One thing I have been up to recently is writing for This Affected Youth. The site, which is written by young journalists and writers and covers all aspects of current affairs, is where I discuss fashion and culture in the public eye. Of course, not every reader knows or cares about the difference between seasonal trends, but my aim is to show them that style affects you whether you realise it or not. Somewhere in your conscious decision to wear a plain green t-shirt is a reference to what someone created before you even bought it or thought about needing that very piece. What's more, expressing yourself in what you wear doesn't have to be fickle or complicated or dictated by entire catwalk shows; you might be inspired by the revival of a certain era or the microtrend of brick patterns for A/W 2012 (which, personally, I love). Just don't pretend you don't care if, in fact, you actually enjoy working out which jeans will look better with that jacket, or you can't wait to trawl vintage shops for the perfect unique hat. Just go with it.
Anyway, my report for Autumn/Winter 2012 from the catwalks of Milan and Paris was a lengthy trawl through the fashion sites and an analysis of what seems to be preying on more than one designer's mind. You'll find that the colour palette is darker and more subdued, but still fun; you'll also be pleased to know that there are some very quirky and individual looks heading our way, courtesy of Frankie Morello and Jean-Paul Gaultier.
[Please click to enlarge images. All-over biscuit tones were very big. L-R: Calvin Klein, Milan; Maison Martin Margiela, Paris; Kenzo, Paris.]
[Brick and paisley were two strong and irreverent print choices. L-R: Jean-Paul Gaultier, Paris; Moschino, Milan; Marc Jacobs, Milan.]
[Microtrends included smartened punk and over-sized fabric. L-R: Frankie Morello, Milan; Ann Demeulemeester, Paris; Yohji Yamamoto, Paris.]