I don’t quite know what it is, but as soon as July hits I get an instant urge to start preparing for my Autumn/ Winter wardrobe, when really I should be starting to enjoy the summer weather that has taken so long to arrive (or at least in Glasgow anyway). This year has been no different and I am extremely keen to start pulling together outfits for next season, especially since there are so many trends that I can’t wait to try out.
The trends for Autumn/ Winter vary from designer to designer. We saw masculinity and androgyny at Chanel last fashion week, a take on different eras: the forties and the sixties at Miu Miu and Prada respectively but my favourite trend has to be the comeback of 90s grunge and the use of harder fabrics such as leathers and glossy pvc, rougher edges through the use of studs and spikes, giving fashion a domintarix spin.
The main statements I’m hoping to implement into my look next season is simplistic make-up, using bold colours on my lips such as purple and black, crosses will be the print/shape I will definitely be trying out with maybe some feathers a la Ungaro, sheer tights, grungy knits with plenty of rips and holes, armour jewellery… the list goes on
Take a look below at some of my fashion inspiration for next season, can’t wait to start rolling out the trends….
What are you’re favourite trends for AW11 and what inspires you? Tellus
If you’re getting fed up of the ladylike trends which are so hot for spring, we have just the thing for you. Stripes are also big news for the season and are both more versatile and – dare we say it – masculine than the lace that’s been floating around.
Seen all over the catwalk, here are our stripy three of the best:
At Prada stripes were paired with another key trend – colour blocking. During both their womenswear and menswear shows, stripes were thick, bright and in one solid tone. The models wore flirty flamenco style dresses in citrus tones of bright orange, blocked with purple and black; or in azure and turquoise. Even accessories were striped – the key theme running through a fun collection.
Meanwhile, at Celine, stripes were less of a focus, but still present. Angular, structured tunics were shown in vertical and horizontal stripes in block, yet muted tones. The collection as a whole was much calmer, with the focus on nudes and neutrals, with stripes providing a pop of colour to break up the classic pieces. Wear your stripes the Celine way by pairing with classic shapes and pale tones.
If there is a bright trend to be found, you can be sure it will be seen at Marc by Marc Jacobs. Far from Celine’s French chic – stripes at Marc by Marc Jacobs were the calmest offering in the collection, mingling with 70s style big hair, ruffles and neon brights. Once again, stripes popped up in block rainbow tones, ranging from sunflower yellow to cool grey, on summery maxi dresses.
We recommend wearing your stripes in bold and bright tones for true summer sunshine style.
There’s a new trend in town, but it’s only for the brave! Bananas, oranges and other exotic fruit were splashed across the catwalk for summer, showing that fruit patterns really are the print du jour.
Henry Holland gave a typically quirky offering, but one that was fairly reserved compared to other fruity motifs. His models walked in high waisted trousers and crop tops covered with banana leaf print. While this head to toe jungle print works best on the runway, he also offered leafy accessories for a wearable look.
Stella McCartney also embraced the full body fruity style, with models in structured shapes covered with large leaf, lemon, and juicy grapefruit prints. Teamed with neutral accessories, the prints were less vibrant than those at Henry Holland, but still daring.
One of the biggest fruit fanatics this summer was Prada. An oversize top covered entirely in bananas – the most popular fruit to wear, by the way – gave a gypsy, hippie-esque feel. The collection also showed these fruity favourites in ways we are more accustomed to – by using shades of tangerine and other fruit tones as block colours.
If a full-on fruit print is a little too much for you, consider the fruity accessory. Start small with banana shaped earrings, or go Carmen-Miranda-bold with Charlotte Olympia’s fruit heels. Shaped like a banana with watermelon and grape toes, the fashpack have gone head over heels for these.
Take a look around the high street for fruit inspired pieces which are more wearable, or if you’re ready to embrace the trend, go bananas and wear your juicy pieces with confidence!
Being a Scottish girl myself, there is nothing more important to me than my heritage and my love for the Scottish Fashion Industry. Here at TellusFashion we are avid fans of British Fashion in general and I truely believe that we, as a country have one of the most adventurous and innovative fashion offerings. However, I do feel there is a stronger focus on London – which isn’t a bad thing – I just feel that the Scottish Fashion Industry isn’t given the credit its due. My blog post today will not dismiss any other cities or countries but will merely highlight that Scottish Fashion is one to keep an eye on.
Scotland has always been famous for its traditional fabrics tartan, cashmere and in particular the Harris Tweed. The Harris Tweed is a speciality to the northern isles of the country which is traditionally hand-spun, hand-woven and dyed. The tweed itself is becoming more sought after on a global scale and has modernised by designers, making it a much more desirable fabric. Its not unusual to see the fabric adorning catwalk collections belonging to the likes of Vivienne Westwood, Jean Paul Gaultier, Prada and Calvin Klein who have brought the tweed to life. Also, who could forget the use of Scottish Tartan by the late and great Alexander McQueen. It simply goes to show how fabrics which have been produced for hundreds of years in Scotland have so much influence over such amazing designers.
Just recently the Harris Tweed brand celebrated its 100th Birthday of the official Orb trademarking.. check out this gorgeous video below by David Lemm, marking the celebration…
Its not only our fabrics that we should be respected for, but our talented designers – Christopher Kane, Jonathan Saunders, Louise Gray. All of these designers were born and bred in Scotland and have had substantial input in the fashion industry.
There is without a doubt that Christopher Kane has been an inspiration to Fashion and is well known for his graphic prints and neon brights. His pre-collection for SS11 was one of my favourites, I am so in love with the Galaxy print. I think its gorgeous..
What is more exciting now is the fact that this industry in Scotland is becoming bigger and this has been recognised by the fantastic Scottish Fashion Awards. Its brought the work of Scots in the Fashion Industry to the forefront. Its things like this that give us more passion to build on our own little segment of the industry and its making me more determined as a ‘soon to be’ graduate of Fashion, to become a part of this!
So if you are ever in Scotland or if you live here too appreciate what we have on offer, come to a city like Glasgow and see the talent coming out of The Glasgow School of Art and Glasgow Caledonian University’s Fashion schools or what check out the amazing array of shops including vintage fairs and pop ups too like Granny Would Be Proud or Bold Souls. There is so much here that would get a fashionista’s heart racing. Its why I love Scottish Fashion.
images courtesy of www.flickr.com
also check out –
THE SCOTTISH FASHION AWARDS http://www.scottishfashionawards.com/
GLASGOW CRAFT MAFIA http://www.glasgowcraftmafia.com/
LES GARCONS DE GLASGOW http://www.lesgarconsdeglasgow.com/