It is almost time for another fashion month, and here at Who What Wear UK, we are most excited to see how the street style set will interpret the new-season trends. Surprising outfit ideas and unlikely high-street hits always emerge during fashion week, but some high-end pieces are destined to have plenty of air time on the front row. The autumn/winter 2017 collections are dropping as we type, so to help you know the items that are about to be big, we turned to those who know how we shop better than we do ourselves—fashion buyers and designer experts from Net-a-Porter, MatchesFashion.com and more. Scroll below to see—and shop—the cult items you'll see in every street style gallery this month.
"The Balenciaga polka-dot 'knife' pump is this season's statement shoe," says fashioninfluencerand entrepreneur Roberta Benteler. "The super-pointy toe is what it's all about and perfectly captures the renaissance of grunge." Lisa Aiken, Net-a-Porter's retail fashion director, agrees: "We've all been quick to adopt Demna's [Creative Director Demna Gvasalia] vision for Balenciaga, and these pumps are the perfect evolution of the brand's signature mule."
"Magda Butrym has become a go-to for effortless yet interesting pieces," says Lisa Aiken. "We expect to see plenty of her cutaway dresses throughout this season."
"We have seen a real return to glamour this season, and Michael Halpern's approach is different to everything else out there," says Natalie Kigman. "I love his sequin pieces; they make you feel fabulous and brighten up your day and night. You can wear them with platforms for a Studio 54 feel or wear the sequin pants with a T-shirt and trainers."
"We love seeing standout prints come to life during show season, and Prada's poster-girl collection featuring illustrations by Robert E. McGinnis will definitely be key to this trend," adds Lisa Aiken. "We expect to see it on fashion week favourites, such as Giovanna Battaglia and Natasha Goldenberg, who gravitate towards this style."
"A checked coat from Balenciaga, which can be worn in different ways," adds Natalie Kingham. "It is timeless and beautifully cut, the perfect outerwear piece for the season ahead."
Next up, see our guide to the key trends for autumn/ winter 2017.
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