The autumn/winter runways were a curious contradiction. While fashion is normally a never-ending search for innovation and the Next Big Thing, designers were happy to take their feet off the pedals a little - but that didn't mean a surge of literal retro designs. Instead there was a celebration of timeless pieces that will endure beyond the season. The coming months aren't about restraint; we see a return to maximalism with layers of pattern and texture creating high drama and a rich palette that oozes opulence.
Regardless of how you style it, this is the season for classic silhouettes, luxurious fabrics and, above all, clothes for real women to wear every day. Over the next five days MyDaily will give the lowdown on the key looks for the season ahead.
The mood: Dreamers, poets and eccentric aristocrats are referenced in fluttering chiffon dresses that nod to 1930s era dressing. Loose-fitting, long silhouettes in diaphanous fabrics are crucial to the romantic mood. There's an almost otherworldly, ethereal sensation created with sheer, often mismatched layers and delicate tones of nude, ivory, lavender and apricot.
Must-haves: Long and lean skirts, chiffon blouses, lace, frills, boudoir-ready camisoles and slip dresses, lace, delicate beading and a flourish of feathers.
MyDaily tip: A slouchy sweater teamed with a sumptuous silk skirt is a terribly chic way to do this look for the evening.