Fashion: Seven key trends for autumn/winter 2018
Autumn has already hit the high street. Katie Wright presents your new season cheat sheet
TECHNICALLY, autumn doesn't start for another couple of weeks, but if you're going by the sartorial calendar then it's well and truly here already.
The summer collections have long since been cleared from shop floors and the first drops of the new season have arrived, with snuggly sweaters and big leather boots making the prospect of dipping temperatures not quite so depressing after all.
Here are the seven key fashion themes you need to know about for AW18 and our tips for how to shop them on the high street...
The decade most designers plundered this season? It was without doubt the 70s, specifically the collars, coats and colours. Collars were long and sharp at Louis Vuitton and Chloe. Coats were big and fluffy (Vuitton again) or suede. The colours – brown, beige, mustard, chestnut – were everywhere.
It can't have escaped your notice that animal prints are everywhere – that's because leopard roared back into fashion on the catwalks this season.
An overarching theme of 'clothes as armour' emerged from the shows, and leather played a big part in that. The leather dress is one of the key pieces of the season, therefore, as seen at Stella McCartney (rouched), Givenchy (belted) and Victoria Beckham (collared).
A tweed transformation took place throughout the season, the traditional fabric given a modern spin by designers. At Altuzarra, that meant sharp overcoats while at Prada it was bright hues, but the most creative example was in London, where Matty Bovan showed deconstructed woven skirt suits with fabulous houndstooth boots.
A knee-length pleated skirt has become a summer staple but now designers are making the case for wearing a longer length in winter. From the elegant evening styles at Emilia Wickstead and Lanvin, to the cream creations at JW Anderson and Victoria Beckham, the one thing they all have in common is that they're delightfully swishy.
The Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex may get the lion's share of the fashion column inches, but on the AW18 catwalks, the British monarch was referenced as a style icon. Regal silks and florals made an appearance at Celine, Moschino, Richard Quinn and more.
Hoods, balaclavas, berets, head scarves – all manner of millinery appeared in the AW18 collections. There were even crowns and tiaras at Dolce & Gabbana (there's the royal influence again), but if you're looking for something a bit less ostentatious, try a Versace inspired beret or floral head scarf instead.