Keeping up with a month’s worth of runway shows can be a lot of work, even for the most avid fashion follower. You could spend hours poring over all of our coverage, but in case you’d like an abridged version, we brought in one of our favourite industry experts, Net-a-Porter buyer Sasha Sarokin. After attending her customary 60-70 runway shows a year, Sarokin has a pretty keen idea about which collections and trends are the ones to watch. After all, she helps make the major decisions on what the world’s premier luxury retailer will stock in the coming season. Accordingly, we asked Sarokin for her top 10 highlights from all four F/W 2015 fashion weeks.
Scroll down for your cheat sheet to the shows and trends that will have the biggest impact on what you’ll be wearing this fall.
“The knit stories we saw during NYFW were very compelling, especially the extreme turtlenecks at Victoria Beckham and DKNY. Living in London, with its unpredictable weather, you begin to develop a deep appreciation for pieces that are as cosy as they are chic.” –Sasha Sarokin, Net-a-Porter Buying Manager
“Baja East has mastered the art of casual cool from women age 20 to 70. Their off-duty dressing is defined by a look of easygoing elegance. Cropped wool skate pants paired with a cosy knit is the perfect example of the casual sophistication we covet.” –Sasha Sarokin, Net-a-Porter
“Retro was the word lingering on everyone’s lips this season. Seen in smalll details infused throughout full collections, mod styles commandeered the catwalk. We loved how Edun interlaced these looks with their earthy roots and North African inspiration. The colour-blocked dresses were fantastic!” –Sasha Sarokin, Net-a-Porter Buying Manager
“The quirky messages and playful designs of Anya Hindmarch’s accessories are always at the top of our list. I love how her conversational pieces are always a reflection of my current mood. This season the Imperial 'Slow Down' clutch serves as the perfect reminder for all of us braving fashion month!” –Sasha Sarokin, Net-a-Porter Buying Manager
“There was a certain lustre on the runways of London. The shine of metallic fabrics illuminated the looks of Christopher Kane. The glamour of a head-to-toe emerald look was the perfect balance of elegance and modernity, and left a glaring impression on all.” –Sasha Sarokin, Net-a-Porter Buying Manager
“Paying tribute to that one woman you can always count on, a mother, Dolce & Gabbana delivered a collection that was both sentimental and sensual. With embroidery, lace, and floral appliques, the ultra-feminine looks won us over. La vie en rose!” –Sasha Sarokin, Net-a-Porter Buying Manager
“It was evident that Etro took its cue from the seasonal changes of autumn. Amber, rust, and gold tones were reminiscent of the natural hues of the season. A mixing of textures on sweaters and coats provided layers of warmth. The collection evoked a feeling of cosy casualness infused with high fashion.” –Sasha Sarokin, Net-a-Porter Buying Manager
“Stella McCartney has mastered the art of the cool factor. She continues to create cult-like sensations with her must-have pieces, and we always look forward to seeing what we will be obsessing over for the season. For fall, her off-the-shoulder silhouette was the epitome of easy sensuality.” –Sasha Sarokin, Net-a-Porter Buying Manager
“Hedi Slimane’s bad boys and girls at Saint Laurent bring out the rebel in us all. His chic outerwear adds just enough edge to elevate a classic trench (or coat) to rocker status. With exotic leathers and furs as his weapon of choice, we’re craving this lacquered black trench.” –Sasha Sarokin, Net-a-Porter Buying Manager
“We love that the ‘70s are still alive this season. In particular, we loved the bags on the Chloé runway that really teleport you to this era. It is the perfect mix of folk and feminine with a polished touch.” –Sasha Sarokin, Net-a-Porter Buying Manager