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Photos provided by Burberry. Text by Baille Gelwicks.

Burberry’s Fall/Winter 2012 collection took on an English sophistication reminiscent of Dickens’ Oliver Twist. Newsboy caps and a muted color palette of gray, mustard, navy, tan, moss-green, mauve and burgundy was made sexy with a smoky eye and undone hair. Four distinct accessories accompanied each look, tying the entire collection together – bow belts, ankle booties, opaque tights and duffel bags. Tweed and wool were the star fabrics. Long overcoats and cropped coats worn with full to-the-knee striped skirts were each accented with a leather bow belt at the waist.

Cropped puffer jackets replaced tweed. Paired with casual t-shirts, cascading ruffle skirts are automatically weekend friendly. Large puffed pockets on jackets and skirts were standout details that I felt gave the collection a little more of a utilitarian feel. Velvet and cotton lace were introduced and jackets with a military influence were scattered throughout the collection. At the end of the collection we were taken to what reminded me of the english countryside with floral dresses and peplum skirts. Stripes were again seen at the end of the show, but on t-shirts this time. I am loving what fall is brining to the table this year. Women will be taking their cues from the men this season with designers taking inspiration from aristocracy, the armed forces, and white-collar gentleman. This collection was no exception. Ladies, if you buy just one thing this season make it a menswear inspired piece and pair it with the most feminine items in your closet. Let’s hear it for the boys!
Tweed, stripes, leather bow belts, large puffed pockets, overcoats, military details
Gray military jacket with tan tweed ruffle skirt and mustard yellow gloves, quilted purple velvet jacket
Men and women who want classic pieces but crave modern detail
Cold days where you want your outerwear to make the outfit

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