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This season’s top ten trends

Image consultant, Tanya Arturi, shares her autumn/winter fashion guide

Published on September 28th 2010.


This season’s top ten trends

Now that nights are getting darker earlier, those pretty summer dresses are getting banished to the depths of our wardrobes as we are starting to dig out warmer jackets and knits. If you are ready for a wardrobe update, this season’s trends offer something for everyone.

1. Shearling jackets, boots and accessories
Shearling and leather aviator jackets were a major trend on the catwalk for A/W 2010. They were seen in shows by Burberry Prorsum, Mulberry, Pringle of Scotland, Philip Lim and Julien Macdonald, to name a few.

Hobbs SNW3 shearling jacket £599

The high street has been quick to follow with more affordable versions seen in Whistles, Warehouse, Oasis and ASOS.com. The love of shearling isn’t just for jackets – you will also find it on hiking-style boots (THE new fashion staple – wear with pretty dresses and tailored trousers) and shoulder bags.

2. Caped crusader
There is a bit of a debate doing on amongst the fashion crowd – aviator vs cape? Capes were also seen on a lot of catwalks, including Celine, Daks and Amanda Wakeley. The styles tend to be either lady-like or military (a trend that seems set to stay) and they are particularly good for autumn weather. The style of a cape is great for pear shapes and long and lean figures. However, other body shapes should make sure the style doesn’t overwhelm them (particularly if you are short).

3. Camel is the new blackCamel is a beautiful classic colour and can be seen everywhere in the shops at the moment. This understated colour looks best in luxurious fabrics and simple styles (as seen on the Chloe, Marni, Jaeger and Lanvin catwalk shows). However, very few people can wear the colour near to their face. If you are a redhead or blonde with warm undertones, this is a great colour for you. A camel coat is a great investment if the colour is right for you. If not, camel coloured trousers or a skirt are an alternative way to wear this trend.

4. Berry beautifulIf you have dark hair and dark eyes or bright coloured eyes, this season’s gorgeous berry colours are great for you. Deep, rich and regal there are plenty of plum, blueberry and cranberry colours in the shops, inspired by Burberry, Bottega Veneta and Miu Miu. House of Fraser Very Camel suede dress

5. Animal magic
Leopard print never seems to disappear, and, once again this season doesn’t disappoint. Whether you use it to accessorise a plain outfit (shoes, belts, scarves and bags) or wear a statement item (such as a coat or blouse), it adds an extra something to plain basics. If you veer towards the dramatic, mix and match your prints (if you dare). Leopard print was seen on the catwalks of Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Kenzo, Etro and Moschino.

French Connection Leopard print jacket £120


6. Minimalist glamour
Sometimes simple is best – clean lines and no fuss all add up to a sophisticated look. Stella McCartney is queen of this minimalist look, as is Celine and Richard Nicoll. Let the clothes do the talking but make sure you invest in quality clothes made from good quality fabrics (such as cashmere, silk and matt leather) and stick to a palette of black, navy, camel, grey and white, to get this look right.

Great Plains Berry Coloured Dress £65

7. Mad Men chic
At last, women with curves are celebrated on the catwalk. Low cleavage, full skirts, nipped-in waists and leather opera gloves help create this nostalgic look. Louis Vuitton is one of the designers at the forefront of this trend, closely followed by Loewe, Prada and Dries Van Noten. If you are unsure about circle skirts, add a smart pencil skirt instead.

Mad Men chic by Louis Vuitton8. Leather, lace and furLast year’s leather is still great for this season. Update your look by combining textures – lace, fur, velvet and chunky woollens are this season’s favourites. This is a great trend if you like the edgy rock ‘n’ roll look. Celine, Bottega Veneta and Hermes had a lot of leather in their collections.

Marks & Spencer brown leather top £1259. Modern opulenceBeautiful brocade fabrics, baroque detailing and luxurious velvets were seen on the catwalks of Alexander McQueen, Roberto Cavalli and Balmain. This look is glamorous splendour – ideal for the party season and adding something extra to plain separates. The high street have picked up on this trend and started stocking gold brocade skirts, brocade trousers and velvet trousers and dresses. Marks & Spencer, Next, River Island and Oasis have some of the best.

10. Country girlThis season also sees a lot of practical, traditional ‘country style’ pieces made from heritage fabrics. The appeal of the Hunter welly is still here (John Lewis have just started stocking the brand) and chunky knits, thick woollen ankle socks, tough leather boots/belts and tartan prints all add to the Land Girls look. Inspired by the collections of Pringle of Scotland, Christina Dior, Derek Lam and Marc by Marc Jacobs, this is a warm and practical look to wear in the colder months. Warehouse currently stock a great tartan range (look out for their shift dresses – very flattering), Cooper & Stollbrand for ASOS.com have a collection of capes and jackets, Joules have a variety of tweed waistcoats and jackets and Barbour jackets have become a fashionista’s wardrobe staple.Primark tweed waistcoat £21

To make an appointment with Tanya Arturi, Colour Me Beautiful consultant, call 07811 430 730, email tanyaarturi@btinternet.com, or click here.

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