February 24, 2012 9:53 pm

Where the wild things are

A look at the autumn/winter 2012 women’s wear trends at London fashion week

Fuzzy logic

Love or loathe fur, there’s no denying that it’s ubiquitous in London this season, and that the fur coat will be a key piece. Forget sleek 1940s Hollywood-style minks or 1980s shoulder-padded sables with a Bonfire of the Vanities/Dynasty vibe; the fur coat to rock is a crazy, shaggy, patchworked, 1970s, brightly coloured affair. Blame The Muppets movie, because some of these coats look like the fuzzy puppets in coat form, while Mulberry’s yeti-like Mongolian coats were inspired by Where the Wild Things Are. It doesn’t have to be the real deal though. Meadham Kirchhoff’s coats with monster faces are made of fake fur pieces, which the label said were “stitched together like a jigsaw puzzle.”

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London fashion week

Hips don’t lie

Whether through couture-like peplums, oversized pockets or moulded volume, on skirts or on coats, designers are intent on emphasising the hips. Perhaps it’s to enhance the waist? Or maybe the pockets are there to carry the many mobile devices we lug around. Either way, the bottom line, so to speak, is that drawing attention to the hips is exactly what most women don’t want to do. It could be a particularly elitist trend, because only the super-slim will attempt Burberry’s alarmingly named bellows pockets – or maybe the answer is that when these pieces hit the shop floor, the pockets and peplums will have miraculously shrunk.

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See through you

London fashion week

Now that sharing the minutiae of your life with the world via Twitter is de rigueur, designers could be calling for a return to mystery. If wearing sheer clothes sounds like the opposite of mystique, take a closer look, because see-through fabrics, or lace, often cover up what would otherwise be naked flesh, or hint at what’s underneath rather than declaring it. Marios Schwab likes sheer so much he even repeated an almost identical dress from last season, with a sheer black sequinned top and long sheer black skirt over another layer of flesh-toned fabric. If Greta Garbo was around now, this is the trend she’d wear.

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