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Yes, it’s that time of year again. As the surrounding scenery evolves into a beautiful golden orange, we wave goodbye to summer and say hello to everything great about autumn; faux fur and fabulous frocks! Hotter than ever right now, animal print, check, winter floral and metallics are sure to take centre stage this season.

Looking to fulfil your fashion needs this autumn? Manchester Arndale have got you covered. Here we take a look at this season’s top picks available at the
heart of Manchester’s shopping scene.

A reoccurring favourite, the Animal Instinct trend is undeniably fashionable for AW18. Embraced by the likes of Dolce & Gabbana, Max Mara and Givenchy, animal prints are sure to add style to any look.

Almost identical to Max Mara’s look, River Island’s White Leopard Print Knitted Jumper is great value at £38. Also a perfect addition to your autumn collection, Miss Selfridge’s Animal Print Wide Leg Trousers are the ultimate style steal at just £32. Fancy looking gorgeous in Givenchy style? We are loving New Look’s Brown Leopard Print Longline Coat for just £39.99!

Next up its Winter Florals. These timeless prints have been reimagined this season. At Emilia Wickstead florals were made simple yet sophisticated, while Oscar De La Renta focussed on elegantly detailed embroidery.

If you’re seeking the designer look at an affordable price then H&M is your go-to shop. H&M’s Chiffon Dress With Frills is perfect for both smart or casual at £24.99, depending on your accessories of choice. Miss Selfridge is also effortlessly excellent at achieving a designer look, and the Black Floral Trim Angel Sleeve Wrap Blouse is an ideal wardrobe staple for this season.

As cyclical as ever, checks have returned yet again. From tartans to tweeds and herringbone checks, AW18 is all about emphasising a modern twist on traditional fabrics. Whilst checks were enhanced with contrasting bright colours at both Versace and AV Robertson, we saw a more classic take on tweed at Erdem.

On the high street, check fanatic Topshop is on the case. Take inspiration from 90s TV and channel that oh-so famous Clueless style with Topshop’s Check Midi Skirt for just £39. Retro-inspired yet chic, this look is sure to turn heads for all the right reasons. If you’re looking to make a modern statement with a pair of on-trend tartan trousers, check out Topshop’s Mixed Tartan Check Trousers for £39. NEXT’s Check Mono Coat is another great staple item for your winter wardrobe at £58. If it’s Burberry vibes you’re looking to show off, H&M have an amazing Beige/Checked Pleated Skirt for £39.99.

Fancy a slightly more glamorous take on AW18? That’s where the High Shine trend comes into play. Adored at Chanel, Fendi and Gareth Pugh, glossy fabrics and sequins have arrived to give fashion that extra charm and charisma this season.

Experts at gracing us with the latest styles at affordable prices, New Look’s Black Sequin Pinstripe Party Culottes are perfect for the party season, and at just £15, who could say no?

If you’re excited as I am about this year’s Autumn Winter styles, head down to Manchester Arndale until Sunday 21st October. To celebrate the launch of retailers’ AW18 collections, The Trend Edit event will offer an immersive way for you to experience four main AW18 trends - Animal Instinct, Check Mate, Floral Tribute and High Shine -  as well as offering you the chance to win a £500 wardrobe update!

In the meantime, check out @thefashioninspector on Instagram for more of the
latest looks!

The Fashion Inspector