NYFW: Autumn/Winter Trend Report

Here is an article that was published in the Leeds Student.

Kicking off the first entry of our series of A/W trend reports, Babette Radclyffe-Thomas shows us the sartorial ropes based on the collections of New York Fashion Week. 

New York Fashion Week kicked off the autumn winter collections with glamour, drama and controversy. With a hectic schedule spanning eight days, featuring over ninety shows at the Lincoln Center and 250 shows in locations outside of the city, some of the world’s most talented and distinguished designers revealed their Autumn/Winter 2012-13 collections to an eagerly awaiting audience.

The celebrity-filled front rows receive as much attention as the catwalks and this week didn’t disappoint. Jessica Alba, Anna Wintour and Mick Jagger were all spotted and 95-year old legendary New York fashionista Zelda Kaplan died after passing out on the front row.

In the most talked about show of the week, Marc Jacobs models swanked down the catwalk in oversized ‘mad hatter’ style hats, wrapped in huge shawls held together with large safety pins. Jacob’s has come under fire for using 14-year-old models in his show, breaking the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s (CFDA) regulations regarding the use of  underage models.

Surprisingly, models strolled down the Victoria Beckham catwalk wearing sturdy biker boots in replace of her trademark towering heels, with many designers also abandoning the heel in favour of practical flats. Victoria’s military-style collection featured her signature figure-hugging dresses and even showcased her new gorgeous ‘Harper’ handbag named after her adorable baby girl.

Oriental designs graced many catwalks this fashion week.  Josie Natori turned to Mongolia as her obi belts, kimono tops and glamorous evening-wear reiterated her mark as a ready-to-wear designer. Jason Wu’s luxurious collection looked to China with sophisticated tailoring and Oriental-style detailing for stylish urban chic.

Leather and luxurious details are a key autumn/winter 2012 trend and Alexander Wang’s leather boots matched with shiny oversized knits were an edgy youthful take on the trend. Catwalks everywhere displayed longer hemlines reflecting a 1960s and 1970s influence as shown by Derek Lam’s doily-print dresses matched with smoky eyes.

Michael Kors’ chunky knits and tweed coats showed how to remain stylish next winter, while Marchesa’s voluminous lace dresses provided elegant evening wear. Berry colours in rich luxurious fabrics are must-have for next season, and as the exhilarating New York Fashion Week draws to an extremely apt finale with Ralph Lauren’s British heritage collection, London Fashion Week is sure to be just as exciting and glamorous.

To see the article on the Leeds Student check out: http://www.leedsstudent.org/2012-02-18/ls2/fashion/nyfw-autumnwinter-trend-report

Fashion in Film: Out of Africa (1985) ~ 时尚的电影:走出非洲 (1985年)


Starring Meryl Streep playing Karen Blixen, and her love interest Robert Redford as Denys Finch Hatton, the highly acclaimed film ‘Out of Africa’ (1985) is a tale of romance and hardship set in stunning African landscapes. Based upon the autobiographical book written by Isak Dineson (Karen Blixen’s pen name), the story begins in 1913 Denmark and covers Karen’s love affairs in and with Africa. Collecting 28 film awards including 7 Academy Awards and a nomination for Costume Design, ‘Out of Africa’ is a moving tale of the powerful bond between one woman and Africa and her thirst for adventure.


Repeatedly in fashion every spring/summer, safari style lets the urban girl reveal her inner adventurous spirit à la Karen Blixen. This trend’s key colours are olive, gold, khaki and white and staple items are jodhpurs, crisp white shirts and safari jackets.




Catwalk photos are Ralph Lauren Spring/Summer 2009 from Style.com http://www.style.com/fashionshows/review/S2009RTW-RLAUREN 猫步的照片是拉尔夫劳伦2009年春/夏。从Style.com 

Riding boots from Ralph Lauren available online now at http://www.ralphlauren.co.uk/product/index.jsp?productId=4999751&prodFindSrc=search 马鞋是拉尔夫劳伦,目前在网络上会买。