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Autumn/Winter 2011-2012: The key trends

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30th Aug 2011

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So, as the summer season ends and the vibrant colours that dominated the Spring/Summer 2011 runways start to dwindle, the question for fashionistas is "What s coming for Autumn/Winter 2011-2012? Here is a taster of the key trends to come this fall ..

As followed by many, block colours were the key trend this summer, with tangerine and cobalt being the most popular among designers such as Prada and Cacharel; Gucci opted for more jewel-like tones such as amethyst, jade and amber embellished with tribal-inspired beading. These jewel tones continue into the fashion palette of Autumn/Winter 2011 and with names like emerald, ruby and sapphire, this trend is sure to inject sophistication and glamour into your winter wardrobe.

Designers including Gucci, Jean Paul Gaultier and Donna Karen are continuing the glamour theme with a season of forties inspired looks including furs, pearls, gloves and shrugs- all revolving around the classic pencil skirt. So, instead of looking back on the summers obsession with seventies style, greater attention should be paid to forties icons such as Vivien Leigh and Rita Hayworth alongside sixties stylista s Twiggy and Julie Christie.

However, in contrast to high-octane glamour for the Autumn/Winter 2011 season, designers including Michael Kors and Richard Nicoll are answering to the more understated woman s needs by teaming elegant tunics with trousers in an effortlessly chic style. Not only does this combination hide a multiple of sins, its extremely relaxed and the block panels provide interest and depth.

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Another trend that has swept through the Autumn/Winter 2011 catwalks is plaid. Think tartan, hound s tooth and Prince of Wales checks- this fabrics set to over-take denim as the new key must-have to double up on in your wardrobe. Do like Yves Saint Laurent and Daks did to open their shows and wear a Prince of Wales jacket plus dress or skirt plus blouse.

And finally, this season is set for a gender twist; the trendiest of girls will be borrowing from the boys with pinstripe shirts, sleek suiting and trousers providing an exciting switch-up on tailoring. Cummerbunds, manly overcoats and silk ties deliver that androgynous edge.