Winter 2015: the colours you need to know about

Which brands can you look to for androgynous style? The perfect winter coat? Here is our guide to the clothes that will filled the catwalks for FW15 – and what you will actually be wearing

by 07 November 2015

It’s common knowledge that a hot mug of tea provides an instant cure for any winter woes – or a frozen nose after a day of skiing. Winter presents a wonderful contrast between its face-numbing cold and the snuggly warmth of a crackling fireplace and a fuzzy oversized comforter. Nostalgia hides in the scents of Christmas treats, and family stories are swapped around dinner tables. Collections for this season must be versatile; able to withstand the chilly winter months and the blustery winds of autumn. This year’s lines have accomplished all of this and more, blending modern comfort with classic prints and styles, diving into a rich pile of autumn leaves for their palettes. A style that can only be described as classic comfort.

Dior00Dior fall/winter 2015-16 collection

Disguised in a modern interpretation, the 1970s vibe is staying alive. From adventurous prints to gender-blurring sophistication, the biggest names in fashion have revived this classic style. High collars are the name of the game this season for both male and female lines – perfect for keeping the brisk winter air away from your neck. Loosely-tailored trousers – a twist on the iconic bell bottoms; chunky sweaters paired with blazers, shearling details and fur coats, all in sumptuously rich, earthy tones.

And the colour palette flows seamlessly between the men’s and women’s fashion lines. That’s right, an androgynous colour palette as diverse as autumn leaves graces the shoulders of the most fashionable men and woen. Deep merlot, bright fiery red, temperate mauve, smooth ochre, canary yellow, strong army green, sumptuous navy and blue as pale as a winter sky encompass the varied array of tones that are sure to brighten any dreary day.

Etro 01Etro fall/winter 2015-16 collection 

Androgyny also finds its way into the design of the clothes themselves. Designers such as Dior have freshened and rejuvenated women’s suits, providing an expertly-structured shape in a variety of colours. Dior also feature three-quarter hems for trousers and dresses, and high, eye-catching, sparkled collars – a nod to the 1970s theme – while abstract patterns and daring colour contrasts round off the nostalgic motif.

On the runway, Gucci broke the gender boundary not only by dressing its female models in masculine silhouettes and featuring flowing sheer shirts and cravats on its male models, but also in having female models walk in the male lines, and vice versa. This is a true testament to just how well this season’s styles and colours suit anyone.GUCCI00Gucci fall/winter 2015-16 collection 

From Lanvin and Etro’s reimagined fur coats, to Michael Kors’ and Gucci’s fur-accented ensembles, fur will be a staple for every ensemble this season as well. Lanvin takes a distinctly modernistic approach in interpreting ‘70s style with deeper colours and subdued prints. Yet, shearling vests and turtlenecks are ever present. Etro blends its trademark wild and inventive prints beautifully with nostalgic elegance. Dizzyingly arranged in patchwork designs for women and presented on men in scarves and shirts, paisley, stripes and everything between give an etherial mood to these lines.

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Lanvin fall/winter 2015-16 collection

Versace plays up colour this season, pairing earthy jewel tones together in suits and knit ensembles for men. Bright primary red, yellow, green, and blue feature prominently in the women’s line – a departure from the season’s predominantly subdued and dark shades. Michael Kors gives the men’s line a deep and brooding mystery, with layers of charcoal, powdery grey, and jet black.

“The contemporary is the untimely,” to quote Gucci’s collection description, and today’s top brands achieve the unlikely alchemy of combining iconic 1970s style with timelessly clean silhouettes and enduring elegance. Not to mention cosy comfort.

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