The AW16 catwalks were, as usual, a riot of colours and fabrics, with some of the clothes on show putting you more in mind of Eddie and Patsy from Ab Fab than the imprint market. There were, however, a number of strong trends that have already been seized on by the high street chains and independent boutiques
For the many Images readers who count fashion brands among their customers, the big trend to know about is the one for quilted outerwear, aka puffa jackets. Over-grown ski jackets and duvets masquerading as coats were a popular sight on the runways this season. Dorothy Perkins’ hooded Orange Duvet Coat is set to turn heads this autumn, as will the B&C Superhood (JW941), a heavyweight puffer bomber with contrast inner lining.
Metals are another hot trend this autumn, whether it’s glittery tops, skirts made from sheets of copper or shiny sequins. New Look’s metallic hoodie is a glorious high street interpretation of this trend, with American Apparel’s Tri-Blend Hoodie (TRT497) in tri-silver providing a brilliant base for metallic decorations.
The Topshop hoodie is a unique style that garment decorators will have great fun trying to recreate: it’s half orange, half purple. The Russell Hooded Sweatshirt (575M) comes in both orange and purple – perhaps the more ambitious (and scissor-happy) among you will find a way to combine the two!
A more achievable style is Simply Be’s shirt that contrasts stark military khaki with a pretty, floral embroidery design across the back. A good starting point for those looking to follow this look is the Poplin Long Sleeve Blouse from Premier, which comes in a wide range of shades, including khaki.
Also continuing down the military theme is New Look’s cap. Hats, caps and all accessories for the head are going to be big this season so get ready to embroider those caps and decorate those beanies. Anvil’s Solid Low-Profile Twill Cap (156) in khaki is a great imprint pair.