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It feels as though we haven’t been dealt a fair hand this season on the weather front and so as the rain continues to pour, we see autumn trends being pushed forward when traditionally, strappy summer dresses would ordinarily make the cut at this time of the year. Even though we love the sunshine, this seasons AW collections are proving themselves to be a bit hit, and so the saying goes, every cloud must have a silver lining! If you want to stay ahead of the game in the AW12 fashion stakes then make a note of these top AW12 trends we guarantee will be big.

Jewels
Think jewellery in unexpected places like in your hair and printed on clothes. Think blinging buttons and diamonds on belts. This year’s AW catwalks used gems and lots of bling on their models, especially to accentuate facial features: Miu Miu used gems around the eyes, and Chanel pasted them onto eyebrows.

The English countryside
A classic UK Burberry style that has influenced designers on a global level this season is the English countryside. You can’t go far wrong with a checked coat and fox head buckle belt. AW12 accessories like leather tan barrel bags will go perfectly with this look. For your colour palette think muted, earthy tones mixed with tweed, and keep your eye on Flannels fashion for the latest designer deals.

Peplum
You’ll be pleased to know ladies that peplum is staying firmly put for AW12. And thank goodness! Its tulip shape gives every woman enviable hips and its versatility means that a peplum dress or top is a safe and stylish party season wear. Burberry were keen to show this trend off when they hit the catwalk, and other designers fighting for peplum include, Alexander McQueen and Fendi.

Purple
In some shape or form, purple always manages to sneak its way into AW catwalks (and we’re so glad it does). It’s such a warming, wintery colour that screams festivities; mulled wine and frosted window panes. A metallic shimmer added to a purple tone will really give it that edgy, frosty look but for something a bit more oaky and autumnal, try a richer, denser shade of purple.

Something for the boys
And now, something for the men; the latest Ralph Lauren fashion for men remains very much the same; classic polos and stylish, preppy chic layers are again going to be big for Ralph Lauren in AW12. Its classic all-American clothing is great for when seasonal boundaries blur, as they have done this year…