As the mercury hit an all-time high in London last week, you could be forgiven for putting the thought of autumn knits and winter coats to the back of your mind. But as new season deliveries start to take up rack space in Bond Street's designer boutiques, getting a step ahead of the pack may prove too hard to resist. Our pick of the key trends - from tailored leather mini dresses to sumptuous statement coats and 80s-inspired power blazers - will have you dreaming of cooler days and glamourous nights in no time at all.
Images (left to right) courtesy of Gucci, Stella McCartney and Gucci
Geometric patterns, candy-cane swirls and chevron stripes are the name of the game as we head into autumn. For some of the most impactful interpretations of this trend, look no further than Gucci where creative director Alessandro Michele's stunning floor-length dresses come in a choice of red and cream or black and cream colourways. The placement of black and white panels to form graphic lines can also be seen on smouldering off-the-shoulder evening dresses at Ralph Lauren. Elsewhere, Stella McCartney's chunky teddy coats feature bold chevron stripes and give off a cool 70s vibe. Mesmerising motifs - hexagons, circles and squares - are remixed in softer embroidered knits, most notably at Prada.
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Images (left to right) courtesy of Hermès, Gucci and Hermès
Precision-cut leathers tailored to perfection are one of autumn/winter 2022's hottest trends.
Matthieu Blazy’s first collection for Bottega Veneta featured plenty of statement leather pieces, from thigh-high boots to slick pencil skirts. At Chloé, buttery faux leather trousers are best paired with a simple white tank top or tee. For fringed leather-panelled skirts, tunic dresses and blazers, the craftsmanship at Hermès is hard to beat. Ditto at Fendi, where creative director Kim Jones puts a unique spin on leather corset tops. Gucci's minimal leather slip dress can be worn by day or by night. Finally, the season's most talked about sustainable fabric, Mycelium, aka mushroom leather, is the basis for boxy biker jackets and asymmetrically cut dresses at Alexander McQueen.
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Trailblazing Blazers, Coats and Capes
Images (left to right) courtesy of Burberry, Gucci and Valentino
Next season marks the return of that old 80s favourite, the oversized blazer, along with textured teddy coats. Beautifully draping capes also make a splash at Gucci. At Burberry, creative director Riccardo Tisci's autumn/winter 2022 collection is a celebration of British culture, contrasting city with country, pageantry with punk. As a result, double-breasted blazers are topped with wide shoulders while field jackets are softly padded. Floor-length faux fur coats and wide shouldered smoking jackets come courtesy of Saint Laurent, while slouchy blazers and oversized coats are a cut above at Louis Vuitton. A hot pink feathered number by Valentino will turn up the heat on any dreary winter's day. Alternatively, why not cocoon yourself in Chanel's blush-coloured plaid coat?
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The Art Dress
Images (left to right) courtesy of Hermès and Stella McCartney
While last season's trend for all things short is set to continue, micro minis at Miu Miu and Chanel are a case in point, other designers prefer to keep lengths long with sophisticated day dresses. Stella McCartney references prints, graphics and sculptural shapes by the American artist Frank Stella in her 'Stella by Stella' collection, which features feminine high-necked printed jersey dresses. Hermès adds side slits and a soft sage and cream print to its new-season frocks. At Victoria Beckham, exquisitely cut form-fitting silhouettes are adorned with gentle swirls of colour - cobalt blue, soft mustard and classy camel overtones. And Alexander McQueen's red, white and black spray-paint dresses are guaranteed to turn heads at any art event in and around Mayfair this autumn.
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