The end of Paris Fashion Week marks the end of the show season until September, and boy do we have a lot to look forward to. Autumn/Winter 13-14 has so many strong trends to offer, from pared-back minimalism to heavy opulence and everything in between.

As seen at Balmain, Iceberg and Jason Wu.

The late seventies and early eighties are back with a vengeance (albeit a stylish one). Angular shoulders, high necks and high waists juxtaposed with deep V and keyhole necklines. Harem trousers are placed with oversized coats and knitwear. Whilst psychedelic prints and multicoloured sequins take centre stage. Quilted leather, lamé and angora are set in metallic jewel tones and a whole lot of glitz and glamour.

As seen at Fendi, Versace, Moschino, Saint Laurent and Clements Ribeiro.

Punk meets luxury with super spiky jewellery, neon patent dresses, latex, animal print, mink and ripped t-shirts. Whilst bright pink, blue and white sculpted geometric coats, 3D fur embroidery and stiff leather take the floor. On the other side of the spectrum, we have nineties micro minis, tartan, double-breasted riding jackets, bow ties, pussybows, lace and dark floral prints in a red, forest green and monochrome palette. It’s all about making statements.

As seen at Burberry Prorsum, Victoria Beckham, Lanvin, Giles, Prada and John Rocha.

Midi is the buzzword next season. Necks are high, sleeves go long, and hems go below the knee. Ladylike silhouettes are drenched in a predominantly autumnal colour palette, with splashes of bold blues and pinks. Flattering midi pencil skirts, shift and slip dresses present power dressing with a feminine twist.

As seen at Giorgio Armani, Christopher Kane, Louise Gray, Julien McDonald, Marc Jacobs and The Row.

‘Comfortable luxury’ is the go-to phrase for this opulent yet wearable trend, in two contrasting colour palettes of bold yellow, red, blue and black versus muted beige, olive and grey. Heavily sequinned dresses and skirts under crisp white shirts and oversized knitwear. Heavily byzantine-style beaded evening gowns, boxy tunics and mini dresses. Gold brocade insert minis with ankle boots. Sculptured metallics, lace and big coloured gems toned down with silk trousers. Evening wear in the daytime, anyone?

As seen at Belstaff, MaxMara, Mulberry and 3.1 Phillip Lim.

Layer, layer, layer. Layering never looked this good. Half-knit outerwear, oversized shearling and alpaca capes worn with midi pencil skirts and dresses. Cinched knitwear with low-cut shirts. Combat trousers, belted windsheeter jackets and fur/leather mix parkas. Fluid satin and lurex against chunky wool. Completed with biker boots, riding/wellington boot hybrids and casual walking trainers. The motto? Keep warm this Autumn/Winter.

As seen at Celine, Jil Sander, Zoe Jordan and Marni.

It’s all about clean lines and subtly structured shapes. Boxy tops with midi tube skirts. Double-breasted pea coats with high-necked fit and flare dresses. Knotted sleeves and waists and deep pockets in fleece and flannel. Showcased in a predominantly pattern-free colour palette featuring cerulean, custard yellow for the bold. Whilst a pale ivory, dove grey, navy, taupe, mole-brown and black provides a sense of simplicity.

As seen at DKNY and Topshop Unique.

Get loud with a bold black, blue, white and camel palette with splashes of pink and red. Dresses and skirts over loose fitting trousers in true nineties style (who remembers skirt trousers?). Bodycon, leather and crop tops juxtaposed with fur collars and comfy knitwear. Double-breasted blazers, crisp white shirts and oversized coats. A complete homage to the nineties with oversized animal print jumpers, layered over midi wiggle skirts to finish. “You down with OPP, yeah you know me!”


I’m ready for next season. Are you?

Love, Ms. Rae xo

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