Autumn/Winter 2012 outerwear trends

The start of a new fashion season is always an exciting time – all those possibilities to create fresh looks and potential to experiment with new trends. Outerwear comes into its own in autumn/winter, so what should we be looking forward to this season? Our John Lewis style spotter offers up some trends tips…

Tangerine dream

The stand-out colour on the London Fashion Week  runways was tangy tangerine, with Clements Ribeiro and Christopher Kane colour-clashing with pink and red details on jumpers, skirts, tops and trousers to create bold Sixties-inspired looks. Clements Ribeiro’s tangerine pea coat will brighten up any grey winter’s day, and the high street has been quick to catch onto the allure of the colour-pop coat. This piece by John Lewis Collection makes a sophisticated statement that will help you stand out among the sea of greys and blacks this season. [Image – L-R: Clements Ribeiro A/W12 courtesy of and John Lewis Collection]

Chunky & cinched

If you don’t want to struggle with multiple layers on the tube this winter, throw on a chunky knit jumper and smarten up with a waist-cinching belt. Acne and Burberry Prorsum were among the big name fashion houses to accessorise cosy jumpers with belts both thick and thin at LFW, combining the textured pieces with skinny trousers and form-skimming cord skirts to maintain shape. Pair with chunky boots for a grunge-inspired or country casual look, or with heels for work or evening wear. And take note: polo necks are back! [Image – L-R: Acne A/W12 courtesy of and John Lewis Collection]

Furry godmother
Christopher Kane and Christian Blanken championed Arctic-inspired looks in their autumn/winter shows with shaggy fur coats and gilets. Mixing the material with leather and jersey, Baroque-inspired prints and rich red and slick grey colour palettes, the look can either go down the opulent or grunge route. If neither of those trends float your fashion boat, a faux-fur stole will help add interest – and some much-needed warmth – to many different day and evening outfits. Pair with a light jacket or simple coat so as not to overcomplicate the look. [Image – L-R: Christopher Kane A/W12 courtesy of and John Lewis Collection]

Cocoon cosy
The Scandinavian-inspired cocoon cut has been making waves on the fashion seas for a few seasons now, and its popularity shows no sign of waning in autumn/winter 2012, with designers such as Daks and Clements Ribeiro creating cosy human shells perfect for the deep winter months. Look out for rounded shoulders and wrap-around coats, or if you’re in the market for something a little more structured, choose a piece with a funnel neck à la Aquascutum. [Image – L-R: Aquascutum A/W12 courtesy of and John Lewis Collection]

Autumn/Winter 2010 at All Saints: A Sponsored Post

What with the weather being as crap as it is, I think we can safely say that summer is now well and truly behind us. I’m excited to be going to Milan tomorrow with work (hmm – one week late, perhaps?), so I might squeeze a little bit more sunshine out of the season, but otherwise, it’s pretty much winter, isn’t it?

The new season women’s clothing at All Saints is pretty representative of how I want to dress this season; leather jackets, boots, and lots of skull-emblazoned bits and bobs… of course.

The next few months also bring with them award season – for the hair industry at least. I’ve got one dress down, but when you’re hanging out with the same people at an event every week, you really need (no but really) a different outfit each time.  All Saints have a nice collection of women’s evening dresses, which are a cut above the usual high street offerings, and do a perfect job of disguising my inner goth in a suitably grown-up way. This Layla dress (two models, one name!) is less goth, but perfect for these hairdressing events when ‘black tie’ actually means, ‘nice dress from the high street’.

While All Saints do a cracking line in women’s leather jackets (such as the Cobra Leather Bomber and Owain Studded Jacket, above), they’ve also got some awesome tassled leather gilets – for those of us (all of us?) who want to recreate the Cavalli show. This Asta number is pretty much spot on.

All Saints are also purveyors of fine women’s boots, such as the Yuni and Savitr models above. I think it’s time to stop kidding myself that my stacked heel Doc Martens are suitable winter footwear; the Yuni is a far more suitable option for stomping around Oslo in the sleet… right?

On another note, if anyone wants to buy me either this relatively epic Skull Candle or the frankly delicious-looking Zhanna Playsuit, you’ll find my contact details up there on the right.