The Key Trends From The David Jones Autumn/Winter 2012 Fashion Show + Video

| 16 February , 2012 | Reply

David Jones held their Autumn/Winter 2012 Fashion Show last night (February 15th) at their Elizabeth Street flagship store on level 7 featuring their brand ambassadors Miranda Kerr and Samantha Harris.  The upcoming AW2012 trends this season reflect Miranda’s own personal style, classic with a fashion-forward twist.

“This season sees a host of new trends with staying power,” says Kerr. “From tailored blazers to punchy patterned pants, these are pieces that won\’t be tossed at season\’s end.”

On the accessories front, textural woollen scarves and tan shoes and bags are key styles that will add individuality to your look. In terms of colour, forget head-to-toe black. Coffee-inspired shades will make the perfect under statement for Autumn Winter 2012.

“A camel coat is a must, but make sure you team it with a bright burst of orange. Dion Lee or David Lawrence have done fantastic little orange dresses. Citrus tones such as orange and lime set off camel tones beautifully,” says Bush.

And if you want to make a statement this season, experiment with print and texture says Bush:

“For me, winter is all about layering. Instead of the bright, explosive colour we see in summer, bold, graphic patterns and surface interest are a great way to add interest to your look in winter. An edgy Saba leather biker jacket layered over a botanical print camilla and marc dress is a dream outfit.”

The key trends from David Jones includes:

THE GREAT ESCAPE: Going out of town on a winter break?  Make sure your suitcase is brimming with plaid shirts, biker jackets, chunky knitwear, skinny jeans and woollen scarves. A trench coat in a vibrant shade of green (Marcs) or cobalt blue (Ginger & Smart) style is a trans-seasonal piece. For a preppy twist, go for a fitted tweed jacket by Sabatini. Saba has also delivered a covetable leather biker jacket, ideal for layering at night over a new Josh Goot floral print dress in a dramatic shade of burgundy. For a little country glamour, team a whimsical botanical camilla and marc shift dress with black tights and a snug cardigan by Lee Matthews and while away an afternoon reading a novel by a roaring fire. Again, there is a big focus on neutral colours – sand, toffee, ginger – highlighted by zesty orange and lime accents. Don\’t forget your carry-all bag. Mimco\’s new collection is filled with must-have handbags in earthy tones.

URBAN MANEUVERS: This winter, it\’s all about looking sleek in the city. Chic utility wear is super versatile and easy-to-wear. Jackets are the statement piece of the season. Designers presented this staple item in an assortment of colours and fabrics from aviators and puffy parkas to bomber jackets and military coats. Add a touch of effortless cool to your urban look with a pair of slouchy J Brand cargo or super skinny Lee jeans. Lisa Ho offers everything from minty green tailored blazers to elegantly draped printed pencil skirts, made for the city sophisticate. Keep an eye out for army khaki – it is one of the season\’s most prominent shades and can be worn as a single piece or head-to-toe. A camilla and marc leather envelope clutch in khaki is the perfect accessory update.

COFFEE CRÈME: The verdict is in: camel is the new colour of the season. Warm chestnut and coffee tones also make a strong return. The look is minimal, grown-up and polished. A perennial winter staple, the camel coat – a favourite of Grace Kelly and Katherine Hepburn – will pull your look together. David Lawrence has created a luxurious beige coat, which looks great styled with a vivid Dion Lee orange dress. Flannel and Perri Cutten also offer key neutral looks, all of which embody an effortless ease. Camel accessories are another big focus at David Jones. Put Oroton, Mimco and Rachael Ruddick on your hit list.

BORROWING FROM THE BOYS: The message of the season: man up. It\’s time to rummage through your boyfriend\’s closet. While the idea of ladies dressing in men\’s-inspired pieces isn\’t exactly new, this season the collections at David Jones provide a fresh look on the masculine-feminine counterpoint. The look is about classic, clean lines, but with a fashion-forward edge. Call upon menswear inspired trousers, tailored blazers, double-breasted coats and cozy oversized cardigans in neutral tones of black, white, navy or grey. Comfort is key, so take the low road and top off your look with a pair of boyish brogues, perfect when teamed with some slim legs chino pants. The new collections from KJ by Kirrily Johnston, Jac + Jack and Flannel are filled with boyish charm. Bassike also offers key mannish pieces such as crisp shirts and cropped pants. Ksubi\’s super slouchy boyfriend jeans are the pick of the season while Maurie & Eve have introduced wide leg slacks and fresh shirting styles.

ROMANTIC NOMAD: Just when you thought it was all about minimalism, the romantic nomad wanders back onto the catwalk at David Jones. Inspired by ideas of folk, festival and boho dressing, winter\’s homespun pieces play with different patterns and textures in an earthy palette of taupe, stone and mink, complimented by chambray blue, blush pink and winter white. Designers have rekindled their love for all things bohemian with pretty prints (florals, paisleys) and luxurious embellishments on scarves and dresses. Zimmermann has worked with an eclectic mix of custom-woven brocade, asymmetrical fringing, intricate French lace, draped velvet and feathered mohair, while the new Easton Pearson collection is an explosion of poppy pattern and colour and exquisite embellishment. Josh Goot\’s dramatic nature-inspired prints in hues of burgundy and olive green are also sure to inspire. Knitwear is another key focus so stock up on ponchos, capes and cardigan coats.

SEVENTIES CHIC: At the recent international collections, British style icon Alexa Chung was seen sporting a silk blouse in a swirling paisley print. The message on the street was clear: the Seventies woman is the new inspiration for all things chic. Whether you start with hippie chic (floral and flares) or the Halston era (gleaming dresses and jumpsuits), the 70s are back in style. The new camilla and marc collection takes inspiration from women of style in the sixties and seventies such as Ali McGraw, Bianca Jagger, Charlotte Rampling and Faye Dunaway. This retro look focuses on a long lean silhouette, bold prints and textural fabrications such as silky satins, faux fur and rugged sheepskins in honey warm tones. Favourite looks include a Lover pleated maxi skirt in rich burgundy and a pair of camilla and marc mosaic print palazzo pants – both will bring a seventies femininity to your new look. Colour-wise, camel is complimented by rich autumnal shades such as burgundy, orange and ochre.

Watch this behind the scenes video:

So there you have it, David Jones’ has your upcoming AW2012 trends covered, what will you be wearing?

And in case you missed it, check out Miranda Kerr backstage, hitting the catwalk and the red carpet arrivals.

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