Well I’ve had it with Summer. It’s been like a bad boyfriend, letting me down so many times that I’m over it so, let’s move on to our Autumn/Winter 2019 – trend analysis. Now it isn’t the easiest of seasons to get your head around this year. There are no significant outline changes as there were two years ago when we moved into the new silhouette of the midi and wider trousers. This time it’s more about a mood and with the world’s current disposition being somewhat schizophrenic, designers are continuing to look backwards. It makes sense in a socio-political context because nobody feels as though they can see ahead at the moment. You’ll notice that there isn’t much of fashion’s usual futurism, just a heavy note of nostalgia for simpler times.
Of course this isn’t a high fashion blog and so I’m not going to spend too much time looking at the esoteric output of designer brands but I do think a quick recap will help give you some context to what is starting to appear on the high street. Today my plan is to help you adjust your eye so that you can work out how you might integrate some of the new looks into your own style. It may take a while and I know some of you will reject it at first but bear with me until you’ve finished the post before you make a judgement – I’m not going to talk about age appropriateness but I do think that this is a mood that we can apply quite easily to our wardrobes.
I don’t suggest that you do any shopping this weekend firstly because some of the best pieces aren’t dropping until next week and secondly because you need to assess what you already have. It’s likely that you have a number of blazers for example that you can pull out and restyle. So, trust the process of this post and let the look settle with you over the weekend. Next week we’ll start looking at what to buy.
Autumn/Winter 2019 – trend analysis
So, where does it all begin for high street buyers? Largely at the shows; they take in London, Paris, New York and Milan and then begin to apportion their floor space or design time according to what they’ve seen. Each year of course there is a leader, often called the ‘tastemaker’, who courts more attention and column inches / pixels than anyone else. This time it was Hedi Slimane’s second collection at Celine. You probably know that his first didn’t go down too well which made his swift turnaround even more impressive.
His focus was on what is being labelled as ‘High Bourgeois.’ It references a deep 1970s nostalgia but it also has both a British country tweed and a Parisian Left Bank influence. So, you’ll see a lot of tweed, checks, tartans, satin, silk, scarves, bows, culottes and knee high boots. Here are some shots to give you a clearer idea (you can see more at Vogue here).