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AW17: meet the cast

The stars of our latest shoot fill us in on what they love about the new season

From their all-time style idols to their biggest fashion faux pas, the cast of Tu’s autumn campaign tell us their favourite things about the changing seasons. Keep scrolling to see what they had to say.

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Meet Aisha, she’s a dancer and model working in print and TV commercials. In her spare time, she likes yoga and surfing, which she finds tricky to keep up living in London.

When I think of a British autumn, I picture… falling leaves. And getting a brand-new fountain pen for going back to school!

My favourite thing about autumn is… roasted chestnuts, I love them.

The best thing to do in autumn is… visit Bushy Park in South West London. I grew up near there and it’s always a beautiful place to go, especially in autumn.

The best thing about autumn style is… cosy layers and roll necks.

My autumn wardrobe essentials are… suede ankle boots and oversized jumpers.

I most feel like me when I’m wearing…black jeans, ankle boots and a super-soft T-shirt.

The worst thing I’ve ever worn is… a silver Lycra catsuit! Sometimes I have to wear some seriously outrageous things for dance shows.

If I could pass on one piece of fashion advice it would be… always wear whatever makes you feel happy and confident.

I would describe my style in three words as… simple, classic, fun.

My all-time style idol has to be… Iris Apfel because she’s all about wearing whatever makes you feel happy.

My favourite British celeb is… the Queen.

To ‘Be You’ means… caring about what makes you happy, rather than what might or might not make other people happy.

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This is Aad, he’s 71 and a full-time model. When he’s not in front of the camera, he enjoys going to the gym, cycling and travelling.

When I think of a British autumn, I picture… the changing colours of the leaves, rainy days and broken umbrellas.

My favourite thing about autumn is… beautiful, crisp sunny mornings.

The best thing to do in autumn is… cycle with my wife along the beach where we live.

The best thing about autumn style is… wearing layers and getting cosy in jumpers.

My autumn wardrobe essentials are… roll necks and knitted jumpers.

I most feel like me when I’m wearing… my Hawaiian shirt.

The worst thing I’ve ever worn is… a purple suit paired with a bright yellow shirt. It was the 60s but now I look back at it, I realise it was pretty bad!

If I could pass on one piece of fashion advice it would be… to wear things that make you feel happy.

I would describe my style in three words as… fun, comfortable, practical.

My all-time style idol has to be… my son Remco.

My favourite British celeb is… the Queen. She’s 91 and still working hard. I have a lot of respect for her. Hopefully I’ll still be travelling the world and modelling in 20 years!

To ‘Be You’ means… being spontaneous, happy, family orientated and living life to the full.

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Introducing Susan, she’s 64 and a graphic designer and ex art and design teacher. These days she works as a stylist for an independent fashion boutique at the weekends, and models during the week. In-between all of this, her hobbies include advanced yoga, Pilates, Zumba, tap dancing, running, cooking and enjoying a good glass of wine.

When I think of a British autumn, I picture… the warm colours of the leaves contrasted against bright blue skies.

My favourite thing about autumn is… a combination of things: wonderful earthy smells, fresh mushrooms, root vegetables, stews, cosy jumpers, warm coats and leather boots.

The best thing to do in autumn is… go to the top of Windmill Hill above Hitchin, where I can truly appreciate the changing scenery for as far as my eye can see.

The best thing about autumn style is… the rich colours, warm textures like leather and wool and a mix of layers and accessories.

My autumn wardrobe essentials are… great boots, dramatic coats, colourful accessories like leather gloves and interesting scarves and fab pieces of statement jewellery… I love earrings!

I most feel like me when I’m wearing… bold, dramatic shapes, nipped-in waists, oversized collars, big coats with skinny jeans, tonal palettes and neutrals with pops of colour to liven things up.

The worst thing I’ve ever worn is… paper knickers. They were in fashion for a very short period of time. I remember getting a free pair in one of the teen mags I used to read in my youth. Never again.

If I could pass on one piece of fashion advice it would be… to have a collection of interesting accessories that’ll make your look your own, no matter what you’re wearing. Everyone can look good on a budget so it’s great to invest over the years and build up an accessory wardrobe.

I would describe my style in three words as… dramatic, confident, elegant.

My all-time style idol has to be… my chic and glamorous aunt, who is now sadly no longer with us. She was a model when she was younger.

My favourite British celeb is… Ellen MacArthur, the round-the-world yachtswoman.

To ‘Be You’ means… being true to yourself, not running with the herd and not bowing to other people’s stereotypes or preconceived ideas to how women of a certain age should look or behave. It means not feeling like you have to dye your hair or have artificial “enhancements” but still placing importance on having a good haircut and paying attention to simple grooming and skincare. It’s keeping fit, eating well, never apologising for the way you are or the way you look and always keeping open to new ideas and experiences.

Stuck for ideas of things to do this September? Check out our guide of six fun thing to do this month here.

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