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Runway Rundown | The Leading AW21 Trends To Know

As the 2021 Autumn/Winter shows come to a close, it's safe to say that the designers put on quite the feast of inspiration. There were still no guests in the front row hot seats or influencers flying across the world, but there was certainly no shortage of style or vision.

A recurrent theme was present throughout, whether it was from Balmain's travel-inspired lux to the glamour and glitz of Chanel’s show set at the Castel In St Germain Des Près Members Club - they were all quite literally ‘ready-to-wear’.

Without further ado, here's your complete AW21 trends runway rundown...

Trend: Quilted Everything 

Models wearing AW21 Trends Quilted

 Where have we seen it: Loewe, Chloe, Celine, Emilio Pucci, Balmain 

Whether you are opting for a full length quilted coat or just a quilted handbag this season, we are seeing it across the board! From cocoon jackets from Loewe to belted skirts from Balmain, this trend provides us with all the style and comfort. 

Trend: The Knitted Dress 

Models wearing AW21 trends the knitted dress
Where have we seen it: Fendi, Gabriela Hearst, Stella McCartney, Jil Sander The knitted dress is a combination of sophistication with warmth. Whether you opt for a full length like Chloe or a midi like Fendi, we are paying homage to these dresses for allowing us to show off our silhouettes without the need for all the layers. 

Trend: Punchy Ponchos & Cosmopolitan Capes 

Models wearing AW21 Trends Ponchos
Where have we seen it: Burberry, JW Anderson, Chloe, Gabriela Hearst Inspired by  Native Americans, Ponchos are a trend that we have seen recycled in and out of the runway over the years developing into a current cosmopolitan cape.  This season JW Anderson, Chloe and Burberry all brought forth a wave of angular shapes with colour and detail. Perfect for spicing up an outfit in an effortless way.

Trend: Collage Montage  

Models wearing AW21 Trends Collage
Where have we seen it: Molly Goddard, Etro, Louis Vuitton, CoachA show stopper this season is the emergence of Collage, an absolute montage of pattern and fabric in all shapes and sizes. The more you think it wouldn’t work the more they complement each other - what’s not to love? 

Trend: Plaid Party

Models wearing AW21 trends Plaid
Where have we seen it: Max Mara, Molly Goddard, Celine, Coach This is one that has been building momentum! This criss-cross pattern is featured on everything from oversized jackets to midi skirts making it a top trend this season. Designers such as Max Mara and Christian Dior showcased tailored coats in traditional winter colour schemes while others such as Chapova Lowena put together something a little more whacky! 

Trend: Mini Minx 

Models wearing AW21 trends Mini skirts and dresses
Where have we seen it; Valentino, Versace, Stella McCartney, Casablanca Who doesn’t love seeing a good mini? Well if you caught the Versace show then legs eleven Bella Hadid really is one to coo over. Whether it’s a balloon style dress or a more fitted profile, minis are back and we are all for it! 

Trend: Ruffles and Sheers

Models wearing AW21 trends sheers and ruffles
Where have we seen it: Simone Rocha, Prada, Versace, Dior, BalmainThese two trends are walking hand-in-hand! Prominent throughout the dresses, evening wear or casual, these exaggerated shapes and detailing are quite the power party. Osman, Prada and Versace have captured a more sultry look whereas Louis Vuitton and Simone Rocha appear to be going for the bigger the better.

Trend: Abstract Prints and Sculpture 

Models wearing AW21 trends abstract prints and sculpture
Where have we seen it: Loewe, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Emilio Pucci I don't know where to look! We are loving the reinvented retro, slight sci-fi style for men and women this season! Brands such as Loewe and Louis Vuitton have really set the standard with this trend. 

Trend: Be Bold

Models wearing AW21 trends
Where have we seen it: Gucci, Isabel Marant, Longchamp, Ami Whether it’s because we are all feeling so joyous at the idea of coming out of lockdown, bold colours and monochrome brights shined through every fashion week. Seen from Jil Sander's yellow tailored jacket over pleated skirts, Molly Goddard's bright blue ruffled dress and Prada’s neon wool jackets- there were explosions of colour throughout!Key colours to note - Red/Pink/Gold

Trend: Long Coats 

Models wearing AW21 Trends long coats
Where have we seen it: Burberry, Dries Van Noten, Salvatore Ferragamo, Calvin LuoEveryone has one go-to long coat amongst their winter wardrobe, right? Whether you prefer the classic Burberry style trench coat or this incoming white lab coat seen from Calvin Luo and Salvatore Ferragamo. Both are an effortlessly chic option for over your OOTD or staple knitwear! 

Trend: 90’s Knit 

Models wearing AW21 Trends 90's Vests
Where have we seen it: Etro, Fendi, Wales Bonner, A-Cold-Wall This one is for the gents - effortlessly incorporating those cool knit vests! We are loving the layered vest shapes paired with a suit trouser. A few favourites to mention are Louis Vuitton and Wales Bonner. 


Trend: Slip Ons 

Models wearing AW21 Trends Slip on shoes
Where have we seen it: Coach, Ambush, Staud We have seen this shape causing quite the stir this spring/summer with the return of the classic clog - quite the shocker! So it is no surprise that here are the winter looks. Who wouldn’t want a fluffy clog in a bright colour? It instantly uplifts your mood just by looking at them. 

Trend: Platforms 

Models wearing AW21 Trends Platform shoes
Where have we seen it: Fendi, Prada, Tods, Versace, PH 5 This chunky style is across flats, heels and trainers. Providing you with all the height and confidence, these styles make it really easy for you to make a statement. 

Trend: Roomy Totes 

Models wearing AW21 trends tote bags
Where have we seen it: Coach, The Row, Valentino, Versace, Simone Rocha Looking slouchy and cool, bags from The Row and Simone Rocha are really arming us with a post lockdown must-have. Soft leathers and across body straps provide nothing but ease and style when stepping back out into the world!


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