It may have never truly left our radars, but black is most definitely back – and it’s largely down to designers going hell for leather. Matrix references ruled the runways of Balmain, Celine and Dior to name but a few, with an army of belted trenches, long-line coats and high-gloss outerwear declaring this is how everyone should be armouring up for the months ahead. The devil is in the absence of detail – choose tailored silhouettes and clean finishes free from zips, studs and hardware for a look that's more refined than Rebel Without A Cause. The biker jacket's minimal update teams well with a pair of expertly cut leather trousers while a sharp blazer matched with sleek Chelsea boots strikes the perfect smart/casual balance.
Summer may be on its way out, but that doesn’t mean you have to stow away your sunshine shades. Quite the opposite, in fact, autumn’s array of neon hues send the message loud and clear: go hi-vis or go home. Designers took a blinding approach to tracksuits, hoodies and sweatshirts alike, but the real power was in the puffer jacket. Whether lightly padded via Versace, to-the-floor as seen at Balenciaga or sleeveless courtesy of Kenzo, every outerwear appearance indicated a primary colour just won’t cut it anymore. This trend is all about being seen, so don’t be shy and clash colours for a confident take on the trend – whether it’s a meeting of cornflower blue and chartreuse yellow or a peach-pink pairing that’s a little easier on the eyes. A polar vortex has never been so welcome.
Preppy style gets a souped-up makeover this season, meaning it’s never been cooler to be square. While all-American style has been surfacing for a while now, this new take is all about the graphic touches that make it infinitely more cool kid than collegiate. A striped jumper – the bolder, the better – will get you halfway there, but the real genius of this look comes into play when teamed with a pair of high-waisted trousers, best dressed in corduroy, colour-pop or a check. While that's a look geared towards play rather than work, when it comes to Monday to Friday, make a collared shirt and schoolboy tie the non-negotiables of your new-season uniform and you're sure to score top grades all term.
As the party season ramps up yet again, make sure you don’t miss the memo: velvet is the only way to get suited and booted. Upholstering everything from impeccably tailored tuxedos to relaxed suiting separates, the plush fabric created AW19’s suavest evening looks thanks to the likes of Tom Ford and Oliver Spencer turning to its timeless charm When faced with the sumptuous fabric, you may feel the need to retreat to classic black but this trend finds its pep in rich tones like royal blues, deep burgundies and forest greens. Go head to toe for maximum impact or update your dinner jacket for an equally refined statement – a tonal roll-neck jumper or silk shirt layered underneath will add extra interest to the colour code. If that's still a tactile touch too far, trade in your brogues for a pair of plush loafers to take your dress code up a notch or two.