From the Catwalk to High St

Keeping Warm with AW Trends

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This coming season, the designers gave us plenty of gorgeous reasons to look forward to the cooler months. Celebrating streamlined simplicity, you will be able to indulge your senses in ultra-soft leathers, tweeds, cashmeres, velvets and shearling.

But it will be difficult to decide on your winter warmers. Cool Aviator Jackets, chic Capes, classic Coats and incredible Chunky Knits; all look undeniably sleek, sexy and not to mention cosy!

Below are my favourite pieces from the Designer collections & the High Street for  Autumn / Winter…

Shearling Aviator

Two major trends this coming season are the Aviator jacket and Shearling. Stepping in to take over the reins from the biker jacket, the Aviator jacket is cool, chic and effortless to wear. You can slip it on over anything and everything.

Shearling is a sheepskin or lambskin pelt. To achieve the luxurious texture, the shearing process is limited to produce the uniform depth of the wool fibres. The Shearling Aviator popped up at Burberry Prorsum, Pringle of Scotland and Mulberry (& at Mulberry Shearling topped jackets and their cute boots!).

Designer Choice: Burberry Prorsum (pictured above)
The Shearling Aviator was the first outfit on the catwalk at the Burberry Prorsum Autumn / Winter 2010 show. With luxe shearling, decadent leather detailing and gorgeous khaki colour – this jacket hits all the right notes.

High Street Choice: Whistles (pictured above)
Whistles sheepskin parka is a perfect choice to keep warm and nail these two essential Autumn / Winter trends in one. Loving it!

The Camel Coat

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Carmel is undeniably the go-to colour for the season. And there is no better way to incorporate it into your wardrobe then with a classic statement coat. Camel is classic, sleek and ultra-sexy.

The coat is the item of the season and it wasn’t just in the shows as a means to keep you warm – it played a starring role. Stella McCartney opened her show with a coat and many others followed suit. Coat perfection was also at Céline, Calvin Klein and Chloé.

Designer Choice: Chloé
Chloé’s camel coat is streamlined simplicity at its finest. I adore the sweet bow detailing at the neck.

High Street Choice: Reiss
Reiss’ camel coat is equally a minimalist indulgence. The high neck will also keep you extra warm this winter.

The Cape

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Will the cape become your superhero purchase this season? It may very well indeed! The perfect cover up – especially when paired with slim fit trousers to create a dynamic silhouette.

Appearing at Chloé, Yves saint Laurent, Christopher Kane and Tommy Hilfiger (to name but a few), the cape is the talk of the town. Several different shapes appeared on the catwalks. There were the very fashionable capes with strong dynamic cuts (the capes that really look like capes!). Alternatively there were smart tailored capes, perfect for the office or for combining with pencil skirts to embrace the 1950’s trend. The parka / cape hybrid (a la Chloé cape style) is the perfect choice for relaxed weekend wear.

Designer Choice: Yves Saint Laurent
Chic, black and sexy – Yves Saint Laurent’s take of the fashion cape is powerful and fashion forward.  

High Street Choice: TopShop
TopShop’s cape from ‘The Outsiders’ collection is cute, practical and charming. Love the sweet country inspired plaid.


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Lose your girly streak with oversized masculine tailoring. Sharp, sophisticated and refined, this trend is grown up dressing down to a tee.

One of the key elements to this look is leg lengthening, slimming trousers. Droopy harem and sweat pants are a thing of the past. Boot-cut, high waisted, beautifully tailored trousers will do wonders for any figure. Add a man-style white shirt, a waist clinching belt and an oversized blazer and coat for a faultless take on this trend.

Designer Choice: Chloé
Chloé’s luxe grey suit and coat in indulgent fabric is perfect for the office. Its ‘wall-street’ chic.

High Street Choice: Reiss
Reiss has nailed the tailoring trend with this luxe grey suit and coat.

Fifties & Textured Chunky Knits

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Thick, cosy and perfect for those chilly winter months, chunky knits have never been so chic! Think oversized and textured in whatever you may choose – whether it be classic black, a colourful hue, leopard or Nordic print.

Inspired by the 1950’s – Isabel Marant’s Capri pants, light blouses and chunky knits were right on trend for Autumn / Winter 2010.

Designer Choice: Isabel Marant
The super soft white coat at Isabel Marant is completely divine. Wear it with everything from casual jeans on the weekend to over your ball gown…

High Street Choice: 1971 Reiss
I adore this black chunky textured knit! It is so sexy.

Get inspired for this coming Autumn. Feel the temperature drop. And get your shopping list ready… it may be getting cold outside but this season’s delicious offerings will instantly warm your heart…

You will you be wearing an Aviator Jacket, Cape, Chunky Knit or Classic Coat this coming season? Love to hear your thoughts! x

6 responses to “From the Catwalk to High St

  1. Thanks for visiting my blog- nice to meet another Australian blogger in London! Yeah – advice on anything warm to deal with this winter send it my way – please!!
    Your project looks great – very best of luck.

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