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Work the attitude, grab the eyeliner, big up the hair and wear your skinniest jeans because this season, punk is where it’s at…

 

This season, prepare to unleash your inner rock-chick. The autumn/winter shows were awash with a new punk revival. Everyone from Vivienne Westwood (the first lady of punk herself) to Dolce & Gabbana channelled their own brand of rebellion. To keep this look fresh try keeping it glamourous. Take inspiration from Balmain, who added a tough edge to glamorous floor length gowns. Fabric is key this autumn/winter, so try combining lace, plaid and velvet.  Throw a little lady-like into the mix and you’re sure to nail this trend. Remember, this look is about breaking rules. So get inventive and don’t forget, make sure whatever you wear, you do it with some serious attitude! So, what are you waiting for? Come on feel the noise, girls rock your boys and get wild, wild, wild.

     

Get the Look for Less…

Off Duty:

Go for off duty cool this season. Take inspiration from young London. Think Agyness Deyn, Pixie Geldof and Alexa Chung.

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1. One easy and accessible way to buy into the new punk look is to invest in a good leather jacket. This short sleeved jacket (£120 from TopShop) is a real winner and perfect for those who are a little shy of going head-to-toe punk.

2. This ‘I love London’ tee is bang on trend and so versatile. Do dressed-down casual by teaming with a pair of skinnies or dress it up with a cute chiffon skirt and shoe boots. The cut of this top is great too. And the really good news? It is a credit-crunch friendly £16! (Rock t-shirt by TopShop)

 3. Those of you lusting over Balmain’s autumn/winter show will fall in love with these look-at-me red skinnies (£40 TopShop). Simply team with ankle boots with a fringed trim and you couldn’t be more on trend.

I’m with the band…

Ready to hit the town? Team soft, feminine skirts and dresses with tough, edgy jackets for a modern twist. Rock star boyfriend optional.

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Team rock t-shirts with feminine fabrics, such as chiffon for a modern take on the punk trend…

1. ‘Pretty Vacant’ Tee (£16 from TopShop)   2. Chiffon skirt (£35, also from TopShop)

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 3. For those of you who like your fashion a little more exclusive and bespoke but don’t want to pay the earth, should check out www.pretaportobello.com. Yes, everyone’s favourite London market has gone online (for those who didn’t know, where have you been?) Featuring the next-up-and-coming designers these could be true investment pieces. Not only can you buy this fab dress (£90) and vintage studded shoes (see number 5) but you can even try your hand at bartering for a bargain from the comfort of your armchair.

4. This jacket screams ‘I’m with the band’. Grab yours for £60 from TopShop

5. Not only are these red studded beauties right on trend, they’re one of a kind too! You can buy them from the ‘vintage’ section on Pretaportobello.com for £55.

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6. This jacket is so kitsch it could have been designed for the album cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, but don’t worry you won’t be lonely for long in this beauty. My advice to you? Get it while you can. It’s sure to adorn the pages of most fashion magazines soon. (Military jacket, £40 from Dorothy Perkins)

7. Simply wear this scallop tiered dress with layers of long necklaces á la Alexa Chung. (£75 from TopShop)

Punky Prints:

Feeling brave? Then opt for this season’s coolest prints and all eyes will be on you…

 

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1. Get this Emily and Fin dress from www.pretaportobello.com for £45

2. Not only does this ruffled dress nail the punk trend but it’s also in this season’s hottest print of the moment, tartan. (£49.99 from River Island)

3. Large dogtooth prints in punky colours such as hot pink and mint green are big news this autumn/winter. Channelled by big names such as Marc Jacobs, you can be sure they will be order of the day come those cold winter nights. (Skirt, £10 from Primark)

Shoes and Accessories:

Think heavy embellishments, studs and fringing and you won’t go far wrong…

 

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1. Studded boots with fringed trim £120 by River Island.

2. Black suede boots with stud detail £124.99 by River Island;

3. Fringed bag £79.99 by River Island.

4. Red bag £12 by ASOS.com

5. Gold cuff £29 by Belle du Jour from www.pretaprotobello.com

 

 

With thanks to PRShots.com

Vogue.com (for pictures)

 

Coming Soon:

Trend Focus: 70s Folk and Gothic and much, much more!

 

 

 

You may have barely sorted out your winter wardrobe but in the fast moving world of fashion all the top designers have already paraded their spring/summer collections down the catwalks of the chicest cities in the world.

With Christmas fast approaching many of us will be focusing on investing in the perfect dresses for the office party but why not sit back and let me take you through the new season’s top trends? At least you will know what to buy in the January sales that will translate to next season!

Key colours for next season are romantic candy and pastel colours especially in green, pink, lilac and yellow. Muted tones are also a big hit with greys, dark blues, white, black and beiges featuring strongly in most shows. Mocha, sunset orange and cool blues are the muse of the forthcoming season. Shoes are all about statement. Gladiator style sandals make a comeback. Satchels and beaten brown leather bags will be big news especially teamed with the preppy college girl look. Jewellery should be striking. For inspiration think of exotic jewellery and Grecian style gold necklaces will also make an appearance.

The focus this spring/summer is definitely on simplicity. Celine featured beautifully cut statement dresses in orange and mocha and crisp tailoring. Next season it will be all about the cut. Aquascutum’s collection was awash with edgy statement pieces. Think of simple pieces you could put into a capsule wardrobe. Timeless pieces that exude effortless style. Think oversized shirts with a patent belt to cinch in the waist, ¾ length coats, blazers and classic white trousers. There is definitely a sporty twist to their collection and this will definitely be a trend that hits the high streets. Think simple sleeveless dresses in slinky jersey with a tulip hem. Try TopShop if you want to work this look. Their spring/summer collection embraced simple statement pieces with a sports luxe twist.

Another trend that will make an impact this spring is ethereal. Romantic dresses with ruffles in delicate fabrics such as chiffon and silk. This was best illustrated on John Galliano’s catwalk where it looked like a fairytale had come to life. Models wore pink dresses in chiffon adorned with sparkle, elegant coats with extra material to allow movement and floral maxi dresses. Fabrics were sheer, soft and feminine with metallic notes. Even the classic little black dress got a fairytale makeover with romantic ruffles and embellishments. Dior also captured the magic of this romantic look with embellished 20s style flapper dresses in pastel green.

Laid back, hippy-esque flair will also make a splash next season after making a notable appearance in many shows. D&G featured chiffon layered floral print maxi dresses and oversized t-shirts with embellishments that wouldn’t look out of place on the fields of Glastonbury.

Tailoring will also carry through but with a fresh edge. Dior featured pinstripe suits and waistcoats teamed with bowler hats. Blazers are a key item for spring and summer so hang onto yours if you have invested in one. Emporio Armani gave the blazer a glamorous twist by making it a longer length and more fitted so it could be worn as a statement dress. Designers definitely flirted with the preppy look. Luella even had their models in pig tails and glasses. D&G also gave a nod to the trend with jumpers with shirts worn underneath and brown leather bags. Think pleated skirts, blazers and cardigans.

 

 

 

 

   

Black is well and truly back and has been the muse of many a designer on this seasons catwalks. Designers such as Chanel, Christian Lacroix and Valentino embraced black with heavy embellishment, added texture such as lace, metallic notes, sequins and shimmer. Jewel box hues are big news this autumn/winter and offset the principal colour of black perfectly, Dior and Valentino adopted emeralds, sapphires and rubies. Other colours making a splash this season are burnt orange, hot pink, purple and cobalt.

Floor sweeping evening dresses in paint box colours made significant appearances on the catwalks of Dior and Valentino reminiscent of old school Hollywood glamour. Valentino added romance with ruffles, sheer and satin fabrics in bold colours such as scarlet.

There is a notable nod to the ‘lady of the manor’; Mid length skirt suits made a big impact in tweeds, Valentino used beige tweed for a fresh edge. At Chanel skirt suits were worn with tights, patent heels, cinched-in waists and accessorised with pearls and hair bands with bows. Equestrian style quilted country jackets were big especially in midnight blues, for an eye-catching twist look for soft, silky fabrics and layer over a dress for the evening.

Volume is carrying through and continues to be a hit this season with a decidedly romantic Victoriana feel. Blouses and shirts in textured or sheer black with ruffles and bow detailing were aplenty. For a fresh twist layer under a shift dress or work the tailored look and wear under a tweed waistcoat with high waisted trousers. Another way to work volume this season is in a chunky, oversized knit as seen on the catwalks of Stella McCartney, Giles Deacon and Vivienne Westwood.

Vintage also showed up on the catwalks. Valentino featured a floor length nude, lace evening dress, emanating 40s glamour. To work this trend think ruffles, bows and glamorous fabrics such as sheer chiffon, delicate lace and silky satin. Jewellery should be classic. Be inspired by jewellery from past eras such as striking brooches and antique-esque necklaces.

Military also worked its magic on the autumn/winter catwalks and featured in Aquascutum’s show. Coats with red and gold accents and embellishments are central to this trend and make a real style statement with minimal effort. Complete the look by wearing boots with buckles or laces. This look works extremely well with a simple polo neck (try a block colour to be right on trend) and trousers for everyday but equally with skinny jeans and a simple rock t-shirt for an edgy look. The versatility doesn’t end there, simply team with a little black dress underneath for going out.

Another trend not to go unnoticed is tailoring, which once again takes on an androgynous edge as seen at Alexander Wang and Celine. Think high waisted trousers, shirts and waistcoats, leather jackets and tweed bomber jackets. Wear with a beret and heels to keep it looking feminine.

As for accessories it is all about making an impact. In terms of shoes make an impression with patent notes, zips, buttons, studs and buckles. Ankle boots are key and work well teamed with a military coat. Hats are also big news and add allure to any look. As for bags embellishments staked their claim of the autumn/winter 2007 catwalks. Gold accents, jewels and luxe fabrics are order of the day. Think vintage bags you would find in antique shops. Structured patent bags are another big story, particularly in blacks, burgundies and purples. Following designers’ fondness for leather jackets (and even dresses) this season, expect it to be big in bag terms too.

Urban sports wear carries subtly through to this season (so don’t throw away your parkas just yet!) Isabel Marant had a lightweight sports style parka in her autumn/winter collection at Paris fashion week. Bring this look up to date by taking ideas from Chanel’s autumn/winter show and investing in a pair of ice skating inspired boots.

Don’t forget that if you love something it is okay to wear it! Fashion is imaginative, and style isn’t merely about imitating and following trends, its about interpreting and adapting them. Designers such as JC De Castelbajac have fun with their creations too, he ‘rocked the lady of the manor’ look quite literally. He gave the usually prim and proper look a rock chick edge. And as Balenciaga’s designers stated their collection was inspired partly by girls on campus finding themselves, go ahead and remember all the worlds a stage (or should that be catwalk!?) and this is no dress rehearsal. So go on girl, shake it up, put your best fashion foot forward and get creative!

Gemma Doutwaite Ó