OK admittedly while the sun is shining and the weather is warm, we really don't want to think about autumn and winter trends too much. There are so many better things that we could be doing like taking a dip in a cool pool or sipping cocktails on the beach. But there is a method in the madness. With summer sales offering some amazing fashion offers and discounts, a quick look at what the autumn and winter trends will be might help pick out some pieces that will last us right through.
For autumn and winter there will be many different trends but here are just a few of those that I picked up on:
Snakeskin was definitely big news on the catwalk for AW11 with Chloe and Gucci both having their own brightly coloured versions. At Prada it was fish scales then there were the big volumous and slightly crazy furs including Giles and Bottega Veneta. Dolce & Gabbanna also featured some of their signature animal skin prints.
If you thought florals were just for summer then you were wrong. This winter dark florals in rich shades were another popular look. Mary Katrantzou showed us how to mix up florals using intricate prints inspired by Faberge eggs. Erdem, Cacharel and Jil Sander also had their own version of the dark winter floral print.
The sixties is back again this autumn and winter. With the Mod look being one of the key trends the shift dress, mini skirts, boxy sihouettes and knee high boots were all over the catwalk. This is such an easy look to wear just don't forget the dark eye makeup.
Another look that has proved so popular over the last few months, it is living on to become an autumn winter trend is the ladylike look. This time the emphasis is on the pencil skirt and pussy bow blouse. This style was clearly evident at Miu Miu, Nina Ricci, Fendi, Marc Jacobs and Jonathan Saunders to name but a few.
All sorts of wild west inspiration was featured at the AW11 shows from the fringed details like the boots at Chloe worn with double denim, blanket ponchos by Band of Outsiders and the Apache patterns at Hermes, Balmain and Proenza Shouler. Look out too for cowboy style collar tips.
Plaids and tartans
Traditional British fabrics like tartan, paid and herringbone were all paraded down the catwalk at a variety of shows for Autumn winter. Check out Ashish, Karen Walker, House of Holland, Mulberry, Burberry Prorsum, Celine and Etro for a few examples.
Another one that will be hanging around is seventies. Look out for genuine vintage maxi dresses or the many designer and high street collections that are doing 'new vintage'. What ever style of the seventies you love, it is all there from bohemia to disco fever.
Last but not list was a slightly masculine style worn in a very cool way. Think Psychobily, mods, teddy boys and new wave all fused with a bit of Saville Row tailoring.
Which of these trends do you love?