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The Top Fashion Trends for Autumn and Winter, by Marilyn Thompson of The Fashion Class


When it comes to fashion, Autumn/Winter is my favourite season, it just seems, well, easier to dress better whilst wrapped in cosy layers and refreshing your wardrobe is easy, just take your pick from the best of the fabulous new trends.  Shops are already showcasing their new collections. Here are my top five:

Fairytale: Fashion fantasies were created when the runway girls at Dolce & Gabbana and Valentino stalked the catwalk wearing amazing clothes taken straight from the pages of a couture fashion fairytale.  Beautiful detailed embroidery featured heavily on sublime fabrics creating clothes that had an ever so slightly gothic feel, which for me made them even better – more Grimm’s Fairytales than Disney princess!  Capes played a huge part in this trend with oversized fur trimmed hoods and lavish embroidered sections, they were simply enchanting.  Oh…how I want one! (maybe fairytales will come true?)

The 1960’s: Think London in the swinging 1960’s.  This trend features really wearable clothes with a modern vibe. Easy to wear A line shift dresses with long sleeves and high necks are perfect for comfortable but smart daywear, you can choose from graphic and bold vintage inspired prints or keep to neutral block colours, either way when teamed up with opaque tights and knee high shiny boots or flats, this look is an all round winner.

Suits: At the other end of the fashion spectrum, tailored classic suits for women were shown on lots of designer’s runways.  Whilst still being undoubtedly an androgynous look, some designers, like Ralph Lauren and Stella McCartney choose to nod towards a slightly more feminine look by using clever cutting techniques to create a less masculine shape and using more female orientated colours and fabrics.  There’s a shape that will suit everyone.

Sportswear:    Sports and athletic style fashion isn’t going anywhere, if anything it is getting stronger as women realise the need for smart but easy to wear clothes.  Translating easily through ages, anyone can adapt this trend with the sheer variety and choice of clothes and accessories to suit their own lifestyle.  Sports inspired footwear is still dominating the catwalks and the shops (hooray) as the classic trainer goes with just about everything and is perfect for busy, active women.  If you feel like splashing out then Chanel featured trainers in their signature tweed fabric.  Take your chequebook!



Novelty Prints:   Okay, not perhaps clothes you would want to wear every day but still worth noting as there will be no getting away from novelty prints and motifs as the high street will be full of filtered down designer versions.  Jeremy Scott from Moschino kick started this trend by showing his McDonalds fast food inspired collection of clothes and accessories by sending his models down the runway in red and yellow uniforms with bags in the shape of French fries in their carton! Anya Hindmarsh also showed an amazing selection of handbags that looked like they came straight from the shelves of the local supermarket.  Choose your favourite from Frosties, Cornflakes, Custard Creams or even Daz washing powder.

Autumn and Winter Fashion  Loud & fun – certainly not boring!