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Sneak Peak at Autumn 2011

Want to know what pieces you'll be wearing next season? Read on to find the emerging trends in women's fashion for autumn 2011.

Whilst most women are currently busy enjoying their new Summer 2011 wardrobe sorted, the fashion world and eager fashionistas are one step ahead. With the fashion industry currently in the throes of its Autumn 2011 “Fashion Weeks” (New York, London, Milan and Paris) and high-end designers showing off next season’s collections, there are some emerging  trends that give us an idea of what we’ll be wearing this autumn/ winter.

From what I have seen from the runway shows, women’s fashion for A/W 2011 continues to embrace a very ladylike feel. For the most part, there is a move towards soft, loose silhouettes and fluid fabrics, with emphasis on movement and 360º detailing. Delicate and feminine ballet-themes pieces, such as sunray pleated skirts and ballerina bodysuits ( a key trend for this spring) have continued to inspire designers for next season, so expect to see more tulle skirts, skin-tight polo necks and pleats aplenty.

Trends to Look Out For
One trend that is expected to take hold is faux real and you’ll see it in everything from coats to accessories. This is where the real is deliberately made to look fake and where fake looks real.
The fashion world also takes is inspiration from past decades once again, with many designers continuing to embrace 70s glamour. You'll also find 1930s influences (Vera Wang) and the roaring twenties, in the guise of cheeky flapper dresses.

Traditionally Autumn/Winter is the time for perennial plaids and checks, and non more so that this forthcoming season. The trend for English Heritage pieces on the New York runways proved that plaids and pleats are here to stay, in this year’s new midi length.
Emerging Women's Fashion Trends for Autumn 2011

The chillier months are when outerwear comes into its own and expect plenty of statement coats for the next season, along with statement evening gowns with plenty of bling, cheeky drop-waisted flapper dresses, and lurex making its way onto knitwear.

Women's Coats
Watch out for 70s-style knitted ponchos, whilst heavy wool swing coats provide some winter warmth. Last year's capes go from directional to mainstream, and provide the perfect winter cover up. Pea coats get cropped, whilst in a move towards luxurious outerwear, sequined jackets add some glitz and glamour for evenings and patterned coats with a patina come into the spotlight.

Lace-trim dresses add a touch of romance and red is the new black, in everything from calf-length dresses with 360º cleverly cut contours and draping to figure-hugging body con. Flapper dresses become the cocktail dress of the season in this fresh new trend, with a nod to the flapper fashion of the roaring twenties.

Full calf-length skirts continue from last season and maxi skirts take on a grunge-like quality in matte black. Lace paneling on pencil skirts gives a ladylike edge, whilst cheeky skater skirts embrace the 70s trend. There are pleats aplenty in English country plaids from thigh-skimming to ankle-grazing.

Silhouettes stay flared, with wide-leg trousers remaining a key shape, carried over from last season. The skinny jean is likely to be relegated to the back of the wardrobe, being replaced with the flare and wider-leg.

In light of the continuing economic recovery within the retail sector, many designers are putting their emphasis on separates, which allows fashion savvy women on a budget to add to their wardrobe with individual pieces rather than having to buy whole new outfits. Overall, these wearable fashion trends for winter 2011 give us much to be excited about with the season’s looser silhouettes being easier to wear for most women, not to mention more forgiving for most body shapes.

Happy Shopping ! x W

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