Afiya Francisco is a Style Expert, television and fashion personality, speaker, and brand ambassador. The Style House is a multimedia platform designed to help women approach their personal style with confidence, simplicity & joy. 

Head Over Heels – FW14 Trend Report

Like many, fall is my absolute favourite season of all: hello to chunky knits and over the knee boots! Looking ahead to one of the most exciting season's to date, it is full of looks that I can’t wait to try. This may very well be my favourite fall season of all time, till next season that is... 

– Santanae

It’s a Mod, Mod World 

The swinging '60’s were all over the runway: from the embroidered shifts at Gucci to the metallic boots at Saint Laurent, designers are mad for mod. Incorporate this trend into your work wardrobe now by paring an A-line shift dress with open toe booties, and later, with opaque tights and over-the-knee boots. 

Louis Vuitton | Gucci | Saint Laurent | Valentino

Roberto Cavalli | DKNY | Burberry | Etro | Leonoard

Roberto Cavalli | DKNY | Burberry | Etro | Leonoard

Blanket Dressing 

When Christopher Kane sent an army of models, led by Cara Delevingne, down the runway in monogrammed  Burberry blankets, it was a wrap – literally. The fashion set went into a frenzy and a trend was born. Take a cue from Olivia Palmero and incorporate the ultimate transitional piece into your daytime look.

Let's get Knitted

Nothing epitomizes a crisp Autumn day like rocking a chunky oversize knit sweater with your favourite pair of denim and Chelsea boots. This fall uniform is more relevant than ever. For an updated twist, pair your chunky knit with a skirt for a modern and stylish cool girl ensemble. 

Dion Lee | Michael Kors | Tory Burch

Fast Food Fashion 

Looks like you can finally have your fashion and eat it too. With Jeremy Scott's visual shout out to Mcdonald's to Kate Spade's new twist on Chinese food takeout boxes –  street style stars like Anna Dello Russo and Chiara Ferragni are eating up this new trend!

Anna Della Russo | Anya Hindmarch | Kate Spade | Moschino

Sparkle for Day 

If you like a littlie bling in your life (and who doesn't?) you are going to love this trend. The most recent update to the ongoing metallic trend is in its streamlined shape and structure as seen at Tom Ford and House of Holland. Not only fashionable for evening, take this trend for a spin by rocking your sparkle of choice to your next brunch date!

Tom Ford | House of Holland | Rodarte

The Fantastic Fur

Love it or hate it, fur was major in Milan. From Prada to Fendi, it was all about statement fur in bold colours and patchwork detailing. Fur scarves, clutches and snoods create the look of ultimate luxury. For the faint at heart incorporate this look into your wardrobe through textured accessories real or faux.

J. Mendel | Marc Jacobs | Marni | Prada

Images via Style.com, Fashionista.com, Elle.com, and harpersbazaar.com

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