‘In Style’ Autumn/Winter 2010 must-haves
Were the editors of UK In Style magazine (August 2010) looking at the new Vogue patterns when they chose their must-have items for Autumn/ Winter. . .
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Yes, tapered to the knee then flaring to wider than boot cut.
Many pattern possibilities : try Alice + Olivia at Vogue, perhaps Vogue 1051.
UK Elle says flares are only for people with long legs, the rest of us should wear bootcuts.
UK Elle also says “Trousers : the new cocktail dress” (in party fabrics), while UK In Style has a whole article on skirts, straight and a-line, micro to maxi.
So we can take our pick !
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Lots of mini kilts in the collections, DKNY has a show full of them.
Wear with a long slim top and a big boyfriend jacket (with long lapels and high notches) or a parka/ duffle.
(If you prefer longer fuller skirts, cheer yourself up by looking at Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton – with fitted jackets.)
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Emphasis on ‘body con’ close fitted.
Many sheath dress patterns available.
The most recent designer one could be DKNY Vogue 1193., for stretch fabrics.
(If sheath dresses aren’t for you, there are softer and also edgier designer dresses among Vogue’s new season patterns.)
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For this, there’s Sandra Betzina Vogue 1198.
Any asymmetric style or exposed zip gives a current ‘edgy’ look, see Burberry Prorsum
As well as shearling, there’s lots of fake fur in the collections, in many styles.
Blacks and browns. Plus amazing light colour ‘fantasy’ fur from Chanel.
UK Elle has zipped jackets under the heading of “Consider outdoor pursuits”. This includes big country-style sweaters with big cables or big knit-in coloured patterns, see D&G.
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Camel short cape
Try Vogue 8674.
Do you feel cold breezes swirl under a cape ? This pattern has the clever solution of a vest with cape added.
The cape pattern has a funnel collar. The cape in the photo is styled like a trench coat. Both are current.
Many short capes in the collections, including big black dramatic ones which hold a stand-out shape so can’t be intended to be warm. . .
Also cape sleeves. Or anything cropped if you dislike a cape too much.
UK Elle says “Camel is the new black”. See Chloé for a collection full of it.
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For the final piece in your new outfit : fur lined hiking boots (shearling again) with vertiginous heels. A rather extreme dislocation between style and function.
In the collections there are also lots of knee-high boots with the fur outside. Fur leg warmers could be an easy substitute.
Happily UK Elle says flats are fashionable : “Buy sensible shoes”. So again we can choose what we prefer.
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So, UK ‘In Style’ suggests pants with shaped legs, a kilt if you wear a mini skirt, a sheath dress, a choice between edgy leather and zips or more classic camel colour for a warm jacket, and fur boots.
What does UK Elle add to this ?
Reveal or conceal ? Elle picks out both bulging bosoms and high-necked modesty as key looks for the season. Down to the waist or up to the chin. Virginal or seductive. Leather or lace.
Thank goodness, again it’s our choice.
As well as new ideas, some fashion trends change more slowly. These are continuing themes :
- simplicity/ minimalism.
- grunge – a grab anything and throw it together look. (I hang up blue jeans – I’m not the right person to explain how to do grunge )
- biker chic – lots of studs.
- retro, especially small waists and big skirts to below knee length.
- trench coats.
- skinny pants (new patterns by Issey Miyake and Sandra Betzina). (I won’t be going for stretch leather leggings. . . though I like the below ankle length.)
- long scarves.
- big designer bags.
- animal prints.
- splodgy ‘paint splatter’ multi-colour prints.
- nude colours.
If you love looking at clothes, here are the Style.com (US Vogue) links for all this season’s RTW shows.
Or more simply, their choice of the top ten shows.
If you’d just like to feast your eyes on easily wearable clothes (my taste of course !) try Celine, or Dries van Noten.
Enjoy choosing your own favourites from all the possibilities
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Patterns and links available July 2010
Photos from UK In Style August issue and Style.com