AW'12 At Matches

AW'12 Taster Trend Report:
Matches Fashion

Karlie Kloss from Ellie Saab AW'12 RTW
Can you believe that we're already in July?! - oh! Happy belated 4th of July to my American lovelies - It seems like it was just yesterday that it was the beginning of January and I was curled up in front of the fire, feeling the blue's due to the horrendous winter we had in Scotland. Fast forward six months and it feels like these past months have just flew by in an Olympic sprint fashion. This SS'12 has not only brought me a new found outlook on my fashion sense, it has also brought my 21st birthday celebrations in Paris, two trips to Italy to visit family in Sorrento, Campania, the birth of Vita di Moda, a competition win to match and a place at university in England to study my BA (HONs) in Fashion Communication. All in all, I'd say that the first half of 2012 has been pretty spectacular really. With that in mind, and SS'12 just about done and dusted anyway, what say you to moving on to AW'12 with a little look at the trends you might be coveting in the next few months? I may complain about the cold, rain and every other consequent result of winter, but the AW months really are my favourite time of year.

From time to time, I enjoy a little online window shopping on websites known for stocking luxury designer items. So, when my August edition of Vogue came through the post this morning, I felt inspired to create a little Winter wish list over at Matches fashion

For AW'12 at Matches Fashion, you will have a numerous choice of trends to adopt: from winter floral bloom, to oversized...well, everything really. In between you'll have the options of eye-popping opticals, head-to-toe black leather, grand opulence, luxurious layering, purple garments and makeup, elegant waist silhouettes, oriental influences, English country-woman, fur, fur and more fur. Accessories standing out from the AW'12 shows back in February were oversized handbags, leather gloves (short biker styles, as well as elbow length), waist belts with bows, buttons, decorative claps and hidden fastenings, statement, decorative heels and knee/thigh high boots.

Each of the following garments shown are currently available over at Just click on the 'Just In' section and shop till you - figuratively speaking, of course - drop!

1. Charlotte Olympia: Ava floral print pumps - £515

2Alexander McQueen: Exploding tulip-print chiffon cape - £560

3. Alexander McQueen: Victorian puckering jacquard dress - £885

4. Lisa Marie for Peter Pilotto: Carnation-print scarf - £275

The great thing about items 2, 3 & 4 is that they can also lend themselves to the Oriental trend for AW'12 too!

1. Roksanda Ilincic: Swing crepe coat: £1,100

2. Stella McCartney: Visconti boucle inverted-lapel coat - £1,115

3. Stella McCartney: Stanley collarless coat - £1,215
#3 can also lend itself to the English country-woman trend

4. Weekend by MaxMara: Rive coat - £355

5. Bottega Veneta: Intrecciato wovan tote bag - £2,655

6. Stella McCartney: Falabella boucle bag - £790

1. DVF: Yvanna leather dress - £613

2. Sportmax: Zulma dress - £320

3. McQ: Leather midi skirt - £645

4. Vanessa Bruno: Collarless leather jacket - £620

5. Alexander McQueen: Peplum detail biker jacket - £4,195

6. Drome: Stretch leather leggings - £490

Without running the risk of going on forever, I think it's time to move on to accessories now, don't you?

1. YSL: Ariane wedge boot - £810

2. Lanvin: Crinkled leather (or suede) knee boots - £600

3. DVF: Jeanette cut out sandal - £230

4. Alexander McQueen: Suede ankle boot - £590

5. Isabel Marant: Dicket suede ankle boots - £325

1.  Gucci: Exposed stitch leather gloves - £290
2. Gucci: Horse-bit logo gloves - £315

3. Gucci: Leather and suede gloves - £195

4. MSGM: Neon elasticated waist belt - £42 - Sale Section

5. MaxMara: Cennare snake-print waist belt - £105 - Sales Section

6. DVF: Corset leather belt - £139 - Sale Section

So, there you have it - a slightly larger than normal taster trend report for AW 2012 at! Which trends have taken your fancy for AW? Would you buy any of the above mentioned items? I don't know about you, but my shopping basket is over flowing, awaiting the day I win the EuroMillions...

*Photo Credit: Images from > created on Polyvore.


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