Winter is nipping at my Topshop laden heels.
It’s official, what we had of summer is over. The mornings and evenings have a definite chill in the air, enough to make you don a scarf and jacket to get to and from work, but as I sit in my office sipping a cup of tea while the heater under my desk blasts my ankles with hot air until they burn with a healthy magenta tinge, I do not dread the upcoming rain and plumetting temperatures. How could anyone detest the coming of cooler seasons when we have Autumn and Winter fashion to look forward to? You show me a Londoner who is not giddy about the fact that in cooler weather we will be able to remove enough clothing on the tube to reach a comfortable body temperature without succumbing to indecent exposure, and I’ll show you a liar.
Autumn/Winter fashion is the sole reason why right now I have holed myself up in my office eating cheese oat cakes and pumpkin seeds for lunch, instead of hot, comforting, delicious soup from Pret – I am saving my pennies for fashion. I have no choice, my wishlist of items is already out of control. It appears that after poking through the shops during my lunch break the other day, I have spent my birthday money before I’ve even received it. But personally I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the glorious age of 28 than with a new leather jacket and a new coat…can you?
And now, dear readers, I present to you the trends for Autumn/Winter 2012
Winter florals – My bid to enhance my “girly-ness” will not be put on hold by winter. No, winter florals are back, and more dazzling than ever. Bright and punchy, they bring with them an air of power and opulence. There is nothing about these florals that says “little girl” or “prissy”, these are hardcore, traffic stopping florals. Dresses, heels, skirts, blouses or bags, this is a great way to add some colour to those dreary winter streets.
Erdem A/W 2012. Photo: mydaily.co.uk
Black Leather –
Ah, my one true love. As one who never 100% conforms to the trends of the season, I am always pleased that my leather jacket constantly remains on form. There is nothing better for winter, than leather. It’s sexy, it’s comfortable, it’s warm. What more does a girl (or boy) need? This season it’s a little bit gothic, a little bit dominatrix, a little bit vixen and a lot bit rebel. Double it up or triple it up (see post from 08.08.12 for tips!) – it comes in pants, jackets, dresses, blouses, coats or skirts, not to mention boots bags and the rest. If you are going for a full on multi-leather look then remember to keep the lines and shapes simple and go easy on the detailing. But who am I to tell you how to wear your leather? Do what you like, although if you take it too far you may end up looking like you belong more in a fetish club than on the streets with old people and children.
DKNY A/W 2012 Photo: fashionising.com
Trousers – We have those lovely pioneering woman of yesteryear to thank for the trousers this season. Why if it wasn’t for them, and some expert and iconic tailoring from Yves Saint Laurent, we might not be able to get excited about the lashings of options in the Autumn/Winter trouser department.
Thanks to the savvy designers who decide on the fate of our wardrobe, there are trousers to suit everyone. Every shape, every personality. High waisted, mid-rise or low slung, cigarette skinny, leather, wide, tailored, or slouchy boyfriend styles – it’s all there, ready and ripe for the picking. Choose bright, rich, elegant colour and lush fabrics to turn this manly staple into a part of your feminine powerhouse wardrobe.
Giorgio Armani A/W 2012 Photo: fashion.telegraph.co.uk
Waisted – Let’s all get wasted this season. I mean, WAISTED. The waist is back as the star feature of a woman’s silhouette. It works on virtually everyone; creates curves for those who don’t have any, and emphasises the curves of those who do.
Ladies, face it, men love curves, it’s proven. Thank goodness for that. I personally feel that nothing is better than an hourglass shape. Create the shape with a belt on the smallest part of your waist – belt your tops, shirts, coats, dresses – the look is smart, sexy and the epitomy of feminine. Belts are a must-have for the season so invest in different colours and widths.
If you find belts fiddly then go for peplum shaped tops or skirts to create the waisted shape, or choose tailored items with sharp lines.
And p.s. how good is that outfit? Dior really stepped it up a notch this season.
Dior A/W 2012 Photo: phreshhottnew.com
Oversized – Big is beautiful. Coats, trousers, skirt and sleeves – they’re all billowing and ballooning out to engulf you in a level of comfort we all yearn for every day. Please keep in mind that mentioning the word “comfort” doesn’t give you a licence to wear tracksuit pants or pajama’s in public – we are talking beautifully made, grown up, expensive looking pieces of fashion-society-approved oversized clothing.
This is the perfect option for those tomboys who want to remain stylish and on-trend this season. But even if you’re not a tomboy you can rock the oversized look with confidence – pair your oversized items with slimline separates – opposites do attract.
Celine AW 2012 Photo: viviid.thesweetstruggle.com
The last real oriental-inspired trend that I can remember was back in the mid 90’s. There was an abundance of tshirts with dragons on them, people had started getting more chinese symbol tattoos and I believe girls were quite partial to wearing chopsticks in their hair. I had a khaki tshirt with a dragon on it which I paired with blue camoflage cargo shorts. Good lord. Don’t give me a hard time, it was 1997.
This oriental trend is far from the mistakes we made back in the 90’s. It is rich and opulent, with obi belts, judo-style jackets, cheongsam-style dresses and kimono jackets. The fabrics are embroidered, Chinoiserie print or brocade, but all items are a far cry from traditional ceremonial Eastern items – this is Eastern dressing for the modern Western woman.
Proenza Schouler A/W 2012 Photo: taistoisoisbeau.com
Cobalt – All blues are not created equal. Especially this season. To illustrate my point, let’s think back to Meryl Streep’s monologue in The Devil Wears Prada, when she gives Anne Hathaway a talking to about the importance of knowing your cerulean from your blue…
“You go to your closet and you select… I don’t know… that lumpy blue sweater, for instance because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise. It’s not lapis. It’s actually cerulean. And you’re also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent… wasn’t it who showed cerulean military jackets? I think we need a jacket here. And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. And then it, uh, filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of stuff.”
Knowing your blues is very important. And this season the blue featured is cobalt. My personal favourite and the friend to brunette’s everywhere. It goes with everything – black, navy, red, purple, leopard print, you name it. It’s the new statement colour for winter, taking over from the forest greens, browns and greys we’ve seen in the past. Bring it on.
Lanvin AW 2012 Photo: nowfashion.com
Purple – Royalty, luxury, however you look at it, purple is one colour that exudes wealth and stature. Sticking with the trend of jewel tones that we’ve seen a lot of over the last year or so, purple is featured in head to toe looks this season. A colour once reserved for the elite, it is now accessible to even the plebs of society, however that doesn’t make it any less special. This, with cobalt, is another colour of the season – wear it in prints, with your cobalt, all over, match your eyeshadow and your handbag to your purple outfit, and play with different shades to avoid a matchy-matchy look.
Armani Prive A/W 2012 Photo: fashion.telegraph.co.uk
Countryside – A trend that is sure to get my friend Jess excited is the countryside trend. Featuring all our favourite country classics – jodhpurs, big chunky knitted jumpers, tweed tweed and more tweed, plaid and sturdy riding boots to keep our feet dry from the English rain – these items are in the earthy tones one expects to see on the wealthy as they go shooting pheasants in the country. It’s Autumnal and comforting, allowing us to rug up and still look chic. As a new addition to England, I, for one, am very excited about embracing this trend.
Ralph Lauren A/W 2012 Photo: fashion.telegraph.co.uk
Layering – This makes sense for the cooler seasons, no? Layering, it’s a Londoner’s best friend. You never know what the weather is going to do here, you just know that at some point it will be cold, hot, raining & windy. All at different times. And all when you least expect it. Layering is the wardrobe saviour when dealing with the unpredictable English weather, and this season it’s about combining all your favourite items and wearing them at once, because why not? One look that featured heavily is a skirt worn over slim, cropped pants. This is a slight throwback to the 90’s but done in a cleaner, sharper way. For other items to layer, look to cardigans, coats, jumpers, scarves, vests and any other thing you can think of. Make sure it’s comfortable, mind where you’re adding bulk and remember to include some slim line pieces in there to keep things looking fitted and chic.
Marc Jacobs AW 2012 Photo: graziadaily.co.uk
And that’s Autumn/Winter 2012.
What is the one thing that goes with every single one of those trends? That’s right, leopard print. You know I’ll be decked out in leopard print this season, as I am every season. What can I say, it just works.
Happy shopping everyone xx