Collections are here…..and it’s an exciting time for Fashion! Even though Mother Nature keeps our light summer wardrobe firmly in check (if only brollies could tell us we look fabulous), it’s time to celebrate what’s coming our way next season.

A new spirit of grown-up dressing and female solidarity is here for Autumn. From the new power dressing staple – the fluted dress to padding, protective lines and cosy knits, fashion is retaining its sense of fun, its colour and glamour!

Designers are not only using runways to show off incredible collections but also to make bold, social and political statements.

This is the season in which Halima Aden became the first Muslim woman to walk a major runway show and the pussy hat, the symbol of the Women’s March on Washington, made its runway debut, and throughout all of this, some fantastic collections have come through the fold.To keep you on top of your trend game, Magpie reviews the top four trends of AW17.

Trend: VERY BERRY

50 Shades of Red is undoubtedly the theme of this upcoming season. Unlike the movie, however (yes, you know the one!), Reds have been less overtly sexualised, less Lolita, and more refined, as seen at Prada, Roksanda Ilincic, Preen, and Fendi just to mention a few.

Deep burgundies, highlights of raspberry reds, wines and fuchsia offers a more interesting take on an otherwise muted winter wardrobe, featuring on everything from casual knits to show stopping occasion dressing pieces – which also makes wine shopping instantly more enjoyable.

What’s better than matching a vintage bottle of Vin Rouge to the latest Le Boy Classic Red Quilted Chanel Shoulder bag……(erm – nothing we can think of right now!)

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#styletip: A perfect match for a red dress is a metallic gold shoe. Whether a warmer or cooler toned heel, sandal or flat, gold reigns supreme when it comes to complimenting your favourite rouge ensemble.

Trend: COSMIC QUEEN

Let’s face it – staying ‘fashion forward’ often means channelling your inner Stylistic Meg to take a glimpse into the fashion future and stay ahead of the latest trends.

From Alessandro Michele’s alien-like crystal bodysuits at Gucci to Anthony Vaccarello’s sexed-up diamanté boots at Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld’s tweed-clad ‘rocket women’ at Chanel, the cosmic trend this season sees designers incorporate lunar emblems and star motifs to embellish their collections for a playful twist that will leave you feeling out of this world!

Embrace your Zodiac style sign, take a step into outer space and revel in the starry trends of the Fashion-sphere this Autumn!

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#styletip: Look for metallic details and futuristic fastenings when you make your winter purchases and keep your cosmic cool for AW17.

Trend: GRUNGE GODDESS

Rock and grunge style are dominating the new cold season. Excess glamour goes underground, and ladies who prefer fashionable and stylish street looks will be working grunge into their daily #ootd to stay on top of this trend.

Grunge-rock style, a mixture of modern grunge and rock style, is designed specifically for those who are tired of the cult of clothes, of materialism and luxury excess. The distinctive feature of grunge-rock style is a combination of several fashion trends with elements of punk, hippie or ethno-style completing a uniquely styled look.

Designers are embracing this trend, with Androgyny ruling through all collections, as seen at Peter Pilotto, Public School and Acne. Keep it cool by mixing up a colour palette, clashing prints of plaids, floral and animal and finish with biker leather details.

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To add some edge to your grunge look this season, keep an eye out for studded detailing on jackets/shirts or wear a little studded jewellery to make a serious style statement this Autumn.

Trend: VELVET UNDERGROUND

‘All any girl needs at any time in history; is simple velvet and basic diamonds’ Eva Gabor’s words ringing true to one of the most popular trends of AW 17!

All velvet everything has become just that! While styles like poet’s sleeves, off-shoulder necklines, and corset/bustier bodices have increasingly grown in popularity over the past few seasons, one unifying factor ties them all together, and that is a feminine idea of romance, and who doesn’t love a little romance.

Velvet isn’t going anywhere. Roland Mouret’s happy homecoming was punctuated with elegant black velvet cut on the bias but it’s the prints exposed on the catwalk that has made a smooth impression on the fashion folk: fuchsia and blood orange at Peter Pilotto; burnished yellow and faded violet at the Ottoman-inspired Erdem; and glistening with appliqué jellyfish at Mary Katrantzou.

A fabric of nobility and royalty, velvet has quite the allure, with elements of glam rock and night-time seduction. Velvet is light and lithe, spun to cloak the body flatteringly rather than swamping delicate frames…..a major style winner this Autumn.

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Try styling a simple velvet mini dress with opaque tights and classic leather boots. Alternatively, add to the sophistication to your night time look by pairing a velvet blazer with a silk top; you’ll have two luscious fabrics next to each other working a beautifully rich and luxurious style.

Catwalk Images Courtesy of Brown Thomas

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