On Wednesday, I took another step into the delights of Autumn Winter 2011 by attending the Harvey Nichols Manchester A/W’11 Fashion Show, at the cities traditional Town Hall. Last year, I had been overly impressed with the spooky setting of the Manchester Cathedral, where 2010’s A/W show was held, so to see a similar venue was really lovely. The night sky’s shadows cast onto the catwalk stage, and the oold, orginal settings give an element of beauty and tradition.
Hosted by Elaine Willcox, an award-winning news correspondent, the event was sponsored by Land Rover, featuring two beautiful white Land Rover cars at the entrance of the venue. Throughout the show, hair was styled by Urban Retreat, nails were polished to perfection by Leighton Deny, and make-up by the talented Laura Mercier.
For the men! Described as ‘The Grizzly Adam’ Look, this look delves into a textured wardrobe with hints and denim and corduroy. Layers are key and the lumberjack shirt is an essential piece. Models sported clothes such as DSquared trousers, Paul Smith hats, Polo Ralph Lauren accessories and Dolce and Gabbana jumpers.
The New Androgyny
A ladies trend focusing on your boyfriends wardrobe! Think over-sized tailoring ansd slouchy cuts shaking up the autumn silhouette.The inspiration behind this is the sixties mod era. Models wore a selection such as Rolan Mouret floor length dresses, Emilio Pucci high-waisted trousers, DKNY Jackets and Alexander McQueen Tweed tops.
One for the men that they will no doubt be a secured favourite! The humble tracksuit gets transformed by Dior, Dolce and Gucci. Think sunglasses with sweatshirts, gym shorts with designer vests, and trainersteamed with chunky watches to accessorise. Models wore a selection from G-Shock watches, D&G Vests, and Converse hi-tops.
A flowery lady trend, autumn brings a grown-up elegant edge to ditzy patterns. Rich winter floral and animal motifs scream sophistication, whilst cut-out embellishments and delicate details create a composed yet playful look. Models wore Mary Katrantzou printed dresses, elegant Christian Louboutin shoes, BCBG snake print tops and Pinko Croc Clutch bags.
The alpine scenes of Whistler to Val d’Isere are the main inspirations to this look. Chunky knits and cool gilet’s in bright colours are the ultimate trends for the soon to come snowy season! Male models wore snuggly garments such as Moncler hats, D&G scarves, John Smedley jumpers and Diesel jeans.
A slightly more rebellious fashion trend! Release your inner Lady Gaga with latex and PVC mixed with subtle hints of leather and lace. This look is all about slick black and vamped-up accessories. Achieve this look with inspirations such as Alexander McQueen black velvet boots, Michael Kors Cage Black Dress, Christian Louboutin Spike Clutch bag and Philip Lim beaded tunic.
Dark Twisted Fantasy
This is a trend more styled towards a gothic glamour look. This look brings provocative prints of demons, skulls and vampires, with touches of leather, latex and patent fabric to highlight a seductive dark side to the male. Get the look with Galliano leather jackets, Givenchy jumpers and Balaclavas by Rick Owens.
Focusing on a deep autumnal colour palette, this trend evokes a rich and dark sophisticated base. A trend for the ladies, this look is made up of deep burgundies, rich plums, cider oranges and scarlets. A very berry look! Models woe a selection from Acne, Pinko, Amanda Wakeley and Jimmy Choo Crystal Shoes.
A very traditional and formal trend for the men, focusing on a classic clean look. Attention is on the British archetype wth bold, royal embellishments and military touches. Square cuts and double breasted buttons are key choices for the catwalk look, with designers McQueen and Balmain leading the way. Garments such as waistcoats, cardigans and man bags are key items to ‘Old Guard’. Key item – Gucci holdall.
It’s all about power dressing for the ladies! This look is glamour at its very best. The key feel is jewel tones and animal prints that look suitable for show stopping occassions. Set on a neutral palette with pops of precious gems and animal accessories, ths look is not for the faint hearted! Models wore garments such as Yves Saint Laurent metallic shoes, Sportmax sequin dress, Lara Bohinc silver cuffs and Roberto Cavalli beaded dress,
Take a look at the shoots from the show to get a clearer idea of some ofn the looks showcased, and to get hold of some serious autumn style inspiration!