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What’s Trending: Autumn Winter Fashion 2016

New York, London, Paris & Milan Fashion Weeks may be over but the Melbourne Fashion Festival is well and truly underway closer to home and celebrating the best the season has to offer. Sit back with a glass of red (or better yet try one of these winter warmers) as we bring you the top fashion trends for Autumn/Winter 2016.

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Seventies Revival

The 70s revival was still in effect and touches of the decade could be seen throughout many of the collections. Pantsuits, maxi dresses, psychedelic prints of paisleys and florals in rich plum, navy and tan and flared everything kept the disco flame burning.

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Velvet

Velvet, a timelessly luxurious fabric showed no signs of going away this season and was given a refreshing spin by experimenting with colour and texture and using a deconstructed silhouette.

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Gothic Black

Black is hardly revolutionary, but this season’s gothic black styles tell a darkly romantic story embracing long sleeves and hemlines, luxurious fabrics and Edwardian inspired touches.

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Metallics

There was no shortage of glittery looks on the runway with designers reworking casual silhouettes in high shine fabric, embellished jackets and gowns with sequins or heavy beading and even lamé-like fabrics making an appearance.

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Wuthering Heights

Strong Victorian graphics have dominated the patterns of the season with baroque and floral designs in moody colours reminiscent of a wallpapered library or romantic novel cover repeated on decadent silhouettes.

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Statement Fur

Fur—both real and faux—made a strong appearance on fall runways in various forms, with the classic winter coat getting a bold makeover with the use of colours, prints and patchworks. These Revenant-style pieces are worthy of a fashion Oscar!

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Varsity

Varsity lettering, colour blocking and stripes took on a 70s colour palette as a nostalgic graphic throwback to the decade. Layered turtlenecks, shearling jackets, pussybow collars and restrained plaid were often included to round out this collegiate style.

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Pantone

Pantone’s two colours of 2016 Rose Quartz and Serenity popped up everywhere despite not being traditional Autumn/Winter colours. Whether used on separates or combined together in pretty prints these colours made for a fresh and fashion-forward addition to the traditional colour palettes on show. You can read all about Pantone’s Colours of the Year 2016 here.

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Nineties Grunge

The androgynous 90s streetwear look showed up with logo sweats, oversized hoodies, boxy sweatpants, baggy jeans, beanies and sneakers resurrected in cool yet cozy grunge style.

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Eccentric

There was so many bold looks this season whether architectural shapes with billowing sleeves, ruffles, cutout shoulders, maxi or mini hemlines, flared sleeves and pants, textures of sequins, metallics, fringing, embroidered or knitted shapes and bright colours and patterns that some designers fully embraced the eccentricity and combined multiple looks together in bizarre, oversized styling that kept the vibe playful.

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