The FW18 Trend Report

Your indispensable guide to the new fall/winter season’s most important trends and how to wear them, starring Italian stylist and influencer Diletta Bonaiuti.

Blazer Y/Project; sweater Goldsign; skirt Antonio Berardi; boots Gianvito Rossi; earrings Beaufille

COUNTRY CLUB

From Miu Miu to Stella McCartney, your favorite labels are offering up all the joys of cozy country casuals – plaid, tweed and, best of all, chunky knits – with added fashion flair and new-season appeal. The checked blazer shows no sign of disappearing anytime soon: wear yours with a contrasting skirt or pants and a ribbed turtleneck. To finish, block-heeled boots are a stylishly practical, work-appropriate choice, but a pair of crystal-topped kitten heels will really elevate all those hardworking fabrics.

From left: Bag Chloé; jumper Iro; skirt Antonio Berardi; mules Tabitha Simmons x Johanna Ortiz

I like to wear sweaters with a shirt underneath, unbuttoned so you can see a bit of the neck. I wear it with a pencil or pleated skirt to make it look a little bit more feminine.

Coat Rejina Pyo; shirt Nanushka; pants Sara Battaglia; mules Rejina Pyo; earrings Dinosaur Designs; bag Fendi

MODERN MATRIX

Judging by the blanket coverage on the runways, leather is set to take over your closet in the coming months. With so many stylish separates to choose from, we fully advocate a top-to-toe approach, but outerwear is the real hero of this trend. If you want to go full Matrix, there’s a smorgasbord of black trenches and coats to choose from; for those who prefer a lighter touch, there are plentiful offerings in neutral and colorful shades, too.

From left: Shirt Nanushka; earrings Dinosaur Designs; coat Rejina Pyo; bag Fendi; pants Sara Battaglia

I wear a lot of leather, especially pants. I always choose a high-waisted shape because they make my legs look longer, so I feel sexier.

Coat Attico; T-shirt and earrings Saint Laurent; jeans Goldsign; mules Loeffler Randall

WILD THING

From Givenchy to Victoria Beckham, fashion’s biggest names have reignited their love for all things animal print. If you only buy one item to tap into the trend, make it a statement coat: leopard is the most obvious choice, but snake is a surprisingly chic option, too, especially when worn with a white tee and indigo denim. To really make an impact, double-up with a contrasting pair of animal-print shoes – the more ’80s-inspired and extravagant, the better.

From left: Jacket Goldsign; T-shirt Saint Laurent; sunglasses Miu Miu; coat Attico; jeans Goldsign; earrings Saint Laurent; boots Attico

In cold weather, your coat is the most powerful piece that you can show. It’s the first thing that people will see, so it’s important to have a really beautiful one in your wardrobe.

Cape Loewe; blouse Gucci; pants Joseph; boots Isabel Marant; earring Hillier Bartley; cuff Beaufille

COLOR CURIOSITY

Last season’s obsession with off-kilter colors and unexpected tonal pairings has evolved. Yes, you can still wear them head to toe if you see fit, but if that’s outside of your sartorial comfort zone then you’ll be relieved to hear that the most on-point way to wear color right now – as decreed by Tibi, Acne Studios and more – is understated and elevated. Keep things simple by choosing one block-color piece and layering it with fail-safe wardrobe classics in neutral shades.

From left: Blouse Gucci; pants Joseph; cuff Beaufille; mules Attico; sunglasses Illesteva

I like to wear pieces with similar tones, like a light green shirt and dark green pants, and put them with neutral colors like beige or black to make them moodier.

Blazer Monse; blouse and skirt Joseph; boots Gianvito Rossi; earrings Jennifer Fisher; bag Gu_de

BACK TO REALITY

Any woman wondering how to get dressed without the forward-thinking, easy sophistication that was so expertly honed by the now-exited Phoebe Philo at Céline can rest easy: designers across the board have stepped up to bat. This trend hinges around reinvented and reimagined staples, from cleverly cut separates to tailoring peppered with unexpected details. It’s ladylike through and through, which isn’t to say it has to be too prim and proper; mix some box-fresh, verging-on-ugly sneakers into the look to give it a modern, relaxed feel.

From left: Coat A.W.A.K.E.; blouse and skirt Joseph; sneakers Chloé; earrings Jennifer Fisher; blazer Monse; bag Gu_de; boots Gianvito Rossi

It’s very chic and simple. You don’t show too much of your [skin], but you show your style. It’s very elegant and sleek.

Dress Beaufille; pumps Souliers Martinez; sunglasses Chloé; ring Gaelle Khouri; cuff Rosantica; bag Victoria Beckham

SLICK ’70s

This chic decade is one of fashion’s favorite reference points; this time around, the focus is on color, pattern and print, rather than shape. The ’70s palette, all rich shades of burgundy, blue, green and yellow, is perfect for autumnal months. Look for interesting textures and zero-in on anything corduroy, which is fast shaping up to be the fabric of the season. Pull it all together with oversized shades and modern, ladylike accessories to firmly ground it in the current mood.

From left: Pants Ulla Johnson; ring Boucheron; bag By Far; dress Beaufille; sunglasses Chloé; necklace Isabel Marant; pumps Souliers Martinez

I like pieces that look a bit vintage. My favorite era was the 1970s; women were so beautiful with their long hair and their long dresses, necklaces and big sunglasses. They had an amazing vibe.

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