By NASA MARIA ENTABAN
ONCE again the seasons have changed in trend-setting countries, and with Fall/Winter comes some brand new trends.
Many old trends have been given new and creative twists, and designers are introducing plenty of fresh looks that local fashion lovers will be thrilled to try out.
Let’s take a look at some of the key trends of the season:
The Fall/Winter season always brings about darker hues, but this doesn’t mean you should abandon brights altogether. Punches of bright colours to liven up an outfit are encouraged, as well as colour blocking.
Key colours of the season are scarlet red, indigo, uniform grey and military green, but one trend you simply have to adopt is metallic. Whether its gold, silver or bronze, try it out on tops, skirts, bags, shoes or even an entire dress like what Katy Perry wore to the Katy Perry: Part of Me premier in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil recently.
Blend your metallics with other colours, and if you’re not a big fan of the hue, get it in belts, accessories and shoes.
Fashionistas in colder climates will be piling on the layers this season, and we can do the same, just with lighter fabrics like soft leather, cotton and silk.
Outerwear like cardigans, capes, blazers, jackets and scarves are a hot trend right now, especially the more “masculine” variety.
Military and uniform-inspired pieces, as well as bomber and biker jackets, military trench coats and boyish blazers are the way to go this season.
When it comes to dressing up for an event or a dinner party this season, look no further than our own back yards. Experts have predicted that Eastern-inspired blouses and dresses will be a massive trend this Fall/Winter, and so far we’ve seen quite a few pieces on runways worldwide.
Take a cue from the cheongsam and wear your slits high, and keep an eye out for Mandarin collars on tops and dresses.
Kimono-inspired dresses and tops too, are slowly working their way into our stores, and loose kaftans, while already pretty established in the local fashion scene, are making a comeback.
Nature is a running theme this season, so look out for animal prints, feather motifs, floral patterns and leaves of every kind, appearing on skirts, tops and bottoms.
There are plenty of other prints to choose from if nature is not your style, so check out geometric patterns, aztec designs and your usual plaid, stripes and checks for the more androgynous dresser.
Other key print trends are 60s graphics, optic contrasts and tapestry. There’s plenty to choose from so take your pick!