The Fashion Alphabet: autumn/winter 2012-13 trends

Z is for Zig Zag...
Y is for Yellow...
X is for X rated...
W is for Western...
V is for Volume...
U is for Urban Cool...
T is for Top to Toe Prints...
S is for The Smoking Slipper...
R is for Regal...
Q is for Quirky...
P is for Purple...
O is for Object Prints...
N is for Nautical...
M is for Military...
L is for Leather...
K is for Killer Heels...
J is for Jewels...
I is for Industrial Boots...
H is for High Gloves...
G is for Gothic Glamour...
F is for Film Inspiration...
E is for Eastern Adventures...
D is for Decadence...
C is for Collars...
B is for Brocade...
A is for A Line...
J JS Lee AW12
Tata Naka AW12
Acne AW12
James Long AW12
James Long AW12
Yigal Azrouel AW12
Peter Pilotto AW12
Catherine Malandrino AW12
Isabel Marant AW12
Isabel Marant AW12
Valentino AW12
Prabal Gurung AW12
Alexander McQueen AW12
Alexander Wang AW12
Alexander Wang AW12
James Long AW12
Issa AW12
Chanel AW12
Miu Miu AW12
Chloe AW12
Marchesa AW12
Dior AW12
Dior AW12
Moschino AW12
Moschino AW12
Meadham Kirchoff AW12
Prada AW12
Gucci AW12
Erdem AW12
Peter Pilotto AW12
Mary Katrantzou AW12
Mary Katrantzou AW12
Marc Jacobs AW12
Marc Jacobs AW12
Marc Jacobs AW12
Victoria Beckham AW12
Margaret Howell AW12
Aquascutum AW12
Yigal Azrouel AW12
Loewe AW12
Calvin klein AW12
Rodarte AW12
Rodarte AW12
Chanel AW12
Paul & Joe AW12
Chanel AW12
Chanel AW12
Rodarte AW12
Alexander Wang AW12
Alexander Wang AW12
House of Holland AW12
Dior AW12
Clements Ribeiro AW12
Versace AW12
Versace AW12
Valentino AW12
Marc Jacobs AW12
Marc Jacobs AW12
Alexander McQueen AW12
Temperley London AW12
Temperley London AW12
Proenza Schouler AW12
Zac Posen AW12
Jason Wu AW12
Jason Wu AW12
Victoria Beckham AW12
Rodarte AW12
Rodarte AW12
Stella McCartney AW12
Balmain AW12
Balmain AW12
Louis Vuitton AW12
Jonathan Saunders AW12
Miu Miu AW12
Z is for Zig Zag... Y is for Yellow... X is for X rated... W is for Western... V is for Volume... U is for Urban Cool... T is for Top to Toe Prints... S is for The Smoking Slipper... R is for Regal... Q is for Quirky... P is for Purple... O is for Object Prints... N is for Nautical... M is for Military... L is for Leather... K is for Killer Heels... J is for Jewels... I is for Industrial Boots... H is for High Gloves... G is for Gothic Glamour... F is for Film Inspiration... E is for Eastern Adventures... D is for Decadence... C is for Collars... B is for Brocade... A is for A Line... J JS Lee AW12 Tata Naka AW12 Acne AW12 James Long AW12 James Long AW12 Yigal Azrouel AW12 Peter Pilotto AW12 Catherine Malandrino AW12 Isabel Marant AW12 Isabel Marant AW12 Valentino AW12 Prabal Gurung AW12 Alexander McQueen AW12 Alexander Wang AW12 Alexander Wang AW12 James Long AW12 Issa AW12 Chanel AW12 Miu Miu AW12 Chloe AW12 Marchesa AW12 Dior AW12 Dior AW12 Moschino AW12 Moschino AW12 Meadham Kirchoff AW12 Prada AW12 Gucci AW12 Erdem AW12 Peter Pilotto AW12 Mary Katrantzou AW12 Mary Katrantzou AW12 Marc Jacobs AW12 Marc Jacobs AW12 Marc Jacobs AW12 Victoria Beckham AW12 Margaret Howell AW12 Aquascutum AW12 Yigal Azrouel AW12 Loewe AW12 Calvin klein AW12 Rodarte AW12 Rodarte AW12 Chanel AW12 Paul & Joe AW12 Chanel AW12 Chanel AW12 Rodarte AW12 Alexander Wang AW12 Alexander Wang AW12 House of Holland AW12 Dior AW12 Clements Ribeiro AW12 Versace AW12 Versace AW12 Valentino AW12 Marc Jacobs AW12 Marc Jacobs AW12 Alexander McQueen AW12 Temperley London AW12 Temperley London AW12 Proenza Schouler AW12 Zac Posen AW12 Jason Wu AW12 Jason Wu AW12 Victoria Beckham AW12 Rodarte AW12 Rodarte AW12 Stella McCartney AW12 Balmain AW12 Balmain AW12 Louis Vuitton AW12 Jonathan Saunders AW12 Miu Miu AW12
By Amy Hopkinson October 01, 2012
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 sparkle. If you fancy something a bit brighter on those cold winter nights look to House of Holland’s collection for colour pop zig zags in turquoise and yellow - not for the faint hearted!
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.
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!
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!
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 everyday and make this trend instantly wearable.
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.
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 look for the colder months (we\'re getting chilly just thinking about it...)
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.
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.
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?
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 theme of Gucci\'s AW12 campaign as deep purple brocade trousers, paired with ruffled berry silk and statement plum lips hit the catwalk.
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...
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, while fingerless gloves gave outfits a Fagin-esque feel.
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 style trench coat is a wardrobe staple for the colder months, but there are plenty of other options to get the look for the new season with brass buttons and peplums on short leather varsity jackets.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
\'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.
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…
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.
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.
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 flowers or sequins work perfectly with knitwear and t-shirts.
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.
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.
J JS Lee AW12
Tata Naka AW12
Acne AW12
James Long AW12
James Long AW12
Yigal Azrouel AW12
Peter Pilotto AW12
Catherine Malandrino AW12
Isabel Marant AW12
Isabel Marant AW12
Valentino AW12
Prabal Gurung AW12
Alexander McQueen AW12
Alexander Wang AW12
Alexander Wang AW12
James Long AW12
Issa AW12
Chanel AW12
Miu Miu AW12
Chloe AW12
Marchesa AW12
Dior AW12
Dior AW12
Moschino AW12
Moschino AW12
Meadham Kirchoff AW12
Prada AW12
Gucci AW12
Erdem AW12
Peter Pilotto AW12
Mary Katrantzou AW12
Mary Katrantzou AW12
Marc Jacobs AW12
Marc Jacobs AW12
Marc Jacobs AW12
Victoria Beckham AW12
Margaret Howell AW12
Aquascutum AW12
Yigal Azrouel AW12
Loewe AW12
Calvin klein AW12
Rodarte AW12
Rodarte AW12
Chanel AW12
Paul & Joe AW12
Chanel AW12
Chanel AW12
Rodarte AW12
Alexander Wang AW12
Alexander Wang AW12
House of Holland AW12
Dior AW12
Clements Ribeiro AW12
Versace AW12
Versace AW12
Valentino AW12
Marc Jacobs AW12
Marc Jacobs AW12
Alexander McQueen AW12
Temperley London AW12
Temperley London AW12
Proenza Schouler AW12
Zac Posen AW12
Jason Wu AW12
Jason Wu AW12
Victoria Beckham AW12
Rodarte AW12
Rodarte AW12
Stella McCartney AW12
Balmain AW12
Balmain AW12
Louis Vuitton AW12
Jonathan Saunders AW12
Miu Miu AW12
That time of year is upon us once again, when we must pack away our summer flats, coax the central heating back to life after its summer hibernation and battle against chapped lips and runny noses. Bleurgh. But it's not all doom and gloom! Back in February the catwalks were full of new fashion vibes that are the perfect weaponry against the chilly season to come.

Re-cap on New York, London, Milan and Paris Fashion Week here.

And, unlike seasons before, there' s a glut of new trends this autumn/winter- is this the signal that fashion can once again exert its creativity without too much caution?

Which trends will the bloggers be coveting? All is revealed here.

So as the leaves start to turn and with autumn in the air, the Glam Team have edited the season into a  handy A- Z guide. Click through, take notes and if you're like us, swoon over the catwalk looks all over again...
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