I personally feel like last winterís snow has only just disappeared, and Iím by no means thrilled at the prospect of having to soon face such bitter coldness once more...
...fingers crossed that it wonít be quite as severe as last yearís anyway! On the plus side however, a new season brings along the excitement of new fashion trends, and I was lucky enough to visit a trade show during Berlin fashion week in order to discover exactly what you should be wearing this Autumn/Winter.
Era Evocative Trends
Prominent trends this season derive inspiration from two specific eras, which means that you can choose between either a sophisticated 70s look or a ladylike 60s style. Regardless of whichever you prefer, both will instantly infuse that ever so sought after vintage vibe into your attire. The best thing about vintage is that you can capture the essence of your favourite era gone by whilst simultaneously parading a reinterpretation of the style rendering your look on trend. For instance, this seasonís 70s look transforms pivotal boho pieces which are reminiscent of the Seventies into a more sophisticated look. Work this trend with a pair of tailored, high-waisted, straight legged trousers teamed with a simple satin or silk bow blouse, preferably in camel as this is destined to be the colour of the season. Try for instance Zaraís high waist bell bottom cotton trousers in camel costing £35.99 fig 1with their gauze blouse with bowknot in white for £25.99 fig 2.
Or alternatively opt for a jumpsuit which is set to remain a big trend upon the streets. The jumpsuit is currently one of my favourite items due to its versatility, not only is it Łber stylish and comfortable for work but also great at making you feel like a sophisticated Seventyís heroine upon the dance floor. Moreover, choosing a structured or draped effect jumpsuit is equally as good at creating curves upon a rectangle figure as it is effective at smoothing out any undesirable lumps and bumps upon the more voluptuous of shapes. My favorite is fig 3 Asosí asymmetric shoulder jersey jumpsuit in teal which has just gone on sale for £23. In relation to the forthcoming 60ís ladylike inspired trend, it welcomes back the sartorial inspired dressing of the early Sixties, and this of course also means fuller silhouettes, clinched in waistlines and longer hemlines. The catwalks were awash with new understated takes on the Sixtyís traditional long pleated skirts, prom dresses, and pencil skirts. I have often promoted the timeless elegance of this eraís styles and Ií am therefore delighted at it officially being labeled as one of this seasonís must have looks.
The Aviator Trend
The aviator inspired trend is an evolution of the SS/10 military theme, and instead focuses upon darker hues, subtle greens and tan shades as opposed to the typical military green. If you want to buy into this trend without having to purchase an entire new outfit, then I suggest a pair of shearling style boots to ease you into the autumn such as fig 4 Schuhís corporal fleece lace boots in natural available for £49.99, followed consequently by a dark brown leather, shearling, aviator style jacket for the colder winter months. I particularly like fig 5 Nextís brown faux sheepskin aviator jacket costing £75.
Underwear As Outerwear
The lingerie as outerwear trend is also being extended to A/W10 but this time however we see the tendency to layer up lingerie style items in order o adjust to the colder weather. Alternatively if this kind of look is still a little extreme for you, then inspiration can be derived from the catwalks of Dolce and Gabbana whereby a little leopard print or lace was added to outfits in order to inject the same kind of sexuality and femininity into your style.
Fashion week was definitely inundated with leather pieces which were present within each of the different trends, from leather trimmed military style dresses to full on leather shorts, dresses and leggings. I must admit that the thought of wearing a leather ensemble can be somewhat daunting for most but fear not as there are ample garments available on the high street which will help you to easily create an elegant and chic look. For instance, leather shorts no longer need to conjure up images of beer drinking Bavarians, take for instance Topshopís tailored, leather buckle shorts in peach at £68 fig 6, and team it with Topshopís pleat collar blouse in dark rose for £38 fig 7, to create an on trend and sophisticated 70s look. Moreover, a pair of tights can also be easily worn underneath the shorts to battle against the chilly weather, and the fashion savvy amongst you will already be aware that knee high socks and white coloured tights are set to be one of this seasonís biggest trends.
For those of you who are still not totally convinced about the leather look, then youíll be pleased to hear that velvet also featured quite heavily upon the catwalks. Of course velvet itself is a means to create a vintage inspired look but can also be used to create an array of other styles from grungy to classic. Topshop also offer various suede style shorts which can be worn as a safer alternative to their leather ones, such as their tailored suede pleat shorts in khaki costing £65 fig 8.
Sheer And Cut-Out Clothing
Yes thatís right sheer and cut out clothing are also key trends for A/W10 despite the pessimistic amongst us believing that they should be exclusive to Spring and Summer. Sheer blouses are a great way to elegantly show off your bra a little bit and play up to the lingerie trend, and your modesty can be further concealed by adding a bohemian 70ís style gilet over the top. The correct cut out dresses exposing just a little flesh or alternatively filled with sheer fabric are a sophisticated and sexy look for all of those Christmas parties that wait ahead. If you have a little extra cash to spare and want to make a true investment then try fig 9 Rachel Gilbertís trixy cutout crepe dress in black available on net-a-porter.com for £375. Itís a great version of this trend for those who donít want to bear too much flesh as the main cut out detail is only upon the shoulders.
Capes or Camel Coats?
Shealing aviator jackets aside, you simply have to cavort either a cape or camel coat this season. My opinion is still however divided between the two trends; the camel coat is probably a warmer and more practical choice for the winter, but as androgynous as it may now be, I canít seem to shake away the images of Del boy from ĎOnly Fools and Horsesí in my head! So maybe I will layer up and opt for a cape instead. Here are some of my favourite camel coats and capes to help you to decide for yourself. Fig 10 Check print cape £79.99, Zara. Fig 11 Plush college camel coat £69.99, Zara. Fig 12 camel moleskin coat with buckle belt £119.90, Mango. Fig 13 hooded military cape in khaki £70, ASOS.