Trends

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 03 April, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 03 April, 2011, 12:00am

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Androgyny and toughness

Taking notes from menswear and the military.

Womanly sophistication

A welcome return to modern maturity.

Monochrome

The simplicity of black and white.

Silhouettes with volume

Rounded shoulders, ergonomically structured sleeves and roomy tops.

Mid-calf longer skirts

Demure and crucial to grown-up glam.

Countryside references

Tartans, herringbone, tweeds and houndstooth as well as bird and flower prints bring a touch of rural England to city life.

Repressed sexuality

Buttoned-up sexiness, subverted with elements of fetish and sheers.

Rich colours

Designers weren't shy with the colouring pencils this season.

60s and 70s redux

Vintage colours and shapes are still hot - tunics, loose wide-legged trousers and colour blocking.

Heavy, textured outerwear

Furs, shearling and wools in luxurious swinging coats.

Lurex

Metallic knits find themselves on tunics, tops, dresses and slim-fitting polo necks.

Long languid draping

Clever draping does wonders this season for the evening silhouette.