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Autumn Trend Focus: Corduroy


A familiar fabrication that was originally in the style spotlight during the Seventies; corduroy is today embarking on a new lease of life.

Proving to be a hit across almost all the autumnal catwalks this season, designers have adopted corduroy as the new cotton, and again suddenly feels somewhat authentic. Everyone from Marc Jacobs and Mulberry to Fashion East’s up and coming talent and Nina Ricci has all taken the fabric that was seen to be popular over half a century ago and creatively re-applied it to their latest collections that evoke a new found cool. 

There is no mistaking corduroy is making its mark this season. The fabric is an advocate of gender-neutral dressing. Being originally a menswear staple, it may have been seen to fluctuate in popularity over the years but has nonetheless never completely disappeared out of favour. Margaret Howell consistently pioneers corduroy throughout her menswear collections, as she suggests it’s an ideal material that makes great trousers and jackets for men. 

It’s a material abundant in integrity that is durable, tough, yet soft and extremely tactile and has additionally been seen to be metamorphosed into a woman’s wardrobe. Case in point: corduroy suits were seen debuted earlier this year during Miuccia Prada’s menswear collection, whilst almost identical versions were presented among her women’s looks of autumn/winter 2017. Chestnut browns, the darkest navy’s and burnt oranges were applied onto fitted jackets and nonchalant yet chic flares. 

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Corduroy has been creatively adapted to suit a variety of styles, albeit always carrying a vintage throwback charm. Most commonly bedecked in autumnal shades that were sophisticated and easy on the eye, other designer’s splashed their corduroy additions in a riot of vivid colours, such as a muted canary yellow at Trussardi and bright sky blues at Ermanno Scervino and Nina Ricci. Head-to-toe flourishes were paraded at Brock Collection and Public School, whilst subtler styles were noted amid Sportmax and Diesel Black Gold

Corduroy encompassed a lust for glamour at Marc Jacobs with luxurious fur and metallic styling, meanwhile, a more subdued zeitgeist was seen amid the androgynous renditions at Margaret Howell and Lemaire’s slouchy, relaxed looks. Tory Burch and Dries Van Noten accompanied their lust-worthy cords with infectiously colourful patterns that were adorned onto silks, which made for an artful juxtaposition.

Words by Katie Farley


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