5 minutes with Cosmopolitan's fashion editor Sairey Stemp

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If you're looking for someone who knows the ins and outs of the latest style trends, look no further than the fashion editor of an internationally-renowned glossy magazine.

After hosting two trend talks in collaboration with Guess UK at Fenwick Brent Cross this weekend, we caught up with Cosmopolitan UK's fashion editor Sairey Stemp to chat about what 2015 has meant for fashion, what we can expect for spring/summer and who she looks to for style inspiration...

Describe 2015 fashion in three words...

Vibrant, eclectic and wearable.

What are the top 10 trends for autumn/winter 2015?

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1. Bohemian Folksy: Inspired by Chloe, this season has seen long fluid dresses (some with ditsy floral prints), waistcoats, fringed boots and bags, patchwork details, ponchos, and bell-sleeved blouses. Lace, suede and crochet textures are also important at the moment.

2. 70's-inspired Geek: As seen at Gucci, the 70's have made a comeback with lots of retro pints, silk pussy bow blouses, longer length skirts, peacoats, trench coats, berets, thick-rimmed glasses, flat shoes (loafers and brogues) and narrow silk scarves.

3. Ladylike Chic: This trend has been seen at Marc Jacobs and Victoria Beckham with neat wool tops layered over 3/4 length skirts and fitted wool shift dresses worn with leather gloves, as well as with Chanel tweed skirt suits coupled with a ladylike handbag. Prada's pastel fitted jackets and cropped leg trousers have also been shown with ornate brooches and a smart handbag.

4. Gothic Romance: Inspired by the collections of Valentino and Alexander McQueen and costume drama/Victorian lace blouses, we're seeing long dark silk dresses, voluminous bell sleeves, dramatic wool capes and lace high-necked blouses - in fact, lots of black lace in general.

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5. Winter Florals: As with summer, florals feature in a big way for winter but in a more autumnal fashion with darker shades of crimson, plum, burgundy, mustard and forest green amalgamating into floral patterns on maxi dresses, tea dresses and silk blouses.

6. Texture: This season's big textures have been faux fur, sheepskin, fluffy wool sweaters, chunky wool knits, boucle wool coats, Mongolian (faux) fur collars on coats and suede and suedette, linking in with the 70's trend.

7. 80's Throwback: Inspired by Balmain's sassy 'girl army', the 80's are back in style with sexy made-for-the-dancefloor dresses with plenty of glitz and glamour, satin wrap skirts teamed with velvet blazers, embellished jackets with elongated shoulders and thigh high boots.

8. Rock n' roll grunge girl: Taken from the fun and flamboyant collection by Saint Laurent, autumn/winter has seen minidresses teamed with biker jackets, fishnet tights and black ankle boots, perfect for clubbing and party girls - a great trend for the Guess Girl. We're also seeing skinny (faux) leather jeans and rock 'n roll t-shirts feature with black bomber jackets.

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9. Scarlet: Red featured throughout many designers' collections in some form this season, be it a red coat, a scarlet full-length gown, or a crimson trouser suit. This is the season to embrace red into your wardrobe - it can be tip-to-toe red or one simple piece like a red dress or sweater. 

10. Winter whites: A clean and chic way to dispel the winter blues is by layering up chunky cream ribbed sweaters over off-white wool skirts. A cream wool shift dress or cream belted coat is a great investment, such as the ones seen at Victoria Beckham, and a cream roll-neck sweater is a must-have.

What looks will be big for spring/summer 2016?

The big trends will be stripes, citrus colours and bright colour blocks, retro floral prints, festival style and lace dresses, frills and romantic dresses, clean lines and tailoring (culottes) and urban sportswear.

Whose personal style do you most admire?


Alexa Chung, Marion Cottilard and Diane Kruger.

How do you strike a balance between following current fashion trends while also building a timeless wardrobe?

Think about the trends you really like and invest in a few key pieces that can readily be mixed into your existing wardrobe. When purchasing something new it's worth considering "What else can I wear this with?" Trends are there as inspiration - you may well find things in your wardrobe you can repurpose for the new season as well as buying into some choice new pieces.

By Alison Millington