MODERN DIOR CLASSIC Fringed houndstooth, wool-blend peplum jacket from Dior’s Prêt-à-Porter Autumn/Winter 2012 collection, shown in Paris. Paired with minky-brown satin silk organza skirt.
What’s hot this season
Have you ever wondered where the latest trends come from and who thought them up? Fashion forecasters have their fingers on the public pulse and spot trends in all kinds of areas. It may be a piece of art or sculpture, or even films and books. They tend to view things in a similar fashion, and when we are starting to buy our autumn/winter clothes, they are already working on next spring/summer and beyond.
While there’s a lot of secrecy until after the catwalk shows, within hours the styles have been diluted down by the high street, and the clothes are accessible to all. So what’s hot for autumn/winter 2012/13?
Pantone tell us the colours for the season include lots of greys, all shades of blue, minky browns, pinks and lavenders, as well as military green and coral.
If you don’t want to buy clothes in any of these colours, then just get yourself a scarf, tie it around your neck or handbag and voilà! You are bang on trend.
Still hanging in there, the maxi will be around for another season at least. If you decide to opt for the long skirt, then get a great look with a cropped top. Long tops teamed with long skirts can look dated and sloppy.
While the fashion leader for 2012 is the trench coat, you will see lots of fur and leather also. Lengths vary from knee length to midi, but the maxi is also be out there.
Studs may suggest biker chic, but look around and you will spot them on shoes, boots, bags and even jewellery. They can be quite tasteful – believe it or not.
Dior set the peplum trend in 1947 with his ‘New Look’. It was structured yet elegant, and placed the total emphasis on the waist. Right now peplums are everywhere. Not the most flattering unless you have a great little figure. Forget this craze if you are big in the stomach and hips.
Rich leathers, both shiny and matte, are definitely ‘in’ this season.
On their own or layered under a shirt, polos are hot! If polo necks are not your ‘thing’, you will still be way up in the fashion stakes with a nice jumper – try cashmere for sheer luxury.
If you loved the florals this summer then you will be more than happy, as this trend will continue through the autumn/winter season. Houndstooth is also everywhere – if you happen to have a bit in your wardrobe, then now is the time to resurrect it. I’m off to the attic to pull out a jacket I bought years ago. With a bit of tweaking it will do very nicely for this winter!