Styles that you did never embrace

It is hard to believe that military influence can get along with fashion but one of the latest designer presentations showed the contrary. The military style for fall/winter 2010-2011 means, first of all, chic. Incredible or not military prints, its roughness can be fashionable and look good.

And if there is one basic piece to keep in mind and in which you should invest, that is the aviator jacket, made from leather or shearling, and inspired by the aviators from the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. Military coats, the aviator jacket, golden buttons, emphasized shoulders, kasatchok pants and boots, khaki and green are some of the main elements of the military style seen on the catwalks at Burberry Prorsum, MaxMara, Marc Jacobs, Chanel, Dries Van Noten, and Etro.

Minimalist style is described by simple, yet very chic clothes, with clear lines, without embellishments. The fabrics used are high-quality ones, while the colors are plain, sober ones, such as white, black, gray, beige, and navy blue. Simple, yet very sophisticated lines were spotted at Stella McCartney who presented tailored suits and jackets in an amazing minimalist approach. Also, Phoebe Philo from Céline used special fabrics, emphasizing their beauty and luxury through minimalism, while at Gucci, the mixture between minimalism and over-refined elements had as result a sophisticated collection. Dandy style represented another important source of inspiration for fashion designers.

Is is very interesting how fashion can so easily go from one extreme to another, from glamorous and fancy dresses to masculine pants and jackets, but the result can always been a fantastic and very amazing one and it can emerge into a dandy style who combine both masculine and feminine. Large blazers, androgynous shirts, coats and jackets with a masculine touch could be seen on many runway shows. An interesting mixture between masculine and feminine gave birth to unique and very fresh collections. We could see the masculine style at Dolce&Gabbana with velvet vests and big bows, at Salvatore Ferragamo who gave a subtle note of masculinity to his collection using wide belts and oversized blazers, at Michael Kors, Bottega Veneta, Chloé, DKNY, Yves Saint Laurent or Proenza Shouler. There is a great variety from which you can get your inspiration, you can try something new by combining fabrics and lines that you never thought will work together.