winter fashion
The temperatures are dropping, the air is crisper, and A/W 2012 fashion has hit the high street with a vengeance! Obviously, while the weather gears up to get colder and colder we are ready and waiting with a bevy of trends that are fun, elegant and – most importantly – warm.

What should we be stocking up on? My vote goes to knitwear (which seems to have taken on a life of its own in 2012); the bigger and chunkier your knits the better. Knitted cardigans in a range of colours, prints and patterns have been brightening up the rails of high street stores since September with ‘oversized’ and ‘extra large’ being the most popular requests from the changing rooms. Thanks to fashion big hitters like Balenciaga, Chloe and Gucci almost everything is set to be larger-than-average this winter. Expect to see those in the fashion-know wearing jumpers, snoods and cardigans in a size bigger than usual and more than likely wearing them all at once – the more layers the better.

If you really want to up the fashion ante, ensure that your chunky knit is geometric.  Checks, stripes and graphic shapes are taking over where animal prints left off last year and with this trend applying to dresses, tops and coats as well, there’s no excuse for mono-colour this winter. You also have the option of adding a sheen to your soft winter woollens by teaming them with something super shiny! Patent leathers, PVC and rubberised rainwear are slick, sexy and – better still – will keep you dry as you wade through the inevitable puddles.

Another Autumn heavy-hitter is the military trend. Many designers. from Victoria Beckham to Salvatore Ferragamo. have been favouring the tougher, more precise cut of military wear. Despite being influenced by the men in boots, this season the military trend uses  much softer materials than your average Squaddie kit. With a tailored finish, the military coat flatters in all the right places and avoids the incredibly heavy silhouette of many winter coats.

While military focuses on exacting tailoring, there is always room in your wardrobe for cuts that emphasise your womanly shape. Silhouettes with peplums and panniers are trickling into every major retailer and are the best way to celebrate women’s curves. Simplest tip? Work the 50s movie star look and invest in the brightest, reddest lipstick you can find to complement your outfit.

A quick recap, then: This winter you can choose to wrap it all up in chunky woollies, express your creative side with prints and patterns and work your figure in military wear and womanly silhouettes. Something for everyone, as they* say.

*The voices in my head.

Instagram – top to bottom, left to right:
1. Got sick and my little fox wouldn’t leave my side. Familia.
2. Black pudding and quails egg starter from The Pig.
3. Admiring shiny post-coffee teeth.
4. We call this Esmerelda chic.
5. Glitter dusted nails with OPI ‘Spark de Triomphe’ and Chanel ‘Suspicious’.
6. The fabulous life of a blogger.
7. Trying to figure out how to tighten up my new favourite (but too big) heels.
8. I have a totally neurotic knack for giving the puppies baths before they get groomed.
9. Stumbled on this photo of Victoria Beckham in the 90s. Amazing.

Prabal Gurung:
prabal gurung aw12
Models came out in 5 shades of blue eyeshadow that seemed a world away from the incredible collection. The show – “Uncursed” – took us through a mass of stunning black looks and led us through blues, golds, and (eventually) whites by means of ostrich feathers and heavy embroidery. Obsessing over oil-spill foil-printed neoprene.
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Kate Moss David Bowie Vogue

  • For the January 2012 issue of Vogue Paris…we have David Bowie! Or, Kate Moss‘ interpretation of Ziggy Stardust under the lens of Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. What a way to bring in the new year.

    (Disclaimer: the gorgeous photo, below, came to mind as soon as I laid eyes on the Vogue cover! A mashup.)

    Kate Moss David Bowie

    David Bowie and Kate Moss

  • The British Fashion Council held its British Fashion Awards earlier this week, and managed to select winners that almost everyone agreed with – HOORAY! Do you wish to take a look? Of course you do:

    Designer of the Year: Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen
    Red Carpet Award: Stella McCartney
    Designer Brand Award: Victoria Beckham
    New Establishment Award: Christopher Kane
    Menswear Designer of the Year: Kim Jones
    Accessory Designer of the Year: Charlotte Dellal for Charlotte Olympia
    British Style Award: Alexa Chung
    Model Award: Stella Tennant
    Outstanding Achievement in Fashion: Paul Smith
    Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator: Sam Gainsbury
    Emerging Talent Award, Womenswear: Mary Katrantzou
    Emerging Talent Award, Menswear: Christopher Raeburn
    Emerging Talent Award, Accessories: Tabitha Simmons

    Do WERK, everyone.

  • The new H&M collaboration has been announced (yes, they knock them out like scrambled eggs), and the next designer is…Marni! Sweden’s most successful retailer announced their Spring/Summer 2012 partnership with Italian label’s founder Consuelo Castiglioni, set to be released on March 8th in over 260 stores worldwide.

    And yes, there is already a video sneak peak for you, below. HELLO, CLASHING PRINT MENSWEAR, I LOVE YOU.

    “I wanted to create a true Marni wardrobe by revisiting all our favourite pieces in signature fabrics and prints. As always, I love juxtaposing prints and colours, mixing modern tribal with Bauhaus graphic and adding sporty utilitarian elements.”
    Consuelo Castiglioni

  • Today, the white dress which Amy Winehouse wore on the European cover of her second album, Back to Black, raised over $67,000 (£43,200) when it was sold at auction. The dress was ‘won’ by a private fashion museum in Chile, who’s money will go to Amy’s charitable foundation which supports programs to help vulnerable young people.

  • Ever wondered which designers are searched the more than others online? Well, according to Bing’s annual search trends for 2011, Gucci tops the list. (Perhaps Kreayshawn is to blame?)

    Other top ten brands included John Galliano (legal troubles), J.Crew (lesbian/divorce), Guess(?), and Chanel twice over — once for the brand name itself (because it’s fabulous) and once for founder Coco Chanel (because she’s fabulous).

  • Big news for fashionistas in the Netherlands (and beyond)! Condé Nast has confirmed that Vogue will begin publishing a Netherlands edition in 2012, and it to be edited by the recently resigned editor of Dutch Glamour, Karin Swerink.

    “Holland is a thriving market in the heart of Western Europe with a growing hunger for luxury. It is natural for Vogue.”
    Jonathan Newhouse, Condé Nast International’s chairman

  • Nicki Minaj Fashion Week

  • Nicki Minaj is Harajuku Barbie – this we all know – but no-one expected Harajuku Barbie to show up at New York Fashion Week. Nonetheless, Miss Minaj turned up to the Prabal Gurung show in a couture-ish cocktail, shouting crazy from Shojono Tomo-printed leggings to an enormous pink bow atop her head. Oh, the times I wish I could read Anna Wintour‘s mind.

  • Victoria Beckham is awesome. She sat in the front row at her own show and was chatting with her guests/attendees.

  • Forever 21 is selling a T-shirt for girls that says “Allergic to Algebra” on it. Make of that what you will.

  • The prequel to Sex and the City, The Carrie Diaries, is going into production as a TV series on the CW! (It only took three years to confirm the rumour?) Former “Sex and The City” writer Amy Harris has been confirmed to be taking part by Deadline, and Candace Bushnell (the brains behind Sex and The City, Lipstick Jungle, The Carrie Diaries etc) will be executive producer. Gossip Girl executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are also on board.

  • While no-one has yet had the cajones to confirm any of the goings on at Dior, John Galliano‘s replacement has recently been widely reported to be Marc Jacobs. Neither Marc Jacobs nor LVMH are talking, but because of the increased responsibility that comes with the creative director position at Dior (that would be two couture shows, plus regular and pre-season collections), Marc Jacobs and partner Robert Duffy are asking for a package that will put their salary in the “low eight digits” (over $10 million LARGE).

  • Steve Madden has tapped the world’s favourite style twins, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, to be the new creative directors for Superga North America! This isn’t just a ‘slap a celebrity name on it’ deal; this means the savvy sisters will oversee all creative and marketing initiatives, as well as have oversight for distribution.

    “We hope to introduce a fresh perspective to this iconic collection, while honoring Superga’s legacy of timeless design.”
    Ashley Olsen

  • Tyra Banks is crazy. The All-Stars cycle of America’s Next Top Model, starting Wednesday 9/8c on The CW, is going to own my life.