IN PICS | 10 winter fashion trends we can't wait to try once lockdown is over

15 March 2020 - 00:03 By Nothemba Mkhondo
A look by Roland Mouret.
A look by Roland Mouret.
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The Autumn/Winter 2020 runways invite you to ditch your usual understated cold-weather wardrobe for sweeping fringes, graphic prints, vibrant colours and dramatic volume.

Here are 10 trends worth noting and trying as soon as we can get back on the streets — and to the shops:

1. LUCK BE A LADY

Long-sleeved dresses with high necks, cinched waists, ruffles and pussy bows are the order of the day for Autumn/Winter 2020. These ultra-feminine details were seen in a persistent wave across the runways, making a strong case for us to consider the dress as a stylish winter staple, even when it's not of the knitted variety.

A look by Fendi.
A look by Fendi.
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A look by Adeam.
A look by Adeam.
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2. TURN UP THE VOLUME

More is more this season and we're not just talking big sleeves. Say yes to voluminous silhouettes with cocooning layers, ruffles, bows and all. Roksanda, Carolina Herrera and Richard Quinn welcomed in the big dress and an equally large dose of colour to match.

A look by Richard Quinn.
A look by Richard Quinn.
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A look by Carolina Herrera.
A look by Carolina Herrera.
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3. DESERT STONE

As far as winter colours go, rust and earthy red hues are a captivating alternative to the usual wardrobe of grey, black and brown. Punctuate your rust pieces with pops of red or burnt orange as seen at Boss, or wear it head-to-toe like at Gabriele Colangelo.

A look by Boss.
A look by Boss.
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A look by Gabriele Colangelo.
A look by Gabriele Colangelo.
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4. EASY OVER

The cape has never looked as good as it does this season. At Lanvin, the cape is transformed by soft leather and big buttons. At Givenchy it is a dramatic, high-neck asymmetrical layer that blends into the dress beneath it. This often-forgotten classic may just become your new favourite grab-and-go outerwear.

A look by Givenchy.
A look by Givenchy.
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A look by Lavin.
A look by Lavin.
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5. DELIBERATELY UNDONE

In an arguably Margiela-inspired move, wardrobe classics are reimagined and reconstructed and sometimes deliberately unfinished. Simone Rocha deconstructed chunky knitwear to combine with her signature complex layering and at Monse, coats and jackets were re-engineered into shoulderless wrap jackets with contrasting fabrics.

A look by Acne Studios.
A look by Acne Studios.
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A look by Simone Rocha.
A look by Simone Rocha.
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6. PEEK-A-BOO

Get playful with clever cut-outs, even underneath all the winter layers. Knitwear and dresses with strategic openings provide unexpected flashes of skin without you having to brave the cold. Whether you reveal a shoulder - or both - flash a collarbone or opt for a keyhole to expose a little bit of chest, cut-outs keep winter layering interesting.

A look by Christopher Kane.
A look by Christopher Kane.
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A look by Altuzarra.
A look by Altuzarra.
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7. SUIT YOURSELF

Women's suiting has leant into the trending nonchalance of menswear's streetwear-inspired suiting. Across the runways, slightly oversized jackets and loose-fitting trousers still dominated. But this season, a touch of femininity has come into the fold as seen with the prevalence of drawn-in waists, feathered accessories and fringed embellishments.

A look by Alexander McQueen.
A look by Alexander McQueen.
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A look by Altuzarra.
A look by Altuzarra.
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8. GET GRAPHIC

Vibrant prints are a breath of fresh air on grey winter days. Designers suggest you add some life to your winter wardrobe with a printed coat, like the one seen at Alexander McQueen, or even a print dress like the patchwork-inspired dress at Roksanda or the print-clash dresses at Givenchy.

A look by Alexander McQueen.
A look by Alexander McQueen.
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A look by Givenchy.
A look by Givenchy.
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9. FRINGE BENEFITS

Fringe has gotten a high fashion twist. Forget bohemian-inspired trimmings and think eye-catching, long, sweeping threads. Fringe is sprouting from waists, hemlines and shoulders and everywhere in between. Whether it's a touch of texture and movement or full-fringe from top-to-toe as seen at Jil Sander, fringe is a sartorial must-try.

A look by Jil Sander.
A look by Jil Sander.
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A look by Prada.
A look by Prada.
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10. LEATHER LAYERS

Leather is having a moment. From the sculpted long black leather coats at Fendi and Miu Miu to the leather capes at Lanvin and Valentino, soft leather layers are the attention-grabbing alternative to your traditional wool coats this winter.

A look by Alexander McQueen.
A look by Alexander McQueen.
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A look by Alberta Ferretti.
A look by Alberta Ferretti.
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