Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

LEGENDS OF THE FALL; the Shops Are Full of New Clothes for Autumn and You Need to Move Fast. but You Can't Buy until You Decide Which Look to Go for. We Give You a Seasonal Lowdown

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

LEGENDS OF THE FALL; the Shops Are Full of New Clothes for Autumn and You Need to Move Fast. but You Can't Buy until You Decide Which Look to Go for. We Give You a Seasonal Lowdown

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Byline: Laura Craik

IS THERE anything more exciting than a new autumn/winter season? Spring/summer is all very well but you can only get so excited by a bunch of sundresses and sandals. Over it! Granted, the best of autumn isn't cheap but nothing gets the heart beating like the sight of so many expensive fabrics and exciting new shapes. Autumn is "proper" fashion: a chance to tweak your look and significantly expand your wardrobe. Ah, but which look should you do? Which girl should you be? Read on for our handy guide to the new season. Will you be ...

VAMPY? Bad news for those of a shy and retiring disposition: vampy is the biggest trend for the new season. Dresses are short and tight, trousers are low and skinny, lips are blood red and boots are thigh- (and sometimes even crotch-) high. Antonio Berardi had one of the sexiest takes: if last autumn was all about f***-me shoes, then welcome to the season of the f***-me shoulders.

FLUFFY? If you're going to buy one coat this season, make it a fluffy one. This being autumn/winter, there's plenty of fur flying around, such as the big, shaggy "chubbies" at Fendi, Dolce & Gabbana and Marios Schwab. For those who don't want to look like a Gruffalo, curly lamb is a more cuddly option. The hide is a by-product: no consolation to vegetarians but perhaps an option if you're anti-fur. This purple hooded one by Mulberry fits the bill: extra cutester points for the pom-poms.

TWEEDY? ... and if you're going to buy another coat this season, make it a tweedy one. Another grown-up trend, tweed is both smart and superversatile. John Rocha has some fine tweed dresses, Prada has some splendid tweed suits and Gucci, Luella and Burberry all have delicious coats. We dare say the cold weather will be back soon enough for us to wear them.

LEATHERY? Not your skin, stoopid: your trousers. Or your jacket. Or your skirt. Leather is a key component of the rock-girl look, as pushed by Balmain and consequently taken up with huge alacrity by the high street this autumn. We love Yves Saint Laurent's more grown-up take: these leather trousers are not so much "chick" as "chic".

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