Delicate detail ... Collette Dinnigan lace dress.
Such is life on planet fashion that as next summer's hot trends are being showcased now on the runways at Australian Fashion Week, back in the real world, with the mercury dropping daily, we're busy planning our winter wardrobes. Consider this your official winter wish list.
LACE: One of winter's chicest trends, look to lace blouses and mini-dresses for a glam look by day or night. This season however lovely lace doesn't just come in traditional black – or navy for that matter – but pale shades like cream and white and the prettiest pastels – icy blue, mint green, yellow and fairy floss (al la Louis Vuitton's stunning Autumn/Winter 2012 collection). Or if you're feeling really adventurous go for gilt – even Collette Dinnigan is championing the look.
LUXE LEATHER: Call it the Lisbeth Salander effect but tough leather - and lots of it – is set to rock the winter radar. Work the look in black, or go for luxe shades of chocolate and tan. A leather motorbike jacket, leggings (go on be brave we spied a hot pair at Sass & Bide), a chic ¾ skirt (the new length), or even a leather shift dress (thank you Celine) will give you serious fashion cred.
Green dream ... Mela Purdie's emerald shirt dress.
EMERALD CITY: Making for a glamorous jewelled statement is the shade of the season – emerald green. Livening up the winter landscape, a bold shot of Emerald courtesy of a tailored jacket, trench coat, satin shirt, or any all-out frock screams on trend.
COLOUR POP: It's no secret classic shades of black, grey and brown prevail in winter, but no wardrobe is complete without the necessary pop of colour. Brighten up your outfit instantly – and avoid overkill – with the help of a poppy bright scarf - go sunny yellow, bright orange, hot pink or green. Rainbow coloured jeans – think red, cobalt, orange and pink (still going strong for winter) will also help you fly the flag for colour.
IN THE TRENCHES: What woman doesn't covet a classic like a Burberry trench in enduring camel? A can't-live-without winter staple – whether you cover up with a fashion favourite trench, a tailored jacket, a cute pea or a sexy swing coat, there's only one colour – camel.
Classic camel ... trench coat from Jag.
IT BAG: Touting a summer bag won't do in winter, but there is more to life than boring black. This season embrace the latest twist on noir and opt for a rich chocolate or sultry grey. As for the shape? Structured without being stiff is where it's at. Take inspiration from the likes of Prada, Jerome Dreyfuss and Givenchy but be savvy and shop it on the high street.
ANKLE BOOT: As they love to say on planet fashion if you only buy one thing this winter make sure it's ... an ankle boot. Practical but with a fashion forward edge, look for your bootie in luxe leather or chic suede (black or tan is the way to go – or why not both?). A hint of a heel (wooden will break things up) is seriously chic. Oh and in case you've missed it, the other boot to covet right now is the posh gumboot (yep really!). Look to brands like Hunter and Burberry or head to your local Bunning's to pick up the real deal. And yes you can wear them with your skinny jeans and a chic blazer anywhere.
SHAPE UP: One of the most exciting – and sexy – silhouettes to emerge for this season is the peplum. Not to be feared, this new incarnation is an ever so subtle detail on dresses, jackets and skirt and top sets. Big on impact, but totally wearable even the Duchess of Cambridge has adopted the look– and when it comes to style wherever Kate treads the rest of us will be sure to follow.
Style-setter ... Kate Middleton helps to resurrect the peplum.
COZY KNIT: It wouldn't be winter without beautiful knitwear. Moving on from the bulky boyfriend styles, this season knit comes long and streamlined. Look to luxe yarns like cashmere and merino and consider a long cardigan a great alternative to a tailored jacket. Or add a take you anywhere knit dress to your wardrobe.
CAMOUFLAGE: Consider army accents your canvas when creating your winter wardrobe. Army greens, khaki, camel, brown and grey are the key shades for basics like slouchy pants, cargo and cropped jackets, while military inspired pieces – think satchels, pea coats, belts, boots and accessories like sunglasses will help you win the war on fashion.