With the new season fast approaching, a wardrobe refresh is in order – but which trends should you buy into? Whether you’re seeking an entire wardrobe update, or just looking for key pieces to refresh the basics, we’ve outlined the new season’s most sought-after trends.
The Trouser Suit
As seen at Stella McCartney and Miu Miu. Do not keep the suit banished away for workwear only, as now it is time to celebrate the trouser two-piece at leisure too. Whether you go for full on matching blazer and trouser with a tie in a tonic suit (Miu Miu, you never get this wrong) or decide to do a Stella and mix a different coloured trouser to blazer, this trend is fabulously versatile. If you have the height, wear with manly brogues, as seen on FashionBite, or add a towering stacked heel in patent for those much needed extra inches. But remember, this is not a case of nicking your boyfriend’s shapeless office trousers, this is about simple tailoring with that added female touch – think tomboy chic at its most groomed!
Colour Clash, Print & Dash
As seen at Meadham Kirchhoff and Mary Katrantzou. Now, you do not have to go painting your face blue and dying your barnet SpongeBob yellow (à la Kirchhoff) but instead embrace and inject a flash of colour and a hint of pattern into your attire. Katrantzou shows us [stunningly] how it is done, by using a digital print dress as the focal point – around that you can add a simple pair of shoes and natural loose hair, to lessen the pattern-fusion blow. Or just absolutely go for it - fur, denim, leopard, gingham and sparkle, all for one or one for all. 2012 has been about the year to celebrate Britain at its greatest, so what says it more than eccentric styling! (If in doubt, a loud patterned pair of tights will go down a treat.)
As seen at Giles and Alexander Wang. Forget long leather Matrix coats, coloured contact lenses and 9 inch-nail-style industrial boots, this is sophisticated gothic at its most elegant. Think burgundy thigh split velvet, black lace with sheer panelling and leather padded jackets. This trend is one of the easiest to pull off in the AW months, as you can go as far or as shallow as you like with it. Simply wearing a leather shift dress and deep sensual red lipstick will set the look beautifully, or why not introduce elbow leather gloves, fish net stockings and spike heeled footwear for added vamp? Take a look at our feature on gothic make-up to inspire you with key beauty looks for the new season.
Attack of the 90′s- Skirt Over Trousers
As seen at Prada and Marc Jacobs. We remember rocking this look when we were 8 years old, the conjoined skirt/trouser with an elastic waist that you could purchase from any kids high street store (another sign that the 90′s revival is definitely here to stay for a while yet). But instead of wearing with wedge trainers, crop tops and hair bunches, the trend has taken on a refined styling edge- thank god! Now, the tailored trousers have become ankle grazing and the skirts have become longer. This is the perfect solution, if you hate getting your legs out but find you practically live in a pair of jeans or trousers - this way you are fashion forward and still comfortable. Try in varied, warm jewelled hues if you are feeling brave, or stick to pair of strappy heels and let the bottom half of your outfit do the talking.
The Perfect Cinched Waist
As seen at Haider Ackermann and Fendi. The waist belt: the saviour in every woman’s accessory drawer. For practical reasons it is genius, giving every woman the perfect shape clasped over a wrap dress, pencil skirt or pea coat. But this season the belt has become the crucial point of the outfit. Worn with a blazer for extra structure or a tailored jumpsuit, the belt is there not just to do its job anymore but as the leader of the pack. Go for exaggerated, larger belts in luxurious materials like silk, wool or even perspex to really launch your outfit into the new AW12 season. Great shape, cutting-edge and without having to buy an entire new wardrobe, I think the self-assured, cinched waist trend may become our new best friend this season!