AW Trends – Colour

Colour Your World

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Tired of all the camel talk? Don’t worry this Autumn / Winter is also bringing some serious eye-popping colour to the forefront! Forget ‘matchy-matchy’ as being blasé, head to toe colour in a kaleidoscope of shades and hues will warm up your wardrobe this coming season.

Be prepared to be swept away with colour! Explosions of colour can breathe new life into your look as well as your outlook on the day. From unexpected colour blocking to fierce bold shades – like acid yellow at Versace – colour demands you to be bold and daring. And don’t be afraid to experiment…a colourful world awaits you!

Ways to wear colour:

Go Head to Toe…
Across the runways the main way to wear colour was all over! We are talking head to toe colour! Complete colour from tip to top can look sophisticatedly glamorous. At Bottega Veneta red leather pants were paired with a rose pink blouse. Take Oscar de la Renta’s blue tweed jacket, navy skirt and coordinating checkered blue tights or check out statement colour dresses by Stella McCartney and Versace.

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AW Trends – Feminine Silhouette

Return to 50’s Finesse

Photo from Vogue Australia, Sep 2010

Between ‘Mad Men’, Marc Jacobs and Miuccia Prada, a return to 1950’s waist clinching curves lay ahead for Autumn / Winter 2010. Full skirts, belted waists and luscious lace will add unforgettable polish, charm and glamour to your style. 1950’s silhouettes embellished with modern textures and patterns instantly freshen and revitalise this trend for now.

The inspiration
‘A Fine Romance’ editorial featuring Aussie model, Catherine McNeil, for the September issue of Vogue Australia is the perfect love letter to this trend. Reminiscent of a beautiful 1950’s belle, the hair, make-up, styling, scenery and the clothes are quite simply put… perfect! Featuring pieces from Prada, Louis Vuitton, Hermès along with lust worthy lady-like bags, gorgeous pumps, brooches and elbow length gloves only adding to its splendour!

Embrace your curves…
Nipped in waists and gloriously heaving bosoms means this season is all about female curves. New proportions embrace femininity and look sophisticatedly sexy, without exposing too much skin. Think refined sexiness…

Bardot-esque curves were the order of the day at Louis Vuitton where models walked to the theme music from the 1950’s film ‘And God Created Woman’ – also the name of the collection. The halterneck and strapless bustier shapes seen at Louis Vuitton, will be flattering on women of all shapes and ages.
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From the Catwalk to the High Street

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High Street Super Chain Zara has released its August 2010 Look book with clear references to the designer collections.

Taking understandable inspiration from high end design houses Prada, Marc Jacobs, Chloé and Celine; Zara’s August collection clearly shows the process of designer catwalk collection through to its high street reproduction.

This is obviously nothing new and most high street designers replicate the trends shown at fashion shows every season. As soon as there is a new trend you will be able to take it home from a high street store for a fraction of the designer price.

The downside being fabrics and threads are not of the high-end quality and generally will not last as long. Certain materials also leave themselves more open to quality differentiation, such as leather and wools / knits. Quality leather should be as smooth and soft as butter. Quality wools and knit fabrics will be softer, stronger and most likely not as itchy on your skin. After a few washes the cheaper fabric may start to fade and lose its shape. There will also be lots and lots of people out there wearing the exact same look as you.

So if you are deciding whether to buy the real thing with the Chloé leather skirt or the Zara version, think about your investment. Your Zara skirt may very well last this one season; however, your Chloé leather skirt will most likely last your lifetime and be something you can pass onto your granddaughter.
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