Continuing with the favourite AW11 catwalk collections!
Polka dots are popping up everywhere for next season, and I like how Stella McC has used them in a classy, more "grown up" way, as spots can often be seen as quite fun and childish. A really easy way to channel the tight sheer polka dots in this collection would be with tights (and cheap too as you can always find polka dot tights in Primark for about £2.) In contrast to the tight sheer-panelled dresses there are also loose, mannish clothes. I love the oversized blazer with the spotted lace peeking out, and the oversized textured white knit. As usual I'll be sticking to black and white as my main colour palette this season! The contrasting sleeves on the jacket second on the right are really interesting. Contrasting sleeves seem to be popping up all over the place. The metallic gold is really interesting too. I think it would be fun to see if really in-your-face metallics could be combined into a casual daytime outfit and work.
The magazines keep banging on about the "fetish" trend, which sounds quite scary, but when you look at the Louis Vuitton collection it isn't too full-on. A wide patent waist belt would work well for channelling the bondage look, but I might have a bit of a look into corsets and harnesses. As with most of the collections for this season there are a lot of different textures going on within the same look, and the contrasting sleeves are there again. I also like the countryside vibe which is also coming through the collection. I'm going to try and work some dark greens and blues and tweeds and tartans in with my "goth" clothes.
I've tried to avoid the obvious dalmatian pieces in the Topshop Unique AW11 collection as it seems like Topshop are pushing it so hard as a trend it's kind of off-putting. I might try out some dalmatian nail art like the models wore for the show. Again mannish tailoring crops up, and the contrasting sleeves. There are lots of interesting furs popping up too, I'm thinking of trying to DIY an oversized patterned fur stole like the one on the right. I like the silver tights too, it's a more subtle way of getting metallics into an outfit. I already have a gold pair and I might look at picking up some more in different colours.
What do you think of these collections? Next I'll be looking at the trends I like and looking for my "key pieces" to put on my AW11 shopping list. What's on yours?