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Capsule trend: Country girl

Two previous trends, country heritage and the 1970s, collide to create a fresh look for A/W 11/12.

With the commercial success of last winter’s country heritage trend and a continued love affair with all things 1970s, we see the two looks merge to great effect for A/W 11/12.

Classic plaids and checks are teamed with wild flower and bird prints, coloured in a rustic jewel-toned palette of cognac, bordeaux, yellow-gold and mallard green and grounded with earthy browns and milk to give a glossy, rural feel.

For some of the strongest commercial takes on this look seek inspiration from the catwalks of Marc by Marc Jacobs, Mulberry and Tory Burch (pictured), who provided countrified trends with a cleaner, glossier look.

Strong outerwear pieces are key to this look: blanket-wrap coats, capes and ponchos, duffle updates (see WGSN Original Artwork, pictured), cropped trench jackets and faux-fur gilets. We love the use of knit fabrication for outerwear.

Other key pieces include wide-leg, pleat-front trousers, culottes, pleated midi skirts, wrap skirts and T-shaped tunic dresses (see WGSN Original Artwork).
Keep the look classic with heritage winter fabrics, so watch out for brushed wools, striped blanket wools, coloured tweeds and Donegals, plaids and checks, long hair faux fur, corduroy and quilting. Patchwork knits, patched fur and placement tweed work as an easy way to update the more classic silhouettes, such as the duffle coat. The look can be completed with leather buckle fastenings.

For knitwear, pieces can be inspired by Kenzo for a play on Argyle and stripe combinations and Vanessa Bruno for beautiful Fair Isle knits.Nature and bird prints
work best in the rustic jewel-toned palette, either as colourful repeats on muted grounds or as single-colour silhouettes; take inspiration from these wild flower, bird and check prints produced by WGSN’s designers (pictured below).

To read this report in full visit the Capsule Trends section on WGSN Boutique’s home page; all catwalk shows can be found in the Catwalks section under Womenswear RTW A/W 11/12. www.wgsn-boutique.com

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