Autumn designer picks

Fashion’s Autumn arrives on a swathe of dark Victoriana, 80s-inspired eveningwear and challenging 70s-inspired patterning and colouring in the daywear. The plethora of deliberately ugly jumpers need no mention here, as well, you can get the idea without my help, likewise the eveningwear of  uninspiring blacks, reds and luxes that make even designer look cheap. However, there are some great notes to take away, such as the preponderance of shearling and the affection for quirky accessories.

erdem cape

Erdem Angela printed silk-organza cape, £1,150.

A painterly pattern, murky pre-Raphaelite colours and structured shape make this a cape for drama. Who needs a flimsy cape you might ask, but the question should surely be who doesn’t need a cape? It will pay for itself in no time by increasing the drama of every single exit you make by at least 50%.
Isabel Marant Roddy leather-trimmed suede ankle boots, £415.

Not got the cojones for full-on dark Victoriana? These booties are gateway Victoriana, easing you in before you graduate to maxi-tulle and capes.
 wool cape
Junya Watanabe Cutout wool-felt cape, £785.
I know, it’s another cape, but really a survey of the latest high fashion isn’t going to be all polo-necks and trousers, you can get those anywhere. This is the really fun stuff. One of my favourite designers unveils another inspirational shape.


Simone Perele Look embroidered stretch-tulle and jersey underwired bra, £70, and Look embroidered stretch-tulle and jersey briefs, £45.
Some dark-Victoriana in underwear form.


Anya Hindmarch Custard Cream Clutch, £995.

Has there ever before been an object that has so instantly won my affection as this brass rendering of an excellent biscuit? No.

peter pilotto
Peter Pilotto Track embroidered tulle and wool-blend crepe dress, £1,445.
Detailing inspired by pinball makes this dress both retro and innovative.
fendi boot

Fendi Shearling ankle boots, £1,100.

What would happen if a slipper and a stripper shoe mated? The unholy progeny would most likely resemble this deliriously silly boot: both cosy and kinky, which is confusing for everybody.

marni earrings
Marni Gold-plated resin earrings, £200.
Mid-century minimalism in burgundy resin makes these earrings chicer than anything that is essentially fancy plastic has a right to be.
pedro garcia
Pedro Garcia Xadani shearling-lined suede ankle boots, £340.
More shearling for the pampered foot.
paula bag
Paula Cademartori Dun Dun mini appliquéd leather and suede shoulder bag, £1,335.
Psychedelic suede.

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