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.
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.