On the eve of a new fashion season, Chadstone offers a comprehensive breakdown of the five trends that will dominate the Australian autumn and winter. This is an opportunity to freshen up and rejuvenate our look.

Statement-making knits, keep-for-life outerwear, and dreamy boots are just a few of the delights on offer at Chadstone this season—say nothing of the hyper- trendy pieces that will send your heart aflutter.

CLASSIC RED

“There is a shade of red for every woman,” said legendary style icon Audrey Hepburn. This season, that sentiment is more true than ever. Designers as eclectic as Aje, Country Road and Golden Goose are all offering pieces in head-turning hues of cherry, scarlet, and crimson. Go big – head-to-toe red ensembles, then polish the final look with classic black accessories.

COOL KHAKIS

Switch out your beloved blacks, whites, and navys for a new neutral colour palette this season—khakis, beiges, and tans. Beige-hued cotton pieces will seamlessly integrate into your existing wardrobe (just add denim), while khaki pieces will shake off any unwanted Tropic Thunder overtones with the addition of slickly tailored blazers and sleek ribbed knits. With new season pieces from Bally, Viktoria & Woods (David Jones), and Witchery—you’ll find yourself a khaki convert for life.

SETTLE PETAL

Contrary to the eternalised The Devil Wears Prada quote, florals can be ground- breaking—you just need to know how to style them. For the autumn winter ‘21 season embrace a darker colour palette, looking to hyper-feminine dresses from Bec + Bridge and Kenzo. High fashion florals are given added finesse when paired with perennial wardrobe classics, like beige trench coats, chunky knits and leather jackets. The best part? You can swap out your chunky winter boots for minimal leather sandals come summer, making delicate floral dresses the ultimate trans-seasonal investment.

MICROSCOPIC MINIS

After an uncertain 12 months spent largely indoors, is it any wonder that fashion is looking optimistically forward, toward a time where shorter hemlines are back on the agenda? This season, the microscopic mini is all grown up, finished in hyper-sophisticated tweed and worn with a matching blazer (Cher Horowitz, eat your heart out), or paired with demure, feminine blouses. Your mood- board is ‘Versace-clad supermodels circa the ‘90s’—with that image in mind, you can’t fail.

LUXE LEATHER

With ticks of approval from Celine, Hermès, Alexander McQueen, and Boss, the fashion industry has well and truly fallen back in love with leather. This season, classic wardrobe staples—blazers, shorts, well-cut trousers—are reinvented in buttery leather, fashion’s most durable material. Play it safe with tasteful injections (think: pleated mini-skirts) or go all-out with a head-to-toe leather ensemble by Sandro.