Once upon a time the fashion designers needed some inspiration, so they read up on Grimm’s fairy tales and then sent models down the catwalks looking like they’d just stepped out of an enchanted forest. We’ve all had our heads in a book of fairy tales at some point (or been captivated by The Little Mermaid or Frozen on film), and whether we’ve rooted for Rapunzel in the tower or slept for a hundred years with Sleeping Beauty, it’s always a joy to see fashion take a cue from something magical.
Some of the designers that are feeling the fairy tale vibes this season are (left to right) Etro, Valentino and D&G, it’s all about Folksy inspired prints, naive woodland motifs and plenty of princess-worthy opulence. We also saw sheer florals and hints of the Germanic with a beautifully rich mix of golds, greens and reds. And with a nod to Little Red Riding hood there were a plethora of capes and ponchos – it’s like playing dress up all over again (bagsy being Cinderella!).
So with that in mind, allow me to introduce you to our version of the trend – Enchanted Forest. Obviously a fox embroidered cape coat may not be quite the thing for your night our with the girls, so we’ve put together pieces that are simple to put together, very easy on the eye and definitely sprinkled with fairy dust.
First up is this sweet as a sugar-plum-fairy little outfit including a Lipsy fur jacket (coloured fur was absolutely everywhere at the recent fashion weeks) matched up with a Girls on Film dark floral skirt and finished with a Definitions PU and Lace boxy top. This is how to tap into the look for daytime, with a mix of textures, bold prints and shapes that tell an interesting story.
This look is made for night time glamour – shimmering metallics, beautiful leafy motifs and of course a hit of fur (seriously, it’s everywhere!). Be a little match girl with a bonded lace top and skirt combination or go for the beautiful fitted shape of the high neck jacquard prom dress, the key is to let the fabrics shine through and keep your accessories to a minimum – saying that, a pop of bright lipstick will be a good contrast and stop it all looking too dark-side.
There’s a lot to be said for this digi-print day dress, it’s taken the folksy elements from the catwalks, but it’ll be a little ray of sunshine when the colder months hit – just layer it up with tights, boots and a fur gilet for a super-cute day look. This kind of folk-esque print was spotted at Hermes, Tory Burch and Burberry Prorsum.
I love Autumn/Winter dressing – while everyone else is praying for the sun to stay a little longer, I’m always the first one back in my layers. This trend gives you lovely ways to create a story with layered pieces. The ubiquitous biker is a perfect foil to the prettiness of the paisley print dress, which is in an amazing shape by the way – one of those dresses we all love that you can just throw on and go. Add a fur stole and bag to up the luxe factor and you’re done.
And finally, here are some real inspirations – beautiful fairy tale artworks by Arthur Rackham and Milo Winter of Little Red Riding Hood (the ultimate cape wearer!) and the Snow Queen who was probably the first slightly-evil diva to rock a fabulous fur in literature!
Thanks to Nicola Baines for the header design and I would like to credit the following sites for the images used – see you soon for some hubble, bubble, toil and trouble … x
Catwalk images http://emmastylesphotography.wordpress.com/2014/08/21/aw14-how-to-wear-folk-fairy-chic/
Arthur Rackham image http://arcadiafairytales.com/illustrations/
Milo Winter image http://magpieandwhiskeyjack.blogspot.co.uk/2010/12/snow-queen.html