The runway pieces that matter the most
Before you even think about shopping next season, memorize Givenchy look #9: an oversized zebra-print turtleneck sweater worn over a high-shine black pencil skirt with monochrome pumps. This photo appears twice in the first three pages of Vogue’s trending report, so if you keep that in mind, you can’t go wrong. Press samples of Victoria Beckham’s leopard-print coat also must have racked up plenty of air miles.
Affordable purchases to seize
“The dress continues to reign as a universal fashion reference, making a striped maxi or midi design your unique autumn update,” says Vogue, tipping Boden’s £130 Alba midi dress in mulled wine stripes. Red also adorns the long printed dress, Ganni style (a maxi shirt dress in the same print is already on sale). All September issues agree that the “heritage coat” – conker brown or charcoal gray; check, tweed, trench, or all three – is a staple this season. Number 1 in Harper’s Bazaar’s 10 things to love this season is the Saint Laurent tweed coat, which is absolutely stunning but also costs £12,995. However, Vogue has plaid trench coats at Arket (£250) and Warehouse (£99, on sale October 8). A £99 honey-coloured corduroy blazer from Marks & Spencer comes in red.
The shoes of the season
In March, long before she became ‘royal wedding dress designer Clare Waight Keller’, the Givenchy designer had all of Paris fashion week swooning over what she called the ‘police boot’ backstage after her show: a sleek, zip-up, cone-heeled ’80s take on the shape of a cowboy boot. At £1,150 these appear in white in Vogue and beige in Bazaar, and are sure to spawn high street imitators. Jimmy Choo’s £850 Leanne ankle boots – white ankle-strap pumps with a puff of polka-dot lace at the ankle – are another 80s glamazon trophy. You can get a similar vibe via the striped high-waisted pumps £89 zebra stripes from And/Or at John Lewis, which appear in red and go on sale this Friday.
How to wear your coat
I know, I know – after a record heat wave, you can barely remember what a jacket is, let alone a coat, so it seems way too theoretical. Nevertheless, two important style points to make. #1: You’ll want to wear your coat with a belt. In a double-page spread of coats featured in Vogue, more than half come with incorporated belts; in Bazaar, camel Versace and Alberta Ferretti coats are cinched in by tan leather belts. No 2: The rich girl thing that just got out of a limo and off the shoulder is totally over. (Too Melania.) Wear your coat straight, sleeves and all.
What to wear to work
The skirt suit is cooler than the trouser suit for the first time in years. The two Chanel tweed pieces feature in Vogue and Bazaar; Vogue also offers a Marc Jacobs skirt suit while Bazaar offers Dior and Gucci skirt suits. If you stick to pants, wear them wide with a feminine blouse and chunky sneakers. “Go for the tie-neck blouse and forgo structured blazers for a relaxed fit,” advises Vogue.
What to wear for maximum fashion points
“Oversized overalls take on a new sexiness when worn over skintight Chanel,” advises Vogue.
“Have fun contrasting tartan with florals and leopard print, as seen at Michael Kors,” says Red.
“Think of silver, like leopard, like a very modern neutral,” advises Bazaar’s fashion director, Avril Mair.
The year to verify the name
Vogue says it’s 1989. “Andy Warhol’s Luxurylight or Madonna at her best”. Think strapless cocktail dresses, bright colors, pointy heels, sparkly earrings, chain purses. The £95 Topshop zebra print dress featured in Vogue is not yet in stock, but a black lace alternative does the trick.
The power accessory
It’s tied, that, between the Dior satchel and a baby. The Dior saddle bag is probably cheaper: it costs around £2,000 new, but if you move quickly you can pick up a vintage 90s one for a tenth of that on resale sites such as Vestiaire Collective.
Slick Woods shows off her bump on the cover of Elle; Cameron Russell holds his grandson Asa on the cover of Bazaar; while Kanye West holds North and Saint inside. In her own mini power move, North West is “wearing her own clothes,” according to the credits, and has a cast on her knee.
What this means for the ‘gram
Chip counters are the new sunset. After Gucci’s campaign pits Harry Styles against a St Albans fry counter, Vogue suggests ‘a Friday night special: Louis Vuitton and fries’, framing model Fran Summers in an accessorised £2,600 leather jacket with a chip fork at his local chip shop in Richmond, North Yorkshire.
The smile (and even the smile) is over, and so is the alluring chin-tuck-into-knitwear. Direct eye contact with an atmosphere bordering on the challenge, did-you-spill-my-pint-mate is de rigueur for the models of the September issues. Extra points for holding your purse like a “bracelet”, with the chain strap wrapped tightly around your fist, suggesting you might be about to throw it around like a weapon.
The Meghan Markle Factor
No one has landed her in their magazine yet, but her influence is behind Givenchy’s extra-high numbers everywhere, the “modern bow” as Red’s hairstyle of the season, and Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice getting a major Vogue shoot. . In Elle, Stella McCartney talks about getting those royal wedding commissions: “Obviously I’m a British designer, but I think being a woman and being a feminine woman played a part. They [Meghan, Amal, Oprah] are all women. It’s a big problem.
word of the season
“Brobdingnagian” hits Vogue as the new buzzword for oversized. Trained by Swift in Gulliver’s Travels, it now applies to bulky jackets and ultra-wide pants. It promotes “sustainability” as the watchword of the season, with a special issue printed on recycled paper. Designer Kevin Germanier, whose glittering cycling shorts are featured in Elle, says, “I try to challenge the aesthetic of sustainability, to educate people. If someone sees a nice dress, they’re interested, and then I can say, “Did you know it’s made from junk?” »