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The Numbers Game

 

Get a head start on the season with our easy edit

 

Words by Nazrene Hanif

 

Seasons change… But why wait until summer is over to turn heads in AW17’s most talked-about trends? From colour clashing to getting crafty, we report on some new-season styles to snap up right now.

 

 

Red Alert

 

Ring the alarm, autumn has a serious case of scarlet fever. From the moment Fendi sent a collection empowered by red over-the-knee boots down the runway, the statement shade has been everywhere, in every style and every hue.

Experiment with texture if you dare to wear it head-to-toe – a Givenchy logo tee paired with Loewe’s leather trousers will give you the insouciant edge, while Galvan offers something a little more sophisticated. Less confident when it comes to colour? Punctuate your look with Aquazzura’s pom-pom pumps, and tick two trends in one.

 

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Craft Work

 

Not one for monotony? Creative types have free reign to mix and match everything – prints, fabrics, silhouettes. First timers can nail the trend in a single piece: new to Farfetch this season, Berlin designer duo Rianna + Nina’s printed silk kaftans.

But the champion of contrasts is arguably Alessandro Michele at Gucci. Drawing on a range of references, from the work of Malian photographer Malick Sidibé to England’s Northern Soul movement, his vibrant and varied AW17 collection has all you need to become a master of art.

 

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Run the Jewels

 

Move away from summer’s sunshine colours and into autumn’s richer palette; jade, emerald or peridot green paired with lapis and sapphire blues is the most desirable colour combination. Marni’s latest collection offers tonally thematic pieces, from geometrical prints to its signature statement earrings.

Box out your jewel tones with stylish separates – see Oscar de la Renta and Marco de Vincenzo for a lesson in balancing oversized shapes with slim-line silhouettes. And don’t forget those finishing touches; after all, shoes and accessories are always the finest gems for completing your look.

 

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Flower Girl

 

This season it’s all about That Seventies Show, as designers from See by Chloé to Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini nod to the decade via busy floral prints in washed-out colours. Think less wallpaper, more disco undone: these modern boho pieces come in loose, luxurious fabrics for an altogether sleeker look.

Meanwhile, true to the label’s expressive nature, Dolce & Gabbana throws back to retro summers in the Sicilian sunshine with show-stealing blooms. Perfect for vacation packing now and making a statement next season – that’s flower power.

 

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