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THE NEW DECADENCE

The line between day and night dressing has merged, making it prime time for a wardrobe reinvention. Rethink traditional glitz and glamour with decadent prints, maxi silhouettes and luxurious velvet and lace. Wow factor guaranteed

 

Baroque and roll

Decadence rules for AW16, and it’s all in the name of lavish textures and eye-catching prints. Baroque-inspired influences are delicately painted across everything from dresses to skirts to accessories.

Take the little black dress or the full-bodied midi skirt for example – such wardrobe classics are crying out for a splash of luxury during the festive period. Switch up your go-to look with a louche velvet floral dress () and layer with a faux-fur embellished pea coat for extra drama or upgrade your midi with a stunning jacquard pattern, woven with a metallic thread to really shine. Complete with a blouse and tailored coat – and heeled boots deliver a killer finishing touch.

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Elegance redefined

A new evening look has emerged, and the great news is you can wear it to the office too. The trend? Cosy chunky knits paired with calf-length skirts: pencil, pleated, circle, your choice. Just make sure you wear them with heels – accessories are everything here.

Try a sumptuous velvet or metallic midi (). The shimmer of the fabric catches the light beautifully – team with a simple knit and let the skirt take centre stage. Drape an oversized coat on top for a memorable entrance.

Tapping into the Victoriana trend, lace continues to reign supreme (). This season, try white instead of classic black for a fresh take. This ruffled blouse ticks off the romantic vibe while the peekaboo detail delivers the right note of sensuality. Wear with skinny jeans or tailored trousers for a chic finish – style points are guaranteed.

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Under cover

With less flesh on show this season, texture can become the focus of your look. First up? Velvet, the fabric of film noir and after-dark cocktails. Try this rich burgundy wrap coat, cinched at the waist and clashed with velvet paisley-print trousers (). If a double hit feels too much, use the jacket to spruce up your denim, or the bottoms to reboot a simple T-shirt.

Equally, nothing is as pretty and feminine as lace. Just add an on-trend cape to make it feel cool and modern. This intricate per una dress is wearable, yet head-turning – always a winning combination. Ankle boots keep it contemporary.

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Photographer: Paul Bellaart / Stylist: Chloe Forde / Make-up artist: Mary Wiles / Hair stylist: Ben Cooke
Models: Giedre D at Models 1 / Womenswear editor: Charlene Barton

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