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Fall Fashion Fix

Kathryn Whittaker gives us a head start on Autumn/Winter 2008 fashion trends

Published on September 3rd 2008.


Fall Fashion Fix

September is here- it is officially Autumn and although hazy summer days are now a distant memory there is something to be grateful for- a whole new wardrobe. Yes, the high street is now jam packed with this seasons warmest woollies, fabulous fabrics and simply stunning shoes so here is my pick of this seasons must have trends. Get out and give ‘em a go.

Folk- luxe

Folk who? Well lose the silly name and you've basically got boho with a grown up feel. Think Sienna goes glam and you can’t go that wrong. Paisley is back, add a black background or shiny fabric to add more drama. Fringing, especially on bags is key to this trend, go for studs and leather (ooer) to top off your slouchy satchel. Fur, preferably faux is central to your folk fashion, with fabulous gilets to be found in topshop, warehouse and miss selfridge. I love this mini dress from www.asos.com, at just £35 you will even have enough left for a nice pair of woolly tights to keep you snug.

Heritage

Grab your shot gun, you've pulled. Basically the Queen goes country look is back. Scarf, gloves and handbag at all times please ladies- the key here is prim and proper. Layer up opulent tartans, silk blouses and fine knits to create your own individual look and add hints of military detailing such as fab jackets from H&M, to top off the trend. This fitted jacket from Topshop (£50) is perfect for re-creating this trend. It's clinched in waist and tartan fabric make sure it's bang in fashion. Really stand out from the crowd by adding a traditional brooch.

Lace and Ruffles

Sheer fabrics, lace and ruffles give Autumn a distinctly feminine feel, if not a bit chilly. Black lace is everywhere, be it in the stunning shift dresses at Phase Eight or the beautiful blouses in Next. Try throwing on some cream pearls for a truly sumptuous look. Lace overlays to nude colours are big as is lace detailing on shoes, bags and necklaces. Girly has never looked so glam. Thought I’d throw a top of the range one in now for your wish list. This beautiful nude shaded ruffle blouse is the real deal- Chloe- £795, or Primark have some pretty similar ones for about a fiver…

Volume & Structure

Dressing up for work has never been so in. The structured look means strong spiky shoulders and origami folding to garnets creating interesting and futuristic outlines. What? Basically if you fancy getting a little bit Westwood (Vivienne, not Tim) then now you will be able to get those dramatic styles at a bargain price. All Saints have this look nailed, take for example this gorgeous dress for £90- a perfect winter wardrobe staple. Wear with a polo neck and boots in the day or metallic heels and oversized clutch for an evening look.

So, there you go, my top four looks to make sure you glow this Autumn. Next up I will be taking you through the colours to be championing in your new season wardrobe.

Happy shopping.

Kate.

Kathryn Harrison
Stylist to the stars….and you
Code Style & Image Ltd

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LuciferSeptember 3rd 2008.

I thought from the title that this was The Fall pertinent to me. Evidently it isn't.

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