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Layers of Layers – Autumn/Winter 2018/19


A trend we can definitely adopt for not only next season but for our current chilly temperatures (that aren’t exactly suggestive of spring), a double whammy of layering bundled up a sumptuously, snuggly sartorial style throughout the Autumn/Winter 2018-19 catwalks.

Pioneering the throwback ensemble that of Joey Tribbiani (the episode where he wears all Chandler’s clothes simultaneously), designers have accelerated the layering game, exuding the ultimate in warmth with layers upon layers of outerwear that will keep the cold at bay, whilst additionally adding a multiple dimension to a look.

Whether co-ordinating the voluminous jackets and coats with clothing beneath or unapologetically colliding a dichotomy of colours, textures, prints and patterns to the trend, an abundant of layers emerged, giving Autumn/Winter 2018/19 that extra edge and padding.

Supersizing silhouettes were largely witnessed at Balenciaga, where the comical aesthetic of Tribbiani materialised via hoodies, parkas and a magnificently massive red coat – all piled on top of each other. Maison Margiela’s one-sided XXL puffer sleeve was seen adorned onto a tailored jacket that was over the top of another parka, whilst Calvin Klein cocooned his models in multiple clashing checks and striped layers with a large tobacco coat – any more layers and the trend would be compared to a game of pass the parcel!

Super relaxed tailoring coincided with the look of lashings of layers at the likes of Roksanda, Lemaire, Givenchy and Gabriela Hearst, where an aura of nonchalance transcended onto the trend with effortless ease and unparalleled modernity. Sarah Burton injected her layering with the house’s signature bad-ass punk twist at Alexander McQueen, whilst Marni’s waterfall of materials translated into a vibrant aesthetic that gave a nod to sports-luxe.

Words by Kate Farley

Images from top to bottom: Balenciaga, Maison Margiela, Calvin Klein and Alexander McQueen.

Intro image: Roksanda – AW18/19

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