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Style Advisor: Cult Autumn Essentials

Style Advisor: Cult Autumn Essentials

The word ‘cult’ gets bandied around a lot these days, to the point where it seems to have lost all meaning. Having said that, we’re backing these pieces by Fendi, Gucci, Thom Browne and Valentino. All have the attributions of a cult item – an A-list following, hypebeast approval and a niche design DNA. From turtlenecks to trainers, these are autumn’s most relevant pieces. Join the queue.

A male model wearing a black Fendi FF logo turtleneck with a neon green neckline with beige Fendi trousers


Turtlenecks are by definition sophisticated. Throw Fendi’s FF logo into the mix with a flash of neon green, and you’ve got an unstoppable force of grown-up style for now. The F-word, as we like to call it, is one of Rome’s most fashionable exports and its unique combination of directional style and Italian elegance makes it a must for autumn.


Any one of the pieces shown here cold pass for a cult item, thanks to Gucci’s unrivalled position at the apex of fashion. For now, we’re singling out this gold-woven GG cardigan. A fashion throwback that’s not dissimilar to something your grandad might wear – were it not for the iconic Gucci details and high-fashion finish. Unless you have a very stylish granddad, of course.

A male model wearing a black, gold, red and green knit zip-through cardigan with black track pants and an all-over GG woven coat
A male model wearing a navy Thome Browne roll neck jumper with white stripes on the arm and camel Thom Browne trousers with white stripes around the leg


At once classic and modern, Thom Browne’s signature stripe is recognised by style hounds across the globe. The American designer’s tailored sophistication comes with a side of schooldays-inspired fantasy that marks it out as unique. Liven up your day-to-day staples with the iconic striped chinos and knitwear.


Forever tapping into the zeitgeist, Valentino’s long-line hooded jacket is part everyday anorak, part Matrix clone. Both norm-core nostalgic and innovatively futuristic, wear with the label’s nylon track pants and UFO printed hoodie for a double dose of retro space-age style.

A male model wearing a black Valentino logo longline raincoat with the hood up and a UFO printed Valentino sweatshirt underneath