Although many of you might not have even been away on you summer holiday yet, the fashion world is already showcasing the AW16 collections. However, let’s face it, the Irish summers mean that having a woolly coat or jumper on hand is never a bad idea, even in July!
Although I’m a self-confessed sun worshipper, I do love cozy clothes to wrap up in and there is nothing more satisfying than seeing new season colours, fabrics and textures to update my autumn wardrobe.
The good news is that if you don’t know your frills from your florals or your gothic from your gingham then the lovely team at Next is here to help. I was lucky enough to attend its amazing Belfast press day, which gave me a chance to have a sneak peak at what’s hot for office wear, weekend wear, party wear all available in Next stores now. Here’s a little bit about the collection and some of my favourite picks.
Next’s AW16 collection highlights textures, colours and sophistication while showing a shift to the darker side of beauty. Femininity is still very key, yet there is a real sense of nostalgia and gothic glamour mixed throughout all the collections.
Tailoring was heavily featured on the catwalk this season with the Prince of Wales check making a comeback along with houndstooth, plaid, tartan and gingham. This can be seen throughout the collection with stand out pieces including the check boxy jacket, tartan wrap skirt and there’s a nod to the head to toe check trend with our top and tapered trousers which have been reworked and given a modern twist.
This season will see a return of seventies inspired fashion and is reflected throughout the Bloomsbury story from fluted sleeve dresses, tan suede trench jackets, bold floral wide leg trousers, skinny ribbed sweaters and soft leather jackets paired with rust flares to create that 70’s flamboyant look. The colour pallette for this story is predominantly orange, green, tan and ochre injecting some colour into our winter wardrobes.
The Collection shows a taste for the darker side of romanticism with frilled bibbed dresses, velvet, blurred floral trousers, lurex blouses, lace tops and glossy leather skirts, perfect for taking you from desk to dinner. Rich colours of burgundy, midnight blue, black and dark green are perfect AW hues and are easy to wear for most skin tones. One of my favourite pieces is the floral jacquard blazer, which is the ideal statement piece and adds versatility to a casual day outfit. Other key pieces in the collection include the unstructured velvet blazer and brocade two piece cropped jacket and trousers creating a gothic glamour inspired look.
Bomber jackets continue to be the outerwear trend of choice this season. Whether it be silk, velvet or quilted it is the must have piece this winter. Team with coated skinnies, pleated skirts and statement earrings for the ultimate sports luxe vibe.
Let’s not forget about accessories, as let’s face it a girl can never have too many shoes or handbags! Attention to detail has been applied to the accessories with gorgeous all over sequin clutches, velvet lace up flats and embellished velvet loafers creating a sense of offbeat luxury and adding bling to even the plainest of outfit. The chunky stomp boots were a huge deal on the catwalk and Next has it covered in a range of styles from printed velvet, suede and luxe leather styles. I particularly love caged shoe boots and the navy and black (below), which are definitely at the top of my new season shopping list.
Actually most of what I see here will be probably end on my shopping list as I always see far too much for the space in my house… My house? Ahhh don’t even let me look at the amazing Next homewear… well not until my next pay day 🙂
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