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GDS FASHION TRENDS Autumn/Winter 011/12

Four trend themes for the 2011/12 Autumn/Winter season: Neo Nature - Eclectic Ethno - Retro Romantic - Sophisticated Seventies

Neo Nature Neon and artificial were yesterday. More and

more people are discovering their love of nature and with it their longing for natural and down-to- earth simplicity. Many people are fed up with that stressful, hyper-speed and anonymous online world where they are constantly on the move 24/7. They do not want to content themselves with exploring the world in front of their PCs. They want to experience something for real again and touch things, out there in nature. This is the feeling that has inspired rustic logger’s looks, playful cowgirl styles or aristocratic landlord designs. Coarse knits, fluffy wool and rustic flannel shirts symbolise nature. Looks in this theme especially feed on footwear. They were thoroughly worked on, they tell a story. Wellies look as if they had already survived a number of muddy open air, heavy metal concerts.

Robust mountaineering and workwear styles feature chunky eyelets, thick lace-up details and distinct seams. The inspirations draw on hunting, fishing and hiking.

Eclectic Ethno Folklore and ethnic influences from throughout

the world and especially authentic styles determine this theme. The look feeds on both African, Asian and South American inspirations. Influences from Morocco, Japan and the Andes are evident in the magnificent prints, ornaments and gold. Plus lambskin boots, fur-lined mukluk moccasin boots, ankle boots with knitted cuffs and braided Oxford shoes – shoes are designed to echo craftsmanship and preferably a mix of all of these elements and styles. This is what modern nomads look like.

Retro Romantic The “good old days” where telephones with a

rotary dial used to ring in the living room are on everyone’s lips these days. Even though fashion and zeitgeist have become ever more realistic over the past years, there is a longing for a better world. In fashion this feeling is echoed by oversized coats, soft and comfy boots and huge “homely” pullovers to which wearers can literally “retreat”. Nostalgia is a style-defining element here. After tough themes such like glam rock and military a new romantic wave is now emerging. Country lasses plod through the snow with swingy dresses and clogs. These serve as blueprint for next winter’s reinterpretations, e.g. furlined ankle boots. The new midi skirt hemline – beautifully retro – is combined with playful T-strap shoes or tassel loafers.

Sophisticated Seventies Bellbottoms, long skirts, velvet and cord, rust

and brass – the ‘70s are heralding a comeback. But, always sophisticated with a Studio 54 glam slant rather than with boho-chic or hippie style.


This trend needs not to be taken too seriously because it is sometimes very opulent not to say kitsch. What it is an attempt to create a counter pole to all the rustic and rugged styles. Not everything is dead serious. One, two or

three-layer platform shoes - visible from outside and even in contrasting colours. Colour is a key component for this theme. Strong, rich tones are mixed with gold and silver. Snake and crocodile are in evidence again; preferably coloured, metallised and patched with each other. Patent is also back. The motto for heels: keep going strong. Otherwise shoes do not look modern. For men classics are made to look ‘70s style, which is why wing tips come in python. And why not?

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