Chris Wood, Wednesday 22 August 2012
Heralding the vivid hues of autumn, red is key for the new season. From rich claret to vibrant pillar box red this has been a big story across both the men’s and women’s runways.
In Gramercy Park, bold geometric prints are married together with eye popping bursts of colour and traditional autumnal shades. Textures like chunky wool, suede and luxurious faux furs come together.
Biba goes back to its glamorous heyday full of prints and drama galore. Sumptuous fabrics adorned with conversational prints are worn on 60s silhouettes that can be worn day and night.
Influenced by Downton Abbey and glamorous shooting weekends away, Queen & Country mixes classic country chic with notes of luxury like leather and tweed. Plaid and corduroy on a palate of grey, mustard and green are mixed and matched together for a distinguished yet fun look.
The oversize coats and trousers seen on the catwalk are mirrored in this chic simple trend. The humble trouser continues to enjoy its resurgence and is worn slim under long shirts and tunics
Why wear one lovely piece when you can wear four? And why stick to one fabric when you have the cornucopia of Autumn Winter to play with? Chunky knitwear in a multitude of colours is what Deliverance is all about. Prints clash subtly to make this casual daywear trend work.
This season is all about the statement coat. From outrageous coloured fur to masculine oversized coats, if you want to make a statement this season do it with a coat. Pied a Terre leads in the style stakes with its vibrantly coloured coats and the houndstooth coat seen in Mod Mania is the ultimate sartorial statement. The gold brocade coat by Mary Portas nods to both the opulent looks seen in Milan and the Oriental looks seen at the US shows.