Fashion is often fantastical, but it’s gone all-out this winter, as folklore and fairy tales were the inspiration for some of the stand-out shows during the AW14 fashion weeks.
Casting a spell on the critics, Dolce and Gabbana’s stunning ‘Enchanted Sicily’ collection featured an array of opulent fabrics - black lace, devore, gold brocade and lots of fur - baroque details and a crop of furry friends so cute they wouldn’t look out of place in a Disney movie. Likewise, Valentino and Alexander McQueen showed princess-worthy frocks and critter prints.
Fear not, though, despite the animal motifs, this is a very grown-up look, and one that’s perfect for the colder months and party season (which is fast descending upon us).
Style your own fairy tale ending this winter with these sumptuous looks...
Watch out Alexa, and move over Kate Moss, there’s a new style icon in town - and her name is Little Red Riding Hood.
Echoes of the cape-wearing fairy tale heroine were all over the catwalk, as Dolce and Gabbana sent out capacious scarlet coats and fur-trimmed hoods aplenty.
A ravishing red cape is right on the money - wear it with slouchy boots for extra top-to-toe trend points - but a burgundy or wine coloured cover-up is a more understated option, while a black faux fur-edged wraparound is great for throwing over a glam evening look.
LACE TO THE TOP
Emulate the decadence of baroque architecture with lace and brocade fabrics. But we’re not talking dainty designs - the bigger the floral motifs the better.
With this much pattern going on, stick to subdued colours like antique gold, black and berry tones, and look for extra embellishments like beading or pearls on eveningwear.
To add a folklore touch to daywear, choose one textured piece, like a lace blouse or pair or brocade trousers, and pair with sleek separates.
If all-over texture is a bit much, look for jumpers and jackets with touches of kooky embroidery and embellishment.
Owls, swans, hedgehogs, foxes, you name it - Dolce and Gabbana had a whole wood’s worth of creatures crafted on to their winter collection, and some spookily similar creatures have cropped up on the high street too. Pair with jeans and suede boots to make your critter knit or statement sweatshirt the focus on your outfit.
A crystal-encrusted kimono will see you through the season of endless party invites, giving your trusty LBD or fail-safe jeans-and-T-shirt combo a glitzy uplift.
Need a new gown for a black tie event? The fairy tale trend lends itself perfectly to occasionwear - think 3D florals, fringing and touchable textures.
Forget fluffy fairy princess frocks, Angelina Jolie’s delightfully wicked queen Maleficent should be your inspiration when choosing a killer floor-length dress. Worried about exposing your arms? Then black and long-sleeved is the way to go, and it means you won’t have to bother will a shawl or scarf.
High-necked styles in sheer fabrics work wonders for slight frames, but steer clear if you’re more top-heavy, opting instead for a deep V-neck.
FAIRY TALE FINISHES
Finish your fairy-tale look with bold, bejewelled accessories.
Pop on a floral bib necklace in lush jewel tones to add colour to an all-black outfit, but keep metallics muted - rose or antique hues are more classically baroque than gleaming gold.
The perfect accompaniment to your show-stopping gown? That’ll be a beaded hardcase clutch: beautiful, only just big enough to fit your lippy and phone, and with a handy hidden strap for when you hit the dance floor.