Twice every year, London’s grandest neoclassical structure Somerset House, gears up to welcome a maelstrom of fashion designers and models dressed in their finest frocks. The fashion frenzy might be over but editors, bloggers and street stylists are diligently sharing notes on what would keep us stylishly ahead this autumn winter. Here are my top picks that I cannot wait to try and personalise in the coming months.

The 70s continued to rock the runway. Topshop, Burberry and Matthew Williamson were some of the names who took us back to the era. But it was not just the 70s, fashion bigwigs continued to take inspiration from nostalgic yesteryears as you will see below.

 Childhood games:

Image via: Vogue UK

Image via: Vogue UK

Who would have thought that childhood games like snakes & ladders and candy land could transition into designer fashion? But that’s exactly what designer Peter Pilotto’s AW2015 showcased. The imaginative and playful collection comprising dresses, skirts and outerwear (to name a few) put popular games from 1980s in the fashion map. This collection is the perfect reason to celebrate the kid in you.

Different materials:

Image via: Vogue UK

Image via: Vogue UK

Each season certain materials become the darling thing in style circles. This season designers have put materials like PVC, shearling and velvet on the fashion radar. The sedate PVC was turned into jaw-dropping skirts, trousers and even coats by the likes of Topshop and JW Anderson while shearling was turned into candy coloured teddy bear ensembles by Burberry and Roksanda Illincic. Designer Emilio de la Morena gave an inventive spin to velvet.

Fringe:

Image via: Glamour

Image via: Glamour

A throwback to Western movies perhaps, fringe reigned supremely everywhere. From names like Julien Macdonald to Burberry, it was clear that fringe is a trend that will continue to benefit us all. The high street has already adapted this trend so there is no denial that this look will rule the roost this year.

Rib knit:

Image via: Mirror.com

Image via: Mirror.com

New York Fashion week cemented the humble polo neck’s reputation as the “it” knit of the season but London added a gamut of ribbed-knit styles in bright and neutral shades that will keep us stylishly cosy during winter.

Clash:

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Image via: Fashionista.com

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With the Fashion Week frenzy ready to start soon; it is only natural to celebrate September in style. Here, I am bringing you five films that has immensely shaped my style and thoughts. The countdown begins.

Devil Wears Prada (2006):

Who cannot remember this story of a young, naïve girl whose only dream is to be a serious magazine journalist but stumbles into the ruthless world of fashion journalism? Andy (Anne Hathaway) becomes an assistant to the most tenacious fashion boss Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) who derides her perpetually for not being slender and challenges her with impossible demands. Streep’s Priestly is icy and “not interested in the tales of your incompetency.”  Who can forget her infamous pursing of lips and the little speech on Cerulean. The humour in this one directed by David Frankel is as spiky as all the Jimmy Choos. Also starring Stanley Tucci, Emily Blunt, and Adrian Grenier.

Zoolander (2001):

Actor and director Ben Stiller’s satire on the fashion industry borders on being a comedy genius. Derek Zoolander (Stiller) is a premiere male model, coming to the end of his time, thanks to rising blond bombshell Hansel (Wilson). Zoolander realises that there should be more to life than “being really, really, really good looking,” and decides to hang his boots. But once bitten you can never bid goodbye to this industry. Sharp fashion-speak drivel and cameos by Victoria Beckham, David Bowie and Billy Zane provides authenticity to the idiocy.

Coco Before Chanel (2009):

A fitting tribute to the creator of the famous LBD; this French film directed by Anne Fontaine chronicles the early life Chanel who went onto become the most significant name in the industry. Audrey Tautou plays Gabrielle (Coco) who was fuelled by only one desire – to rise above her humble origins. Coco disregards corsets, dresses in men’s garments, and adapts simple hats and fisherman’s shirts to a brilliant chic effect. A true visionary, Tautou portrays Chanel with brutal sincerity and tender sympathy. Watch it for great story telling and of course, the lovely garments. Fashion lover or not, Coco Chanel was an icon like no one.

The September Issue (2009):

No fashion-speak is complete without the mention of Anna Wintour, the brains behind the fashion Bible—Vogue. In this documentary, director R.J Cutler gives us a sneak peek into Wintour’s world and her formidable gaze. It gives us an unprecedented admission to Vogue’s creative world as the year’s most important and bulkiest—September issue—is made. We follow Wintour as she visits the annual Fashion Week shows, accepts or dismisses the latest creations of the biggest names in fashion, and labours with her staff to determine what the world’s fashionistas will be wearing for the next one year. “There is something about Fashion that can make people nervous,” says Wintour. After watching the movie I only agree with her more.

Funny Face (1956):

Directed by Stanley Donen, it’s the tale of Jo (Audrey Hepburn) who falls into modeling purely by accident. A bookshop clerk, she has no interest in the world of modeling, until a photographer (Fred Astaire) decides she has the perfect look for a new campaign. She’s whisked away to Paris for a shoot with dramatic gowns, romantic scenery with the ethereal city on the background.