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Trends from the 80’s are back with a 2019 twist. The old rules of bright colours in the summer and dark colours in the winter no longer apply.

We are seeing a refreshing return to brighter colours used as accents to the deeper more typical shades of autumn.

Bright yellow, fuchsia, sapphire blue, kelly green, orange, red, purple and peacock teal are showing up in over-sized coats and sweaters. These brighter colours are also appearing in prints as accented pops of colour, working with rich autumn shades and earthy browns.

Look out for: Bold colour. Strong shoulders. Colour blocking. Geometric prints. Over-sized outerwear. Puffy Sleeves. Clashing prints. Athletic inspired fashion. Ruffles. Leather.

Cozy comfortable silhouettes combining print, colour and texture with patchwork prints; including paisley, foulard, geometric, wallpaper floral and calico at the forefront.

Keep watch for: Artisan stripes and geometric prints. Scarf prints. Equestrian prints. Fair Isle sweaters. Faux fur. Aztec motifs. Denim. Suede. Corduroy. Leather. Sherpa. Melange knits. Ruffled dresses. Western style shirts.

Faux leather & fur are making a comeback; looking more realistic than ever before.

Typical autumn colours in handcrafted looks with a western edge. Mustard, orange, olive, rust, cognac, brick, plum, chocolate, teal and camel.

Top designers are showing soft leather dresses in vibrant colours. Porcelain blue, butterscotch, cognac, deep red, mustard, olive, purple and black. The leather trench coat also headed down the runways.

Fur is equally important for the season. Colourful sherpa, shearling and long hair fur in jackets and coats, as well as accents for collars and cuffs. Vinyl & plasticized trench coats are also trending this Fall.

What to watch for: Clear vinyl for rain wear. Printed vinyl. Shiny Vinyl in bold colours. Sherpa. Shearling. Leather dresses. Printed leather. Bonded leather to fur. Printed fur. Camouflage. Trench coats. Vests. Patchwork suede and sherpa. Faux fur.

Head back to the future with silver metallic!

Special Occasion dressing is looking icy cool with: Chunky sequin dresses. Sweater knits with silver lurex. Chiffon prints and solids with silver lurex stripes. Stretch faux leather knit activewear in silver grey. Silver grey lace. Silver satin. Silver lame. Sequined striped suiting. Silver on black brocade prints. Iridescent hologram. Ruffles in silver grey knit. Crinkled silver texture. Silver embroidered florals. Silver faux leather.

Autumn/Winter 2019/20 is all about vibrant colour! There is a definite shift in colour coming our way, bringing a ray of sunshine to the often dreary days of autumn.

Introduce touches of WINTER BRIGHTS to your wardrobe and mix with rich HARVEST SHADES, COOL MIDTONES or even better, WARM BROWNS and your season will be filled with COLOUR!

Fabrics look new again with so many interesting textured knits and wovens in vibrant colour! Layering is a must and possibilities are endless for putting together a unique fashion look.

Words to describe autumn fabric for 2019: Cuddly, super soft, brushed, furry, ribbed, corded, suede, double faced, jacquard, waffle, basket weave, boucle, boiled, tweed, chenille, cable, printed, sequined, fringe, textured leathers, flocked, burnout, bubbly, distressed, pleated, clear coated, quilted, puffer, shiny, matte, melange, glitter and colourful.

Animal prints are back and one of the top trends for Autumn / Winter 2019.

Leopard, snakeskin, tiger, cheetah and zebra on every type of fabric such as wovens, knits, jacquards, glossy leatherette, faux fur and burnout velvets.

Colour is what makes these prints look new again. Leopard skins in vivid brights such as electric blue, snakeskins in vibrant red, tiger prints in mustard yellow. Of course, the traditional classic neutral shades are still very popular.

Plaids are back for Autumn 2019; traditional patterns in non-traditional colours.

Take a Royal Stewart pattern and make it modern in bright violet and acid yellow or any check pattern in contrasting colour combinations.

What to watch for: Menswear Glencheck plaids take on a warmer casual look in camel, burnt orange and chocolate brown. Menswear in fuchsia and black. Combine plaids for a unique look. Colourful houndstooth. Printed checks in vivid colour. Blue check coating and checks in autumn shades.

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Tropical trends are super hot right now! Realistic parrots and bird of paradise flowers combine with palm fronds in vivid colours for a bright summer project.

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