One of our biggest stores says this is the top fashion trend of autumn

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The colour palette is simple, says Oakley. Reds and pinks (the hotter the better), worn back with black. But this is no simple case of colour blocking: reptile prints and leather provide texture, and a healthy dose of attitude.

Silhouette wise, the ’90s satin slip is a dominant piece, and no one does it better in Australia than Bec & Bridge and Shona Joy, according to Oakley. But shoppers who are sustainably minded may also seek out vintage slips, which can always be dyed to the colours of the season.

Leather is key to the trend but Oakley says there are plenty of brands playing in the vegan space, including Nanushka, the Bupdapest-based “it” brand that specialises in buttery skirts and coats that look and feel like the real thing. Other vegan leather specialists include the Danish cool-girl brand Ganni and local bag player Sans Beast, which literally means “without animals”.

Model Bille Jean Hamlet in 'soft punk'.

Model Bille Jean Hamlet in ‘soft punk’. Credit:Nic Walker

Oakley says the new must-have piece in leather or vegan leather is a shirt, in black, brown or taupe. “It’s the newest, most interesting [piece]. Buy it oversize, wear it open as well. Work it back with a bright blazer for the office,” she says.

The rebel love trend is one of six key directions this winter for David Jones, which will unveil its collections on the runway at the Virgin Melbourne Australia Fashion Festival this Tuesday night. While in the past, the store has held lavish parties or runways for media and VIPs to see the collections, this year the company decided to forgo a party and redirected $100,000 towards fundraising for the bushfire recovery effort.

The David Jones show at VAMFF is on Tuesday, 7pm and repeated at 8.30pm. Visit vamff.com.au.