Bristol Fashion Week presenter and TV stylist Mark Heyes gives us the low-down on this season’s biggest high street AW16 fashion trends…
The military style is key right now – trench coats, copper buttons and tailoring will all be big. We saw it at Dries Van Noten and Henry Holland also showed it – so it will be great to get his take on the high street stuff that’s coming through on this one. It’s a classic look for a reason.
Fairytale inspired fashion is another look we’ll be seeing a lot of, and this involves winter florals, appliqué, sheer fabrics – it’s a very romantic look. Big international brands like Dolce & Gabbana showed this on the catwalk, as did Victoria Beckham, Chanel and Gucci. It’s always summer somewhere in the world, so florals are always a year-round print, but we are really loving the darker take on them too.
This season we’ve seen more styles of coat than ever before. Military inspired coats with brass buttons and belts are big news, as is the classic trench, but we will also see a wide variety of capes and oversized styles – bigger is better right now. The great thing about this is that everyone can wear this look and, if you’ve got bingo wings an oversized sleeve is your friend!
As practical s they are stylish, old favourites faux fur and shearling will be back in a big way. They’re fashion’s comfort blanket and the earthy glamour of it works really well with all the rich fabrics and embellishments that are going on this season.
While this season is very diverse in terms of colour, it’s also great for people who love an all-black look because we will be seeing a reinvention of the gothic glam look. On the catwalk, Balmain and Roberto Cavailli both showed some very dramatic sheer lace maxi dresses and skirts, which are so glamorous for party season. On the high street, River Island are working this look really well at the moment.
The sports luxe trend is showing no signs of going away. It’s huge right now and has evolved and become more influential in how we dress. The bomber jacket is this season’s must-have style and it works well dressed down with jeans, but equally well with a pleated midi skirt. Look out for rich embroidery and detailing which elevates the average bomber into something special. New Look is a great place to go if you want to work this trend on a budget.
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Tactile fabrics were really popular on the international catwalks this season – Cavalli, Pucci and Preen all showed velvets, which are so sumptuous and look great at this time of year. It’s not just for the evening either – velvets, lace and leather can all be worn during the day if styled with more low-key fabrics like denim and knits. More is more when it comes to fabrics this season.
Mark Heyes will be presenting Bristol Fashion Week with British fashion designer Henry Holland at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway from 28 September – 2 October. Tickets are available online now at mallcribbs.com. Tickets start from £8.95 for a standard ticket, £9.95 for a second row ticket and £13.95 for a front row ticket.