The traditional A-line shape is making its comeback this AW12, thanks to the likes of Jonathan Saunders, Miu Miu and Erdem.
Take inspiration from Miu Miu and opt for an embellished number this party season, or choose a more demure pleated version in the spirit of Jonathan Saunders for a chic chilly weather look.
Seen at Dolce & Gabbana and more, rich, decorative woven fabrics had all the editors talking - look out for the pieces with jewels and lace for added extravagance.
As the fabrics and design can be quite heavy, simple outfit pairing is key to this trend: try an embellished shirt worn with a sleek pencil skirt or brocade trousers with a cashmere knit.
Move over scarves because there’s only one thing to be seen around your neck this season, and that’s the collar. Appearing on the catwalk in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes - notably at Victoria Beckham - collars ramped up designs.
At Rodarte, sheepskin and woollen collars updated winter coats – take style notes for a thrifty winter coat update.
For a more dramatic look, try collars embellished with beads, 3D crystal
Zac Posen gave us floor sweeping gowns in pastel silk, worn with bold red lips, while Jason Wu updated the LBD - take notes on this for the forthcoming party season - as sparkling shoulder detail and thigh high splits ruled the looks.
So whatever you choose this season, make sure to add a touch of decadence to your wardrobe to really be the belle of the ball.
Step aboard the Orient Express this season and travel to the land of the setting sun. Set your fashion compass towards oriental inspired prints, sumptuous fur hats and opulent embroidered dresses in the spirit of Temperley London and Proenza Schouler.
Marc Jacobs took inspiration from the silver screen for his latest AW12 collection. Was it a bird? Was it a plane? On the contrary, it was a delightfully eclectic mix of Oliver Twist meets The Mad Hatter, with a bit of 'The Cat in the Hat' thrown in for good measure.
Alexander McQueen took a more contemporary route with more than a touch of Blade Runner.
Time to turn on the TV and take notes…
'Dangerous Beauty' is how Donatella Versace described her collection that was chock full of black velvet, crucifixes, studs and leather.
You too can inject such Gothic glamour into your wardrobe this season, with a leather pencil skirt and black fishnet tights, as seen on the Versace catwalk.
Or if you're feeling bold and fancy a Joan of Arc moment, look for chain mail on everything from tops to cocktail dresses.
Long Opera Gloves are the must have accessory to compliment any winter outfit this season, with the catwalks full of elbow length lovelies.
Dior and Clements Ribeiro paired 3/4 sleeves with long leather gloves in the seasons’ black and berry hues. Wear yours with a cropped jacket for ladylike elegance or choose a brightly coloured pair with a printed jumper in the same spirit as House of Holland.
More stylish than your ordinary steel capped boots, this season footwear takes on an industrial edge. Take your cue from Rodarte’s knee length lace ups, Alexander Wang’s Kolfinna boots and the plethora of armoured boots that made a play on the catwalk. They’re the easiest way to toughen up winter dresses.
Why succumb to the dreary and the drab just because it’s chilly outside? So went the fashion thinking this season. Against a backdrop of huge crystals, Chanel debuted their autumn/winter collection, even borrowing jewels for the beauty look – the models sported crystallized eyebrows – while over at Miu Miu and Paul & Joe, sparkly trimmings found themselves updating the simple black dress and blingy belts.
The killer heel: every girl’s best friend but the worst nightmare for your poor feet, sorry ladies but it could be time to suffer this season…
Fierce leather, laces and straps stole the show. Barely a show went by without them.
Leather, leather and more leather: the catwalks were chock-a-block with hide this season. Stealing the show at Calvin Klein, Givenchy and Yogal Azrouel, there was no design limits for this famed material. From head-to-toe looks to sleek gowns, leather was the look du jour, actually make that season.
Meet you on the dark side?
Designers broke away from regimented style rules to present military with a twist as the catwalk moved from surplus store to sleek, seen at Victoria Beckham and Alexander McQueen. Margaret Howell gave us 1940s military perfection in an array of slinky calf length skirts, pleated plaid and woollen berets. If you fancy something a bit more nostalgic, add a camouflage print on shirts or jeans for a retro 90's feel. A classic military
Jump ship and follow the nautical trend that graced the catwalk at Marc Jacobs. With admiral style hats and oversized feather plumes, Captain Hook would be jealous of these creations. More pirates of the Caribbean than hello sailor, coats were tailored with heavy brass buttons, while structured skirts were worn over trousers to mimic 19th century pantaloons. Textured ruffled scarves and pilgrim style buckled shoes completed the look,
Wardrobe staples have been given a new lease of life with typewriters, chess pieces and kaleidoscope patterns.
Queen of prints Mary Katrantzou set the tone with her surrealist, Dali-esque collection with Peter Pilotto following close behind.
A word of warning when wearing this particular trend; be careful not to stare for too long or your eyes may just go square...
Berry, plum, amaranthine, violet, amethyst, lilac, magenta, lavender, mauve, mulberry: the colour purple, in all its hues, is the colour to be seen in for AW12 thanks to Christopher Kane, Gucci and Prada.
Christopher Kane updated animal print with leopard print pieces that matched his lilac catwalk carpet, while Prada killed two birds with one stone dressing models in head to toe geometric purple prints.
'Dark glamour' was the
A sequined suit, rainbow coloured swing dress and sparkly, stripy tights are just some of the eccentric pieces that made a fashion play.
Will you show your quirky side?
Still feeling patriotic from the Queens Jubilee celebrations back in spring? Well you're in luck! Dior and Marchesa brought regal elegance and retro glamour back to great acclaim. Silk blouses, structured waists and flowing skirts created the perfect 1940s silhouette; while lace, intricate embroidery and a palette of gold had us longing for an invitation to the palace.
The Smoking Slipper gave the killer heel a run for its money this season! And not just because of the comfort factor. Transforming looks on the catwalk, along with the style of many FROWERS, this smaller heel shoe sent a memo to all fashion folk in attendance: flats are back!
Wear with everything from tomboy denims to leather pencil skirts for tomboy cool this season.
Issa and Miu Miu headed the fashion pack with their bright, punchy prints that ranged from paisley to peacock feather, being worn head to toe in a range of tailored suits and floaty two pieces.
Turn heads in a printed dress in the season’s hottest colour, purple, like the models on the catwalk at James Long and Chanel.
Worn with a pair of loafers you’ll earn you some serious style kudos, while tights and ankle boots complete the
Just look at Alexander Wang’s AW12 collection for untamed urban cool. Dark, edgy but with a mature feel, Wang had us coveting a new take on downtown dressing: Leathers were glossy, skin was covered and coats were buttoned up. Urban style is undergoing a glossier re-vamp, take note for this season.
Larger than life creations are taking centre stage. Sarah Burton employed a host of different textures, from pretty ruffled chiffon to fluffy ostrich feathers and shaggy lamb’s wool, to create voluminous dresses, capes and coats at Alexander McQueen while Valentino gave the trend a more feminine edge.
A subtle ostrich feather peplum or an elegant cape, as seen at the Prabal Gurung, bridged the gap from the extravagant to the
The Wild West rides into town with fringing, bolo ties and delicate collar detailing.
Isabel Marant updated the classic trend by giving it a glamorous edge; fitted suede shirts with pearl buttons, pretty broderie anglaise prairie dresses and skinny cropped pants, this time in leather with studs along the seams. Even the classic cowboy with a stiletto heel.
Ride ‘em cow girl!
X marks the spot with this AW12 trend, literally! Dare to be different in sheer fabrics or take the plunge in leather. And those who are really brave enough to bare: wear your underwear as outwear.
Just don't tell your mum!
Inject a bit of sunshine with a flash of yellow this season. Acne choose mustard, Tata Naka also opted for pale yellow and J JS Lee worked pale lemon into her collection, which ever you choose just make it cheery.
Pack away those stripes because this season it's all about the Zig Zag!
Spotted on the catwalks at James Long and Mulberry, the bold geometric print added instant style points to any outfit.
Update your winter wardrobe with a statement cardigan or, if you're feeling less daring, try a subtle zig zag cuff on tailored trousers. Colours are typically earthy and autumnal with flashes of gold being added for that extra seasonal