Autumn Winter 2016/17 Trend Forecast

As ever, I recently visited the WGSN trend seminar at the UK’s largest fashion trade show Pure London to bring you the latest information on the predicted AW2016/17 trends ahead of fashion week.
So here we go….

Red will dominate next season. We have already seen burgundy being the favourite colour for men’s fashion for AW16 (blog) but its predicated that scarlet/tomato red will be used to add vibrancy. Other colours expected are camel, light grey, denim & indigo blue, terracotta, saffron and golden honey.


Wide Lapel Outerwear – Classic style coats like the camel coat will be updated with a wide lapel and oversized coats will be more fitted.
Layer Dresses – Slip dresses are key to this look.

The Full Dress
– Made popular by the sold out Vetemoents dress (left image) with a deep ‘v’ in bright jersey material gives a modern layered look.
Wrap Dress – Asymmetric wrap dress that’s classic and appropriate for office wear.

Fit & Flair Sweater Dress
– This is becoming increasingly popular and for AW16 it’s predicted to have a more fit & flair feminine silhouette.
Layering Polo Necks – Updated lurex threads & feature zips make a dressier look. The retro zip jumper & track jacket are also ones to look for.


Cricket Jumper – This is a more contemporary take on tth jumper with oversized chevron design that mimics the ‘v’ neck shape.
Over Sized Blazers – Continued from SS16 in boyfriend shapes or blazer/coat hybrids. This is a good 80’s piece. NB Apparently 80’s are coming back!

Fur Coats – As seen in the menswear AW16 catwalks, the teddy fur & more compact, shorter furs will be key.
Micro Flair – Cropped flairs are becoming more popular as they are more wearable than full on 70’s flairs. Especially when styled with slim fit boots & heels.

Culottes  – A popular shape in the UK and with an ankle grazer length it provides an easier  option to layer with warm winter clothes than the wider length seen in the summer.
Biker Jacket – This is becoming popular again in a thick, authentic style going back to its original roots.

Pleated Skirts – Structured styles are emerging for midi skirts in leather, faux leather & snakeskin.
Tailored Jumpsuits – A great office to evening item for work wear

Tea dress
– This is making a comeback and an update on the shirt dress. Seen in high wasted silhouettes to accentuate the feminine form and adorned with floral or retro geometric prints for the eccentric ladylike feel.
Oversize Trapeze Sweater – Over sized sweaters are updated in this A-line trapeze silhouette. Layered over a satin/chiffon skirt gives a more feminine edge.


Satorial – Its predicted there will be an update on this material experimenting with colour and exaggerated proportions. So tweed, checks, hounds tooth and rendered in bright shades & details like fur panels.
Rib Stitches – Updated with engineered & cut out placement.

– This is becoming more popular with the public so its predicted we will see more statement apparel options other than just accessories.
Quilting – Dimensional puffed up quilting and classic diamond stitching giving a more sophisticated sports direction.

– Layering is important next season so shimmer & lurex turtle necks provide a fresh base layer. NB – Next season is all about high-low pairing. So mixing a shimmery top with stone washed jeans for example rather than the full party look.
Sequins – As above regarding high/low paring giving a more casual direction


Feature Sleeves – The focus on sleeves adds a critical design next season in flared, bishops, leg o’ mutton, volume and elongated styles.
Ruffles – Huge for SS16 and will continue for AW16 especially party wear.


Tailored Denim – In dressed down style. Indigo with a natural sheen on simple constructions and clean silhouettes. A modern take on work wear and retro styles.
Eyelets – Popular for SS16 but will be updated with more over sized proportions. (see Alexa Chung’s skirt) but also as an applique for knitwear and on party dresses.


Lace – We are used to this for AW  but for next season expect more ornamental strategic panel designs.




Dark Floral’s – Moody paint styles combined with muted tones gives a more subtle effect
Stripes – Variegated stripes in understated colourways will be a key direction in classic browns, navy & punctuated by red tones.

Placement Conversationals – Placement motifs in a more pared back application than all over prints seen in previous seasons both printed & embroidered.
Slogans – We are still seeing these but for AW16 its predicated we will see a ‘less is more’ approach in single word statements.


Ankle boots perfect for cropped trousers, May Jane’s with double straps, high shine western boot, lace-up boots and lace up court shoes. Pointed loafers with over sized buckles and trainers with unusual lace details.
Extra long exaggerated lightweight scarves, tassel or thick belts used to create a more feminine form.

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