Are you sad that summer is over and that the cold, sharp sting of winter will soon bite its icy fangs into our no longer tanned skin? Well don’t be, because there are plenty of things to look forward to in the new season. Here we take the best parts of the last few months and give you the AW15 alternatives. Sadly there is no substitute for drinking mojitos on the beach. Soz.
If you enjoyed watching the excessive gore and sex of Game of Thrones season 5, you’ll probably love reading about it in George RR Martin’s prequels to the series, a collection of novellas set 100 years before what we know now. And if you’re craving a little bit of Sean Bean, he’s got his head screwed back on in new ITV drama Frankenstein Chronicles, where he plays a detective investigating the infamous fictional doctor.
The style of the future is the brands of the past. With the 90s revival not backing down as we head into AW15, we’re bringing back classic brands such as Calvin Klein Jeans and Kappa. So whether you like laidback sweatshirts and premium denim or loud sportswear tracksuits, there’s something for everyone in this retro trend.
This summer's tournament was undeniably awesome, with the England team reaching the semi-finals. But as we head into autumn there's plenty more action, with October alone boasting Man Utd vs Man City, Liverpool vs Chelsea and the strong prospect of John Terry being permanently dropped. If you pine for the glory days of football, you'll also want to check out 'I Believe in Miracles', an upcoming documentary about Brian Clough's maverick reign at Nottingham Forrest.
Winter also means those awful overpriced German markets with dry sausages (lol). Put your money to good use and get an authentic piece of meat in your mouth (lol again) with Herman ze German’s affordable bratwurst sausages. Still not quenching your meat lust? Then visit American chain Five Guys which are popping up all over the country now for a monstrous double bacon cheesebriwewqkcwpoefk. Sorry, we just drooled on the keyboard and our fingers slipped.
Craving some nostalgic 90s like in Mad Fat Diary? Then Shane Meadows This is England 90 is right up your street. Woody and the gang return in a new decade, with the Madchester rave scene in full swing – as well as some horrific drama, we assume. John Niven’s novel Kill Your Friends is also on the big screen, with Nicholas Hoult playing psychopathic A&R man Steven Stelfox. Expect lots of blood and LOLs.
The rise of Slaves has got people realising music isn’t just all bleeps, bloops and sexual innuendos. So if you like fast guitar music that sounds like it belongs on an old Tony Hawk’s soundtrack, you’ll love Californian lads FIDLAR and Wavves. They both have new records out this year, with FIDLAR also going on a UK tour in November.
With the cold and mud ruining outdoor vibes, it’s time to take festivals inside. With Germany being far away and us too lazy to travel there, it’s good that London has their own version of Oktoberfest serving up steins, sausage and sauerkraut. But if you’re closer up North, head to Newcastle’s Boiler Shop Steamer event – a converted warehouse with live music, street food and canny craft beer.
90s not retro enough for you? Then head back to the 70s with suede fringing and corduroy textures. Finding a great vintage fringed jacket is hard work, because 9 times out of 10 there’s some ambiguous staining that looks like someone bled out in it, but there’s a brand new Topman Design dropping soon! If you don’t think you can pull off the Midnight Cowboy look, go for a subtler - but still cool - texture like corduroy.