Quality materials and textures combine to make the
mood of autumn 2010 fashion trends. Several
key looks are based entirely on the material of a piece - Shearling, camel wools,
lace, patterned Nordic or cable knitwear.
There are many
individual coat trends for the winter of 2011, but these can be
divided into two key looks of 'womanly minimal chic' and
'nomadic free spirit'. The colours can be subtle or
strong with dusty dulled-down neutral shades being particularly
popular. Camel is a top autumn colour, but there are also bright
vivid hues especially RED, ORANGE and PURPLE.
The overall look of the camel trend has a high profile this
If you are thinking already 'not for me' take note this camel does encompass the concept of
expensive neutrals, in particular, the taupe beige fashion colour family through to
creamy oyster. It's perfect for luxe Mad Men fashion homage, and even better, it can also take in the Shearling
aviator jacket and gilet.
Above Left - Catwalk trends -
Caroline Herrera's camel coat and right gilet from Roland.
Far Right - High street fashion from Primark - Belted aviator
£25, Harem pants £11, chunky knit snood £4 ALL due in store end
September, knee high sock £2 and Military peep toe ankle boot
£15, both in store now. Primark Womenswear Winter 2010. Primark
Stockist Number: 0118 9606 300.
These looks leave us with lots of room to play with fashion's
must-haves and gotta-get
fads, whilst keeping the underlying foundation an investment trend.
Accordingly the two
trends for autumn big ticket daywear are the neutral coat or
piece. They are both at the core of this fashion season of
The season's key
casual jacket is the rugged aviator which replaces the biker of
recent years, and combined with lambskin offers a cocooning
nonchalant alternative. This fur-lined Aviator jacket fashion trend is
nestling under names such as Biggles Jacket, Amelia Earhart Jacket,
Amy Johnson Jacket, Flying Jacket and The Aviatrix. Really
it's just the
outdoor windcheater biker jacket
which everyone loves, but updated with fur lining/trim and extra
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original article on winter coats and jackets for 2010 by Pauline
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Right - Convertible Aviator Jacket - Hobbs AW10. This jacket
unzips the hip yoke section to give a short crop version. This
is high street value at its best. Limited Edition Corby
Shearling Jacket, £999/1150 Hobbs Autumn Winter 2010 Clothing -
Hobbs Stockist Number: 0845 313 3130 /
Tougher looks make use of extra zips belts and buckle tabs to
create this seasons aviator/biker jackets. Oasis
and Warehouse have great lines covering Shearling. My own
experience with buying Shearling has revealed that the cut need
to be good and the fit needs to match over your own curves if you are not to look like
Michelin Man. Be careful to avoid a size up which gives you
massive shoulders and a chunky look, instead shop around for
a better fitting garment.
When the Shearling is butter soft it
drapes and flows in a natural way that falls over the body
curves. This may be one time to really pay more to avoid
the bulk of shearlings that are not trimmed or cut well. For people who find casual a hard look to do
quality Toscana for example is the answer since it's expensive looking yet casually
nomadic at once.
Minimal chic is a significant fashion trend for Winter 2011.
Minimalist elegant designer led garment cuts, combined with the
timeless subtle colours of camel, grey, black, white, navy and
oyster all contribute to the stealth wealth look.
Stealth wealth coats offer understated fashion dressing whilst
allowing the wearer to feel enveloped in elegant luxury.
The trend for
classier refined, but grown-up womanly garments has been on the
increase for two years.
coat requirements last year and now this really is the season of
acquiring beautiful clothes that every woman
wants to wear. The clothes of autumn 2010 use luxury fabrics,
leather, suede, cashmere, brocade, crêpe de chine silk and quality lace.
Above - Left - Two catwalk coats by Elsa Ferretti.
Right - Coat
from French Connection AW10.
Far Right - Minimal tunic top and sleek grey pants.
Near Right - Minimal cream dress with a dishevelled nomadic
touch when teamed with a blanket pattern cape coatigan. Looks will
marry when you limit yourself to using three colours and you'll
grasp fast entrance to the key look if you stay within the
neutral colour hues.
Right - Wallis - Model 1, Camel checked cape £85, Tan belt £18,
Ivory minimal shift dress £45. Model 2, Ivory minimal
t-shirt £38, Woven leather necklace £18, Biker jegging £38, Flap
front shopper £50. Wallis AW10 Campaign - Stockist Number:
Those who are fazed by the tidiness of luxury looks with an
ultra-womanly Mad Men silhouette, may prefer the looser fashion
trend of nomadic traveller with a nod to glam grunge.
Figure hugging Mad Men dresses, off white coats and suits in
below knee lengths in quality materials are simply not for everyone,
therefore alternative trends like the nomadic twist in fashion
introduce a little carelessness into dress.
But it's best to note that Autumn 2010/Winter 2011 is a big coat
season whichever path you take.
I shall be wearing my
relaxed snow tipped Toscana one day, my more formal minimal oyster cashmere coat
another and on the weekend an unstructured coatigan. There is no need
to feel you must
choose one look over the other.
Robert Herrick's poem ** Delight in Disorder and its 'A sweet
disorder in the dress kindles in clothes a wantonness...'
highlights all the elements that help make the new nomadic
traveller look such a carefree look in both appearance and
putting together. As usual designers have ensured there is a hot
fashion trend for everyone to follow.
The autumn 2010 looks are easily wearable and there is a key look to suit
every woman. Those with real curves can opt for the womanly
of 50s/60s Mad Men retro or equally play with the Bohemian led free spirit of
traveller. They can mix aviator jackets with dresses as well as
trousers and active that careless nonchalant I threw it together
look in minutes, even if selecting the items took hours!
Above Left - House of Fraser Grey marl vest £5/6 Therapy, Cream loop knit
cardigan £140/168 SuperTrash, Waterfall faux fur sheepskin coat
£75/90 Therapy, Cream chinos - jersey waistband £50/65
Linea Weekend, Cream pom-pom bag £22/24 Therapy.
Far Right - Also House of Fraser Grey powder 'Rose' dress
£130/169 Linea Eveningwear, Silver 'Skull' bracelet £300 Mawi.
House of Fraser Stockist Tel:020 7003 4000.
Right - Wunderkind - Aviator Jacket - Catwalk Fashion AW10.
Hot on the trails of all these looks is Leopard print a true
fashion trend that like Military Utility is still firmly with
us. Newer trends include the rise of the cape, the blouse and
changing trouser shapes.
A sweet disorder in the dress
Kindles in clothes a wantonness:
A lawn about the shoulders thrown
Into a fine distraction--
An erring lace, which here and there
Enthrals the crimson stomacher--
A cuff neglectful, and thereby
Ribbands to flow confusedly--
A winning wave, deserving note,
In the tempestuous petticoat--
A careless shoe-string, in whose tie
I see a wild civility--
Do more bewitch me than when art
Is too precise in every part.
The coat is the main look and as such the key must-have clothing
piece of autumn/winter 2010/11.
Creamy tones across the range of camel beige reach as far as
taupe and tobacco for an investment piece that will repay itself
year in year out. Look for coats, capes,
knitwear, pants, dresses and even gold tone chains to join the
Shearling has had new treatments that make it ultra-soft
Shearling, Shearling and more Shearling.
Ooh I am so glad I
bought two gilets last autumn in Toscana Shearling, one in black
and a second in brown the last with a front fall grey mix snow tipped
fur collar. This season there are gilets, aviator jackets,
coats, headwear, gloves and footwear all utilising Shearling.
Shearling and sheepskin are the same product, but the difference
between a good skin is the breed of lamb and the way the skin is
treated after removal. Many Shearling fleeces are now super soft
and shaved back to create textural effects. Some Shearling is
given ironing treatments that help produce this ultra Luxe fur
skin. Premium Shearling includes sheepskins from Spanish
Merino and Toscana breeds. New Zealand Lambskin slink is
considered the finest of all costing about twice as much as
finest Spanish Merino skins. Slink skin is produced from the
skins of natural lambing fatalities that occur during the
lambing season and it is soft and supple making it ideal for
luxury goods such as premium gloves.
Right - Luxury Coat - Dom & Ruby 100% Shearling Coat, £1180 at
Harvey Nichols AW10.
Military overcoats have been a strong trend for a decade or
longer. This season they come in traditional khaki muddy tones
as well as brights like red and the elements feature across
jackets, rainwear and coats.
Now military has moved in on capes and in camel the military influence
is just so obvious. Think of vintage nurses in their capes but
try to avoid the capes on offer in navy as you may end up
looking like something from Carry on Norse. Capes really
do look good worn with pants rather than
skirts which can be quite mumsy. Max Mara do a fairly unstructured blanket cape that drapes like
a pareo. For the Sherlock Holmes factor opt for a Pringle checked wool
cape or a leather bound cape.
See more on women's
Above Left - BHS SGC Grey Cape £50. BHS Stockist Number: 0845
Centre Left - Jane Norman Coats & Jackets - Stockist Number:
0207 659 9396 or
Centre Right - Littlewoods Fashion AW10- Navy Cape Coat
Far Right - Dorothy Perkins AW10 - Buckle Front Cape £65/105 -
Stockist Number: 0845 121 4515 and
More Fashion Styles for 2010 Fall and
Here are ten more important women's styles for 2010. Each of these
explained more fully on another page, just follow the links
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