The season’s red-hot trends


SCARLET OH MARA Max Mara’s A/W 2017/18 collection embraces reds.

What looks were popular on the catwalks for autumn/winter? 

Maggie Gibbons

The major fashion shows of New York, London, Milan and Paris are over, and the trends are set for the coming season. Many of the last few years’ favourites remain, like knits, faux fur, florals and capes. Any of you who braved the one-shoulder trend will be delighted it’s around for the winter season too.
The fabrics just screamed ‘touch me’! They were luxurious and tactile, with plenty of marabou trims and velvet.

Back to the future
There were lots of ’70s influences too – folksy shearling coats, patchwork dresses and ruffles. While these might not be to everyone’s taste, they are already on the high street and you won’t be able to miss them. Folk themes are everywhere for 2017.
The ’80s revival trend, meanwhile, is all about unstructured tailoring and pronounced shoulders.
For those who prefer to go where no woman has gone before, Chanel went all futuristic with galactic prints and metallics, it was all glittery boots and metallic jackets.

Warm wishes
Capes were covered in pearls, sequins, tassels and even feathers, a bit of sheer luxury, if not too practical! I’ll stick to my woolly one.
Cosy knits were all over the catwalks too, in dresses, jumpers and cardigans.

Girly girls
Floral dresses are going nowhere. A bit reminiscent of the ’40s, the tea dress will remain a popular choice.
Bows – some oversized, others demure – will be everywhere, but expect to see them on dresses, shirts and jumpers.

Bags of style
Handbags will have bold straps that make a huge statement. Micro bags will be the ‘it’ accessory, in fact it will be either that or oversized, with very little in between.

To boot
Boots are appearing in every cheery colour of the rainbow – what a great way to brighten up a miserable, grey winter’s day.

Pantone’s Fashion Colour Report, Autumn 2017
Every season the Pantone Color Institute evaluates the colours shown by fashion designers in their collections at New York Fashion Week. This information is then used to create the Pantone Fashion Colour Report, which highlights the top ten colours for men’s and women’s fashion for the upcoming season. For the first time ever, Pantone added London Fashion Week to its seasonal colour reportage.

Grenadine A powerful, evocative, dynamic red, Grenadine is a confident and self-assured attention-getter
Tawny Port Taking the red family to new depths, Tawny Port is elegant and sophisticated
Ballet Slipper This is a soft pink; mind you pink will be prominent in every shade from rose to neon
Butterum A very toasty beige or camel
Navy Peony A lovely shade of navy, glad to see it replacing black as the solid neutral
Neutral Gray It can be used as an accent or a head-to-toe statement shade; I’m a big fan of this grey
Shaded Spruce A blueish green that you’d see in a spruce the forest, and you get the shade
Golden Lime A yellowy green that can be hard to wear, best keep it to accessories if it doesn’t suit you
Marina A cool blue that’s gorgeous on cool skins; both soothing and peaceful
Autumn Maple A classic autumn color – think warm tawny-orange leaves with a hint of russet

Looking around the shops, though, this season weaves earthy neutrals with warm colours to create a rich palette. If there’s one colour you’ll spot everywhere, it’s red … scarlet, brick, tomato, take your pick!

Maggie Gibbons is an Image/Style Consultant based in Louisburgh. She can be contacted at