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Mayumi’s vogue talk: Chic Pantsuit

MAYUMI DESCHANEL ILLUSTRATIONAutumn is probably my favourite season. Interestingly enough, it is not because of the weather. I much prefer a warmer weather with the bright sun shining on my face.Then again, who does not love autumn fashion trends?


Autumn means it is time to put the shorts, sundresses, and flip-flops away. Chic coats, frilly scarves, and, my ultimate favourite, high-heeled leather boots rule this season!


Unlike winter, which can be just as fashionable, autumn has the right amount of temperature to pave the way for unique, innovative, and stylish apparel. I find that winter’s extreme weather can sometimes hold back few fashion trends because the clothes need to attend to their function as winterwear first – basically, to keep us all warm and snug. This is why I go crazy when fashion week starts with their autumn collection.


Looking back at fashion week, one of the most memorable autumn fashion trends was the matching printed jacket and pants. I remember seeing Prada’s collection walk the runway and seeing this particular trend. It immediately reminded me of UK sensation, Sir Elton John, and his penchant for quirky matching suits! The trend seemed like a play on androgynous and quirky fashion, which ultimately excited me. Prada opted for a 70s inspired geometric print and combined it with two other popular trends for autumn 2012 the color purple and embellishments. Other designers pushed for their own head-to-toe prints and patterns and experimented with various shapes for their jackets and pants as well. Others combined their ensemble with other seasonal trends such as super chic black leather accessories as seen on top brand Rag and Bone.



Adding a touch of femininity to their collections, Erdem, Miu Miu, Paul and Joe, and DKNY decided to take the floral and paisley route instead.



On a side note, don’t you think that fur coat by Paul and Joe is stunning? I want it! Do not worry! It is faux fur. No animals were harmed in its production!



The 60s was also a recurrent theme for fashion week as shown by these mod-inspired matching jackets and pants. Giambattista Valli kept it simple with a black and white plaid piece while Louis Vuitton exhibited a more playful collection with matching over the top accessories such as hats and bags.



Meanwhile, Etro and Rochas kept their suits sophisticated and clean with, yet again, red and blue coloured ensembles.



Designer labels like Prabal Gurung and Roberto Cavalli chose marbled print jackets and pants. To be honest, these were my least favourite from all that I had seen during fashion week. I love how each piece was tailored to fit the models but I just cannot see myself wearing these suits… That is just on a matter of personal taste though. They probably look gorgeous on other women!



Anyway, who says women have to wear dresses all the time? Women now have a chic alternative in these pantsuits! Thank goodness for autumn!


Until next time!

Mayumi Deschanel




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