It’s a truism that every trend has its opposing counterpart. Case in point: while earbuds become ever more minimal (and miniature for that matter), over-the-ear headphones have gone HIGH-FASHION, with brands battling it out to see who can create the coolest-looking, most EYE-CATCHING CANS. Performance is still paramount – Apple-owned Beats by Dre and design collective Frends have long prove that sound quality doesn’t have to be sacrificed for style. And as tech and fashion converge, a strong design aesthetic is as important as INNOVATIONS such as wireless and noise-cancelling capabilities. Channelling a RETRO COOL: think block colours, matte finishes and contrasting textures. If you are a fan of multifunctional accessories, it’s a trend that will be music to your ears.
Forget your run-of-the mill sweaters; knitwear has been given a brand-new spin, with bold colours and statement-making shapes playing starring roles. The aim is to go so big that you can forego a coat, so think slouchy rollnecks, supersized sleeves and stolen-from-your-boyfriend proportions. Experimental constructions are also key: the edgiest knits go beyond basic stiches, embracing looping, patterns and asymmetry.
The spirit of ‘more is more’ is woven through the jewellery world this season. The stylish way to wear your most precious pieces is decidedly unprecious: irreverence and iconoclasm are the watchwords, so don’t shy away from mixing and matching your metals – and stack them high. Slim bracelets and delicate rings are perfect for this purpose – the slew of stylish midi rings allows for even more layering options – while a single earing looks truly modern when it comes in multiples.
Fragrance. Yes, we love to wear it. But now there’s an ADDED DIMENSION: the bottle itself. From Murano glass to Swarovski crystal, the latest high-end PERFUME FLACONS are desirable works of art.