Dubai, UAE, September 15, 2016: As the days get shorter and the weather slightly cooler, those of us living in the Middle East breathe a sigh of relief as the sweltering summer starts to fade away. This transition signals an upcoming season of more bearable autumn-winter months and gives us a new excuse to fill our wardrobes with New Look’s key trendy pieces straight from the catwalks.
Sports luxe is one of the biggest trends for AW16 and now entirely appropriate worn outside of the gym. Colour block patterns inspired by retro ski wear are key, as are stirrup leggings, tracksuit pants – the new must-have trouser – and logo hoodies which are perfect for layering.
Animal print is another big trend of the season and can be found across pleated skirts, V neck jumpers and structured coats. Velvet also makes a return in forest greens, navy and burgundy and looks luxurious mixed with lace and satin.
The roll neck becomes an outfit staple, worn under dresses, hoodies, sweatshirts and jackets. Meanwhile, pyjama dressing continues with soft patterned jumpsuits that can be reworked from day to night.
The party dress is transformed with jacquard fabric and metallic sheens. Outerwear steps up its game with ginger faux fur coats and embroidered bombers that ooze attitude worn with tartan skirts.
Completing the look is New Look’s extensive autumn-winter accessories collection channelling the early 90s. This season, shoes are clean and contemporary especially classic, androgynous styles which get an update with metallic finishes and chunky heels.
Boots are given a sense of drama with embroidered detailing, luxe velvet and feature heels. Ankle boots take inspiration from the catwalk, finishing higher up the leg and worn with lurex socks for a street style edge.
Earrings steal the spotlight with oversized hoops, clean orbs and chandelier styles. 90s chokers are still on trend, while plain or printed neck scarves feel fresh for autumn.
Strap details are key on bags and the chain shoulder bag is a sure favourite. Metallics, animal prints and velvet are all important in terms of fabric and quilting and frills are must-have details.
In terms of headwear, beanies with pom-pom detailing are the ultimate accessory and sporty caps are more stylish than ever.
Two distinct looks dominate New Look’s lingerie collection for autumn-winter: luxury and sportswear.
Velvet and satin come to life in rich jewel tones like midnight blue and berry, while delicate eyelash lace in neutral colours adds timeless glamour. Longer line bralets and bodies are key pieces, with touches of metallic and pleated mesh giving them an AW16 update.
Less luxurious and more sports luxe, the 90s trend shows its influence with athletic-inspired underwear, especially bodies and casual sets with striped trims.
Nightwear is influenced by classic silhouettes like pyjama suits in striped satin and cami and knicker sets.