As I made my way round the rails photographing my favourite garments, I soon clocked Whistles' main inspiration for fall: texture. Fabrics had a pleasing stiffness and simple pieces like a track pant or a cigarette trouser had been transformed through the use of leathers, brocade and boucle. When so many high street shops are cutting costs and producing flimsy garments in cheap fabrics, in contrast the Whistles AW12 collection feels reassuringly luxurious and timeless.
Of course there are plenty of other trends running through the range too, Whistles love a good print and they have plenty to offer next season from delicate dots through to blurred and colourful graphic prints. The Olympian look will continue long after the games themselves have finished with plenty of sporty pieces in the collection, my favourite being the butter-soft leather track pants that are so wrong yet 100% right.
For Whistles next season's colour palette begins with soft greys and mints, moving in to navy, rich forest green and metallics for the Christmas period. Punchy vermillion red accents contrast neutrals, and a stand-out piece in the collection is a knock-out full-length cocktail gown in the aforementioned colour.
|Prints and a peter pan collar; two trends ticked in this dress|
|Soft mint and pinks look great in this statement dress|
|Sporty details like this drawstring waist detail appear frequently|
|A signature piece in the collection; butter-soft black leather track pants.|
|Forest green and navy are pared together in a stylish colour palette|
|Loved the sheer panelling and lace print on this dress|
|The vermillion evening gown; I could see Kate Winslet rocking this on the red carpet|
|A simple black pant is transformed with textured jacquard fabric|
|I am starting saving now for this forest green brocade party frock|
|Brocade takes centre stage for eveningwear|
|Delicate dots look great on silk pieces|
|Vermillion is an accent colour throughout the collection|
|Even simple leather totes got the texture treatment- loving the fur-finish!|
So ladies, my advice is simple; start saving for fall now, you're not going to want to miss out on the Whistles AW12 collection.