Forward Planning

26 January 2012

fossil wall display

It seems as if my mind is in a constant state of flux, wondering how to incorporate a select few SS12 trends into my already overflowing wardrobe, whilst also coveting the AW12 Pre-Fall collections from afar.  I like to think of it as Trend Multitasking, the art of using and taking ideas from the 'wrong' seasons to incorporate into your life now and making do with the resources we have available at the moment.  You might have the urge to wear a jumper with a grid like pattern as seen at J.W Anderson and Jonathan Saunders, but end up having to compromise with some other garment alluding to this until the High Street kicks into gear (or a canny sample sale arises).  I was prepared for a lot of clothing envy at the AW12 Bread and Butter show in Berlin last week and being drawn to so much that wouldn't be in store for another 6 months and a potentially massive shift in what I might be wanting to wear.  I knew what to expect from my visit last July and since then I've gradually incorporated a few of the brands and trends into my wardrobe.  Despite the rainy weather, I was determined to come back and get a glimpse of what might influence me later in the year (or ten minutes later that evening).

coloured jersey paint splattered table stockman mannequin fossil we are knitters making denim russian dolls old door display coolway

Once again, I was drawn to the merchandising details almost as much as the clothes, with each brand taking the effort to make a layout that reflected their vision for the season.  There were plenty of interactive elements such as a customised luggage tag available at the Fossil area, live knitting demos at the We Are Knitters stand and the chance to get paint-happy on a Mavi t-shirt.  I picked up plenty of lookbooks in order to form some sort of physical inspiration board and have posted a heavily edited version of what I've seen, to keep some sort of element of surprise for when these all go into stores.

happy socks happy socks happy socks spot tights spitfire sunglasses motel rocks denim friis & co jewellery louche cat jumper with glasses saint james breton tops

With regards to clothing and accessories, I was definitely drawn to some of the more exciting colour combinations, especially with the reworked Breton tops seen at Saint James and 90s clashing brights at Motel.  I am now a full converted Happy Socks devotee, who have created the perfect mint polka dot pair of tights and a really exciting range for later in the year.  I also discovered a bit more about the brand Friis and Company, loving everything from their flatform shoes, to their insect inspired jewellery.
bensimon sneakers carin wester shoes cheap monday shoes vagabond shoes vagabond shoes velvet doc martens denim doc martens

As you can see, my preferred shoe styles of choice are pretty consistent with plenty more chunky heels, flatforms and mannish details to keep me amused.  Brands of choice were Carin Wester, Cheap Monday, Dr Martens, Vagabond and surprisingly Bensimon.  I'm not quite a trainer devotee yet (those Isabel Marant sneakers have passed me by, I'm sorry) but I'm definitely welcoming the sheer amount of colour choice when it comes to their footwear.

bread and butter berlin photobooth
Some silly snaps taken in the photobooth with Susie, perfecting the art of the smize

I know that AW12 trends might not have crossed your mind yet, but have you seen anything here that catches your eye that you might want to wear now?  If you want to have a closer look, I've popped a few more pictures on my Facebook page, so comment on anything you like!  I am prepared for a huge influx of brightly patterned socks and flatforms this year!

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  1. I need one of those Scorpion necklaces in my life!

  2. Such vibrant colours! I really love those spotty happy socks fact I'm wearing some of their lovely socks right now woop! The shoes/brogues you snapped are so you and of course, nothing is ever complete without one of those photobooth snaps! Love them!!

  3. As a girl from Brittany I adore my St James stripes and I always have Bensimon on my feet in summertime shame the hightop ones are hard to find.Also loving the scorpions necklaces!

  4. I am loving all the bright colours, and ohhh the shoes! Gimme all the shoes!

  5. going to a decent trade show must be exciting but pretty frustrating at the same time. though plenty of inspiration for the coming months still. lots of good colours here, the denim docs look sweet. don't sound great but they're a winner

  6. just landed on your blog and love all those photos with bright colours! so much fun! xx Alice Barton ♥ The Mow Way

  7. These pictures are wonderful! I love the scorpion jewellery so much.

  8. Great pictures! I just bought that knitted jumper with the cat with glasses on! I posted it on my blog too!

  9. I like the picture of the "Coolway" sign, I bet it is pointing straight to that Susie from Take-out in Couture girl, because she is so, so, so cool. You were so lucky to be able to travel with her - can't BELIEVE you know her!

  10. this post is so yummy full of inspirational things!! Im always excited for Fall fashion...i hate the heat :/

  11. Wow wow wow! It looks amazing!

    I love that you've picked up on some of the great design and merchandising stuff as well as the clothes, but on the clothes front a breton is surely perfect for any weather right?!

  12. im loving the stripy tops. that defo something i want in my wadrobe along with coloured skinnies x