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Winter woolies wiped for leather and lace

Cool season trends usually feature winter woolies and a sea of black but this autumn/winter may see the fashionistas break with tradition.

Expect to see the return of colour, feminine shapes and sexy leather when David Jones showcases its 2013 collection on Wednesday night. There will be a move away from the summer brights into deep sapphires and maroon colours.

The digital and clashing prints seen during the summer months will also continue to be a major trend this winter.

''We call it the 'pyjama party'. There will be relaxed trouser style in clashing prints that can be worked back with a tailored jacket,'' Sophie Clarke, the general manager of shoes and accessories at David Jones, said.

Forget the layered, oversized knitwear that was popular last winter, a key trend for this season is the hourglass silhouette. ''This winter is all about tailored separates, couture hourglass shapes combined with embellishments and sequins,'' Clarke said.

Lace is also a major focus this season, and leather will feature on Wednesday's runway in everything from pants, pencil skirts and jackets showcased in leather styles.

''Think 'glam rock' from the '80s with statement leather pieces and studding,'' she said.

Myer will also show an array of leather styles during its runway when they showcase their autumn/winter 2013 collection at the Mural Hall at Myer Melbourne on February 28.

Myer' general manager of womenswear, Nicole Naccarella, said: ''Leather is big for us this season, and in everything from stretch pants, dresses, tops, jackets and dresses. Florals in bold prints of jewelled tones, skinny pants and peplum styles will be also be a major factor of the Myer runway.''