Autumn’s Hottest Waiting Lists (and How You Get on Them)

As the temperature loses its sweat factor and that cool breeze starts to set in, our minds swiftly turn to our wardrobes—specifically, the purchasing of entirely new ones. Because if there’s anything to look forward to about the end of summer, some sparkly new items for our dream closet is surely it, right?

However, some of us may find—much to our horror—that we have arrived a little late to the new-season table. What, we cry, already? In August?! Sadly, so. Many must-have A/W16 items have already amassed hefty waiting lists or sold out almost altogether, only to await a re-order. But all is not lost… By tapping our resources at the most important department stores in town, we have uncovered how you can join the queue to make sure you’re next in line. Keep scrolling to find out how you can get first (or at least second) dibs on the hottest pieces of the new season…

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At Matchesfashion.com, Balenciaga’s Bazar Bag has sold out in two sizes, Gucci’s ready-to-wear and accessories are going fast, and Fendi’s bag straps are proving especially popular too. Similar story with J.W.Anderson's Pierce Bag, which saw strong sales after it featured on the store's digital trunk show before being available.

Their private shopping team has waiting lists on two items right now: the Preen by Thornton Bregazzi Hitch Dress, and the Racil Orion Cotton-Blend Velvet Jacket—both of which sold out in two just weeks. To join the queue, contact Matchesfashion.com's MyStylist where you’ll be added to the list. For other out of stock items however, sign up via their online wish list tool.

See and shop the store's must-haves below…

Why so popular? Because burgundy velvet says luxury from a bygone era. This is a smoking jacket for women, and it's smokin'.

Ruched candy floss velvet with a mermaid silhouette. Gimme.

It's the nose ring that does it. And the detachable straps, taking it seamlessly from day to night…

Upgrade a high-street tote, or update a designer one, with this luxe teal leather strap. Because our bags deserve accessories too.

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The most in-demand items at Net-a-Porter at the moment are the Needle & Thread Tulle Gown and Gucci’s Pussy Bow Silk Crepe de Chine Blouse (currently both in stock). Also popular are the Reworked High-Rise Slim-Leg Jeans by (who else?) Vetements, and Gucci’s Horsebit-Detailed Shearling-Lined Velvet Slippers (because Gucci and slippers are made for each other, non?)

Net-a-Porter don’t have waiting lists as such… but customers can add out-of-stock items to their online wish list; they'll be notified as soon as they’re back in.

Check out NAP's key buys below…

On first look, it's a cream blouse. On closer inspection, check the embroidered bees, the grosgrain trim, the faux pearl buttons—sumptuous.

Arguably worthy of iconic status. Add these to your wish list pronto—they won't hang about.

Backless Gucci loafers are EVERYTHING. Up the ante and buy them in slipper from—in fuchsia velvet with shearling for ultimate check-these-out appeal.

The popularity of this can be summed up in three words: alternative wedding dress.

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The autumn/winter waiting lists at Brownsfashion.com centre on Balenciaga, Gucci and Miu Miu, specifically, Balenciaga’s medium Bazar Stripe leather shopper and their Apron buckle boots, plus Gucci’s mini Sylvie and the Jordaan Horsebit loafers (in not one but two colours), and Miu Miu’s velvet, leather and denim ballerina flats.

To join any of these lists, see their "contact to buy" service online. Or else, pop along to the store and sign up in person.

Peruse Browns' steller buys below…

Pointed toes elongate the leg. And as for colour, well, how many day shoes do you have in emerald green? Precisely…

Trying too hard to be all things to all people? Not to us…

These have been popular for so long, but the impact never fades. Pair with re-worked jeans or an A-line skirt to really show them off.

This is a contender for the must-own bag of the season, and with the adjustable detachable strap and the perfect pink colour—it's almost too much.

What's on your wish list? Let us know in comments below…

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