The new season is fast approaching, closely followed by darker nights and cooler temperatures. This year, Autumn/Winter is a many faced woman, with a few alter egos under her coat – her blush pink coat to be precise.
One day, a tough mix of leathers and buckles, the next day an angelic vision of fluffy pastels. Among the tartans and winter florals one trend resonates throughout, grace and femininity. Cast away the androgyny because it’s time to be all woman writes Rebecca Boffey.
Meet Little Miss Punk, the attitude clad hell raiser. Think the same spikes and studs from last Autumn/Winter just amplified against tartans, leather and leopard print. The palette is naturally monochrome with flashes of reds, gold and silver. Plain backdrops make the perfect setting for metalwork detail, chains and buckle adding a tough edge to your wardrobe this season. Hemlines are always above the knee with trousers skin tight and dominant -wallflowers need not apply.
PRETTY IN PASTELS
Pastels are the perfect transitional trend this year. Not a one to usually grace the Autumn/Winter catwalks, subdued hues have transgressed from spring and have grown up for those winter days. Romantic blushes, soft lilacs and delicate blues are the key palette here. Wear them head-to-toe or mix them up with hints of black and soft greys. For a subtle nod to this trend, invest in a pastel coat to still make a statement.
Whether it’s smooth vinyl or fluffy knits, this Autumn/Winter makes way for all things textured. Once a fashion faux-pas wet looks ruled the catwalks; anything PVC is a must. Clash chunky knits on high gloss fabrics to make the perfect pairing. Accessorize with furs and feathers on a canvas of leathers and sleek fabrics. Experimentation is the key with this trend as anything goes as long as it offers that ‘touchy-feely’ value. Be careful not to overdo it – Cat Woman or grizzly bear is never a good look…
Decoration isn’t just for the Christmas Tree. Glistening all over the runway, embellishments made their way from decadent dresses to the everyday jeans and jumpers. This time around sparkling in the day is far more charming than at night. Clash girly glitters with grunge outfits, and pair sequins with denims. It’s easy to go crazy with this look though, instead focus on subtle beading and delicate gems on just the one item. These adornments offer a little luxury to winter wardrobes, so take centre stage and shimmer and shine.
The older, more sophisticated sister of summer florals, winter blooms offer a melancholy mood. Bouquets of feminine prints are set against burnt oranges, deep reds and blacks teamed with chiffons, satins and silks provide a romantic glamour to an otherwise gloomy winter’s day. Found mostly on dresses and skirts, this season’s florals lend themselves to womanly shapes and ooze lady-like allure. Wear all over or keep it simple with one printed piece. Florals for winter? Ground-breaking!
Which trends will you be rocking this season? Let us know in the comments below…