Fashion: The eight key pieces you’ll need for autumn/winter

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THE BROCADE DRESS: Anokhi Arden print dress, �129, at East. The return to rich texture sees a season of embellishment and embroidery, rich decoration and opulent detail, encrusted jewels and sequins, embossed velvets and also brocades, which offer wearable options for daytime. The beautiful raised floral pattern of this dress is reminiscent of tapestry and exotic carpets. Team with suede boots.
1. THE BROCADE DRESS: Anokhi Arden print dress, �129, at East. The return to rich texture sees a season of embellishment and embroidery, rich decoration and opulent detail, encrusted jewels and sequins, embossed velvets and also brocades, which offer wearable options for daytime. The beautiful raised floral pattern of this dress is reminiscent of tapestry and exotic carpets. Team with suede boots.
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As the new collections begin to emerge, Stephanie Smith picks out eight statement looks from the High Street to see you through the season in style.

Take a bold splash of confidence, mix with an impressive dash of intelligence, add a judicious shake of quirkiness and fold in a generous spoonful of opulence. There you have it – the very distinctive blend of autumn/winter 2016 fashion.

2. The Shearling Jacket - M&S Collection jacket, to come from Marks & Spencer.
Shearling jackets and coats are the new outdoor wear It pieces for the season. This shearling biker style from Marks & Spencer offers a wearable option, a chic way to add luxurious cosy texture to casual and weekend look, and to add dress-down cool (and warmth) to smarter and evening looks.

2. The Shearling Jacket - M&S Collection jacket, to come from Marks & Spencer. Shearling jackets and coats are the new outdoor wear It pieces for the season. This shearling biker style from Marks & Spencer offers a wearable option, a chic way to add luxurious cosy texture to casual and weekend look, and to add dress-down cool (and warmth) to smarter and evening looks.

Textures are plush and luxurious, from velvets and brocades to shearling and rich leathers, plus sumptuous knits and quality woven wools.

Colours range from earth tones of warm taupe, clay and intense sea grey through a palette of hopeful sky blues to intense meadow green, exotic cedar and soft spicy mustard, and then playful pops of vibrant glowing red, mauve pink and rich deep purple.

Shapes are clean and structured, yet flowing, allowing volume and drama. High necklines and wide trousers or midi-length dresses and skirts celebrate fabric, silhouette and maybe even modesty – albeit with pure feminine confidence.

Bearing all this in mind, and as the High Street collections make their way into our shops and department stores, here are eight key pieces and themes to seek out right now.

3. The Statement Shirt - Palmer//Harding cape back shirt, �120; grey cigarette trousers, �120. Modern Rarity at John Lewis.
The shirt continues to be a key piece, with designs becoming more creative and directional, lifting what was once a standard piece of workwear to new levels of wearability. This cape-back style from John Lewiss new Modern Rarity Collection is an example of the importance this season of structure, volume and silhouette.

3. The Statement Shirt - Palmer//Harding cape back shirt, �120; grey cigarette trousers, �120. Modern Rarity at John Lewis. The shirt continues to be a key piece, with designs becoming more creative and directional, lifting what was once a standard piece of workwear to new levels of wearability. This cape-back style from John Lewiss new Modern Rarity Collection is an example of the importance this season of structure, volume and silhouette.

4. The Cropped Wide-Leg Trouser -  Black top, crop trousers and white jacket from the new Mint collection, launching this month at Mint Velvet, prices �89-�299.
As chilly as it might seem, the cropped trouser is a key look for autumn, especially in its wide-leg guise. With strappy heels, it can be elegant, adding interest to an outfit where classic tailored black trousers would look simply meh. For daytime, try with long boots worn under, rather than ankle boots that leave at gap.

4. The Cropped Wide-Leg Trouser - Black top, crop trousers and white jacket from the new Mint collection, launching this month at Mint Velvet, prices �89-�299. As chilly as it might seem, the cropped trouser is a key look for autumn, especially in its wide-leg guise. With strappy heels, it can be elegant, adding interest to an outfit where classic tailored black trousers would look simply meh. For daytime, try with long boots worn under, rather than ankle boots that leave at gap.

5. THE LUXE LEATHER DRESS: Todd Lynn/Edition leather dress, �150, at Debenhams. Leather is everywhere for autumn, for coats, skirts and especially leather dresses. Mustard, taupe, snakeskin, blue and olive all feature, but black is classic. This wrap-style leather dress is perfect to wear layered over knits or a tee for daywear, with a silk cami for night, or by itself for bold glamour.

5. THE LUXE LEATHER DRESS: Todd Lynn/Edition leather dress, �150, at Debenhams. Leather is everywhere for autumn, for coats, skirts and especially leather dresses. Mustard, taupe, snakeskin, blue and olive all feature, but black is classic. This wrap-style leather dress is perfect to wear layered over knits or a tee for daywear, with a silk cami for night, or by itself for bold glamour.

6. The Richness of Red: Red wool blend trousers, �110, red wool coat, �349, red merino wool roll-neck, �65, red suede loafers, �159, all at Hobbs. Burning red, pillar box red, deep ruby  tones of red are rich, deep and vibrant for autumn. Red tailoring is the perfect touch to add smart and bold statement to any outfit, and the red coat especially is a key piece. Its all about richness and texture, not tackiness, so look for wools, silks, suedes and leathers in red.

6. The Richness of Red: Red wool blend trousers, �110, red wool coat, �349, red merino wool roll-neck, �65, red suede loafers, �159, all at Hobbs. Burning red, pillar box red, deep ruby  tones of red are rich, deep and vibrant for autumn. Red tailoring is the perfect touch to add smart and bold statement to any outfit, and the red coat especially is a key piece. Its all about richness and texture, not tackiness, so look for wools, silks, suedes and leathers in red.

7. The Military Great Coat (RIGHT): Khaki trench, �495, Topshop Unique. Utility themes are significant once again, from officers jackets to throw over your party dress to quilted camouflage puffas and tailored navy double-breasted long coats. The khaki great coat, as seen here from Topshop Unique, is practical and statement-like. Wear over 
jeans for weekends and with sequins and velvets for night-time.

7. The Military Great Coat (RIGHT): Khaki trench, �495, Topshop Unique. Utility themes are significant once again, from officers jackets to throw over your party dress to quilted camouflage puffas and tailored navy double-breasted long coats. The khaki great coat, as seen here from Topshop Unique, is practical and statement-like. Wear over jeans for weekends and with sequins and velvets for night-time.

8. The Bucket Bag: Bay bucket bag, �155, from Lamb 1887 on Lamb.1887.com. Bold bags in bright colours are an easy way to key into the new mood of confidence. This bucket bag in blue leather reflects the on/off-duty, sport, work and play prevailing attitude of modern life. Its luxurious and punchy, yet practical, roomy, easy to carry, and looks good with everything.

8. The Bucket Bag: Bay bucket bag, �155, from Lamb 1887 on Lamb.1887.com. Bold bags in bright colours are an easy way to key into the new mood of confidence. This bucket bag in blue leather reflects the on/off-duty, sport, work and play prevailing attitude of modern life. Its luxurious and punchy, yet practical, roomy, easy to carry, and looks good with everything.

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