By Jennifer Lynn
Summer is over (did it ever begin?!), registration is looming and before you know it September’s double SAAS payment will be winging its way into your bank account. If you’ve not already mentally spent it on next year’s wild week in Ibiza, you might want to invest that cash injection into something that will last a little longer than your average hangover: your new season wardrobe. Autumn/Winter 2012’s catwalks were a varied bunch, so whether your fashion icon is Tay-Mom or Lady Sybil of Downton Abbey, there IS a trend to suit your style this season.
With the release of the final Twilight movie looming, could there be a better time to channel your inner vamp? As seen on the runway at Giles and Nicole Farhi, it’s official; black is the new black. Less Wednesday Adams, more Rooney Mara in Givenchy Couture, think lace, leather and lashings of sequins to get the glam Goth look down pat. We love Sisley’s sheer blouse with its ruffled high neck; team with leather leggings, a pair of Miss Selfridge’s killer shoe boots and a slick of deep berry lipstick for a Saturday night take on the trend.
If a trip to the dark side isn’t really your thing, there is a brighter option, thanks to fashion heavyweights like Christopher Kane and Miuccia Prada. Traditionally the colour of royalty, hues of violet, lilac and amethyst were seen en masse at the February shows, and have quickly been picked up by the high street. This high waisted peplum skirt from ASOS would look amazing with a black bandeau and metallic platform courts for a night out, while H&M’s block colour vest is a wardrobe essential.
You can always count on the military trend to rear its khaki head for Autumn/Winter, making it one trend to really invest in. This year it’s all about the details, with baroque prints, studded leather and chainmail-style knits giving the look an extra edge. Team Sisley’s loose green knit with your favourite black skinny jeans and Office’s studded ankle boots for a casual take on the trend, or work ASOS’ baroque trimmed shorts for an evening look Cheryl Cole would be proud of- salute optional.
Far from last year’s quilted Barbour jacket and Hunter wellies combo, this season countryside styling has gone a little more chic. Harris Tweed and tartans adorn everything from cosy capes to traditional kilt-style midi skirts, as the Downton Abbey effect pushes heritage fashion back to the top of the style charts. Not sure how to incorporate Edwardiana into your 21st Century wardrobe? Ease yourself in with River Island’s go-with-anything white brooch-adorned blouse. We’ll be wearing it with some checked short shorts, thick tights and ASOS’ Fair Isle print boots come October.