The months we rely on for a spot of sunshine in the UK are almost over, so I say let us not waste time mourning how measly our dosage was this year but let us look forward to my favourite season both in nature and fashion; Autumn!
Having acknowledged what has already arisen as the winter trends, be it 40s, more androgyny, layering, or a hint at bridal, I have created 3 day to night looks within a capsule(ish) wardrobe. I used www.net-a-porter.com as my dressing up box which means for me, at least, the looks are somewhat unobtainable. However I find beginning shopping decisions with collages or by creating outfits helps refine my choices so that when I do hit the stores I am not tempted by peculiar beauties that do not fit into my scheme of looks. Although I am by no means suggesting that I am so godly that I always manage to resist such temptations.
This look is a combination of rock’n’roll and comfort. Looking at the pieces individually I have combined autumnal colours with the layering of different textures to achieve a glossy-grunge outfit. For the evening the Lanvin Chinese lame t-shirt’s metallic colour nods to nature but also evokes a sense of glamour because of the lame texture and metallic hue. Combined with Acne’s leather trousers I deliberately chose a looser top so as not to let the look of leather trousers become trampy. The thick blazer is perfect to keep you warm between the restaurant and the bar and hints at the androgynous theme that has crept up on the cat walks yet again. A new decade to emulate has come about which is 40s therefore the lace of the Jimmy Choo Kudos embroided mesh boots was a perfect compliment to an accessible but fashion forward look.
Interestingly the footwear I’ve chosen for this day time ensemble are also by the genius fashion house that is Jimmy Choo. These biker boots are my number one priority because they instantly add interest to the simplest of looks. I reckon they alone would carry me through the winter months both literally and metaphorically in a fashion sense. When biker boots first hit the stores many years ago I bought 2 pairs off the high-street. One pair died after 2 winters, while the others from “Bertie” at Topshop’s flagship store have lasted me nearly 5 years now but they aren’t of the calibre of Choo’s slouchy version that I crave. An investment worth pursuing I feel. To keep the autumnal tone of the look this burgundy hue of the tank top is appropriate both in its cut and colour. And finally for comfort, warmth, and luxury glamour Donna Karan’s Casual Luxe knitted merino wool and cashmere-blend sweater is perfect. This look is by no means too structured but youthful and fashion forward without copying exact looks from the catwalk. It is realistic. After all the real trend to follow in 2011 is that of buying timeless personal pieces that aren’t overtly trend specific and will therefore last!
My second look here is particularly transitional regarding trends from the Summer moving into trends for Winter. I’ve chosen a hot pink Nina Ricci boucle silk-blend skirt that by its colour is part of the ever popular colour blocking trend. However I’ve kept the look smart by teaming it with a Lanvin shirt and studious jumper by Burberry Brit. The three items together have an essence of 50s I feel, which has been revived by the popularity of cult show “Mad Men”. The look is quite full on because of the size, density and colour of the skirt so I have opted for sweet and chic MiuMiu pumps to keep it simple and not too much! For evening it needs that extra spice, so opting for the Roasmosario lace and stretch-mesh corset will create a feminine silhouette. Again there’s a risk of becoming too busy or overly “matchy-matchy” which is why I’ve gone for nude shoes that’s excitement is present through the interesting texture. Appropriate for work this day time look is easily transformed into an innovative yet classically sexy evening outfit.
Finally we have a wonderfully wintery metallic and texturally inspired look. This excites me because of the divine proportions of the Etro Natalie wool-blend skirt. Its A-line cut is so flattering and even better because the wide hem will emphasise the cinched in waist creating a feminine figure. For a smart grown up look I have re-used the well executed Lanvin shirt. Teamed with the Lanvin metallic boucle jacket we are incorporating the luxury baroque trend that is so appropriate for the winter. With all the royal hype of 2011 why not add a sense of majesty with thick wondrous materials. These MiuMiu bejewelled pumps go perfectly! I suggest some thick black tights or even dark grey ones for the cool winds our Autumnal months offer. For night time this ivory Stella McCartney corset compliments the skirt so perfectly, again emphasising and enhancing a stunning figure. It is appropriately named the Josephine marrying satin corset to go with my royal theme for this outfit, having had a royal wedding this year too! I have repeated the lace shoes to make it modern and the cut of this shoe-boot is do-able because of the a-line skirt. Ending at this point on the bottom of one’s calf is riskily unflattering but teamed with the skirt the proportions and height of the heel will keep your pins looking long and slim!
I personally love dressing in the Autumn as it’s cold enough to wear more items and show off your excellent taste, but not too cold that it has to be hidden by 1 huge enormous sheepskin coat to prevent pneumonia!
Acne black sweet belted wool-blend blazer £340
Acne leather skinny pants £930
Burberry Brit wool and cashmere-blend £295
Christian Louboutin big forcet 120 textured leather pumps £635
Donna Karan Casual Luxe knitted merino wool and cashmere-blend sweater £1,235
Etro Natalie wool-blend jacquard skirt £460
James Perse cotton-jersey racer-back tank £80
Jimmy Choo kudos embroidered mesh booths £1095
Jimmy Choo youth leather biker boots £565
Lanvin Chinese lame T-shirt £785
Lanvin crepe-front silk-chiffon blouse £1,515
Lanvin metallic boucle jacket £1,915
MiuMiu Swarovski crystal glitter-finish ballerina flats £400
Nina Ricci boucle silk-blend skirt £1,140
Rosamosario lace and stretch-mesh corset £360
Stella McCartney Josephine marrying satin corset £185
All available on www.net-a-porter.com