The fashion checklist: pastels, blue steel, capes and sci-fi

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2001, the Royal Tenenbaums
Gwyneth Paltrow as Margot in The Royal Tenenbaums. Photograph: Allstar/Touchstone

Margot Tenenbaum
The certain muse of Alessandro Michele’s Gucci collection. Furry dressing gowns, clips, gloves and all.

The Valentino womenswear show featured a walk-off from Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, reminding us that we have just five months to work on our own Blue Steel.

Ben Stiller on the catwalk at Valentino show
Ben Stiller on the Valentino catwalk. Photograph: David Fisher/Rex

Heavy fabrics, pastel colours
This will be our sartorial balancing act this season. Because Prada (pastel double-faced jersey) and Topshop (sky blue jumbo cord) say so.

Models backstage at this season's Prada show, Milan fashion week.
Prada does pastels. Photograph: Sipa/Rex Shutterstock

Between the lines
Forget the cat’s eye flick. New ways to wear eyeliner include scribbles at Fendi, black wings at Chanel and a complicated double flick at Mugler.

Sasha Pivovarova
Sasha Pivovarova winging it at Chanel. Photograph: Victor Boyko/Getty Images

Back to black
You know how every season something is the new black? Well, this autumn, it’s black – floor length at Ralph Lauren and Valentino, for men at Prada.

Model on catwalk at the Ralph Lauren show, autumn/winter 2015
Darks looks at Ralph Lauren. Photograph: Sipa/Rex Shutterstock

Velvet goldmine
Used for dresses for women, suits for men. Velvet boots, though? Our shoe protector bill for autumn will be massive.

Dries Van Noten ankle boot
Dries Van Noten’s deep purple velvet. Photograph: Dries Van Noten

The force is strong
Fashion is looking forward to The Force Awakens as much as everyone else. Sci-fi white and futuristic styling ruled. Luckily no Princess Leia plaits.

Daisy Ridley and John Boyega in 'Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens'.
Daisy Ridley and John Boyega in The Force Awakens. Photograph: Allstar/Disney/Lucasfilm

Something of the night
Evening capes at Lemaire and Saint Laurent, funeral-netted faces at Thom Browne, tailcoats at Dior Homme and midnight hues at Gieves & Hawkes.

Model on the catwalk at the Saint Laurent show, autumn/winter 2015, Paris fashion week.
Saint Laurent’s caped crusader. Photograph: Sipa/Rex Shutterstock

A little bit scratchy
But worth it. We think Lurex is fabulous and so does JW Anderson.

Model on the catwalk at the JW Anderson show, London Fashion Week 2015.
Model on the catwalk at the JW Anderson show, London Fashion Week 2015. Photograph: Sipa/Rex Shutterstock

Pin drop
Youth club customisation: Judy Blame flotsam and jetsam brooches at Louis Vuitton. Belstaff biker pins and Dior pressed flower badges. Pin to your lapel with pride.

Louis Vuitton menswear fall/winter 2015-2016