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AW14: How to wear… Folk Fairy Chic

You don’t have to look hard at this season’s runways to the heavily layered influences of folk and fairy tales. From romantically dark, Grimms brother-esque graphics to sheer, floating florals, woodland decals and Germanic prints, all __ atop a deep pallet of emeralds, navy’s, rubies and deep golds. This trend compliments the overruling trend of statement coats, capes and ponchos perfectly, combining to create a romantic, whimsical look which will send us all harking back to those childhood days of playing make-believe as our favourite fairy tale characters.

Alberta Ferretti

Alberta Ferretti

D&G

Dolce & Gabbana

Emilio Pucci

Emilio Pucci

etro

Etro

Mary Katrantzou

Mary Katrantzou

Temperley London

Temperley London

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Valentino

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Valentino

Get the look…

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1. Traffic People. £100 £58. Available here. 2. Topshop. £55. Available here. 3. Topshop. £55. Available here. 4. Free People. £58. Available here. 5. ASOS. £38 £15. Available here.

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1. Mata Traders. $79.99 $55.99. Available here. 2. ModCloth. $59.99. Available here. 3. American Apparel. £12. Available here. 4. Mantaray. £29. Available here. 5. ASOS. £60 £30. Available here. 6. Topshop. £14.50. Available here. 7. My Flash Trash. £22.50. Available here. 8. River Island. £8. Available here. 9. River Island. £3. Available here.

To recreate this look this winter, opt for keeping warm with thick tights, rather than packing away your dresses and skirts; have you ever seen a fairy tale princess in trousers, after all? As the air chills, swap light, floating fabrics for thicker fabrics like velvet, wool or flannel; brocade, embroidery and gemstone shades are all in. Team with leather accessories, and keep yourself snug in a thigh-skimming cape. If you find one with a hood, even better, but if not, pinning a fur collar will complete the look.

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If you’re a fashion minimalist and so not a fan of the woodland-animal themed motifs and extravagant florals that have flocked to the runway, you can still inject some folk influences into your look. Stick with block colours as your base; such as this dress or this skirt and top combination, teamed with folk tale themed jewellery such as this or this and a laser-cut leather handbag, such as here or here. Keep yourself with a blanket cardigan such as this or this coat, while this scarf would look great tied in a bow around the handle of a leather tote. A cute pair of leather boots, and of course, don’t forget those thick winter tights (or socks, if you’re feel you can brave the icy winds), and your look is complete.

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If Only: Outfit of the Day 4#

What sort of day is it today? An overcast one. Today’s outfit began with the gorgeous Zara skirt that I happened to stumble across while wandering through the realms of the internet. It’s so quirky and different and yet fits with all of the trends perfectly, and I love that. Lately (and by ‘lately’, I mean about a year) my ‘style’ has been to add a touch of the suggestive to my outfit; an extra flash of leg here, a visible lace bra under a low cut top, teamed with something modest, but glamorous, like a kimono. It’s all quite dark and moody really, isn’t it? Boho femme fatale?14-Aug

1. Zara Asymmetric sarong skirt. £39.99. Available here.

2. Topshop scuba plunging V body in white. £32. Available here.

3. Topshop triangle cup bra. £20. Available here.

4. River Island black floral fringe kimono. £40. Available here.

5. Chloe heeled leather oxfords. £772 £386. Available here.

6. Alexander Wang ‘The Rocco’ textured leather tote. £775. Available here.

7. Topshop big felt floppy hat in black. £28. Available here.

8. River Island mixed metal long necklace. £15. Available here.

9. American Apparel girly lace ankle socks in black. £10. Available here.

10. Guiseppe Zanotti eagle bracelet. £495. Available here.

11. Boohoo Laylah multi ring pack. £5. Available here.

12. Boohoo Laura multi ring pack. £5. Available here.

13. Aurelie Bidermann ginko feather ring. £197. Available here.

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