Five womenswear trends for FW23 from Manchester

On January 19th and 20th, numerous brands came to the British fair Just Around the Corner to present their Autumn/Winter 2023 collections. The collections reflected the chilly weather in Manchester. This year’s edition took place at the Central Convention Centre, a new, larger venue. In the field of women’s fashion, FashionUnited has put together some important trends that will shape the coming season.

zebra prints

Zebra prints at the Just Around the Corner fair in the Juicy Couture, Fransa and Louche collections. Image: FashionUnited

While the collections on display are designed for the colder months, that hasn’t stopped the brands from incorporating tropical prints and bold colors into their designs, offering a fun take on winter clothing. A particularly striking variant of this trend was the use of colorful zebra patterns, in which the designers presented a colorful variant of the well-known animal print. Neon colors or bright tones were integrated into the print to modernize the monochrome design.

glitter and sequins

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Glitter and sequins at the Just Around the Corner show in the Traffic People, Grace & Mila and Frnch collections. Image: FashionUnited

The fall/winter season is usually the time for party attire, as the holidays provide the perfect opportunity to dress up and show off. This mood can be found in a variety of collections at the fair. Brands opt for either lavish embellishments or subtle glitter. The color palette ranged from pastel pink and blue to natural tones such as forest green or rusty brown.

Quilted clothing

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Quilted coats at the Just Around the Corner show, Manchester F/W23 from the Juicy Couture, Kaffe and Compañia Fantastica collections. Image: FashionUnited

While quilted jackets are rarely out in the cold season, the technique will be present in almost all collections in the coming autumn/winter season. Brands offered different quilting techniques for their coats and jackets, some with larger quilts while others showcased intricate diamond shapes. The look was also seen on sweaters and vests, offering an alternative take on padding and quilting. Other designs used velvet or faux fur.

lime green

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Lime green tops at the Just Around the Corner show in the Fransa, Lily & Me and B. Young collections. Image: FashionUnited

Lime green was a shade seen on the catwalks and in the designers’ FW23 collections. In the collections, the shade of green once again underlined that this is one of the “it” colors of the season. The color itself blends yellow and green tones into a vibrant citrus hue. This has been used on everything from party dresses to chunky knitwear to long-sleeved coats and seems to work for any type of garment.

Color blocked knitwear

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Color blocked knitwear at the Just Around the Corner show in the Nümph, Black Color and Sugarhill Brighton collections. Image: FashionUnited

In knitwear this season, the use of color blocking has been style-defining. Typically, this has typically been done with light tones contrasting one or more opposite hues. While checkerboard and diamond patterns were popular, block stripes particularly stood out. The stripes were used in bright primary colors or in pastel tones. The look was also used in chunky knit sweaters and buttoned cardigans, expanding the trend’s breadth.

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