Wearing a pair of woolly ankle socks with heels is sooo this season but for those of you who fancy something a little more grown up try a pair of fishnet pop socks with sandals, as seen on every look at the Ports 1961 collection. And dare to wear white for a shade change on thicker denier tights for a very 60s feel to your look. Or opt for giant spotted tights, very cool and very wearable.
It's all about getting the details right for this season's footwear. If you are thinking of investing in an on-trend pair of boots for winter then go for a knee length or above style to complement the sixties style skirts and dresses around this autumn. And make sure the heel is blocked for maximum style points. And not just for boots, just look at the style statement that this season's Miu Miu blocked, banana bend heel shoes are making too. Other top-tip shoes of the season are pointy toed with a heel height that is above a kitten but lower than a stiletto. Or how about a heeled sandal? The Pollock printed beauties at Bottega Veneta are bang on-trend when worn with a pair of Pantherella socks, then over black opaque tights once it really gets cold and worn bare-legged come next spring. Now that is an investment purchase. If this all sounds a bit girly then choose from a huge selection of mannish brogues to tone down a feminine look. From Lanvin to Chanel via Paul Smith there is a pair of flat, lace-ups or tasseled slip-ons to suit all tastes.
The Key to this Autumn/Winter fashion and trends styling is all about mixing it up. Blending styles and silhouettes from the 40s upwards to get the look of the season. When it comes to fabrics, prints and fabric finishes it's once again about mixing it all up. Take a tartan dress and pair with a patchwork python boot a la Prada. Or note the appliqued plush velvet on fantasy fur as seen at Alberta Ferretti and the tailored suits that were finished with fur trims at Alexander McQueen. The Aquilano & Rimondi collection was a wholesale haberdashers dream with garments comprising of fabric, fluff, metal studs and ribbons, and that was just one look! And at Chloe and Angelo Marani the message was to wear snakeprints with leopard, brocade,florals, fur trims and patchwork all at the same time. And don't even get me started on what was happening at Dries Van Noten!! print explostion to say the least! This season be inspired by these designers who are working the polar opposite to the 'colour blocking' trend, also out there this season. Think out the box when planning outfits this for evening and daywear. How about a giant pailetted skirt with a oversized luxury knit for an alternative party wear look this winter? Or a gold lame knit coatigan from Stella McCartney worn to the office? Or even consider an overblown dog-tooth fabric as an evening wear option as Salvatore Ferragamo chose to show on his latest catwalk presentation? The choice is yours this season with an abundance of textures and prints to experiment and play with.
Try a skirt with large plastic paillettes with this Acne loose fit knit for a new spin on partywear
Following on from the Textures story I had to give a special post to the furry, fluffy coats out there this season. Those of you who aren't chicken, pluck up the courage to wear one of these babies, to brighten up a dull winter's day.
It's September and its now time to get a sense for the new season. Plus the fact that the autumn collections are already out there in the shops, boutiques and online ready for the purchasing. So what are the key pieces, hits and trends to embrace, buy and flaunt? The Style Eye has studied the international collections and indentified the best of What To Wear.
Firstly, think about borrowing a little from every era from the 1940's to the 1970's and then mix it up in a big old melting pot to devise a new look for 2011. Make like Miu Miu and invest in a silk, shoulder padded '40's style patterned tea dress for work or daytime. Pinch from a bunch of oversized polka dots and pois patterns from the 1950's. Get some '60s styling by way of a cocoon shaped coat with bracelet length sleeves. Steal from the '70s a big floppy hat, neat ladylike bag and a plum lip.