Here at Australian Fashion Review Blog, we are not only about promoting the best in Australian fashion, we also want to make sure that you, the reader, is getting the best out of our nations growing industry. Already we have shared with you the best places to buy Australian designers both in-store and online, as well filling you in on the finest Australian bloggers to gain inspiration from. Now, we are bringing you the seasonal fashion trend report for Autumn/Winter 2012.
The Australian Summer has completely surrendered to winter, and with the change in seasons comes exciting new fashion trends for your wardrobe. But, before rushing off to the shops we thought we would share with you the hottest Australian trends you need to be rocking this Winter…
Australian Womenswear Trends – Autumn/Winter 2012
Metallic shimmer is back in a big way, being one of the major trends for the Autumn/Winter 2012 season. This time around the sparkle and shine is toned down and darker, coming from black sequins, slate coloured beads and inky-coloured crystals. This is a trend not for the faint-hearted fashionista, with all of its embellishments and reflective fabrics – for a more subtle take on the trend add just a hint of shimmer with metallic shoes or embellished clutch.
As Seen In: Sass & Bide Autumn/Winter 2012, Zimmermann Autumn/Winter 2012, Collette Dinnigan Autumn/Winter 2012, Thurley Autumn/Winter 2012, Alex Perry Autumn/Winter 2012, Easton Pearson Autumn/Winter 2012, Scanlan & Theodore Autumn/Winter 2012.
The sixties trend is the natural progression from the colour-blocking and geometric prints that have been working their way into our wardrobes for the past few seasons.1960s-inspired shapes are given a contemporary twist with the use of modern fabrics – think A-line shift dresses, hot pant, turtle necks and mini skirts in sumptuous wool and silk jersey, double breasted swing coats, capes and skinny jeans in a number of jewel tones. In terms of accessories and footwear it is all about oversized jewellery, ladylike gloves, stacked bangles, Mary Jane heels, knee-high boots and loafers.
As Seen In: Gorman Autumn/Winter 2012, Arthur Galan AG Autumn/Winter 2012, Morrison Autumn/Winter 2012
Autumn/Winter 2012 is the season to celebrate your femininity – think the old school glamour of Audrey Hepburn in ‘Breakfast at Tiffanys’ mixed with the contemporary elegance everyone’s favourite princess, Kate Middleton. Embrace your inner lady with some 1940’s inspired pieces – ballerina and pencil skirts in demure lengths, chic twin sets, broderie anglais, not to forget the cinched in waists and deep V necklines. If you aren’t yet ready to take on the full trend, add subtle elements such as a boxy bag, pointed heels, long leather gloves or a ladylike string of pearls.
As Seen On: Leona Edmiston Autumn/Winter 2012, Kate Sylvester Autumn/Winter 2012, Fleur Wood Autumn/Winter 2012.
Adding a bit of romance to season are luxurious sheer fabrics, whether it be the most subtle of sheer panelling, or something slightly more daring, it is a sure fire way to add some elegance. Suitable for both day and night and predominantly seen on the Autumn/Winter catwalks in classic black, whimsical sheers will reveal just enough to captivate the imagination.
As Seen In: Kirrily Johnston Autumn/Winter 2012, Nicola Finetti Autumn/Winter 2012, Bianca Spender Autumn/Winter 2012
A perennial feature in the fashion world, lace resurfaces year upon year and this season is no exception. As decadent as ever, the ultra feminine fabrication comes in a range of autumnal tones, think rusty hues, golds and creams and of course, classic black. The look is one that is appropriate for both day and night so don’t be afraid to experiment with shapes, colours and varieties of lace, from relaxed loose crochets to embellished luxurious laces.
As Seen In: Lover Autumn/Winter 2012, Collette Dinnigan Autumn/Winter 2012, Shona Joy Autumn/Winter 2012, Thurley Autumn/Winter 2012.
The girls are borrowing from the boys for Autumn/Winter 2012 – Tuxedos, pinstripe shirting and suiting are slim fitting (cigarette pants instead of palazzo) and strongly structured to show off the female form, as opposed to the boxy, boyfriend silhouettes of the previous season. Embellished cummerbunds and silk ties, including bow ties, add an androgynous edge. Celebrities are particularly fond of the trend with Lauren Bacall and Marlene Dietrich, being the ultimate pioneers of glamorous masculine tailoring, so if you need any extra inspiration, you know who to look to.
As Seen In: Josh Goot Autumn/Winter 2012, bassike Autumn/Winter 2012, Ginger & Smart Autumn/Winter 2012, Yeojin Bae Autumn/Winter 2012.
Prints are set to brighten things up this winter in a big way, coming in a wide range of variations – Tribal and Aztec motifs are the big players, but animal, aquatic, florals, aquatic, geometric, mirrored and kitsch-inspired versions, such as car, food and safari prints are all bang-on trend. There is two ways to wear the print trend, either wear a matching print head to toe as seen on the Jolet, or mix clashing prints for a more stand out look a la Dion Lee.
As Seen In: Jolet Autumn/Winter 2012, Karen Walker Autumn/Winter 2012, Manning Cartell Autumn/Winter 2012, Dion Lee Autumn/Winter 2012, Romance Was Born Autumn/Winter 2012, Lisa Ho Autumn/Winter 2012, camilla and marc Autumn/Winter 2012, Zimmermann Autumn/Winter 2012, Josh Goot Autumn/Winter 2012.
Sugary sweet sorbet tones and ice-cream pastels that were a tour de force in the Spring/Summer 2012 season, continues into the Autumn/Winter 2012 season, perhaps influenced by fashion from the Northern Hemisphere. It is a trend that fits effortlessly within some of the other stand-out trends of the season – for example Kate Sylvester showed stunning pastel ’40s-style full skirts, while camilla and marc had ice cream coloured suiting in their Autumn/Winter 2012 collection. You won’t be able to escape the winter months without being seduced by the bright and breezy tones to warm up grey days.
As Seen In: Lisa Ho Autumn/Winter 2012, Something Else Autumn/Winter 2012, camilla and marc Autumn/Winter 2012, Jac + Jack Autumn/Winter 2012, Rodeo Show Autumn/Winter 2012, Kate Sylvester Autumn/Winter 2012.
A colour that suits all skin tones ans hair colourations, cobalt blue is definitely one of the hottest colours of the season, featuring on the catwalks of some of Australia’s most prestigious designers. Like the ‘Sugared Almond’ trend, Colour-Blocked Cobalt is a versatile one, fitting into more than one hot look of the season – the only rule is to wear the vibrant shade head to toe. Break up the look my mixing textures, or by going for a print with cobalt as the dominant colour.
As Seen in: Jac & Jack Autumn/Winter 2012, Dion Lee Autumn/Winter 2012, Gary Bigeni Autumn/Winter 2012, Something Else Autumn/Winter 2012, Stella McCartney Autumn/Winter 2012, Jac + Jack Autumn/Winter 2012.
Tough Girl Leather
Leather is one of those hottest fabrics of the Autumn/Winter 2012 season – it’s tough, it’s edgy, it’s cool and it’s sexy. The use of leather is widely varied, often being in mixed texture garments, for example lace sleeved leather tees and leather sleeved mac jackets. Matte metallic and patchwork leather are also popular fabrications, so be as adventurous as you like.
The Ankle Grazer
Gone are the wide-legged Seventies style trousers, and its time to say goodbye to the standard skinny jeans…this season it is all about the ankle gazer. Slightly longer than the cropped trouser, the 7/8th length sits perfectly on the ankle, adding extra length to the leg, making it flattering to all shapes and sizes. The trans-seasonal style is is versatile enough to be worn with flat pumps for a laid-back daytime look, with complementing tailoring for the office, or with some killer heels for the evening. This season the ankle grazer comes in a number of fabrications and prints, the less daring can choose a pair blocked in a single colour, there is a rainbow available.
As Seen In: Arthur Galan AG Autumn/Winter 2012, Therese Rawsthorne Autumn/Winter 2012, Dion Lee Autumn/Winter 2012, bassike Autumn/Winter 2012, Ginger & Smart Autumn/Winter 2012, Gorman Autumn/Winter 2012, LIFE with BIRD Autumn/Winter 2012.
This season the coat isn’t just a cover-up, it is a statement in its self. A stunning winter coat is the big investment piece of the season, destined to keep you warm and stylish. So don’t be afraid to choose innovative shapes, cape styles, sportswear-inspired, statement prints and colourways.
As Seen In: Morrison Autumn/Winter 2012, Jolet Autumn/Winter 2012, Arthur Galan AG Autumn/Winter 2012, Carl Kapp Autumn/Winter 2012, Karen Walker Autumn/Winter 2012, Ginger & Smart Autumn/Winter 2012, Joveeba Autumn/Winter 2012, Wayne Cooper Autumn/Winter 2012, Gary Bigeni Autumn/Winter 2012.
Check out womenswear Autumn/Winter 2012 fashion collections on Australian Fashion Review Blog.