As you may know, September is the single most important month in fashion, it is the month of the four most significant weeks in the industry: Fashion Week! As NYFW has come to an end and LFW is well underway, I thought it was most appropriate to breakdown all the takeaways from the September Issues and fill you in on all the standout trends you need to be incorporating into your autumn wardrobe. Think androgynous yet feminine, think the return of the Mary Jane and think camel coats. September is the month to embrace tailoring, tweed and turtlenecks – am I the only one getting overexcited?!
There is something about fashion that I find so empowering and nothing brings me more delight than flicking through the September Issue! Well, other than brunch but let’s be honest, the September Issue comes pretty damn close to Eggs Benedict, a freshly squeezed juice and a skinny latte, right?
This year I was determined not to miss out on any autumn trends, celebrity interviews or Gigi Hadid editorials and so I picked up a total of seven September Issues from both the British and US collections. Yes, there is never just one.
When flicking through the glossy pages, I picked up on many trends which are consistent throughout however, my favourites are high necklines with large collars being a key feature, seen from Prada, Dior and Kate Spade. Each brand is playing into the Victorian vibe, which is definitely emerging. Sequins for daywear is a hot topic of discussion however, I’m not sure how I feel about that one… It seems chunky nude-coloured knitwear and black turtlenecks are what should be keeping you warm this winter, along with a Burberry monogrammed scarf – which I feel a strong need for! Who doesn’t love a good monogram? Variations of the Mary Jane pump have made a chic comeback, shown by Dolce and Gabbana, Prada and Gianvito Rossi – all in a variety of materials from patent leather to burgundy velvet – One of which I have my desiring eye on.
On the topic of shoes, the it shoe for autumn is the leather sneaker with a suede loafer following close behind! A favourite of mine would be the iconic Lanvin sneaker, androgynous in style yet feminine with the grosgrain ribbon lace. These come in a variety of materials and colours and look incredible pared with a ripped jean or tailored pant. Furthermore, the UGG is no more – in my opinion – so make room for the thigh-high suede boot. Stuart Weitzman has been showing the Highland and the Lowland boot for a while now and you’ve probably seen your favourite blogger rock this stylish trend on your instagram feed, along with a Chloé Drew… A must have this season.
Something I couldn’t quite move away from when flipping through each bound monthly was tailoring. Good tailoring was one of the ‘Fall Fashion Secrets’ from the Editors’ letter in Glamour Magazine US. It is definitely a timeless staple every season however great emphasis has been bestowed upon tailoring this September and I am so glad about it! Something every woman should invest in is a well fitting pant. Whether it be a high-waist, a wide leg or a cropped cigarette pant in pinstripe – find what flatters your frame and get them tailored, this way you always have a go-to and failsafe option for that important presentation or job interview. A tailored pant isn’t all this season though; structured skirts, shirts, bags and blazers are also appearing everywhere! From Saint Laurent to Giorgio Armani, a timeless black suit is your #GIRLBOSS armor this season, and all seasons, for that matter.
Sheer makeup is continuing from summer into autumn beautifully with the added addition of metallics, coloured mascaras and the seductive crimson lip – which can be worn matte or sheer and glossy. I am a big fan of the natural makeup look, gravitating towards a tinted moisturizer from Chanel, Laura Mercier or By Terry with an Hourglass subtle highlight and sheer balmy lip from Guerlain. Unsurprisingly, brows are still king and an Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz will keep them on the throne.
The camel coat is a prominent feature throughout the September issues, presented in campaigns from MaxMara, starring Gigi Hadid *heart eyes emoji*, Burberry and Fendi. The focus this season is on structured outerwear and the cape, which was described as ‘the ultimate urban uniform’ in Glamour Magazine US. Naturally I scribbled that down in my notebook as I recently purchased a camel cape myself… #ONTREND
The standout theme colours this season seem to be a rich racing green, a deep red and a nude blush, all of which are very wearable and elegant. Try wearing that tailored pantsuit with an emerald bow blouse and velvet Mary Jane pump. As well as tailoring, tweed has also been prominent throughout this season’s preview – it is no longer just for Great Granny Susan and Chanel jackets! Tweed has been seen from Prada and Balenciaga, looking feminine and classic.
Micro handbags seem all the rage right now too, with mini’s shown from Mulberry, Gucci and Louis Vuitton. If a miniature handbag isn’t for you, since they do lack practicality, try something structured like a Saint Laurent Sac de Jour or Givenchy Shark. If you’re more relaxed in your arm-candy choices, perhaps a slouchy, black suede bag like the Elizabeth and James Scott duffle or Givenchy Nightingale might be more your aesthetic? Something I really believe in is finding your aesthetic and then sticking to it. Being consistent in your fashion choices will mean every piece you buy is mix and match– making your investment worthwhile.
If you can muster the sheer strength to carry seven September Issues to the till point in WH Smiths, I applaud you – they are heavier than they look (and thicker than any other month of the year!) But if not, I hope this breakdown has given you insight into this seasons fashion forecast and you now feel armed to alter your wardrobe accordingly! I’m going to go stare at the Gianvito Rossi velvet Mary Jane pumps on Net-a-Porter now…
This is an article I wrote for taylormagazine.com