Fashion report: autumn and winter trends to opt in and out of

Faux fur and abstract florals from Cooper's Ziggy Azalea jacket, at left, and Trelise Cooper's Princess and the Peony dress.
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Faux fur and abstract florals from Cooper's Ziggy Azalea jacket, at left, and Trelise Cooper's Princess and the Peony dress.

As bleak as it is to be thinking about autumn and winter when I'm still spending the weekends at the beach, time only moves in the one direction. 

It's time to prepare for the change in seasons, and the different clothes the cooler temperatures will necessitate. 

The good news is that since we're a season behind the Northern hemisphere, we can follow their lead somewhat. The downside of that, though, is that there's a lot of trends to sift through. 

Carwash pleats? Vinyl coats? It's a lot to take in. I spoke with a bunch of stylists and fashion buyers about what trends we should be buying into, and what we can leave in the changing room. 

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SEVENTIES STYLE 

The Blossom maxi from Sylvester, and leather from Kate Sylvester's main line.
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The Blossom maxi from Sylvester, and leather from Kate Sylvester's main line.

That 1970s influence we've seen over summer is carrying on through to Winter. Stylist Jackie O'Fee says she's seeing a lot of maxi dresses, particularly with long sleeves. 

"There's also longer line vests... those nice lengthening layers. Though they are harder to wear if you're a shorty," she says. 

Phoebe Thomas, womenswear buyer at The Warehouse, said on her winter buying trip to Europe, the "stand out trend was absolutely the 70s."

Suede and fringing from Loobie's Story and Rollas.
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Suede and fringing from Loobie's Story and Rollas.

"In New Zealand we're traditionally very minimalist, but I love this really commercial take on that look."

TEXTURE TIMES 10

Personal stylist Stacey Beatson says this autumn/winter is the most exciting season she's seen in a long time. 

"There's so much texture. That always makes fashion feel a lot more interesting."

It makes sense for an autumn/winter look, and works in well with that 70s vibe - think fringing, suede and brocade. 

"I love the richness of those fabrics, the heaviness. It's so sumptuous, almost a reference to textiles you'd use in upholstery," Beatson said. 

However, that doesn't mean unabashed maximalism, Thomas says. 

Juliette Hogan's Miles jumpsuit in liquid stone, Staple + Cloth skirt, and Witchery's longline vest.
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Juliette Hogan's Miles jumpsuit in liquid stone, Staple + Cloth skirt, and Witchery's longline vest.

"That look of bold colours and prints, and clashing and wearing everything at once" is probably a bit hard to pull off, she says. 

TOASTED TONES

If you're someone who's often trying not to wear head-to-toe black, this is the season for you, stylist Ingrid Vink says. 

She's seeing "burnished golds and tobacco, rust and mustard." When you're in need of a new pair of trousers, she says, don't reach for black. 

"They're beautiful neutrals. Invest in pants, skirts, and jackets in colour."

Vink is particularly impressed with Kate Sylvester's leather this season. In olive green and mahogany as well as black, Sylvester's done an A-line dress and skirt, and they're beautiful. 

O'Fee agrees, saying a rich plum leather skirt finishing at the mid calf is one of her wishlist items. 

SOFTER SHADES

Alongside those traditional autumn tones, this year's colder season has a different theme. 

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Stylist Angela Stone says we should be looking out for "gentle pastels of blue, yellow, orange and green."

Kiriana Pettersen, design manager at Glassons, says the "chalky, pastel chord pieces" from Chloe were a particular inspiration. Pair them with a "floaty, diaphanous silhouette on top" and you're set. 

These unexpected tones are joined by a pale mauve in Deadly Ponies' new collection of bags. Beatson says their Mr Fill n Zip Twist in wisteria suede has an unexpected, relaxed glamour, and it's right at the top of her list. 

FUR FOR DRAMA

Like leather, there's not a lot of call for (fake) fur over the Summer months. It's time. 

Beatson says a fur jacket is a showstopper and a conversation starter, and there's a range of cuts available. Sherling has had a strong showing overseas, she says, but it hasn't dug in as much in New Zealand. 

Her pick is the Ziggy Azalea jacket from Cooper. With a chevron pattern and rusty chocolate tones, it's gorgeous. 

"You'll live in it," says Beatson. 

As for what to leave behind, that would have to be real fur. Up to 80 per cent of catwalks at London Fashion Week featured it, but that's no reason to opt in. 

WINTER FLORALS

For a different tack, O'Fee is looking to Juliet Hogan's collection. Her custom print is called liquid stone, but it reads as an abstract floral. In the darker colour, it's dramatic and moody. 

Hogan has used it for dresses, skirts, trousers and shirts, but it's the jumpsuit O'Fee has her eye on. In pure silk, it's boyish and luxurious. 

Trelise Cooper's florals are calling out to Beatson, who's loving the Princess and the Peony dress. 

"It's not just Dolce & Gabbana style. They're deconstructed and reconstructed," she says. 

 - Stuff

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