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Trend Report A/W 2011

JEWEL TONES dazzled on the runways, ruby, emerald garnet and citrine made a bold contrast next to the usual hues of blacks and greys that A/W brings in.  They have taken over from s/s brights and should be worn for maximum impact both day and night.

HERE COME THE BOYS in dressy menswear.  Tuxedos, cummerbunds, silk ties and overcoats hit the runways but with a feminine twist in the form of ultra low cut silk shirts  or sparkly trousers and heels and more feminine tailoring with layers and movement.

SWINGING SIXTIES  is back again with miniskirts, knee-high boots and beehives and lots of monochrome.  Be bold and wear the look from head to toe.

THE COAT is floor grazing, lean and tailored or relaxed in the form of the dressing-gown cut.  For the weekend or just off-duty go for the blanket or kniftted  option.

FETISH comes in a more seductive and subtle  form with black lace, sheer inserts and keyhole necklines or go full-on in corsetry, bondage bindings and leather.  Take your pick from romantic to erotic or mix them both up.

TROUSERS AND TUNICS give a laid-back fluid look for a/w.  Wear jersey for day and silks and metallics for evening.

FORTIES GLAMOUR makes for a very sexy silhouette in the form of the pencil skirt.  But don’t stop there as this is full on forties glamour with fur shrugs, gloss, slim belts and a slim belt.  For a  more reaxed take slip into a tea dress.

TARTAN is back again this a/w but as with other trends this is a head to toe affair with tartan bottoms and tops worn together.  The jacket is low-waisted and double breasted and many skirts had a dramatic bustle.

FUR is shaggy or sleek.  Play it down in seventies style coats and jackets in faux fur and curly mongolian lamb or go glam in white fox.

GLITZ – Shimmer and shine this a/w in dirty metallics for day and glitzy golds and glossy blacks  for evening.

SOFT LINES come in the form of bell-shaped skirts, puffy shoulders and rounded sleeves giving a softer curing line to clothes which exaggerate the female form.

PRINT AND PATTERN are rich in this season collections with lavish florals, artistic swirls and polka dot.  Think Faberge eggs and Quing Dynasty ceramics but unless you know what your doing stick to the polka dots.

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