The mystery of trendsHave you ever wondered how there can be so many trends going on at the same time? Well, they can really be summed up in four or five big trends, materialized in a series of "statement pieces", which will most probably continue during AW2013/14, very much in the same way as some remain from AW2011/12.
Here is my take on AW2012/13, use it to your advantage when you go to the sales! Remember to invest in pieces that you love and that see yourself wearing for years to come.
1. BaroqueThis one is all about excess and going overboard... and looking to the past, the present not being, unfortunately, so bright for a lot of people.
Instead of streamlining, carefully editing accessories and prints, you pile them on: rich fabrics like brocade and velvet are paired with rococo prints and faux fur, and accessorized with bold, oversized costume jewellery. Night seems to be the best moment to indulge this trend, although some carefully chosen items can be worn for everyday too if you edit carefully.
What is new about the way the jewellery is worn is that the parure (a matching set of earrings, necklace, and bracelet) is back, which is something we had not seen for decades. You can of course opt for a single statement piece. Costume jewellery by a good brand can constitute a good investment and make for "heirloom pieces", as you know. Anyone possessing today a Chanel charm bracelet from the 1960s, for instace, in good condition, will know what I'm talking about.
Donald J. Pliner Black Satin Boots / Alice + Olivia Reese Dress / Hobbs Aquarius Silk Coat / Whiting and Davis Handbag (vintage) at etsy.com / Biba Feather Cape / Dolce & Gabbana Necklace / Dolce & Gabbana Earrings / Tom Ford Lipstick in Black Orchid / Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in Black Orchid.
2. FuturisticAnother way of not looking at the present. Most of the time we imagine the future all bright and shiny (ie. hopeful): metallic shades, high-shine leather, holographic prints, metal toecaps, glass heels, second-skin trousers, and strict peplums. This trend seems to me the hardest to adapt to everyday life, as shiny things magnify the surface they are on... My advice is to go for an accessory more than a wardrobe essential.
Tory Burch Alicia Dress / Burberry London Worsham Coat / Rauwolf Gemstone Clutch / Jimmy Choo Buzz Heels Shoes / Stella McCartney Foil-print Scarf / Alexis Bittar Teatro Moderne Bracelet / Alexis Bittar Teatro Moderne Earrings / Estée Lauder Lipstick in Modern Mercury / NARS Nail Lacquer in Tokaido.
3. MenswearAlways classic and comfortable, there are actually every season pieces of menswear in any sensible women's collection. Some traditional adaptations of menswear to womanswear include military-inspired pieces like trench coats, peacoats, and bomber jackets, as well as cavalry-inspired ones: epaulets, brass buttons, riding boots and pants. Additionally, it is the moment to stock up on traditional men's shoes adapted to women, in particular brogues and slippers, both unbeatable for comfort, now on offer in varying heel heights.
Remember that one of my characters, Anne, dresses in this style Quirky Menswear.
Burberry Prorsum Wool Trousers / Thakoon Addition Coat / Vanessa Bruno Long Cardigan / Peter Som Blouse / Borsalino Hat / Hispanitas Handbag / Hispanitas Loafer Shoes / Marni Brooch / Emporio Armani Ring / Estée Lauder Pure Color Lipstick in Red Tango/ Revlon Nail Lacquer in Valentine.
4. PrintsMore than a new type of prints, which are always in fashion one way or another, it's about how to style them: mixing them or pairing them with big blocks of colour.
Tory Burch Floral Handbag / Ted Baker Pennii Dress / It's All About Romance Cut-out Leather Jacket / Clarks USA Loyal Soul Shoes / Fendi Kefiah Zucchino Scarf / Moneis Horn Necklace / Emporio Armani Ring / NARS Semi Matte Lipstick in Heat Wave / NARS Nail Lacquer in Dovima.