The Ultimate Autumn Winter 2018 Trend Roundup

The Ultimate Autumn Winter 2018 Trend Roundup

Zara may be a reliable source of what’s to come for the new season, but getting truly ahead of the trends means bypassing the high street altogether; from New York to Paris, the runway is the only way to predict what you should be buying ahead of time. Here’s a look at what fashion has in store for A/W 18…

Isabel Marant, Tom Ford, Badgley Mischka

Animal Print

This one is unlikely to come as a surprise – snakeskin, leopard and zebra prints have been permeating the high street for months now. From Michael Kors to Isabel Marant, loose-fitting trousers are the fashion way to sport the look; just add black separates for Tom Ford-worthy glamour.

SL highlight: Snakeskin trousers at the Isabel Marant show – team with clashing prints in similar colour palettes for a threw-this-look-together feel.


Long out of fashion favour, brown is making a comeback this year thanks to runway turns at Tods, Chloe and Hermès. The key to making it current? Oversized layers, mix-and-match separates and complimentary colour palettes – no black or pastels here.

SL highlight: Tods’ brown leather shirt dress with wide lapels and match-matchy accessories proves keeping the look fuss-free can have real impact.

Chloe, Tod's

Loewe, Louis Vuitton

Shearling Coats

It’s no surprise that shearling’s on the agenda for autumn. This season embrace 70s cool with calf-length, shaggy styles – perfect with flares and cardies à la Chloé.

SL highlight: chunky cream designs layered over black polonecks at Loewe – just think glamorous, Christmas-in-Aspen vibes.


A perennial Autumn/Winter trend, this year up the ante on metallics for opting for top-to-bottom lamé and sequinning. Evening wear is the obvious recipient of the update (we love Erdem’s dramatic tiered dresses) but pussy bow blouses teamed with high-waisted trousers offers a fresh twist.

SL highlight: Alberta Ferretti’s plunge-neck evening dress is the sexy way to make the look work. We’d pair the piece with sharp, masculine tailoring for a balanced take.

Alberta Ferretti, Erdem

Balmain, Zimmermann

Statement Shoulders

Forget angular, Working Girl shoulder pads – this season is all about adding volume in a feminine way. That means puff shapes, lace inserts and, in the case of Balmain, serious tulle constructions.

SL highlight: A surprising adoption of the trend by girly bolthole Zimmermann; proving that the look can be soft and romantic, we love their Victoriana references with cream, lace panelled supersized sleeves.

Pale Pinks

Embrace your femininity in ruffles, pleating and tulle – the more dramatic and decadent the better. Romantic layers in sheer fabrics stole the show at Valentino, but it’s the brand’s high-neck, feather-trimmed blouses with matching pants that have surprisingly wearable impact; proof once more that AW18 is all about head-to-toe colour blocking.

SL highlight: Aforementioned feathers. Maximalists, rejoice.


Dion Lee, Isabel Marant

Head-To-Toe Neutrals

Brown not your bag? Head-to-toe neutrals is a team SL hack for always looking glamorous, validated this season by Zimmermann, Dion Lee and Alberta Ferretti. Whether it’s simple dresses or knits with denim, it’s a surprisingly effective winter look.

SL highlight: Chunky knits teamed with smart, structured pencil skirts at Dion Lee offer a powerhouse take on the feminine colour palette. Add slicked back hair to prove you mean business.

Souped-Up Suiting

From floral prints to oversized lapels, high-octane blazers are setting the pace for tailoring this season. Anything other than the conventional goes, whether it’s oversized shapes or statement studding.

SL highlight: Louis Vuitton took a leaf out of Balmain’s book with monochrome, structured blazers with houndstooth detailing. Pair with sequins, jacquards and lashings of gold for a vampy take on suiting.

Zimmermann, Isabel Marant, Louis Vuitton

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