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Here we are again
in full throes of a new season, and how exciting that feels. So exciting that, for this one-time only edition, The Review team themselves have road-tested the key trends, selecting our favourite fashion picks from harrods.com. See our must-have pieces, our inspiration and, of course, our portraits from page 8.
The Editor’s AW12 wardrobe refreshes
Zoë Jordan Jacquard T-Shirt £279Read More
We understand that Autumn/Winter's Morticia Addams mood isn't for everyone, with all its black velvet and smoky eyes. But here's the perfect piece to offset the season’s gothic tones - its pretty pearlised finish makes a sleek partner to tough leather or witchy lace.Shop Zoë Jordan
Mulberry Studded Tassel Bag £995Read More
Tan suede and tassels instantly make us think of the film Almost Famous so we’re channelling Penny Lane this Winter with Mulberry’s latest. A punky, rivet-studded update of the otherwise relaxed Alexa,this is perfect for slinging over a fur gilet while singing a little Elton John.Shop Mulberry
Stella McCartney Platform Pump £465Read More
Proving she’s got quite the golden touch, Stella McCartney’s secured the shoe of the season with this metallic brocade pump. Wear with care as these spell serious shoe envy - don’t be surprised if bystanders try to prise them from your feet.Shop Stella McCartney
If you fall for three trends this Autumn, make it these
Forget '80s hair bands and tragic cocktail dresses, because velvet is making a comeback and for AW12 it’s all about luxe textures and clever shapes. Balmain (left) goes gothic with plush dark green devoré while Armani Collezioni opts for ladylike glamour with swathes of black velvet tailoring. Need more proof? Check out Elizabeth Olsen’s burgundy trouser suit - a ‘crushing’ victory.Shop velvet
The Cocoon Club
Who knew caterpillars would prove such style icons? Well this year, we’re following suit and braving the cold in our very own cocoon. Flared at the hips and tapered to the hem, these rounded silhouettes were seen on the catwalks at Zoë Jordan (left) and Moschino Cheap & Chic and are set to be BIG this season.Shop silhouettes
The Modern Biker: how to wear this roaringly good look
This season you’ll mostly be wearing...
To Have and to Fold
We’re kicking off with a bold claim: here we present THE bag of the season, the fold out tote. Not the catchiest name we know, but there’s nothing mediocre about these 2-in-1 treasures. Reminiscent of the classic Céline shape, the side inserts can be pushed in to create a boxier structure, or wear them as they are for a slouchier vibe. Look to harrods.com newcomer Reed Krakoff (above right), Anya Hindmarch and Marc by Marc Jacobs (above left) for perfect examples. Because trust us, sides do matter.Shop totes
A Costume Drama
After last season’s dinky, dainty pieces, it’s time to herald the return of costume jewellery. And boy do these pack a punch – think chunky hunks of stone in rich primary colours set in showy silvers and golds. They’ll prove the lifeblood of your Autumn wardrobe with their transformative trickery, whether dressing up a casual knit or clashing with a printed dress à la Lanvin (pictured).Shop jewellery
Oh Stella, quite literally the star in our AW12 sky. Chain-clad totes, glitter pumps, kitsch graphic jewellery, print silk scarves…is there anything in this collection we don’t want? Not only does the range tap into the season’s key trends, but the award-winning designer (and staunch vegetarian) has ensured each piece in this wear-anywhere line is leather and fur-free, making for one totally guilt-free purchase.Shop Stella McCartney
Tell me about it, studs
Once the age-old pal of the punks, studs are making quite the glamorous 21st century comeback. Forget visions of Johnny Rotten because although it sounds grungy, studs can add a healthy dose of rock star to an office-appropriate heel. Whether a studded toecap or a cluster of metal at the heel, Alexander McQueen (above left), Brian Atwood (above right) and Marc by Marc Jacobs (above centre) have all welcomed this old favourite under their wing, proving that edgy can still be elegant. Stud muffins indeed.Shop studded shoes
Whoever said you shouldn’t go out dressed like your daughter?
No one (whatever their age) can disagree that a Burberry trench, in a sophisticated shade of navy, is the epitome of chic. So stylish mini-mes across the world rejoice: now those fabulous adult clothes come in children's sizes too. As well as Burberry, Chloé and Dolce & Gabbana have taken catwalk looks and cut them down to childlike size. Worth having
children for, no?BURBERRY Childrenswear Exploded Check Coat, £369
Christina Sheehy, Copywriter
An era known for mini-skirts, big hair and men on motorcycles can do no wrong in my eyes. Ever since Mad Men hit our screens I’ve been perfecting my eyeliner flick and have managed to master it just in time for this season’s influx of A-line dresses, houndstooth prints and Jackie Kennedy-style tweeds, as seen on the catwalks of Moschino and Tory Burch. Just add a contrasting shirt, a splash of metallics and a weatherproof beehive for a bit of 21st century oomph.Shop the look
Emma Day, Sub Editor
There are two reasons I love this season’s penchant for the oversized - not only does it hide a multitude of sins (re: a winter’s worth of mashed potato), but there’s something so devil-may-care about slouchy separates. Sauntering down the Aw12 catwalks, Theory and Carven’s voluminous trenches, stretchy maxis and jumpers-you-could-drown-in made me question the rule of style over comfort. At last my fashion fantasy has come true; a trend that makes my much loved - and often mocked - elasticated waistbands acceptable.Shop the look
The Chic Motif
Hattie Hawksworth, Deputy Editor
When it comes to getting dressed, I often find myself drawn to polar opposites - my love for Jil Sander’s net-veiled beanie hat sums it up. I’m also a big fan of cats (bear with me, this is going somewhere) so when I saw Markus Lupfer’s merino jumper emblazoned with a fun feline, how could I resist? The AW12 catwalks were teaming with similar characters, from Burberry’s owl to Kenzo’s lion, so in keeping with my love of contradiction I teamed my frivolous jumper with a seriously chic Herve Leger skirt and seashell shoes.Shop the look
Jessica Aureli, Copywriter
I know what you’re thinking: “Not that scowling Noel Gallagher in camo look again”. But fear not, today’s military is a call to arms for precision details: khaki accents, ultra-sharp tailoring and splashes of colour. Appealing to my maximalist tendencies (more collars, more buttons, more rings, NOW!), it’s still understated enough that I won’t get mistaken for a Hamleys soldier. Plus, heavy outerwear and structured layers give Winter chills their marching orders – and for this chill-prone Australian, that’s priceless.
1. Isabel Marant AW12 from Catwalking 2. Jacket by MCQ ALEXANDER MCQUEEN 3. McQ Alexander McQueen AW12 from Catwalking
4. Shirt by HELMUT LANG 5. Jeans by J BRAND 6. Burberry Prorsum AW12 from Catwalking
Sarah Rose Edwards, Copywriter
Okay I admit it, I am a big old goth at heart. I hate the heat, am never exposed to the sun without SPF50, and have retained my love for a black ensemble since my Placebo fan girl days (oh what days). Thank goodness that the Romantic Goth reappeared all over the AW12 runways - think Helmut Lang and Reed Krakoff. Now I can yet again indulge in modest Victorian hemlines, and sheer ruffles in an unrelenting monotone palette; colour has no place in my Winter wardrobe.Shop the look
1. Bag by GIVENCHY 2. Helmut Lang AW12 and 3. Reed Krakoff AW12 from Catwalking 4. Boots by GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI 5. Palette by CHANEL
6. Necklace by ALIAS THEO FENNELL 7. Dress by MCQ ALEXANDER MCQUEEN 8. Lipstick by YSL
Laura Bradley, Copywriter
Unlike our resident goth Sarah, opening the wardrobe to a sea of monochrome is just not for me – I love colour. SS12’s pastels were a godsend and now with Autumn/Winter approaching, I have a new colour crush: berry tones. Flattering for all complexions, berry works particularly well for us blondes (anything too red is always a little scarlet harlot). Choose your shade from redcurrant at Carven, to raspberry at McQ Alexander McQueen, to mulberry at Lanvin. Delish!Shop the look
Nicola Copping, Editor
The major advantage of this trend? Its anti-ageing benefits. Wearing a dress buttoned to the neck and a satchel across my body, I discover I look not like an editor but like the office intern (much to the amusement of my team). As a 30+ woman, though, this is like finding the cure to crow’s feet: who knew the secret to infinite youth is dressing like you did at school? So cue my season of white shirts, faux collars, pleated skirts, and socks worn with spiky ankle boots – and I don’t even need to do any exams!Shop the look
Photographer: Tomas Hein
Marc Hibbert & Dani Bastidas
Hair Stylist: Sean Davidson
Make Up: Jessica Carlos
Make Up Assistant: Jacqueline Carlos
Fashion Assistant: Amanda Hansson
Shot on location at: The Penthouse, Harrods
The Review scoured the streets of our lovely home Knightsbridge to bring you the most stylish shoppers showcasing a flavour of the season ahead. And whilst it’s pretty hard to channel Autumn/Winter when the sun is shining, we found the ladies of SW7 falling into one of two camps.Shop the look
The minimalists pictured favour monochrome, sports luxe and clean lines as featured on the AW12 Helmut Lang and Theyskens’ Theory catwalks.
We love Karla’s round sunglasses and chic column dress. Very Helmut Lang AW12.
Bella’s Birkin will never date - and why have one pair of sunnies when you can have two!
Palomi’s sports luxe look is the epitome of Knightsbridge cool (check out the AW12 Céline bag).
Vanessa’s style puts us in mind of Maggie Gyllenhaal’s inimitable brand of minimal chic.
Neon touches, bright geometric print and a global traveller style were all big trends on the AW12 catwalks and also, it appears, on the fine streets of Knightsbridge.Shop the look
Follow @HarrodsWoman on Twitter and tell us what you’ve been buying for the season ahead in your #GreenBag.
Loving Isabelle’s neon tote. Paired with relaxed denims, she lets the bag do the talking.
Valeria is updating her vintage Chloé bag with so-now Missoni-esque stripes.
Rosanna’s global traveller look is set to continue for the season ahead. Loving the pom poms.
Proving that geometric never dates, Mai’s stripy ensemble beats a boring Breton.
The new season launches we’re oh-so excited about
The Eyes (And Lips) Have It
There is an unspoken rule amongst womankind that you should either go bold on lips OR eyes, never both. Forget that. This season we’re channelling gothic glamour as seen at Kenzo and Tom Ford. Think dark overblown eyes teamed with an equally dramatic berry lip. Yves Saint Laurent’s AW12 collection offers smoky eyeshadow palettes and sultry matte lipsticks that are guaranteed to release your inner goth.Shop YSL cosmetics
Let it BB
We weren’t surprised to see flawless skin dominating the runways, but this season the finish should be soft, glowing and natural. We nominate BB cream as the product for the job, and Bobbi Brown’s newest addition is worth getting excited about. This miracle formula is available in five colours making a perfect match possible for a variety of skin tones; a luxurious alternative to choosing between two shades of beige.Shop Bobbi Brown BB Cream
The return of Autumn/Winter means one thing - party season! This is the perfect excuse to amp up your make-up bag and Estée Lauder have come up trumps with the Vivid Shine collection. We particularly worship their hero product, the Lipstick Luminizer – simply layer over lippie to transform any shade. Gunmetal turns colour dark and dramatic, Pearlescent lightens, Foil adds a silvery finish and Lamé creates a warm gold finish; quite the bathroom party trick!Shop Estée Lauder Vivid Shine
We haven’t forgotten the men this month; say hello to a worldwide exclusive that goes by the name of Bond, James Bond. Definitely shaken not stirred, this new "dangerously sophisticated" eau de toilette contains masculine notes of geranium, lavender and sandalwood for true 007 appeal. Puns aside, it will make a fresh and elegant addition to your bathroom cabinet. Now if only they’d start making rocket belts and grenade pens…Shop James Bond 007
Harrods’s Chief Merchant on what she’s coveting this season
great this season. The colours are fabulous; such rich warm tones with some great burgundies, forest greens and petrol blues. There’s every variation of berry tone, which I love. I don’t normally like the colour as it reminds me of my old school uniform but I have to say, I like this season’s collegiate palette. It makes everybody look quite elegant.
I also love Roland Mouret, Antonio Berardi and Victoria Beckham - those are the three London designers that do dresses the best. Their colours and shapes are fantastic for AW12 and I’ll definitely be getting those. In terms of evening, I’m really liking Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen. I want to get back into suits for the first time in ages because of Stella’s aesthetic.
I’m in love with the Nicholas Kirkwood collection and Tod’s have the most incredible flats that are perfect for wearing on the weekend with your J Brand jeans. But I have to say my secret love is the BB shoe from Manolo Blahnik. It just does add elegance and length to any silhouette. If you have one piece, that’s the piece.
Bags of Style
The ladylike tote is still very much around, but in a deconstructed shape. Céline started that trend with the Phantom and I think everybody else is continuing that. But I still love that sort of speedy shape that Prada and Louis Vuitton are doing; it’s very classic and never dates.
The Ultimate Power Jacket
When it comes to the boardroom, peplums are the new shoulder pads
If you buy into one shape this season, make it a peplum. Originating from the Greek word peplos, meaning short skirt over a longer skirt, peplums reigned supreme on the AW12 catwalks. Antonio Berardi’s version sends our pulses racing with its so-now leather and tweed combination.
What’s more, it’s just so damn versatile, adding a chic edge to denim at the weekend while perfectly complementing a sharp pencil skirt. Trust us, this jacket is the best way to wear Autumn’s biggest trend.
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