The start of a new college year provides the perfect opportunity to overhaul your wardrobe, and this issue offers everything you need to know about new season trends. Sarah Commane presents us with her top picks for online inspiration, featuring blogs and websites to suit any taste. From Raf Simon’s final bow at Jil Sander, to Galliano’s departure at Dior, it’s been a tumultuous few months in the fashion world, and a time that will lead to a new beginning for many of the major fashion houses. With this in mind, Emma Oliver explores some of the crucial moments throughout history that forever changed the face of fashion and the clothes we wear. Looking around UCC, it’s clear that it can be difficult for guys to carry off new season trends; Tom Roche and Eoghan Lyng debate whether experimenting can prevail over the timeless classic.
Finally as the autumn/winter collections hit the shops, I present you with a pick of the most important trends this season, how to wear them and where to buy them.
Baroque is back and big for 2012. Heavily embroidered, folk inspired dresses featured at Dolce and Gabbana, while Stella McCartney’s offerings were decidedly more structured. Whether you choose to go ladylike or channel Osman’s oriental futurism, you’ll be spoilt for choice on any budget. On the high street, look to River Island in particular to inject some high octane decoration into your new season wardrobe. Word to the wise: accessories are a cheap and easy way to experiment with this trend, and Penney’s have an endless array of goodies to play with.
Here’s a trend that has refused to disappear in recent years, but this season’s blooms are certainly worth their merit. Burberry
made a departure from the elusive petals of last season, featuring prints with a distinctive edge, while Dolce and Gabbana presented exaggerated Sicilian glamour. Whatever way you choose to wear floral this season, the most crucial ingredient is a healthy dose of attitude. At Warehouse, sharp tailoring and a floral explosion combine to create a look that guarantees serious sartorial brownie points. If you’re not feeling that brave just yet, invest in one key piece and let that take centre stage.
The purple carpet was rolled out at many of the major international shows this season. Typically reserved for religious leaders throughout history, Christopher Kane has brought this colour firmly to the fashion forefront. It’s undeniable that this is the colour of the season, so expect no shortage of purple delights in shops too. Topshop’s tie dye suede biker jacket is undoubtedly inspired by Christopher’s Versus collection and a handy introduction to the trend