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What to wear – A/W 2016-17

There’s a theme emerging from the fashion shows this season…it’s brave, it’s bright, it’s what Vogue Paris has called ‘the audacious’. From lush fabrics to bold, angular shapes; from eye-popping colour to unique, oversized statement pieces, this season might push us from our comfort zones, but if we dare to wear it like we mean it, we might just pull it off beautifully…

Are you faux real?

If Harpers Bazaar is tipping faux fur as a seasonal favourite, we think it’s time to search out some vintage winners. Look for toppers and collars to give a warm, seductive touch to winterwear. Shamelessly faux and ever so furry, this season’s collections feature everything from classic natural shades to flamboyant leopard-skin print and brightly coloured faux fur.

Velvet revolution

A trend that will prove irresistible to the touch, velvet is everywhere this season and there’s not a hint of the fusty about it, with designers giving velvet a comprehensive makeover in sharp, tailored jackets and perfect pencils. Vogue reports that velvet dresses were the stars of many a collection at recent fashion weeks: ruched and sexy at Preen, classic and ladylike at Prada, darkly alluring at Dries Van Noten.

Fairytale ending

Take note from fashion forward Unique Style Platform, which predicts a microtrend for AW 16/17 of surrealist motifs including pocket watches, vanity mirrors, candelabras, birds, butterflies, swans and kissable lips. You’ll find these adorning knitwear, dresses and separates offering a wealth of whimsical inspiration.

Oversize me

Earlier in the year, we predicted the oversized earring would be a huge hit, and the trend for larger than life accessories look set to continue throughout AW 16/17. Jumbo earrings were on every catwalk, from giant drops at Marni and huge metallic discs at Céline, to blown-up safety pins at Balenciaga and acrylic flashes at Stella McCartney, in eye-catching shoulder-length drops, often worn only on one ear.

Pink goes pop

The colour-crazy amongst us should look for inspiration from Prada, Jil Sander and Gucci – all of whom blinded front row fashion week attendees with pinks ranging from blush rose to startling magenta. Embrace a season of femininity and live La Vie en Rose, twinning the velvet and the pinks trend for the ultimate seasonal outfit.

All you need, is audacity…

The only way to wear the riot of mauve and pink, electro furs, couture red and glitter lurex that deluged the runways in the fashion capitals, is with confidence. After a summer season rooted in 1990s minimalism, winter brings a welcome shot of color on sharp shoulders, corsetted waists and oversized streetwear. Be daring, feel audacious, explore the trends and get ready to rock an explosive silhouette.

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