Fashion’s Transitional Trends

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Posted on April 11, 2019 by Lisa Piddington

Our Fashion Editor Lisa Piddington offers advice on how to get from summer to autumn next in style.

Changing from one season to the next can be quite tricky, even for the canniest of fashionistas. After all, there’s nothing easy about planning your weekly wardrobe when it can be topping the high 20s one day and feeling far too chilly the next.

There may be a touch of an Indian summer in the air, but the nights are certainly getting chillier and it’s the time of year to start thinking of a transition wardrobe. By that I mean clothes that take you effortlessly from warmer to cooler climes, ensuring you look chic as the temperature starts to drop.

It’s still too early to start eyeing up winter woollies and thick coats, but cardigans, jackets and shift dresses are the perfect pre-fall items we should be stocking up on now. They slot easily in with the left-over summer garbs and will keep you going through the next season.

Emporio Armani’s new arrivals boast a whole range of clever in-between buys. I particularly like this crepe dress in a beautiful purple berry shade – so easy to dress up and down whatever the British weather decides to throw at us.

Pictured: Crepe dress, £465; worn with Giorgio Armani ankle boots, £590 (available online at

The Androgyny Trend

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Posted on April 11, 2019 by Lisa Piddington

Fashion proves it really is a man’s world as womenswear takes its nod from menswear this season. We asked our fashion editor Lisa Piddington to pick her key pieces for Autumn from Harvey Nichols.

The catwalk has flirted with androgyny for a couple of seasons now, but it seems its back with a bang. For A/W13, masculine-feminine boundaries are blurred as womenswear takes a manly turn. Seen on the runways at Stella McCartney, Ralph Lauren, Dolce & Gabbana and Yves Saint Laurent, the look is all about mannish tailoring and boyish charm.

High-shine brogues and smart tapered trousers look great teamed with a plain white shirt, while a trilby, bow tie and structured tote add instant elements of androgyny.

Pictured: Clockwise from top left – DKNY lizard effect tote, £245; McQ Alexander McQueen oversized shirt dress, £375; Markus Lupfer jumper, £250; Christy’s felt hat, £50; Alice + Olivia wool trousers, £240; Maison Martin Margiela MM6 leather brogues, £345 (Click & Collect); Paul Smith Black cotton shirt, £155; and Alexander McQueen skull ring.

All items featured are available from Harvey Nichols.

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