Feature: The UK’s Fall 2008 fashion trends
By: Alexa Williamson
Yet another season is upon us and the runway – and eventually the high street shops – are looking much better than this past spring (link to spring fashion feature). Ie the garish patterns earlier this year, such as the loud flower and flag prints, will thankfully be dying in the colder months.
The upcoming season heralds the following trends, which have all been done before, but overall are at least fairly pretty this time round:
Regal evening wear – some gorgeous Renaissance and Elizabethan designs (with gorgeous drapings of fabric) from designers such as Alexander McQueen, Dolce & Gabbana and the queen of such romantic period pieces – Vivienne Westwood.
Gothic – it’s been to done the ‘undead’ since the Eighties. However, this time around things are very simple and chic. Designers with a good grasp include Givenchy and Rick Owens.
Rich colours – Prada, Lanvin, Versace, Alexander McQueen and many others are going for deep reds, oranges, yellows and blues.
Boho – some gorgeous Eastern and gypsy patterns are out there (from houses such as Hermes and Anna Sui), mixed in with some hideously loud and scary tat too.
Take it or leave
The trouser cuts – two styles are apparently in this season – the bootleg cut is back (no biggie as it was the rage a few years ago), but this time the trousers are high-wasted, and a weird ‘80s-style’ of trousers, which are fitted at the waist, baggy over the hips, then tapered at the ankle.
Skirts – midi and ankle-length this season.
Military – jackets and trousers, cut into chic uniforms, are back. Always a nice-to-have as the buttons, trim and jackets that cinch at the waist tend to have a timeless look.
Why did they bother?
Lace – unless you’re a big fan of ‘Chantilly’, the pictures of runway attire from many houses (including Prada and Stella McCartney) are gagtastic. The busy patterns are made even worse by the poorly cut pieces.
Knits – if you want to look like a big, baggy Irish-knit sweater, this is your chance.
Checks and sequins – reasons to be afraid to enter a department store? Very loud pieces you just want to put straight into a recycling bin.