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Oasis picks metallics for autumn 07

Oasis has gone all out for the 1980s vibe coupled with a more sober story in the first glimpse of what the high street is backing for autumn.

Metallic Nights and Puritanical are the key stories for the young fashion chain, which this week revealed its collection at a catwalk show, marking the start of the autumn 07 retail previews.

Oasis design manager Tom Young said a sober palette with an emphasis on charcoal and black would sit alongside vibrant metallics.

The retailer's 1980s-inspired Metallic Nights theme features heavy embellishments in pink and blue on a black background. The Puritanical story pairs black separates with white smock shirts, while sporty elements are also included.

Key pieces include hooded ponchos, wide cropped trousers, patent leather bomber jackets and skirts, and bubble- and egg-shaped skirt and dress silhouettes. As well as bombers, the retailer has backed cocoon egg-shaped coats and trenches. Patent leather is also a key trend across bags and shoes.

"We have the puritanical theme, and the foil to that is our take on 1980s-inspired body conscious - but done in the Oasis way, rather than too obviously sexy," said Young. "We're really excited about separates for next season, but dresses will be big for Oasis. We also feel good about the cape silhouette."

Young said Oasis wanted to distance itself from the "sameness" of recent seasons. "All our design is done in-house, which gives us an edge, and we can focus on our particular handwriting," he said.

Graphic floral and art nouveau prints "that are more William Morris-inspired than Biba" are also key to Oasis's next season.

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