Are you ready to think about your wardrobe for the next season? Let's have a look at the hottest Autumn/Winter 2011 trends. Latest looks from the runway – London, Paris, Milan, New York.
Get inspired and create your own version of every trend. Make sure that you keep your own style and stay true to yourself. The most important thing is to feel comfortable in your own skin, whatever you are wearing. Even the most beautiful outfit can look awkward if you don't really “feel it”. Although changing your whole wardrobe every season isn't probably the best idea. As a celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe said: “I don't believe in changing my style because something is a trend ... People are mislead: They think because it's a trend, they should do it. And it's not going to work.”
D&G Autumn/Winter 2011 women's collection show at Milan's Fashion Week February 24, 2011. (Photo: Reuters)
Trends should be seen as a source of inspiration and treated selectively: take what you like, leave what doesn't suit you. And don't forget that fashion in general shouldn't be followed or treated too seriously.
Most of all, it should be fun!
Winter doesn't have to be boring. This season's fashion gives you the opportunity to be a little bit more creative and try a few things that you haven't try before. White fur? Floral coat? Shiny suit? Let's forget about being practical for a while and enjoy the fashion life to the fullest. Clothes are such a great tool to create different moods and to express our own personality. They create our image and tell the world who we are. You may like it or not, but people constantly judge us based on what we are wearing. So make sure, your outfits create a great story and make you hard to forget...
“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.” - Cecil Beaton (English photographer and fashion designer).
1. POLKA DOTS
From micro dots to exaggerated spots – polka dots made a return on retro dresses, hats, tops, tights and belts. Dots are this season's stripes!
2. WHITE SWAN
Fascination with fur and with white colour continues to turn up on many runways, often in unexpected and innovative ways. Fur in snowy shades, white jackets, coats, trousers and dresses paired with black belts and simple accessories. A lot of designers put the emphasis on statement sleeves and decorative shoulders. Keep warm and look stylish at the same time.
3. THE '60s
The swinging sixties are back! The “Mod” (for modern) look of the 1960’s was characterized by innovative, creative, bold and brash outfits. Mini dress was also made popular in this era by Mary Quant. Clean-cut A-line skirts, dropped-waist tunics, mod mini-shifts and bell bottoms. Think: Jean
Shrimpton, Edie Sedgwick and Twiggy.
4. ABSTRACT PRINT
Bold prints, abstract patterns and tribal motifs, often mixed together to create a unique eclectic look. If you are confident about your styling skills you may try to coordinate various patterns in one look.
However, the safest option is to combine printed items with monotone ones. Fresh and funky, this style will make you look and feel much younger...
Create your own garden in the middle of winter. This season bright flowers can be seen not only on dresses, but also on coats and jackets. Bold, vivid and unexpected. Styling tip: Go for opaque black tights to winterize the look.
7. GOING ROUGE
The hottest colour of the season comes in variety of shades. Red catches people's attention and in many cultures symbolizes good luck. Spice up your life!
8. TARTANS & CHECKS
Tartan plaid and checks in different combinations. Classic pattern gets redefined and comes in all shapes and forms. Styling tip: Be creative, but make sure you keep all your pieces in the same colour family.
9. RIGHT ANGLES
Clean lines and graphic stripes. Futuristic forms and unique shapes. Strong and confident look that doesn't require a lot of accessories.
10. LIQUID SHINE
Add some glamour to your life. Shiny fabrics in all shades of gold and pastels. A lot of designs come with exquisite embellishment and decorative details. Mirrored mosaics and shimmering sequins.
Perfect look for the evening.
11. A MAXI MOMENT
The longer, the better. Floor sweeping skirts and dresses are this season's must-haves. You can either go simple with a solid color or opt for bright colours and playful prints. Long dresses look elegant and chic.
12. TECHNCOLOUR COATS
Bright up long winter days with some bold colours. This season's coats come in simple form and in all shades of the rainbow. Don't be afraid to stand out from the crowd, this winter your coat should make a statement.
13. NAUGHTY GIRL
Tight fitting skirts and corsets, leather bondage straps, high neck collars, over-the-knee tights and sophisticated high heel platforms. Colours: mainly black with some white elements. Mood: dark, edgy and seductive. It's time to reveal you inner dominatrix!
14. PURE & SIMPLE
Minimalist sportswear – simple yet sophisticated. Mostly neutral colours, clean lines and simple silhouettes. Effortless and practical look when you get tired of too many prints and colours, or want to look stylish and elegant without being too aggressive. Neutrals are versatile and can be easily combined with other pieces, both neutral or bright. Perfect look for a weekend away or a shopping trip in the city.
Sometimes less is more...
Celebrities in some of this season's trends:
From left: Mischa Barton, Kate Moss, Paris Hilton, Julianne Hough, Taylor Swift, Claudia Schiffer, Jessica Biel, Solange Knowles, Katy Perry, Leighton Meester, Chanel Iman, Rihanna
Source: Elle, Flare, Getty Images, Harper's Bazaar, Reuters, Vogue.