The autumn/winter season naturally paves the way for heavier armour and a fair bit more drama than the spring/summer collections allow. This was perhaps even more true for AW16, with collections being shown that were boldly sumptuous and deeply rooted in historical reference. Here's our pick of a key few pieces for an update:
No garment makes you feel invincible quite like a cape does. As it has become an outerwear mainstay, it's wise to invest in a cape to create bold architectural silhouettes all season round.
A GLAM SHOE-BOOT
A lace-up peep-toe boot is the ideal transitional shoe and plays on the alluring conceal-reveal appeal in its own way by concealing the ankles and exposing the toes. This season's favorite tactile styles are in velvet and suede.
Championed by Roksanda Ilincic, flared, fluted and bell-shaped sleeves add both a regal and sculptural feel to Autumn/Winter '16's dresses.
SOMETHING SAINT LAURENT
AW16 was Hedi Slimane's last season for Saint Laurent, and many assert that the 80s-glamour inspired collection was his best. With the much-discussed Hedi era now at a close, it would be wise to attain a part of fashion history.
A STATEMENT MAXISKIRT
Every well-edited closet needs a long princess-like skirt to pair with a simple top and sashay around in. As maxi-skirts have become a new staple over the past several years, AW16's styles get updated with impeccable prints and textured jacquard detailing.
Previously chunky hardware has been traded in for elegant minimalist cylindrical versions.
A FINE COCKTAIL RING
Some of us will just never do dainty jewelry. While a cocktail ring was predominantly a costume thing for a while, the demand for a bold, beautifully crafted forever piece has been increasing.