Not only is it a bold lipstick or the sole of a shoe (we can dream), but red is officially the colour of Autumn Winter 2017, and not just splashes of colour here and there, this is about all-over, entirely matching (see Princess Diana reference below), pattern-free, head-to-toe, unapologetically bright and bold, RED.
From Audrey Hepburn to Bella Hadid, there have been many iconic red moments in fashion. 1956 saw Marilyn Monroe posing seductively in a lace sweetheart dress for the Saturday Evening Post’s memorable interview with her; the plunging Versace dress that has its own Wikipedia page (as worn by Cindy Crawford in 1991); Princess Diane showing off long legs in an unforgettable short red dress with matching shoes and handbag in Venice in 1995; and lest we forget Julia Robert’s red dress and white gloves in Pretty Woman and Dorothy’s covetable shoes in The Wizard of Oz!
However there’s a very grown-up sensibility to the colour of the season, its less overtly sexualised and more refined and there are many ways to incorporate it into your wardrobe (if head-to-toe is a little too daring). Red is a go-to for adding a pop of colour to outfits; fashion brand Baukjen owner, de Swaan Arons’s ultimate colour pairing is “dashes of red worn together with white denim in summer”, which she calls a “happy and classic combination”. Red is the perfect colour to make a white outfit more interesting and vibrant.
The glorious colour red is just one of a number of lust-worthy trends for Autumn Winter 2017 which include:
How much does fashion love the future? This season, chainmail, crystal mesh, glitterati boots and full-look sequins are ramping up the drama.
The twin set
When was the last time you just had to wear a cardigan? It’s been a while, but the piece most associated with middle-aged professional types has had a fashion reboot – along with all manner of other knitwear.
Less ‘working girl’ and more ‘first lady’… designers took elements of the Nineties’ power suit (the shoulder pads, the double-breasted jacket and the boxy shape) and gave it a more relaxed, fluid silhouette. Your new soft power dressing staple – the fluted dress!
That Seventies show
The decade has long been a favourite reference. But this season, designers have picked up on its more flamboyant side making itself felt in fabrics (shearling and corduroy), colour palettes (tobacco and orange), interesting prints (wall paper graphics) and fun accessories (big, belted coats).