The New Trends for Autumn/Winter 2012

By on November 10, 2012

By Becky Redpath –

Although I don’t particularly relish the thought of short cold days and long winter nights, I do look forward to all that winter fashion brings. Richly textured fabrics, butter soft leather boots and bags and the opportunity of piling on soft cashmere sweaters and jewel coloured scarves, will always evoke a tingle of anticipation.

Repeat Cashmere Collection of Womens Knitwear

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The shops are now full of the new seasons clothes and accessories, and although the fashion world are about to experience the catwalk shows for spring/summer 2013, now is the perfect time for Look Great Feel Fabulous to take a look at all that’s new for the autumn/winter 2012.

Identifying the key trends, doesn’t mean slavishly following them, but adopting elements of them, will give your wardrobe an immediate facelift, and adding two or three items in the latest styles that will suit your particular body shape, are well worth an investment.

Several designers displayed an alarming new penchant for oversizing. Whether it was full sleeves, skirts gathered at the waist, or large coats and jackets that lacked definition, you can be sure that any style that manages to flesh out the skin and bone of models is not going to do normal mortals any favours!

Miu Miu Pencil Skirt

Chanel, Rodarte, Chloe and Burberry took this new trend to heart, but when dirndl, skirts, voluminous sleeves and bomber style puffa jackets feature heavily in a collection, my advice would be to avoid like the plague! The models at Burberry did however have their outfits accessorised with some fabulous structured totes and if you are a Butternut Squash or a Long Butternut Squash, the pencil skirts that also featured are definitely a look you can take on board.

Although Chanel’s oversizing is best given a wide berth, the sparkling theme of the show which centred around some giant sized crystals placed in the middle of the catwalk, was a trend much in evidence across the fashion capitals. Chanel featured large opulent pieces of jewellery that glittered under the lights, as did the stunning metallic fabrics of evening wear.

Luxurious detailing was also a key trend at the Baroque inspired show by Dolce and Gabbana. Lace, ruffles, gold, and tapestry featured heavily in this flamboyant show, as did crystal embellished fabric at Alexander McQueen. This exquisite show had models undulating down the catwalk in layer upon layer of delicate silk chiffon and although ultimately unwearable for anyone other than a supermodel, the effect was breath taking.

The trend for florals that proved so popular this summer is set to continue throughout the winter.  Erdem, Preen, Christopher Kane and Bottega Veneta all featured stunning floral prints.

Giorgio Armani Pre-fall-winter-2012-2013

The country pursuits of the English is often  a theme popular with many designers and Ralph Lauren featured fabulous wearable  jackets, trousers and skirts  in plaid tweeds and corduroy teamed with Fair isles sweaters and tank tops. Those ladies amongst us who are either Pears Aubergines, Leeks and Avocado’s with small to average  busts can go to town with  checked jackets and patterned jumpers ,but large busted, Strawberries, Toffee Apples and Long Butternut Squashes should concentrate on the plaid trousers and skirts ,which are much better suited to their slim thighs and legs.

The era of Edwardian elegance was evoked at Louis Vuitton, whose designs also featured beautiful tweeds adorned with oversized embellished buttons and accessorised with gemstones and gorgeous supersized bags.


Halle Barry in Roberto Cavalli Pantsuit

Stella McCartney produced a sophisticated tailored autumn/winter collection and the clean lines and fabulous tailoring was a theme echoed at Max Mara, which as always featured their signature coats. Hermes sent models down the catwalk in fabulous Gaucho cowboy inspired leather and wool coats and capes in rich earthy colours, accessorised with long leather gloves and topped off with stylish hats.

Finally the collections of autumn/winter 2012 heralded the return of the trouser suit. Bold geometric patterns were seen at Prada, sophisticated and impeccably cut at Yves St Laurent, and animal print at Roberto Cavelli and bold and bright at Mui Mui.

The key trends of autumn/winter 2012 can be interpreted to update your wardrobe whatever your particular body shape. The simple addition of some crystal or diamante chandelier earrings and a trouser suit will bring you bang up to date!

Key 2012/2013 Trends

  • Classic Tailoring
  • English Country Pursuits
  • Florals
  • Luxurious Detailing
  • The Return of the Trouser Suit
  • Accessories
  • Supersize Totes
  • Long leather Gloves
  • Bold jewellery
  • Chandelier earrings


If you would like some advice on putting together a stylish and practical capsule wardrobe for your profession contact Becky Redpath on the email form on the website:


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The New Trends for Autumn/Winter 2012