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Vicky Kavanagh on the upcoming season’s trend highlights


You know how in every bushel of apples, there’s a rotten few? I feel a bit like that about this year’s Autumn/Winter trends. Among the winners – such as A-line skirts, capes and brocade, there’s been tacky embellishments and headache inducing prints. Usually, the high street’s interpretation of much expensive originals is music to my ears. But after seeing Penneys’ A/W line and River Island’s offering, I will have to be eagle eyed in preparation for next season’s wardrobe.

Penneys A/W 2012

Taking my own spin on A-line, I’ll be investing in skater skirts; extremely flattering on all shapes and can be styled as girly or as masculine as you like. I’ll pair a black version with a chiffon blouse with minor embellishing on the collar and a jewel coloured cape to keep me warm. There will be no presence of creepers. I do not care that Chanel featured these monstrosities in their show; they are possibly the ugliest footwear since gladiator sandals. I feel nauseous just thinking about them.

I’ll pay a nod to the 60s with Penneys’ red and black hounds tooth coat; but I would advise letting the coat do the talking and keep the rest of the outfit chic. Certainly do NOT team with some heavily patterned pyjama pants. I do love a good winter coat, so depending on the state of my current cape, I may

Alexander Wang A/W 2012

invest in a new one – a simple design – and mix it up with brooches. I’ll also be keeping my eyes peeled for a utility/military style trench coat, similar to the ones seen at Alexander Wang and Derek Lam.

I’m already a fan of the peplum, so I’ll be investing in structured dresses with peplum detail in plum and rich colours to plump out my wardrobe. In terms of brocade, to give it a modern twist, I’ll be looking out for brocade patterned trousers in order to make moves away from the Mad Men evocations. Set off with a plain tee and some chunky jewels, it’s an outfit that will carry you from office to bar.

What you most definitely won’t catch me in are: excessive amounts of black and gold together; hairy furry jackets; an OTT studded anything (dress, shoes, handbag – they all look like a 6-year-old’s been let loose with a glue gun), animal print pyjama pants, creepers, psychedelic mirror print shirts or dominatrix gloves.


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