The fashion world has been whipped up in a total frenzy this past month, as New York, London, Paris and Milan each played host to Fashion Week. I’ve been keeping tabs both on the runway shows and the street style that has been popping up in each city and am bringing you the top three very adaptable, most wearable trends we can look forward to come A/W ’12 (I hate saying that because we’re just beginning to see signs of spring now!).
Of course, one of my favourite parts of seeing the key trends emerge from Fashion Week is knowing full well that these are what will dictate the rails of the high street when we come to shop for our A/W ’12 wardrobe. But at the same time, I think it’s important to remember that when it comes to taking catwalk looks into your everyday life, you adopt the most wearable highlights, whilst preserving the essence of the trend. Let’s just say that you don’t want to end up looking like a fashion victim!
Fur, Feathers and the Future
Luckily for us, it’s not been all doom and gloom on the catwalk as design houses such as Alexander McQueen have produced some pretty cutting-edge futuristic takes on winter wear, whilst maintaining every inch of a glam and luxe feel, as seen above. From this collection, I predict we’ll see many more feather infused accessories and coats translated onto the high street: shoes and boots will definitely feature this accent. However, it’ll take some brave fashionistas to pull this look off well and I’m really excited to see what the next season will bring. And whilst the fur and feathers have been in neutral colours such as camel, nude and grey, don’t be afraid to experiment with a bright pop of colour, such as the cerise featured in the middle photo above. It’s a perfect pop of colour amongst all the black and dark neutrals that will be sure to reign during the cooler months. Voluminous shapes and silhouettes also stood out in the McQueen collection. I’m sure progressive, trend-setting high street shops such as Cos and H&M will come up with their own formulations of this look in due time.
Evening wear and structured tailoring were cinched in by the star accessory of Fashion Week: belts. As seen above on the Yves St Laurent runway, belts can smartly (and literally) pull in and pull together an outfit – making it look truly complete and finished. Thinner, ladylike belts were also featured in other collections, such as Sonia Rykiel’s, and placed over medium-weight knits and dresses. For a more realistic and wearable take on this trend, I think these belts will look especially nice layered over knits paired with long, flowing skirts and tailored winter coats as well. The key to wearing this look successfully is to pick a belt with a simple, discreet buckle: less is more. In the three looks above, the belt finishes the ensemble and acts as a finishing touch, rather than an accent – so choosing a colour that’s neutral is ideal.
Now, this is one trend you must be very, very careful with. In the Kanye West collection (yeah, I said Kanye West! Who would have thought??), it looked impressive: sleek, feminine and chic. But beware: one false move and you’ll look as if you either just stepped out of the Harley Davidson motorcycle shop and/or something else entirely unmentionable (think Catwoman, but worse). You know what I mean. The secret to the success of this look, in my opinion, are the very subtle details that give it dimension and depth – a flared hem, pointy, delicate heels, tops that hit at the hip and panelling, are all details that lend the look a touch of class, rather than crass. In particular, you can see just how lovely the black leather looks paired against a nude/camel fur in the second look above, and how a leather collar/necklace has been gracefully worked into all three looks above without appearing fetish-like.
Well their you have it, something to look forward to Autumn/Winter 2012.
Until the next time, xoxo