Let us start with one of the hottest looks, red mixed with orange and geranium or coral and tangerine These vibrant cheerful jewel colours are hot winning looks
this season. Think of falling russet leaves and you have a
Left - Coat by Burberry AW11.
Centre - Wallis AW11 Streamlined Collarless Red Coat.
Right - Coat by Blugirl AW11.
The trend is
longer ladylike styles and the recognition of individual
styling. With so much freedom to select from many styles to suit individual body shapes,
that the proportions are correct for
your own body silhouette.
Celine showed coats that wrapped to the side. These coats were
clean cut, minimalist in line and slightly masculine in their
streamlined silhouette. Other designers showed dropped waist
coats held by a simple fastening button or stud, belt or tie.
Bold Bright Understated Coats
The Celine coat below is bright orange. Orange, tangerine,
golden tones to burnt umber, ginger and cinnamon spice add new
joy to the clothing colour spectrum. Topshop are hot on trend
with this vivid pumpkin orange coat and black leather collar.
Left - Celine AW11 Catwalk Model - Pumpkin Yellow Coat.
Right - Topshop AW11 Mustard Slim Coat With Black Leather
Bright statement colours are used with pared down lines found in
Right - Topshop AW11 Tan Wool Belted Long Coat.
Right - Electric Blue Coat - Wallis AW11 Collection.
Side Wrap Coats for Winter 2011
In the women's coats below you can see the clean masculine lines that
make these such easy coats to wear. Notice how the shoulders
show broader width in the coats.
Left - Marks & Spencer Autograph Coat £199.
Centre - Camel Wrap Coat - Diana Vickers AW11 - Very.co.uk.
Nicole Farhi - Wool Cashmere, Mohair Trim Coat - £790.
Nicole Farhi is at 158 New Bond Street, London W1S 2UB.
Stockist - Tel: +44 (0) 20 7499 8368 or
Centre - Dolce & Gabbana Catwalk Fashion AW11.
Right - Alexon AW11 - Grey Prince of Wales Check Classic Man
Tailored Double Breasted Coat. This 50% Wool coat is a must-have
style for the season and goes up to generous size 22 fittings -
Left - John Lewis AW11 COLLECTION Fur Collar
Trim Double Breasted Camel Coat £189.
Right - Ted Baker - Black Piped Grey Tailored Coat.
Along with British firms Aquascutum and Jaeger, Burberry does
tailoring so beautifully.
Designs used colours with black to create amazing checks in rich wools.
Burberry used luscious virgin wool fabrics to create
coats and capes that were distinctive and desirable. Hound and
dogtooth checks, blanket plaids
and tablecloth checks give a
cosy air to winter coats, throws, wraps, ponchos and capes. Tailored
jackets and pure wool check skirts also suit the good quality
British wool theme.
Modern Double Breasted Tailored Coat
Left - Burberry Prorsum - A Relaxed Fit Purple & Virgin Wool Check Coat, Tubular Sleeves &
High Funnel Neck - £2395.
Available at Burberry and
www.brownsfashion.com. The double-breasted front closure
adds an extra warming front layer right up to the chin. Ideal
torso cover in winter winds. The half-length sleeves have
layered detail, whilst the long epaulettes add shoulder focus.
At the back, interest is given with a half cinch belt and
gathering. The relaxed fit means the wearer has room for some
winter layers, making this a stylish chic but practical choice.
Preppy Tomboy and Classic Pretty Boy Tailored Jackets
Double breasted fashion is dominant in tuxedo and blazer
garments. The tuxedo jacket and the blazer add a tomboy air to jacket
dressing. Dolce & Gabbana favoured the tuxedo and teamed with
a lovely ruffled blouse - it got dubbed the pretty boy look.
Dolce & Gabbana Catwalk fashion AW11.
Malene Birger does the androgynous look so well. It truly is perfect
for the woman in a hurry, someone who prefers to dress in an uncluttered
masculine streamlined way. Take a minimalist approach and focus on a bare wardrobe using
just black and white or mix subtly greyed block colours.
Masculine Tailored Androgyny Coats & Jacket
Left - Roksanda Ilincic Edition at Debenhams. Velvet Tie-waist
Coat £115/€172.50, Satin Top £32/€48, Crepe trouser £42/€63.
Stockist Number: 08445616161.
These longer-line silhouette jacket coats are a hot trend in
the Winter of 2011/12. Relaxed blazer looks and oversized 1980s slouchy blazers with
revers or tuxedo shawl collars can accommodate the current
fashion for bulkier sleeved
If you prefer more regular smart patterns in coats try
variations on Prince of Wales checks which make up well in lean
Masculine/Feminine Oasis AW - Check Coat.
Miss Selfridge AW11 - Blazer £48, Leather Leggings.
Leather leggings are a simple way to introduce leather into your
wardrobe. Now leather stands alone as a material in complete dresses, skirts, pants or gilet
and biker jackets. Biker jackets are made in skins, suede,
leather, denim corduroy and other materials.
The severe leather trend is the reaction to feminine frilly
styling. This fashion statement tells the onlooker this woman
means business. Leather with stilettos are meant to be perceived
as dangerous as they look.
AW11 Catwalk Leather Fashion.
Tailored Leather Coats from Marni, Chloe and Ralph Lauren.
Annette Görtz does leather looks
well and you can find leather pieces from the Annette Görtz
range at upmarket boutiques.
Wrap Over Maxi & Midi Coats
Remember those wonderful cream and camel Max Mara dressing gown
style cashmere coats of a couple of years ago. Well there are
newer wrap versions in stores.
Left - Martin Grant AW11 - Cinnamon Coloured Long Maxi Wrap
Centre - Amanda Wakeley Wrap Coat Wrapped With Belt. Wakeley
Right - From very.co.uk - Holly Willoughby Long Maxi Wrap Red
Jaeger say:- Elegant full length coat given added
sophistication with its large rever collar and waist cinching
belt. Perfect layered over evening outfits or adding a luxurious
edge to everyday looks, this long length coat will take centre
stage with its sleek and timeless styling.
Centre - Alexander Wang AW11 Catwalk Coat.
Right - Jigsaw Camel Coat With Fly Front Button Stand. This is a
great alternative if you are not fond of visible buttons, but
dislike wrap coat styles.
Military Midi Length & Maxi Coats
Some women simply prefer longer coats which swirl around their
ankles. The maxi fulfils this desire. Maxis suit the addition of
a fur collar trim
for maximum winter warmth.
Left - Primark Military Coat.
Centre - Retro Glamour - Marks & Spencer.
£199, Hat £19.50, Autograph, Belt £9.50.
Right - Viyella Military Maxi Coat £399 - Viyella AW11
Womenswear Coats - Viyella.co.uk.
Left - Ralph Lauren AW11 Purple Fur Collar Coat.
Centre - Dunnes Stores AW11 - Faux Fur Collar Maxi Coat €100/£85.
Right - BHS - Double Breasted Melton Funnel Neck Blue Coat £69.
Tailored Cream Military Coats
Left - Jaeger AW11 Cream Coat, 90% Wool, 10% Cashmere to size 16
Jaeger say:- Add an on-trend military edge to your
wardrobe with this double breasted coat, fastening with chunky
tan buttons. Given a striking edge with oversize pockets and a
large tailored collar, this sophisticated coat is perfect
layered over fitted dresses and suits this season.
Right - Fifty Plus - Braid Trim Longline Coat - from £100.
Fifty Plus Autumn Winter 2011 Collection Stockist
Number: 0871 231 2000.
Plus sell this classic coat following current trends for an
off-white/cream winter coat. The military coat is also available
in black is sold in UK sizes 12-32. This classic military coat
with a flattering longer line midi length will serve you more
than one season. If you prefer a wrap tie belt or belted
coat than a buttoned longer coat then check out the two
Plus sizes are well served these days with larger sizes
available from many brands such as BHS, Marks & Spencer and
Women' Coat Trims -
Topstitching on revers and peaked revers, just about 6mm from
the fabric edge is a traditional 1970s finish on coats and
jackets. This looks good on extra wide collars. In the original
seventies versions it was great way to keep bouncy man mad
polyesters and acrylic jersey knits under control and make them
Left - Classic Topstitched Coat by Donna Karan.
Binding inserts in colourful patent leather or braid create contrast sections
with bold shapes.
Left - Veronique Leroy AW11 - Statement Jacket.
Right - Primark AW11 Belted Coat £45.
Bound revers in colour contrast braids add remixed style of the seventies.
The coat below from Fever has very interesting style lines. The
silhouette belongs to several fashion history eras - the
1820s-1830s, 1890s and the 1970s. The topstitching is shown in
detail and reminds me very much of a heavily topstitched black
Mac I owned in the 1970s. Every seam was highlighted with white
saddle stitching. Fashion is forever repeating itself.
Coat revers in Autumn 2011 shows
gained even more credibility when made totally of sequins. Get
the 70s look with sequin revers or bound contrast edges. Marks
and Spencer are selling leggings with sequins down the side
seams so this is an easy trend to buy into.
creamy white coat trimmed with red wool shown below, is a perfect
example of contrast braid trim work on the collar edges.
Epaulettes, buckle bands and belts add military precision
trims. The red coat below has that real marching quality with
its functional epaulette elements on sleeve and shoulders.
Left - Designer Cream Coat with Red Trim -
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Catwalk Fashion AW11.
Right - Penneys (Ireland) Autumn 2011 Womenswear - Round Neck
Red Belted Coat €40.
Left - MaxMara AW11 Catwalk Buttercream Fashion Coat with
Yellow Mink Collar.
Right - Aquascutum AW11 - Textured Beige Shearling Lamb Fur
Fifties Fashion Figure - Hour Glass Waists
Buttoned up sexiness emerges with hour glass silhouettes.
This autumn fashion trend is setting the tone for future styles
with feminine waistlines reveal that girls still have curves.
This is wearable Mad Men fashion - less perfect, more 'now'.
Additionally, the colour palette is of autumn 2011, not a season of fifty years
ago. This especially suits little waisted tailored jackets.
Statement skirts and perky fitted little cropped jackets add
sculptured lines. These figure shaping seam lines contract the torso, whilst expanding expand the arms
with fuller sleeves. Extras like peplums reinforce the swagger
when a woman moves and wiggles as she walks. Think small waists and
get some great sculpting body wear under foundation garments
like Gok Wan, Playtex, Berlei or Spanx body wear from sellers
such as Woods or Figleaves. Otherwise you may need to sign
on at the gym and ensure yours fridge is health food filled
Left - Black Suit White Fur Collar - Véronique Leroy AW11.
Right - AW11 - Donna Karan Costume Suit.
This emphasis on the waist is reinforced by both the sheath
and fitted shift dress and the pencil skirt. The sheath dress drapes and fits to
create a figure-of-eight fashion form. Make sure your hem falls
on or below the knee.
Coat Accessory & Add-ons Autumn 2011
Bags Tippets Gloves
Get instant lift with a bright bold fashionable handbag. Carry
your bag in an obvious no handle grasp under your arm as hug me
pouches. Well try it for the season and see how much it
irritates you compared with underarm handle
Update your autumn pieces that with jewel toned court shoes.
Select a heel that suits you and try a small platform for the
The Mary Jane shoe has multiple straps and worn with patterned hosiery/pantyhose
adds retro quality to leg looks. Pump shoes have shorter
pointed toes and easy heels. Solid square heels and cone
heels follow 1970s trends in
women's shoes. Platforms and wedges, which are still available,
often have fur cuff trims.
Fetish fashion themes are a shoe designer's dream as they
enable a play in design terms that goes beyond usual shoe design
boundaries. Best of all this season your local shop may stock
them rather than a specialist catalogue. Even the most reluctant
wearer of fashion might be persuaded into the purchase of a pair
of quirky shoes or boots and use them to update a more
traditional tailored coat.
The key elements of fashion trends for autumn 2011, winter
2012 depend on longer lengths and bold rich vibrant colours in
contrast textures and luxury fabrics. The silhouette pays homage
to forties, sixties and seventies decades of style fashions.
Tailoring Fashion Trends for Autumn 2011
One of most commercial fashion trends in UK in 2011 has been
the new retro 1970s. Now for autumn this trend
continues, but is joined by the late forties look along with a
favourite retro fashion of recent years - sixties Mod.
The strongest coat silhouette at Designer shows was the cocoon
Whatever silhouette or retro trend you select you can be sure fashion
for autumn 2011 and winter 2012 focus on mixes of zinging jewel colours.
Conclusion of Key Fashion Trends Autumn 2011 Winter 2012
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