As the Spring 2011 shows continue across the globe, our fashion trend forecaster, Nikki Dhaliwal, gives the inside scoop on what to wear now.
There is no question about it; the Fall-Winter collection is always my favourite season, with the glam luxe fabrics, layering of textures and wearable classics. For 2011, key new trends include camel hues in toffee, tan and beige. An array of coats dominated the catwalks from shearling aviator jackets and tailored redingotes to the 50s swing coat. Be sure to invest in leopard print, camel hues, faux fur, romantic lace offset with leather, tribal influences, cropped trousers, tailoring, shearling and the 60s full skirt. Here are key highlights from the Paris, London and Milan Fall/Winter 2011 shows, and what you should keep an eye out for when updating your Fall-Winter wardrobe now.
John Galliano brought equestrian elegance from the house of Dior. Think period high society horse riding glamour in jodphurs, hacking jackets and short redingotes (coat worn for horseback riding). For evening wear, chiffon lingerie gowns in muted dusky tones were paired with thigh high boots.
Karl Lagerfeld blended Chanel’s signature tweed with faux fur for his arctic wonderland theme.
Stefano Pilati showed classic tailoring echoed in a modern nun’s wardrobe. Loose fitting trousers, pencil and slightly flared skirts in black. The only glimpse of colour appeared in the evening wear ensembles in satin pinks, greens and yellows.
This season, Marc Jacobs revamped the 50s womanhood silhouette by highlighting the well defined waist and bosom in corseted full skirts.
Alber Elbaz embraced the broad shoulders and asymmetrical silhouette yet again. He combined an array of textures, from feathers and jersey to metallic gold finishes. Elbaz took the simple silhouette to another level by twisting it with an array of materials.
Camel, beige and latte shades were at the forefront of this collection. The masculine tailored silhouettes were given a softer finish in fluidity with the wearable coats, loose-fitting trousers and knits.
Miuccia Prada’s collection had a swinging 60s vibe to it, predominately black but with the occasional splashes of bright colours like orange, purple and yellow. The short lines of the sleeveless shifts are the main attraction.
Think Mad Men: cinched waist, knee-length hemlines, tweeds and knits.
The duo never fail to epitomize sensual and provocative, and the collection showcased sensual masculine suits paired with knickers, corsets and skirts. Prints of flowers, polka dots and leopard were featured in the dresses, blouses and skirts. Fabrics ranged from black lace, tweed, satin and jersey.
Slimline trousers, dresses, top coats in autumn tones from white, camel, brown to black. For evening wear, Frida Giannini featured sequins and feathers for the sexy yet chic look.
Donatella Versace combined futuristic with biker chic by using leather and zippers. Dresses ranged from the mini dress with armoured basques and asymmetrical evening gowns with the signature high slits.
S&M, power woman, leather, black and red were all put together to create Dan and Dean Caten’s collection. Definitely not for the faint-hearted.
The signature trench was left in the shadows by the new aviator jacket, with exaggerated cream shearling trimmed collars taking the forefront of the collection. Aviator jackets were paired with skinny trousers and ruched dresses.
Jean Paul Gaultier’s collection for Hermès was inspired by the Avengers,with umbrellas, bowler hats and leather suits.
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