The Orient was a great source of inspiration for designers this season as illustrated at London Fashion Week in September. Kimono jackets featured at Proenza Schouler, while obi-style belts and printed dresses were the order of the day at Zac Posen.
Dries Van Noten and Sportmax also looked to the Far East for AW12, but if you simply want to reference the look rather than focus on it head-to-toe, choose accessories with an Eastern influence; “geisha” inspired stacked flatforms were seen at Marni which, teamed with poker-straight hair and cherry stained lips, will add an Oriental vibe to almost any outfit.
The wealth of black leather variations seen at the AW12 shows (from a collarless leather coat at Alberta Ferretti to leather dresses at Valentino and Calvin Klein) proved that this modern wardrobe staple remains at the top of the trends.
The key to wearing black leather this season is to keep things glamorous – pair a leather pencil skirt with a sheer, ruffled blouse, or team your leather with lace, as seen at Michael Kors. For easy runway-to-real-life translations of the black leather trend, make likse Topshop Unique and choose a glossy, black leather pinafore, or simply team leather trouser with a lace peplum top.
Summer florals have sown their seeds and bloomed as darker, richer florals for the new season. Don’t be fooled by the pretty florals of summer time; winter blooms should be dark and edgy, with tough accents such as ankle boots and textured fabrics.
McQ and Dolce & Gabbana showed luxurious floral prints and embroidery against black backgrounds, with Dolce using a tapestry-like technique on floral handbags. At Erdem, vibrant shades of crimson, fuchsia and purple were embroidered onto a cobalt dress, while Burberry Prorsum and Bottega Veneta showed florals in an earthy, autumnal palette.
How to wear your winter blooms?
With heavy duty fabrics such as fur, leather or wool.