Hello orange leaves, windy weather and cooler nights. Autumn is here and its time to embrace all the fabulous Fall fashion trends. Here's our guide to constructing the perfect Fall wardrobe.

If you're on a budget, choose one or two trends to update your wardrobe rather than buy one of everything. And if you're already thinking about holiday outfits, take a cue from Pucci with an embellished dress or two, and add rich colour by embracing the jewel tone trend.

Longer Hemlines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The overall look from the latest collections was all about longer hemlines, whether in dresses or skirts. This knee or mid-calf length exude charm, elegance and sophistication. Invest in pencil skirts with prints, as seen in Miuccia Prada’s collection for Miu Miu, where prints ranged from birds to lily of the valley. Floral prints in skirts and dresses were also seen at Givenchy.

 

Jewel Colours

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We often think that winter dressing means somber palettes of greys and blacks, but designers showed us how an array of jewel colours can add decadent glamour to winter dressing.

Frida Giannini carried over her concept of colour blocking from her Spring/Summer collection, to her Fall/Winter runway show for Gucci. The collection was dominated by a rich palette of colours including turquoise, teal, violet, red and mustard.

 

Masculine silhouettes

Tailored masculine silhouettes were a prevalent feature among many designers. This androgynous look was balanced by constructing with softness to give a feminine form. Stefano Pilati paid homage to the late Yves Saint Laurent by recreating his signature look of borrowing items from the male wardrobe. Yves Saint Laurent created the first female tuxedo, Le Smoking in 1966 and since then it has become an integral part of the fashion house.

To recreate this androgynous look, the masculine cut can be balanced by eliminating the shirt altogether to provide a sensual feminine aesthetic.

 

Swinging Sixties

Designers love paying homage to past eras. Last season we saw the 1970s, this time it made way for the 60s. Showcasing the dropped waist, shift coats, polo necks, Peter Pan collars, and not forgetting mini lengths.

 

Fetish

Provocative pieces in leather, lace, sheer silk and velvet provided a power of confidence and seduction. In particular, Louis Vuitton showcased corseted leather waists, sheer stockings and bondage handcuffs.

To recreate this runway trend without looking too risqué, contrast glossy textures with matte.

 

Furs and Shearling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where would winter be without fur to protect us from the harsher elements? Nothing is more glamorous than rich textures of wool, fleece and furs. The colours ranged from rust to ivory.

 

Supersize

Oversized silhouettes kept their feminine form by softening the shape on the shoulders into a blouse-esqe style. In particular the oversized proportions were softened by rounded volumes.

 

Sparkle

Designers showed how sparkle can be subtly worn during the day and full out in the evening from liquid lame, metallic finishes to glittering sequins. Day looks were balanced by an array of textures by pairing with knits and simple tops.

 

Checks and tartans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This classic was given a modern twist by designers playing with colours to create a crisp fresh look. Whereas Massimiliano Giornetti’s collection for Salvatore Ferragamo use of houndstooth and checks oozed sex appeal.

 

Story By: Nikki Dhaliwal  |  Images from Style.com