Autumn Winter Trends 2019

Chanel’s Monochromatic Tailoring

One thing Chanel demonstrated in their A/W 19 collection is they know how to take a theme and run with it. Chock full of check, tartan and dogtooth in their signature boucle, Chanel’s iconic and eclectic take on pattern mixing sees them tackling three or four different prints in one outfit, yet retains the chic elegance of haute couture. The result is a powerful look that’s dramatic, but not over-complicated. Demure, yet oh so ostentatious. Fancy attempting this look? Burda have some fab patterns to get you on your way, as seen below, all of which we currently stock in our Brighton store, alongside lots of new wool blends we’ve stocked up on for the upcoming season.

L-R: Burda 6372, Burda 6736, Burda 6847, Burda 6465

The Great Big Return of Great Big Shoulders

The 80’s are back and they mean business. Like something The Talking Heads’ David Byrne would’ve worn in 1984, dramatically oversize tailoring seems to be having a bit of a moment. Across the A/W catwalks the style is somewhat baffling prevalent, as demonstrated by looks from (L-R) Balmain, Lanvin, Saint Laurent and Richard Quinn. Having made Vogue’s number 3 on their ’12 Definitive Trends‘ for Autumn/Winter, will this trend have you digging through your old pattern stash to find the 80’s cut of dreams?

Colourful PU and Faux Leather

Adding a colourful twist on an Autumn Winter staple, this season saw a lot of interesting tones of faux leather, leatherette and PU hit the catwalks. Firstly we have Stella McCartney’s patent caramel robe, which, if her staunch views on ecological sustainability and familial history of vegetarianism are anything to go by, you can 100% guarantee will be in an environmentally-friendly leather substitute. Next up is this double breasted jacket from Givenchy in a beautiful midnight blue jewel tone, with sharp 70’s lapels and cinched in with a black belt. Lastly we have another Chanel contribution, a glossy biker jacket and trouser duo in a stunning hot magenta, in what looks like a lighter weight fabric such as PVC. As we step into a more eco-conscious era, it’s interesting to note how designers are moving more into incorporating futuristic plastic into their collections, and what that means for their footprint.

Here at Ditto we have a whole range of PU and faux leather in a variety of shades. Pictured below is a small selection of our metallic PU, in warm copper, gold and mushroom-y silver.