Playing with texture is a sure-fire way to look and feel fabulous this season. The runways exploded with colourful and exciting fabrics that you can effortlessly incorporate into your wardrobe. Slightly intimidated by the prospect of texture? Here’s our break down of the key fabrics and materials for fall and how to style them:
This is a fantastic weighty texture to use, helping to create dramatic but rustic looks, as seen on the Burberry and Balmain runways. Suede is usually the preserve of bohemian and folk-trend looks, but it emerged this season as a rough and ready texture to add instant luxury and edge to your outfits and ensembles. Opt for suede fringing to enhance the heavy three dimensional effect of the material by investing in sleeveless jackets or gilets and pairing with chunky knit jumpers. We also suggest that you don’t limit yourself to clothing pieces; bags and belts are a great way of adding an element of roughness to even your most delicate outfits.
Lace is more often than not associated with spring and summer trends; however, this season, designers have brought it to the forefront of some of their fall collections. Lace in all of its variations, crochet, machine-worked and others, helps to create a luxury Victoriana style that appears severe but sensuous. Look to dresses designed by Ralph Lauren, Alexander McQueen and Simone Rocha for inspiration. Don’t be afraid of wearing long dramatic hemlines, the preferred proportion of the season; lace can be moody and atmospheric but the line will simultaneously elongate and flatter your figure.
This is an adventurous texture to adopt, especially with the popping colours that designers used to create their faux fur coats and accessories this season. The perfect texture to create volume and presence, make like Fendi and Emilio Pucci if you really want to push the boat out. The Italian design houses used the brightest statement colours that are sure to turn heads. Alternatively, you can emulate Celine for a more polished and discrete take on faux fur, using a fresh cream and white palette to complete the look. Phoebe Philo styled her Celine models with bright aqua eye shadow, proving that you can add a splash of drama and colour in other ways.
Traditional tweeds were updated this season thanks to striking shapes and modern colour palettes. Chanel and tweed are invariably intertwined, the texture being one of the design house’s biggest exports and showcased almost every fashion week, with this season proving no exception. Other designers also incorporated traditional tweed into their collections with delightful modern twists. Dior created fantastic separates with the texture, with Raf Simons’s slashed kilt a particular favourite for a dynamic yet still conservative look. Similarly, Oscar de la Renta injected splashes of purple into fabulously steamlined tweed coats, while Preen packed a punch with a red, black and white colour palette. You don’t have to invest in a full on suit to nod to the tweed trend. Separates like skirts and jackets are a great way of nodding to the trend while allowing the rest of your outfit freedom to pursue other looks.
*This article was contributed by maryjanefashion.com, an online fashion wholesale website.