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A/W’12 Trend Guide

Gothic vibes, sleek leather and rocking Baroque opulence: get your A/W’12 trend fix right here

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    Gothic

    Head-to-toe storm-cloud colours, crucifix motifs and a long-line silhouette lend themselves to a moody, romantic vibe. Look for leather, lace and sheer, red wine-stain lipstick, and slouch accordingly. Fashion goth? Yes please.

    Star piece:
    Crucifix
    accessory

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    Baroque rocks!

    Dolce & Gabbana set the tone for a sumptuous feast of Rococo-inspired prints, lavish adornment and decadent fabrics. Balmain, meanwhile, gave us a 21st century-girl version of the look, teaming an intricately embellished top over a boyish shirt with a rockstar-lean trouser. Own it.

    Star piece:
    Embellished
    Jacket

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    Leather

    This season, leather has got designers all in a lather. Along with minimalist lines, sock-it-to-ya colours (just add ‘oxblood’ to your fash vocab) and a soft-enough-to-sleep-in feel, the big story here is using the fabric in new and unexpected ways, like Christopher Kane’s leather-edged dresses, Acne’s much copied long-line biker jacket in pastel, and printed leather.

    Star piece:
    An Oxblood-Hued
    Leather Skirt

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    Floral vs Geometric

    Hothouse blooms or precision patterns – at which fashion temple do you worship? Either way, be prepared to make a statement. Call it the Mary Katrantzou effect (remember her upholstery-inspired images a few seasons back?): print this season is head-to-toe, flamboyant and, above all, hi-res as designers take advantage of the digital tools available to today’s fabric-makers.

    Star piece:
    Graphic Pattern Suit

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    Military

    We’ve so moved on from the surplus store take on this look. Forward march to army gear with a twist: we’re talking a brass-buttoned jacket with a peplum, or a reimagined parka with black leather sleeves. Biggest of all is the return of camouflage, which has stolen our hearts via influential street stylers and pop stars.

    Star piece:
    Military Jacket or
    Parka

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    Man up

    Sharp, Savile Row-inspired dressing isn’t just still going strong – it’s become a key modern look for girls, especially when it comes to the office. Not that we’re too literal-minded (as if) – a sheer blouse, op-art patterns, and fabrics with a subtle shine are the points of difference you need to stay one step ahead of the boys.

    Star piece:
    Cropped, tailored
    trousers

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    Eastern Opulence

    Fashion is in thrall to tales of ancient empires this season, as opalescent fabrics, traditional Oriental motifs and kimono detailing add an opium-soaked dose of mystery and glamour. Proenza Schouler’s modern, sporty take on the trend took the gold medal, teaming a Chinese- embroidered bomber jacket with an above-the-knee skirt and a tough boot. Fierce.

    Star piece:
    Embroidered
    Satin Bomber

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    Very Berry

    Claret, grape, burgundy: the heady stains of a vintage wine cellar are the season’s all-new colour palette, with a focus on velvet, embellishment and shine. Snap up a piece of oxblood leather for an instant wardrobe update or try a violet dress for a fresh evening look. Extra style points for tone-on-tone, as seen at newly-revamped Kenzo.

    Star piece:
    Damson-hued
    Cocktail Dress

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    Sci-Fi / Fantasy

    Whether it’s the futuristic beauty of Prometheus, the wild popularity of Game of Thrones (yeah, you do), or simply a need to escape the humdrum of daily life, A/W’12 saw a gang of heroines straight out of a fantasy tome. Just check out Jil Sander’s space-agey silver and white-clad elegant creatures, Balenciaga’s dystopian tough girls (complete with Blade Runner-esque prints) and Chanel’s otherworldly sprites.

    Star piece:
    Silver Metallic
    Footwear

  • Key Piece | ASOS

    What:

    Mary Jane heel.

    Where:

    Prada.

    How:

    With a cropped, tailored trouser or Baroque-influenced cocktail dress.

    Key Piece | ASOS

    What:

    Chunky boot.

    Where:

    Proenza Schouler.

    How:

    With a knee-length skirt and a bomber jacket.

    Key Piece | ASOS

    What:

    Tailored patterned trousers.

    Where:

    J.Crew.

    How:

    Cropped at the ankle and with a clashing bright buttoned-to-the-neck shirt.

    Key Piece | ASOS

    What:

    Patterned clutch.

    Where:

    Versace.

    How:

    For day or night, teamed with a boyish trouser or tough-girl leather.

    Key Piece | ASOS

    What:

    Homespun knit.

    Where:

    Marc Jacobs.

    How:

    With loose, battered jeans and creepers.

    Key Pieces

    Your new season to-do list

  • Key Piece | ASOS

    What:

    Peplum.

    Where:

    Hakaan.

    How:

    On a wide, waist-cinching belt, loose drop-waist, or the hem of a simple shift dress.

    Key Piece | ASOS

    What:

    Oversize floral print.

    Where:

    Jonathan Saunders.

    How:

    On a sheer blouse or dress.

    Key Piece | ASOS

    What:

    Embellished jacket.

    Where:

    Balmain.

    How:

    With leather trousers for that Parisian-model-off-duty look.

    Key Piece | ASOS

    What:

    Graphic patterned suit.

    Where:

    Miu Miu.

    How:

    Over a crisp shirt with a sharp block heel.

    Key Piece | ASOS

    What:

    Parka.

    Where:

    Burberry.

    How:

    Over a printed T-shirt teamed with a black leather skirt and heels.

    Key Pieces

    Your new season to-do list