The key looks are determined by
fashion moving on to newer versions of familiar themes.
The old themes get refined, pared down or vamped up.
This makes them seem so much more polished, creating a new desirable appeal and
regenerates the fashion kudos. Now the key trend for Autumn 2007 is fashion with a sophisticated touch of glamour. Of course to stay at the head of the latest trend you need to follow the
key Pantone colour trends.
In brief, the foundation of autumn winter 2007/8 key trends are based on glamour, shine, embellishment
and bold bright colours. The latest fashion themes cover
military tailoring, relaxed easy to wear coats, leather, dresses, oversized
knitwear, and black on black texture.
Take note of how the fashion seasons are merging. Pre-collections, cruise
and resort ranges, once just extra collections to feed an ever hungry
clientele, have now become as important to designers as the original
twice a year collections. The new super-class of shopper is able to afford
staying ahead by buying the latest costly wardrobe additions.
Countless consumers find it undesirable to be caught out
wearing passé or inappropriate apparel. The global
nature of fashion today ensures that mass retailers keep up especially well. If you have been following these pages for the past few years you will have already bought hot fashion items that are in line with the
Autumn Winter 2007/8 new season.
The relentless hype from the internet is such that many
shoppers now vigorously purchase clothes all year rather than for the 2
major seasons. Fashionistas steadily buy into the next big look, always
ready, always primed to scour the latest clothing rack. Staying
ahead of key trends has become easier to achieve with the
rise of internet fashion shopping. Internet fashion shopping is now up a whopping 55%
since last year and has overtaken sales of computers. Fashion racing is happening because of the way we
now travel and communicate with increasing ease through the
For an instant update to any outfit start with a pair of
ankle boots. The red and black ankle boots shown left are from Dune
whilst the black
stiletto patent boot right is from Dior.
You are reading an original fashion article by Pauline Weston Thomas on the latest fashion trends.
trends for coats for the Autumn Winter 2007/8 new season.
There are 2 key coat trends.
1. Lean tailored fitted coats with military
2. Coats with Cocoon volume or Trapeze
A-lines sixties styling.
The new coat is frequently cute,
often short on the knee or around the knee and can be truly
chic when a woman is well groomed and aiming for a more
Jewel colour wool velour Melton coats with topstitching like
these fats fashion coats shown left often with dual collar
funnel necklines and above waist seaming, pay homage to Jackie O
The coat of the Autumn Winter 2007/8 new season is more of a statement piece and one of chic
elegance. It's a bolder shape and sculptured with a
futuristic line. It can be double breasted, frequently has
a fuller skirt or wide A line Trapeze shapes that swing and the
colour can be very bold and bright.
1970's style broad topstitching to highlight seams and construction lines makes a
comeback. Read more about coats for
Winter 2007/8 here.
Images above, left and
below courtesy Country Casuals,
Debenhams, Matalan and IFTF.
Bold tartans, lumberjack, tablecloth or
windowpane checks are used
for punk influenced jackets and coats for the Autumn
Winter 2007/8 season.
Wrap tie belts are a feature of trench
styles and capes. Texture on contrast texture means
that piped contrast edges
are used to trim revers. Cropped boxy
jackets and hip length toppers with central back seam pleats
give swing and a modern edge to an outfit. Read more
about the latest coats for
Winter 2007/8 here.
Sergeant Pepper lives
again in military styled ornate pea coats, fitted marching coats
with martial lines in black, navy, cream, olive green.
Military army or navy khaki, gold, olive, taupe, grey,
snuff, tobacco and dark navy all take on a military fashion look
with ease. Military rich touches are created by golden
ornamental frog fastenings or golden brass toned metal buttons.
Epaulets get the stud trim or leather treatment and cuffs are
deep. Belts and buckles feature above some sleeve hemlines often
highlighted further with braid decoration. This is a precision look
which is best worn layered to get the most fashionable effect.
Double breasted looks jackets coats and pea coats are
practical and easy for driving and commuting so are sure to be
a huge trend this Autumn Winter 2007/8.
Read more about coats for
Winter 2007/8 here.
Leather competes with PATENT, PLASTIC AND RUBBER. These
materials that have a sheen all vie for attention. Industrial
black neoprene, plastic shiny or glossy fabrics in basic shapes
& SHEEN in LEATHER - In the main this translates into BIKER CHIC
with zips, buckles studs and eyelets worked into body conscious
cut garments in smooth gleaming leather. Some are cute
with SIXTIES CHIC shape
wise. Many have a gentler softer silhouette in the softest of draping
Other leathers have an armour plate feel with the python or croc
finishes. Texture on leather creates a fresh appearance
which also follows through into bags and other accessories.
For the Autumn Winter 2007/8 season try to look beyond biker versions toward fashion garments in leather that is supple and draping with folds and
softness. Styles are easy to wear and often in full modern
looking coats rather than traditional trenches as well as
jackets bloused, baggy or fitted. Find designers for womens clothes and jewelry at passador.com.
You are reading an original fashion article by Pauline Weston
Clothes with hardware or of liquid look molten fabrics or
reptilian leathers help create a warrior women look.
runs side by side with leather - from a high street point of
view the masses will wear the leather version rather than real
python, alligator, crocodile or other reptilian skin like the
designer fashions right. See more armorial looks on
the wardrobe tips page for the Autumn Winter 2007/8 season.
Read more about coats for
Winter 2007/8 here.
This is grown up dressing for girls who
love to pretend they are 1940s satin clad sultry sirens.
Dress up for the party season for the Autumn Winter 2007/8.
SCREEN GODDESSES -Satin clad sirens party in posh frocks
that have a couture touch. Think floor length and trained evening gowns
snappy above knee cocktail frocks. Gold, pure pink, rich purple, royal blue,
red and silver grey satin
are party frock material.
Purple satin bold and rich and
bright is a top favourite for autumn and winter evening glamour.
Purple Tanya Dress from Monsoon - £55/€85 - In Store October.
Monsoon Merissa grey dress - £135/€210 - Monsoon Autumn Winter
2007 - in Store October.
Goddess glamour can be yours with a sweeping evening dress with
a fishtail train and a halter neckline, cutaway armholes, deep waist
plunging V necklines or one shoulder dresses spell screen siren. Thick duchesse satins draped and
sculptured into swathes of fabric can be found with ornamental obi like bows
set at the waistline.
Forties silver screen romantic grown up styles
hint at victory with and strength in the shoulder line and power in a
cinched in waist. Think ultra glamorous evening wear, glam, glam and
Cocktail suits - Forties Glamour exists in many forms, but especially as the cocktail suit or dress with jacket. Embellished jackets covered in passementerie like texture and decorative
work make suits an evening option. Look for garments with appliqué, sequins and encrustations that vary in style from armorial to angelic.
some designers showing above knee length tunic dresses, the mid length dresses a few inches below the knee
length for Autumn Winter 2007/8. Shorter styles are
generally worn as layering components with hosiery.
styles make good basics for layering. Hemline volume or
pencil slim skirts draw attention to legs, or leg cover ups. Coloured tights that contrast make an older existing wardrobe item updated.
hugging midi dresses have timeless appeal for the hourglass body. Sack and Trapeze
alternatives can be pulled in with a belt on thin days!
SLIM SECRETARY DRESSES - Look for a ladylike silhouette and think cinched waists
emphasised by slim belts. Tailored dresses can be teamed with colourful
contrast tights and ankle boots. Ankle boots is one of the
key trends for Autumn Winter 2007/8.
Pailettes and passementerie
style embellishment expands to cover whole garments not just
highlighted areas. Pailette size has grown to armour like
Heavy embellishment as opposed to romantic ethereal floating
effects are more dominant this winter 2008 as a stronger looking very
groomed woman becomes the fashionable look. Rich
embroidery incorporates bird designs as well as feather trims. Deluxe gold trim and textural overlay
shows well against
Gleam and sheen will not go away. Liquid silver and molten
gold looks glimmer shimmer and sparkle.
Metallics have the look of molten material that appears
elegant, rich and fashionably expensive. Get away with the
look for day by contrasting matt dull fabrics with metallics on
the other half of the body.
GLEAM & SHEEN in METALLICS - Time to drop the sweet wrapper
metallic looks of earlier seasons and move on into the harder tougher stronger
metallics of Autumn Winter 2007/8.
Find metallics in tones of silver, dark greys, anthracite,
or gold from palest gold to rich 24k gold through into rose gold
and copper or ginger effects.
anthracite, rich bronze and copper liven the familiar tones of
the sheer soft silver and gold we have become used to seeing.
This Autumn Winter 2007/8 formal prim practical business dressing
easy with matching skirts and jackets.
SECRETARY SUITS - The matchy matchy skirt suit is back.
your skirt and jacket, but choose from a wide range of skirt
styles teamed with fitted jackets or short boxy or swing jackets. Suits
have matching skirts.
Sleek curved darted or seamed
jackets hug the body team well with super pencil slim on
the knee skirt
styles. Whereas the alternative skirt the pleated fuller skirt
set on a yoke looks best and teamed with a neat sharp boxy
The full skirts of suits all mix well with 50s and 60s
inspired jacket lines.
Lighter dull country
look tweeds and equestrian influenced garments, moleskin and corduroy separates
are perfect for
inner cities. They make up well into the ever
practical skirt suits which can take you to a variety of events
through the day.
Urban country meets industrial city
Note the sporting touches in boots and
trousers. Think jodhpurs, crisp shirts, soft fancy riding
dress shirts, caps, riding capes and traditional good leather
saddle bags. Jodhpurs are expected to see good sales this
Autumn Winter 2007/8.
We've seen this look time and time again, but here it is again
for the Autumn Winter 2007/8 season.
Androgynous dressing interprets as high-waisted man tailored pants or tuxedo style masculine trouser
suits. This look has been revived many times, but that is simply
because it works. Androgynous dressing can make a woman in a masculine cut garment
look even more feminine as it packs a punch with the surprise.
The new high waist trousers give a newer look
with their wider legs. Team them with a slouchy bag or try
wearing them with a
tuxedo, new military influenced blazer or soft pleated blouse.
Or soften the look with a chunky knit and wear the cropped
version of the loose trousers held up with a man style belt.
Left - New Look Autumn/Winter 07/08 Collection - Womenswear
Collection - Patent bomber £40/58€, Grey high waisted trousers
£28/40, Black polo neck £20/29€, Black socks £2.50/3.50€, Black
for Autumn Winter 2007/8 as bold chunky
knits, rib effects or are of textured lace appearance and used
to make coats of a weight well suited to a world dominated by
the cocoon effects of commuting by car. Natty knitwear brings
knits out of the ordinary into the exuberant realms of texture and surface
interest not seen in knits for 20 year.
Bulky loose knits for bundled up warmth and cosiness are
created by oversized knit stitches made from yarns an inch thick
in diameter. Texture takes a 3D turn with Austrian/Aran
texture influences with the knit roses, frilly flutes, bows,
cables, bobbles and muted fair isle patterns or Inca inspired
GREY - Especially popular neutral choice for
knitwear, simple belted dresses, coats, suits or silver
Cream Aran knit jacket courtesy of Plumo and
Marc Jacobs grey knit image courtesy of IFTF
Ethnic mixing of style elements creates
a global nomad tribal look that
is still evolving and simply refuses to die.
This is likely to be a trend that does not dominate Autumn
Winter 2007/8, but which will develop as individuals personalize
it as they did with Boho. Look for medieval touches and
archaic styling that somehow looks fresh and interesting.
is melting pot traveller
meets historical reference with its brilliant colourations,
ornate embellishment, clashing prints and patterns.
for winter cosiness can be edgy when styled well. QUILTED AND PUFFA looks are the ultimate in urban and luxury
winter fashion wear 2007/8. This fashion trend can easily have an URBAN EDGE or
can move into opulence when combined with luxury fabrics and
Puff and padding can also be worked in luxe fabrics
with contrast linings in exotic fabric prints especially animal
prints. Massive padded collars
that double as quilted neck mufflers make available countless
cropped jackets to maxi coats.
This is practical mass market fashion wear for everyday inclement
weather for the Autumn Winter 2007/8 season.
BLACK and textural blacks or monochrome schemes of
black with white optical
prints or cut out effects and bold contrasts frequently highlight
hemlines, collars and cuffs.
Texture is especially noticeable in
the black range of clothing. Black texture is laid on more black
texture. Matte black is set against shiny black, against
dull black, against shimmering sparkling black. Decorative
touches add whole cluster areas of crunchy surface
With all the neutral grey, navy, black and taupe earthy
colours shown on this page you might wrongly imagine there was
no colour this autumn. Grey, silver, anthracite and
charcoal are all strong this winter and make for grey knitwear,
military tailoring, masculine trouser looks and slinky silver
satin glamour. However jewel colours, bold brights -
orange, coral, pink, red, emerald green, amethyst purple and
Peridot green are the key trend colours to wear this Autumn
is one of the hottest of colours for Autumn Winter 2007/8. Purple is
prominent still with every tone from the richest
of deep violets and softest of dusted heliotrope, lilacs and lavenders. Read more on the colour page.
This is the winter of the letter G.
Whatever key trend you opt for, be warned that a word beginning
with G is involved. Glamour is the name of the game for
Autumn Winter 2007/8. Think grooming, gala gowns, goddess,
grace, glimmer, glisten, gloss, gold, ginger, Gucci, Gabbana,
Galliano even girdles, all governing global garb.
These are the key new fashion trends for Fashion Trends Autumn 2007, Winter
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