what’s trending for next year helps you get ahead of the game, working key pieces into your wardrobe for Winter, safe in the knowledge that you’ll still be wearing them come Summer. 

We’ve done the hard work for you – scanning the shops for the best fashion week inspired trends, with pieces you can add to basket today. Take a look… 

NEW YORK FASHION WEEK: STEAL THE STYLE 

 

Checkmate 

Chic, checked items have been cropping up all over Instagram, seen on all our favourite style influencers and celebs throughout the Summer. And it seems the print is going nowhere next year, either. Feel safe in the knowledge that investing in a checked item will see you through S/S ‘22 and beyond. 

On the NYFW runways, Prabal Gurung, 3.1 Philip Lim, Carolina Herrera, Michael Kors and Brandon Maxwell all worked check print items into their looks – from trousers to coats and dresses to jumpers. We’ll be adding check into our Autumn outfits courtesy of Kitri’s cosy knitted trousers, which are perfect for the in-between season. Alternatively, layer Mango’s checkered top under a blazer for work, and pair with jeans for the weekend. 

Self Portrait – Checked Cardigan – £270.00

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Kitri – Kara Checker Knitted Trousers – £115.00

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Mango – Long Sleeved Plaid T Shirt – £17.99

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H&M – Oversized shirt jacket – £34.99

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Sultry Silks

At Peter No, Prabal Gurung, Boss, Rodarte, Caroline Hererra and more, models strutted in silky and satin garments, adding elegance to even the most casual of looks. The use of shining silks and satins in light and bright colours offered an optimistic mood, with evening wear seeming to say: ‘We will be going out out again!’ 

Don’t hold off until S/S 22 to inject some glamour into your wardrobes; these luxe pieces work just as well for Autumn. Got an event in the coming months? We love Karen Millen’s Draped Jumpsuit. At Boss S/S 22, silk trousers made for a casual but classic outfit when paired with a silk shirt – recreate the look with H&M’s blue silk-satin blend. Or, for an easy, new season update without the commitment, add Ganni’s knotted bag to your favourite fall fit.

SALONI - Mari printed silk-satin wrap blouse - £350

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GANNI – Knotted recycled fibre-blend satin handbag – £95.00

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Karen Millen – Olive Satin Crepe One Shoulder Drape Jumpsuit – £135.00

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H&M – Silk-blend satin trousers – £79.99

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In The Trenches 

From green versions shown at Prabal Gurung and Ulla Johnson, classic camel styles at Tory Burch and pastel takes on the trend at Michael Kors, there’s trench coat inspo whatever your style preference. 

A true hero piece, the humble trench coat has enduring appeal that never goes out of fashion’s favour. Dress down with a knitted co-ord for Sunday brunch, add smart accessories for work or throw over your favourite LBD – with this style, anything goes. 

Whatever your budget, there’s a style out there for you. We love M&S’ Stormwear version at £69. Or, if you’re looking to invest a little more, GANNI’s green trench is a wear-forever buy. Whichever you choose, feel safe in the knowledge you’ll be exuding laid back glamour this season and beyond.

M&S COLLECTION – Pure Cotton Stormwear™ Belted Trench Coat – £69.00

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GANNI – Belted organic cotton-blend trench coat – £375.00

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COS – Oversized Trench Coat – £150.00

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MSGM – Contrast Trench Coat – £620.00

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Fringe Benefits 

Swishing down the runway of some of our favourite designers, fringe was reimagined for S/S 22 – seen on the hems of dresses at Gabriela Heart, layered on a LBD at Proenza Schouler and accentuating trench coats at Jonathan Simkhai. 

Whether you go full-fringe with Officine Générale’s black skirt, or nod to the trend in a subtler way with Mango’s coat, one thing’s for sure – the tasselled fabric is here to up the ante of your next outfit. 

Jules B – Oakwood Janis Suede Fringe Jacket – £299.00

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Mango – Fringe Wool Blend Coat – £199.99

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Officine Générale – Camelia fringed-hem felted wool-blend skirt – £390.00

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River Island – Cream Fringe Cable Knit Jumper – £48.00

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LONDON FASHION WEEK: STEAL THE STYLE

Ruche n’ ruffles

Add a feminine, youthful update to your Autumn/Winter wardrobe, having it on good authority that the following pieces are investment buys you’ll wear time and time again. Whilst billowing ruffles, in all their romantic glory, may conjure up images of Summer, we’re here to tell you that the trend will be huge for the colder months too. 

Whether you opt for one simple trim or choose a piece with layer upon layer of ruffles, know you’ll be following the likes of designers Vivienne Westwood, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, Bora Asku and Erdem at this month’s Fashion Week shows. Refresh your cold-weather wardrobe with Sister Jane’s Floral trouser (complete with flouncing hem.) Or cosy up in H&M’s frilly knit. We’ve also got our eye on Wolf and Badger’s stunning LBD for the Christmas party season.

Ghospell – Serenity Ruched Sleeve Midi Dress – £82.00

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Sister Jane – Dream Flower Match Ruffle Trousers – £135.00

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Brunna.co – Marjorie Bamboo Ruffle Dress, In Black – £160.00

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H&M – Flounced Knitted Jumper – £19.99

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Everything’s all white

Winter whites, whether worn as a standalone piece or layered in all all-white look, offer a quick cheat to an effortlessly chic ensemble. Yes, we know it’s tricky not to spill when also eating three meals a day, but IOHO it’s worth the risk for an outfit that looks the height of sophistication. Add a white item to your wishlist now and wear throughout Winter ’21 and – according to London Fashion Week’s S/S 22 runways – all through next year, too.

We spotted winning whites at the coolest designer shows, including Erdem, Rejina Pyo, David Koma, Mimi Prober, Eudon Choi and Yuhan Wang. Work the look now with Raey’s relaxed white denim or Monki’s knit cardi – a steal at just £30.

River Island – White RI Studio Tie Neck Smock Maxi Dress – £70.00

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Raey – Angel Organic Cotton Bootcut Jeans – £140.00

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Monki – Ribbed cardigan – £30.00

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Whistles – Sustainable Knitted Skirt – £59.00

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