Prince, Offred or a Walnut Whip? The thinking person’s style icons for autumn

It’s getting chilly. You probably need a new jumper. Not sure what to buy? Here are the cultural touchstones to take fashion inspiration from this season

Sure, one of Prince’s most memorable outfits consisted of a trench coat, pants and thigh-high stockings. But AW17 is all about his mid-80s tour wardrobe. See, for inspo, the purple, ruched suit of the Purple Rain tour, or the banana-yellow suit – with cropped jacket – for Parade, both of which had the shoulders and shapes of the Balenciaga menswear. Some of these will be showcased in the upcoming My Name Is Prince exhibition at the O2. Also on display is the cloud-covered design worn in the Raspberry Beret video – the kind of suit that dreams are made of. Lauren Cochrane

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