Autumnal Fashion Trends: Stepping into the season

From Paco Rabanne to Prada, to everything in-between, George Friend explores the innovative ideas dictating this season’s trends on the runway.

The tans are fading, the flips flops have flopped back to the shoe cupboard and grandma’s knitted jumpers are coming out for Christmas. If you didn’t know already its autumn and fashion designers Stella McCartney and Raf Simmons are out in force to put their collections into your wardrobes. From plastic, futuristic fabrics to pallet tonal dresses, fashion is offering some perky and innovative ideas this season. Allowing us to experiment with these guises, these trends will let you be more granny dashing or chic.

When designer Karl Lagerfeld had a built-in rocket launchpad in the middle of the Grand Palais, the sixties rebirth of space age fabrics was confirmed to the world of fashion. Unsolidified silver lamé was used for evening dresses at Paco Rabanne, whereas Christopher Kane used shimmering foils and J.W. used the unexpected party fabric chainmail which is the new evening party fabric. Raf Simmons made his Calvin Klein debut, using clear plastic sheets over obscure tartan oversized outwear coats. Accompanied by awkwardly shaped black fabric with a slight overdose of plastic, it sat on the shoe comfortably, giving it that early noughties vibe.

Appearing in these forties and fifties shapes – the collections station themselves around these cutting and oversized hefty fabrics. Yet brushing up on some colour coordination, London heavy weights Preen and Roksanda have, head to toe, a championing look, using an accessory to outbalance the outfit (yet it works in the simplest of ways.) Whilst we have the oversized colour coordination, designer Stella McCartney is giving us savvier Balmoral vibes with inspiration from her majesty the Queen. Yes, it’s in and with the quilted green jackets with the fitting colourful head scarf your look will fit in with the English country side.

Prada, Mulberry and more are out in the corduroy revival – a yesteryear look from the professors of the chic flicks of American culture. The new looks come in teal, terracotta and blush. Prada are also keeping the feathers in this season along with Sonia Rykiel and Lanvin – teaming up with rich textures and flouncy feather trims that work for evening looks (as well as day) for the party seasons, creating posh plunge look.