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Autumn winter trends from Pitti Bimbo

Junior's fashion director reports on the key trends from Pitti Bimbo

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The mountains and deep cold seemed to have inspired designers this winter. Most of the catwalk shows gave us well-padded jackets, snug fur boots, hats and lined hoods and layered chunky knits.

A few 'stand-out' trends were chevron knits in a Missoni style - '70s retro both in pattern and colourways. The other popular knitwear trend is cable or aran style and diamond patterns are strong for boys. Tweeds in '70s colourways are used for tailored woollen coats and jackets.

There will also be plenty of metallics in lurex and sequins, and shiny nylon and leather finishes - not only for accessories but clothing too.

Look out for tailored long woollen crombie coats for boys with neatly looped or wrapped knitted scarves; a kind of mini-city look.

Grey is the predominant colour along with winter white, red and black. Accents of other colours are strong and direct and yellow, turquoise and purple were also popular.

Military details on tailored coats and jackets with badges and shoulder trims are also key.

Velvet or layered printed satins and chiffons are a strong choice for winter party dresses. Dresses are multi-ruffled both on front bibs and around hems and cuffs.

Girls skirts and dresses are puffy and multi-layered, with net or chiffon petticoats, sometimes in sugar pastels and decorated with sequins or floral prints. Coats are padded and belted or tailored with the addition of 'cape shapes' newly popular.

Report and photography by Junior's fashion director Linda McLean

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