Jewel tones, military looks top picks for autumn style
THE Chronicle found out what's hot and what's not from Grand Central Shopping Centre stores this autumn.
AUTUMN is all about the 90s, according to Wittner marketing manager Amy Eleftheriadis.
"Think textured leathers, embroidery, embellished sneakers and a touch of western influence," she said.
"Velvet is back in a big way, as is snake print. Big-blocked heels play a huge part in dress boots and pumps, with wearable heights a focus."
Ms Eleftheriadis said sneakers in all varieties were becoming a staple in any wardrobe and could now be paired with dresses and skirts, jeans and culottes, depending on your style.
As for the best shoe to purchase if you're looking for something new, Ms Eleftheriadis said it was a dead tie between the mule and the ankle boot.
"The mule will cross seasons beautifully and is equally appropriate with a light summer dress as they are with cigarette pants or jeans," she said.
"Ankle boots are much the same and selecting the right leather to transition you from summer through autumn is key.
"Think embroidered suedes, gunmetals and metallics or back to basics with a tan or nude leather."
Ms Eleftheriadis said anything went colour wise, but there would be lots of khaki, berry reds, navy, blush pinks and gunmetals featuring throughout the autumn season.
SWAROVSKI Australia's four must-follow autumn styling trends were inspired by four fashion loving, trend-driven influencers in collaboration with GRAZIA Australia.
- Stack in Style
MORE is more in blogger Jess Alizzi's world, when it comes to bangles, watches and rings.
Try mixing bold and chunky bangles and rings alongside finer pieces of sparkle, then style up your look by combining jewellery in different metal colours.
- Play It By Ear
HELEN Chik, who is based in Hong Kong and Sydney, was inspired by entwining eye-catching combinations and daring styles around the ear.
Asymmetry was one of the key ways to take your look to the next level and multiple earrings on each ear make for a bold statement.
- Fluid and Light
BY BARBER'S Josie Barber's Fluid and Light is all about playing with lengths, materials and motifs around the neck line.
Combine more subtle and delicate pieces with bold eye-catching designs.
- Classic Twist
TOMGIRL and Threads Karrissa Sparkle's Classic Twist trend is about layering subtle best-sellers for a new look.
Combine simple necklaces and pendants, delicate rings and wardrobe staple bangles.
FAUX leather jackets were a new season staple, said marketing manager Stefanie Roberts.
"It can toughen up with a dress and heels for a night out, or worn back with jeans and sneakers for an off-duty weekend look," she said.
She said the military trend was a front-runner this season, influencing everything from accessories to outerwear.
For casual wear, there are lots of denim, leopard print and faux leather for autumn. Dissh best-selling dress shapes were back in with new season prints and many new silhouettes available.
She said a more sophisticated colour palette for the cooler months would bring dark greens, berry tones and lots of black.
"The prints that will be everywhere are leopard, oriental botanical and stripes," she said.
channelling deep burgundy and navy hues with hints of nude and dusty pink, with designs that showcase bold Aztec and whimsical paisley prints.
FOR Trenery, head of design Jane Grimme said this season was about quintessential styles that had been updated with new silhouettes and re-imagined in luxurious fabrics and rich colours - dark magenta, bottle green and navy.
"It's all about softness, drape and texture and the perfect balance of new proportions," she said.
"We'll see a lot of knitwear as outwear, structured coats with a nod to military, pants are fuller and slightly cropped, and dresses and skirts are slightly longer."
She said dressing in a single colour was a bold statement that would be seen everywhere and encouraged people to stick to jewel tones - dark magenta, bottle green and navy.
She said Trenery's styling was timeless, so they were less about what's trending and focused on style, quality and fit.
"Having said that, it's a good idea to invest in pieces that earn their keep in your wardrobe and work, whatever the weather. An item such as our Engineered Stitch Merino Silk Knit will be a go to from summer right through to autumn dressing.
"It can be styled half tucked into slouchy trackpants, adding an element of newness with a modern flat mule in white - the perfect off-duty look. As we move into cooler weather, it can be styled over a structured shirt rolled at the cuff for an updated office look."
Ms Grimme said military details were seen everywhere on international runways at the moment, which was a look that could easily be reinterpreted for every-day wear.
She said Trenery's grey flannel trousers would be really popular this season.
"Grey is just as flattering as black, but even more versatile.
"This style of trouser will work for you this season - they can be weekend ready styled with a knit, coat, and a great pair of sneakers; or dressed up with patent heels and a leather jacket."
THE longline black vest is a wardrobe staple this season, according to Esprit Australia and New Zealand marketing manager Mira Radovanovic.
The vest instantly updated any outfit and could be worn through all seasons, she said.
The oh-so-hip suedette short, a fun bottom-of-body piece, would be big this season too.
"Pair perfectly with a classic denim shirt and cute ankle boots for a daytime casual look, or dress a little fancy by swapping the ankle boots for ankle-strap wedges and add a soft wrap to keep you fashionably warm."