Bristol Fashion Week Day 2: Autumn Winter 16 Trend report

After the first two shows last night were a great success, in the lead up to 4 more shows today and a full day of pampering treats, I thought I’d give a round-up of the key Autumn trends that we saw on the catwalk last night to give you an idea on what to wear for the winter season if you decide to have a day out of polewear!


This year military was massive on all the catwalks. At Bristol Fashion Week we saw M&S rockin’ this look too. Some people see M&S as an “old lady” shop, but honestly their Limited collection focuses on the latest trends, so it’s always a head of the game on the high street. The Military trend is wearable for anyone and you can choose to go subtle with a hint of fringing on accessories or you can go all out royal army style.

From olive green colourways to trench coats and tailoring, this trend has turned into a classic recurring look, so grab your picks now and you’ll be set for a few winter seasons in the future.



An easy one for us dancers, just rock out your activewear like you knew it was on trend!

Designers this season have been obsessed with the gym-to-office look. The comfier the better so leggings, cashmere sweats, bomber jackets, trainers…you get the idea! Although I’m personally not a big fan of buying leggings from the high street (leggings snob!) but actually this season, the high street are picking up on better quality designed leggings to wear out. New Look previewed this look at Bristol Fashion Week last night, I particularly liked the bodycon sport dresses and knee high socks with a bomber jacket in this scene, and with New Look’s price point this look is easy to pull off.



This trend is an awesome one for winter, basically….wrap yourself in the biggest duvet you can find and there you have it – bang on trend!

Oversized coats were across all the catwalks for autumn and Bristol Fashion Week was no exception. Next did a gorgeous oversized bright orange puffa jacket which looked amazing! I’ve never been a big fan of the duvet jackets but actually Next have made me reconsider this opinion.


We’ve already seen pastels across the high street for spring but now it’s merging across for winter! The ‘old wives’ tale is that pastels can only work on certain skin complexions….like most old wives tales – it’s a lie! Lol! Pastel shades are extremely versatile and can work with any skin tone or personal style. Chanel’s catwalk was brimming with a plethora of pastels and on the BFW catwalk John Lewis even had pastels for the men! Yes you heard it guys….pastels work for you too!



This scene in the show is probably one of my favourites, mainly because of the awesome industrial motion graphics from Zee FX!

Lifestyle is another one of those trends which is obvious for the winter season. We are seeing a lot of high street fashion moving into this trend organically – stores such as Fat Face, Crew and White stuff are all over this trend permanently!

Last night SuperDry showcased this trend with a mixture of striped tops, denim dresses and woolly hats!



This has got to be one of my favourite trends of all time. I live in black most of the time! The best part of this look is that black is super flattering for any figure.

The gothic trend used to be huge in the 90s but this time Gothic grew up and went all adult glam on us!

This season we saw black combined with touches of dark purple or navy as well as different textures added to create more depth to the look.

Roberto Cavalli had some gorgeous black lace maxi dresses in his collection and at Bristol Fashion Week, Ann Summers pulled out the stops. My favourite item are these high leg PVC socks! Perfect for floorwork and a night out!



This is a great new trend for the autumn season – perfect if you’ve overslept, shoved on the first thing you see and realise later…it doesn’t match! 

Designers were seen overloading the catwalks with a mash up of clashing patterns, prints and textures. Think pairing gingham with stripes or a floral dress with a check coat. River Island previewed this trend last night, I am in love with some of their looks this season. They made the job of styling this look easier by creating the print clash on the clothes already! Job done! 



Fairytale fashion is similar to the winter floral’s look we saw last year but a more creative twist for the feminine, girly fashionista’s with extra embellishments and silks.

At Bristol Fashion Week, Warehouse showed this look with a mixture of textures and patterns in beautiful injections of black combined with raspberry shades. They even had the old plastic bags for hats in true granny chic style!



This is another one of my favourite looks for the season. Anyone who knows me well, knows I’m partial to a bit of animal print, especially leopard! 

This season the catwalks were filled with leopard print (lucky me!). D&G are well-known and loved for their addition to leopard print but some people seem to be scared of this trend because they have a fear of looking too Pat Butcher-ish!  But there’s a reason this trend returns season after season – it’s a classic and designers love how it can be so versatile. John Lewis showed some fabulous leopard outfits in their scene at Bristol Fashion Week. I spied a gorgeous leopard print bodycon dress with black down the sides – perfect for flattering your body shape.



The final trend we saw at BFW was opulence – a perfect excuse to bling yourself up as much as possible! Think velvets, metallics, sequins and jacquard print. The best part is this look isn’t just for parties – you can go luxe-glam all day and night….anywhere you want! 

We saw designers like Prada and Gucci sending their models down the catwalk in a walk back through history to the Versailles era and Bristol Fashion Week was no different. Marks and Spencer showcased some beautiful collections of casual knitwear mixed with sparkle and some gorgeous velvet wide leg trousers. This scene really was beautiful but mainly because I’m a sucker for a man in a suit….not so keen on the sparkly eye broach though!



Hope you enjoyed reading my round-up, if any of these trends catches your eye, let me know!

Dominique x