AW trends on a budget!
Friday 17 August 2012
We’ve barely had time to flaunt our summer frocks and sandals and AW12 is already around the corner. If you’re in a pre-autumn depression, have no fear; the Closer team have rounded up the top trends for next season inspired by world class designers, all at a budget- hurrah!
AW12 trend: leather
Leather is set to make a comeback this autumn in the form of chunky, clean blocks as well as being used as detail on dresses. Matt and wet-look leather from Christopher Kane, Calvin Klein and Alexander Wang are being recreated by high street stores in skirts and leathered sleeves, which teamed with contrasting fabrics, can look feisty and effective.
Clockwise from top: Skirt; New Look, £19.99. Top; Asos, £25. Skirt; River Island, £22.
AW12 trend: Brocade
An upmarket brocade finish to your autumn wardrobe doesn’t have to be pricey. High street stores are replicating Stella McCartney’s AW12 line for less in the form of sparkling silver threads and Russian inspired patterns. Add a touch of neutral colour and basic fabric to take your outfit from a day at the office to evening drinks.
Clockwise from top: Jacket; Littlewoods, £69. Trousers; H&M, £24.99. Dress; New Look Exclusive, £27.99.
AW12 trend: Bejewelled
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend and boy does Prada know it. Their AW12 collection features 3-D ornamentation, whilst Chanel had opted for shards of crystal. Check out the be-jewelled high street statement pieces that will add a little glamour to your wardrobe.
Clockwise from top: Shirt; Zara, £69.99. Top; Topshop, £65. Shoe; Asos, £85.
AW12 trend: Purple
Purple is the new black according to Christopher Kane, Gucci and Alberta Ferretti this autumn. In London, Christopher Kane showcased his AW12 collection on a lavender carpet alongside lilac hued knitwear and dress detail, whilst in Milan, at Gucci, the collection evoked a deep purple to full effect. The high street offers contrasting shades of purple which can be worn together or alternatively, used as a statement piece to add a pop of colour to an outfit.
Clockwise from top: Jacket; River Island, £60. Shoe; Miss Selfridge, £40. Top; Topshop, £28. Top, Missguided, £13.99.
AW12 trend: Peplum
The ever flattering peplum is back for autumn, with Lanvin, Bottega Veneta and Mary Katrantzou all opting to feature the shape on their AW12 runway. Strengthen the illusion of an ultra-feminine waist by choosing a peplum pencil skirt or dress, and in addition, use the peplum to break-up trouser and top sets.
Clockwise from top: Dress; Owntherunway.com, £26.99. Dress; Asos, £38. Skirt; Zara, £19.99.
AW12 trend: Mannish shapes
Rival your man’s closet with this season’s focus on the masculine. Playing with shoulder shape and form, it’s all about the boy vs. girl for Stella McCartney, Giambattista Valli and Hermes this autumn. The look has been recognised by high street stores in the form of square shoulders, full length coats and loose fitted trousers.
Clockwise: Shirt; Asos, £25. Coat; Uniqlo, £39.99. Trousers; Mango, £34.99.
AW12 trend: Clean silhouettes
Bury your fashion fears as AW12 is all about fuss-free impact dressing. Designers seem keen to show-off cutting rather than texture and colour, with Yves Saint Laurent highlighting the shape of the female form through fitted designs and Jil Sander opting for the less is more theory. A clean and simple silhouette can be achieved through a gathered waist or clean and uncomplicated cut shapes.
Clockwise: Coat; Topshop, £79.99. Dress; Boohoo.com, £15.