It’s no secret that the savvy leather jacket has become the most versatile staple in anyone’s wardrobe. A garment that is now considered “a classic” was once introduced as a trend, but because of its versatility and broad appeal, the leather jacket has worked its way into every wardrobe and always remains popular. Traditional, general simple styling means that a true classic can be worn year after year and never date.
A snug-fitted leather jacket is the perfect collaboration to that classic feminine flirty piece, a tunic, skinny jeans or zipped over a flimsy dress with black opaque tights for a tough/tender look. Fun, yet functional, the end result is a collection that will eventually be a staple in your wardrobe.
Just remember though, the best way to wear this garment is of course how you take this piece and make it your own. There is a jacket for everyone!
The shorts suit caper has been taking the fashion world by storm transferring the way A-listers have been dressing for their public appearances.
First spotted on the ever so lovely Eva Longoria at the Late Show with David Letterman back in April 2011 promoting her new cookery book, Eva’s Kitchen: Cooking with Love for Family and Friends, Eva appeared on the show in a classic blue shorts suit showing off her extraordinary toned legs and elongating them further with her choice of same coloured peep-toe platform heels.
The shorts suit, which has been in the style industry since the 1970s worn with platform shoes, creates an effortless look maintaining a high level of comfort and style.
With stars swapping their frocks for this diverse look, the shorts suit provides a unique look that can be mixed and matched creating a variety of outfit styles to suit both your personality and body type.
Following the footsteps of the Australian landscape is the desert-inspired colour palette that several designers took on board for their spring/summer 2011-12 collections.
Safari hues such as gold, sand, beige, rust and maroon appeared in the designs of Alex Perry, Carl Kapp, Kirrily Johnston, Therese Rawsthorn, Manning Cartell, Ellery, Fernando Frisoni and Nicola Finetti.
In continuing its popularity, bright, bold colour blocking continues to dominate the catwalks standing out in collections such as Sass and Bide opening their shows in multi-coloured tribal prints of fuchsia mixed with
To really warm up your look for summer, work hot-to-touch desert shades with softer neutrals or classic blacks, with simple accessories and killer heels.
Think vivid rich jewel colours of amethyst, sapphire, emerald, ruby pink and ruby red, citrine, amber and orange garnet.
Another vibrant colour hitting the runways, which hasn’t had much exposure since the 1970’s, is burnt orange which is flattering on most skin tones. Expect to see this colour lusted after by many designers in rich, spicy tones and luxe embellishments.
The hour-glass S-bend silhouette of Edwardian fashion, once emulated by every woman during the Edwardian era (1890s to the 1900s), has once again been integrated into current trends with a softer more flowing look.
The flowing and extremely feminine silhouette of the Victorian day bodice, with its high collared flair, has been recreated with a touch of Elizabethan elegance including structured shape, volume and drapery of soft clinging fabrics such as lace and velvet.
Styles are often inspired by the Victorians and Elizabethans with designers such as the late Alexander McQueen bringing elements of the medieval periods to his collections and most notably by creative direct Sarah Burton providing once again McQueen’s flair at Burton’s Fall 2011 collection channelling England’s most powerful yet feminine queens with Elizabethan ruffled collars and corset-laced ensembles.
Other designers channelling medieval fashion include Emilio Pucci, with his dark-yellow chantily lace blouse (which can be purchased at http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/171528) and Givenchy’s ruffled collar cotton voile shirt top (http://www.luisaviaroma.com/index.aspx?#getData.aspx|CallType=Product&prodId=A7M025&season=actual&gender=women&group=clothing&des=471&cat=&seasProdID=54I).
Try these Victorian inspired blouses with a blazer and a pair of jeans for that classic smart casual look:
Another favourite drawing inspiration from the medieval era, which was recently seen on actress Zooey Deschanel at her Our Idiot Brother premier, is the black and white ruffled Moschino dress from the 2011 collection.
Laced corsets, rich textures and exaggerated collars, this romantic style will be the hottest trend of the season allowing every woman to feel feminine and elegant at every event.
Another collar trend that is making its mark is of the Peter Pan variety with detachable leather versions ignited by Louis Vuitton.