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A - Z of Autumn/Winter Fashion

AnimalA MASSIVE trend for this season is anything animal.  It was a popular trend from designers such as Tom Ford with his cat and zebra inspired pieces and Burberry Prorsum who also displayed big bold animal prints, at the A/W 2013 catwalks. This season don’t be shy to wear some animal print!

Bare backs Recently it’s all been about backless dresses or low back tops; it’s the new cleavage! A popular fashion trend on the high street at the moment is cami tops – just remember to strap the girls down and embrace the back. It’s much sexier.

Camo Camo is making a comeback. A prominent element of Christopher Kane’s A/W show was the large scale camo print which ranged in colours from blues to greys to burgundies. Watch out for this print as it’s sneaking its way in through the highstreet.

Dog tooth Dogtooth was seen across an array of designers at the A/W ’13 shoes, such as Christian Dior, Maxime Simoens and Tommy Hilfiger. The pattern was worked into elements of different garments or as the main focus. Bold patterns, like dogtooth, can be daunting but with the high street shops creating everything from dresses to shoes, you can wear how much and what you feel comfortable with. Below left: Asos blazer £50. Below right: Tommy Hilfiger A/W ‘13

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Eye shadow 

Dior 5 colour palette no. 708 (amber design) will warm up your complex this winter and well as being voted the best eye shadow in 2013 by InStyle Magazine. This palette retails for around £40 but is definitely worth the investment! textures-3348900902992_tx

Fur It seems that anything ‘animaly’ will be fashionable this season – right from print to fur. Two examples of this from the A/W catwalks are Christopher Kane and Simone Rocha. Christopher Kane showcased many fur lined garments whereas Rocha show featured full fur dresses, jumpers and skirts in ‘hatchling yellow’.

Gloves Winter’s fast approaching and we need to wrap up warm! What gloves for this winter? At Gucci A/W ’13 catwalk black leather gloves were a prominent feature, which ties in with the punk and leather trends that are so hot this winter. Also a favourite at Mulberry A/W show.

Honey by Marc Jacobs An outfit is not complete if you don’t smell the part too! It is described as ‘energetic and alluring, with a sparkling, golden touch. The perfect mix of brightness and warmth.’ It is my new favourite perfume and I also LOVE the bottle... that’s important too.

IT by Alexa Chung It’s not a new piece of clothing or beauty product but carrying around IT by Alexa Chung is100% a fashion statement and a conversation starter. In the book, which was launched early September, she revealed, she once Googled “how long does heartbreak last?” and whenever she gets another pair of Converse, she covers them in mud so they don’t look brand new. Go out now and buy it. Worth a read.

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Jumpsuits Make a statement this season. Jumpsuits can be sexy and chic and more eye-catching than a fashion-safe dress. With many on the market, a basic black jumpsuit can be teamed up with many accessories and jackets to suit your personal style. I think it has earned its place as a staple wardrobe item.

Knit I can feel the cold setting in already! Knits are an obvious winter-must and there are so many on the high street to choose from, that you won’t be struggling for choice. Be daring with bold prints or oversized jumpers; team plain knits accessories or other patterned/textured garments for a fab outfit.

Leather Leather anything. Leather Everything. Make sure you own leather. Make sure you wear leather. Leather. Leather. Leather....

Monochrome Monochrome seems to be appearing at many designer shows this season, such as, Diane von Furstenberg, Burberry Prorsum, Ralph Lauren and Ungaro (just to name a few) who featured monochrome polka dots. There is definitely a place in your wardrobe for black & white this autumn/winter.

Necklaces Of late, the high street has been flooded with lots of varieties of statement jewellery – necklaces, bracelets, earrings. With lots of sparkle being seen on the A/W catwalks this year, it seems that it’s not settling down anytime soon. Remember girls just because it’s winter, that doesn’t mean you can’t shine.

Oversized coats  These are massive at the moment! Many celebrities have been spotted out and about wearing one and they have been a strong feature of London Fashion Week in John Rocha, Unique and Roksanda Ilincic shows. M&S also had an oversized pink coat online that sold out before it even hit the shelves!

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Punk Punk was a strong trend in the A/W catwalks. Versaces collection ‘Vunks’ featured shiny leather, metal detailing, elements of bondage and vivid colours. Other designers featuring this trend were Givenchy, Saint Laurent and Julien Macdonald. Its time to rebel and show your naughty side for winter!

Queen In Alexander McQueen’s Runway show, Sarah Burton pulled out all the stops in an incredible and jaw-dropping show. Something only fit for a queen. It was a mixture of history, elegance, opulence and drama - it’s hard to put that much beauty into worthy words.

Ralph Lauren Another impressive show was Ralph Lauren’s A/W ’13.  It featured monochrome outfits with berets and high necks tied with bows, some with a military twist. It then progressed in luxurious jewelled velvet evening-wear still maintaining the dark colour palette.

Simone rocha Simone Rocha’s A/W ’13 collection had it all. It featured pastel colours, fur, animal prints and black patent leather, however garment complemented and worked with each other. Rocha named her collection ‘Respect your elders’ and was inspired by her two grandmothers. As a relatively new designer (her first show in 2011), I thought Rocha’s collection was amazing. One to watch.

Tartan Another massive key trend for this season as featured strongly on the Moshino catwalks, is tartan. Across the highstreet you will see this trend in its traditional red checked form or reworked into different colours and deconstructed patterns. Don’t be shy with this bold pattern, checks on check can work see Celine or Emma Wickstead.

Ungaro That’s Emanuel Ungaro. What I liked from Ungaro’s collection was his injection of glamour in all outfits. Whether that came across in monochrome prints teamed with electric blues, baby blues or vivid yellows; a sexy flash of leg or dazzling gold accessories. I think we can all take influence from this and remember the importance of detailing and glamour.

Velvet The luxury textile, velvet, has always been a winter warmer winner. This autumn it seems more popular than most though, with velvet being used from shoes to dresses and designs from simple to opulent.

Wet wet wet Wet look hair. It’s a hard one. It was seen on the catwalks for A/W ’13 from Christian Dior, Prada, Gucci etc... But if us ‘non-supermodels’ attempted it, would it just look like we’ve got greasy hair? Are you brave enough?

X is for Kisses Absolutely love purple tones for autumn/winter. Especially this lipstick by Tom Ford – Brusied Plum. £36 from Selfridges. _8158825

Yves Saint Laurent Another lipstick colour trend for A/W 2013 is red - it will brighten your winter and is always a good staple make-up bag accessories. Rouge Pur Couture in No. 50 Rouge Neon by Yves Saint Laurent is gorgeous.

Zips As part of the punk trend for A/W, zips are a must have detail for the season. Givenchy’s A/W ‘13 catwalk featured many zip detailed jackets. So invest in some biker jackets or metal detailed shoes to give you a rebellious edge.

Contributor: Deborah Moules