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Autumn Winter planning - part 1

It's that weird thing about the fashion world, you're always thinking a season ahead, and although it's the middle of August (though admittedly the weather isn't too summery in the UK at the moment,) the autumn/winter collections are already hitting the shops. For me that means it's time to start seriously considering the upcoming season and decide what looks and key items I want to buy into, so I can "shop smart."

It may sound like I'm being a bit of a slave to the trends here, but it's more about trying to have a general framework for clothes shopping in my head so that I don't waste money buying pieces I'm not going to get wear out of because they don't fit in with the rest of my wardrobe. I won't be a total fashion victim and blindly follow every trend, I like to identify what looks for the next season most appeal to me, and most importantly, how they'll fit in with my existing style and wardrobe.

Which is where this series of Autumn/Winter planning posts comes in. They're as much, if not more, for me than for you, my readers, but maybe they'll give some of you some inspiration too!

I'm going to start off with looking at my favourite designer collections for AW 11 and see what elements I'd like to take from them, then identify overlying themes and trends that I like, and working out a "key items" shopping list from there.

So, let's kick off with my favourite collections!

House of Holland

House of Holland is up there in my favourites almost every season, and AW 11 is no exception. I love the "cool granny" vibe of it. Granted, colour isn't really my thing, you all know how I love a black on black on more black look, but if I were to wear any colours this coming season they'd be brights like these eye-popping tweeds in the HOH collection. (I can't really wear pastels now with orange hair, they just look wrong together!) I'll definitely be cracking out my brown tweed Zara jacket though, and I've just bought some green wool trousers which will certainly help channel the HOH vibe. The afghan blanket print would be hard to replicate, unless the highstreet come out with a knock-off inspired print, but it's got me thinking about blanket capes. The big slouchy jumper over a slip dress looks brilliant in my opinion, and will be really easy to replicate with high-street and/or vintage pieces.

Meadham Kirchoff

Lots of black and white, which is right up my street, and I love all the layering. The folksy theme isn't something I think I could pull off without looking like I was in costume, but I think I'll be drawing on elements of it, such as the thick woolen socks and full skirts. I like the oversized rosary necklaces too, they tie in with the 90s grunge thing I was going for last winter. Again, blanket capes make an appearance, so I'm making a mental note to think more about those!

Chanel

I love this collection because it shows that black on black doesn't have to be boring. There were seemingly hundreds of different fabrics and textures used in the Chanel AW 11 collection. It may seem a little difficult to pull inspiration from some of the more "unwearable" ensembles, such as the model on the far right above who appears to be wearing a jumpsuit made out of 2.55 handbags, but I'm thinking that textured jackets - quilted, knitted, appliqéd - are the thing to focus on, along with layering and mannish shoes. As if I needed any more incentive to finally get around to buying myself some chelsea boots and creepers! Some carefully folded legwarmers would also go a long way to echoing the slouchy boots/turn-ups going on over at 31 Rue Cambon.

What do you think of these collections? What were your favourites for AW 11? What trends and looks are you liking for the upcoming season?


8 comments

  1. wow i love this post fritha! it might as well be autumn now with the summer we're having :P you've completely converted me, i absolutely love the HOH collection, haha you described it so well! but i'd go for urban granny haha :P i love the sweater and patchwork dress they're my faves. and i'd never heard of kirchoff before but i love the monochrome stuff that chanel do so well :) that's one thing i don't like about catwalk is that so much of it is "unwearable"! :/ for next season i'm loving oversized stuff, oversized everything and contrasting colours together :) sorry about the essay!:P xxx

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  2. I for one will be wearing my quilted jumpsuit with matching jacket all winter long. Very classy.

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  3. I think I love the Chanel collection most, I love a lot of black, like you do! xx
    Sirens and Bells

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  4. I love this, every season I promise my self that I'm going to to shop smart and for that particular season...and then it all goes wrong. I always end up dressed in my summer clothes determined to keep winter away! But I promise not to do it this year xx

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  5. I've been stocking up on basic black dresses but buying some mustard and rust colour accessories for a/w. I've tried not to buy too many summer florals in the sale and stick to more simple pieces x

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  6. I love the colored tweeds...I guess I'm opposite of you - I hate wearing black! I don't even have a LBD. I loved Dior's psuedo-Carmen San Diego looks

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  7. I love the different textures picked out here! I am definitely a fan of colour so HOH is right up my street! Did you see the bingo balls tights? They are AMAZING!

    Maria xxx

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  8. I always prefer dressing for AW. It's so much easier. I try not to follow trends blindly either as there are so many that won't work for me.
    I love House of Holland as well! It's always a great collection.

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