Luxe Grunge, a sense of history and fantasy circus
1. Luxe Grunge
It will be 20 years next winter since Marc Jacobs rocked the industry with his controversial Perry Ellis grunge collection, and designers paid tribute with wintry looks that were layered and jumbled together in that distinctive hobo-chic aesthetic. This is a great trend for the junior market, and is driven by soft accessories layered and scrappily styled, while slouchy oversized bags and shoe-and-sock styling are also important.
For the key update, weave in punkish pieces such as brothel-creeper platforms, Anglophile checks and tartans (see Marc Jacobs, pictured), and the shrunken watch caps that littered the runways.
2. A Sense of History
Designers stepped back in time for autumn 11, plundering a wealth of historical periods for inspiration. This is a great trend for party collections but can easily encompass all product areas, from the string-laced boots (see Marc Jacobs, pictured) to glossy ponyskin bags, but it will prove strong for the jewellery market - watch for fabric ruffs, pearl necklaces and chokers, as well as black jewels, stones and metals. It’s a largely monochromatic trend, but touches of oxblood red or petrol blue will add drama.
3. Fantasy Circus
In contrast to our Minimal Masculine story, Fantasy Circus celebrates all things crazy and colourful. It is a veritable dress-up box of texture and pattern (see Dries Van Noten pictured top), infused with a hefty dose of whimsy. Playfully girly, this will make a great party collection for the youth market, with the key points being glittery metallics, star shapes and kitsch motifs, coloured plastics and charms.
This is just a small sample of our full Accessories Analysis. To read about the key colours, details and trims, print and patterns and material direction, go to the Catwalks section of WGSN Boutique at www.wgsn-boutique.com