2011/2012 trends & how to wear them

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Your friend,



With the long gone passing of spring, and summer following closely in its footsteps, I find myself approaching autumn with a certain type of recognisable expectation. I’m not sure about you, but I know that at the start of every new season, I often identify with an unequivocal anticipation in the air of new beginnings and fresh starts. Perhaps it is just something to do with the changes that occur in environmental atmosphere, offering a new temporal dimension to the current perspective…But whatever the reason for this new found enthusiasm, I am unashamed to say that I may well resemble an excited child in a sweetie shop with a vivid imagination, for what’s on offer. So, please bear with me as I welcome you to the fresh new autumn/ winter trends for 2011.

The good news is that there really is something for everyone this year. I’ll start by talking about skirt length. This is interesting, because Vogue (2011) predict that skirt length will move away from the mini and maxi lengths, towards the mid calf length, while WGSN (2011) suggest that the mini and maxi lengths will remain. In my opinion, length is not the most central theme, but rather, shape and era are. For example, if you want to experiment with the re-emerging mid calf length opt for a high waist and silk blouse (1950’s style), but if you still love your minis, go for 1960’s shapes and pair with a box jacket. Or if you prefer the maxi length, update your wardrobe with either an old school glamorous split in the side, or boho ethnic prints. Personally, I know that I will be trying out the mid calf length because I feel that there is a certain timeless elegance to this look.  I actually once overheard an chic French man say that a lady who wears a mid calf length skirt, leaves a trace of colour and fabric behind her. I just love the subtle mystery that this image evokes of the power that we have as women, in not giving too much of ourselves away. And fashion should always be about this kind of freedom.

My favourite trend of all, however, is the ‘cinematic’ look; sexy, feminine and ruffled! It’s that off-kilter, end of night, undone, imperfect glamour. In my opinion, this is red carpet glamour at its best. To emanate this trend, look out for fluidity in your fabrics and opt for simple shapes, which suggest a kind of underlying, subtle sexiness. For example, you will see thigh high splits and plunging necklines available in the shops, but choose just to wear one or the other to maintain an element of the demure. However, if you just want to give a nod to this trend, just wear head scarves and retro sunglasses. This look is inspired by images from the 1950’s Palm Springs (WGSN, 2011). And remember, the colour blocking trend will continue throughout the next two seasons.

 For those of you who love the more of boho style, the ‘primal futurism’ trend is for you. This is characterised by a palette of clean neutrals and raw woven textures, which are used to break up an outfit, rather than different colour combinations. Trousers are long and pull at the feet, which you can pair with a cropped jacket. Also look out for long, flowing and light weight tunics, which you can pair over trousers, or simply opt for a wrap around skirt. Prints will be tribal, tie die effect, with a real creative authenticity to them, but they will be in very simple, sharp-minimal shapes. Primal futuristic accessories have a very ethnic, almost spiritual feel to them. For example, materials such as wood, feathers, leather, bronze, gold and washed out earthen colours, give accessories a very rustic, almost primitive appeal.

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Jessica xx






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