Lessons in winter style

Published Wednesday, 03 October 2012
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Visitors to Queen's University cast aside their textbooks and were schooled in autumn winter fashion, during a Style Soirée at Elmwood Hall.

The building, that's close to 250 years old, is more often frequented by hoody-clad students but on Thursday models delivered a much more fashionable lecture.

Elmwood Hall was lit up by a light show.

And this was no ordinary catwalk - the former church was transformed into a rich autumnal scene, lined with trees and fallen leaves.

Elmwood Hall inside was transformed into an autumn evening.

Fake fur was high on the agenda of show, curated by Victoria Square's personal stylist Rebecca McKinney.

From the statement long-hair aubergine shrug or chic leopard print fur collar, to the stunning Cossack hat and muff that would have made Anna Karenina green with envy, it is definitely safe to dig out last year's fur or invest in a key piece for this winter.

Faux fur accessorised many of the outfits.

So while Keira Knightley is inspiring us to embrace our inner Russian heroine, hints from the yet-to-be released Great Gatsby continue to make an impact on the catwalk, with close-fitting dresses accessorised with long strings of pearls, just as Daisy would have worn.

Great Gatsby-inspired pearls.

Winter coats ranged in shape from classic mac to cocoon to glamorous cape, but all kept within muted beige and grey tones, allowing statement boots or scarves to take centre stage.

The heritage trend is ticking every box for me this winter, and my favourite outfit had just a hint of Ali McGraw in Love Story, as long hair parted slightly off-centre was paired with an A-line tweed skirt and chunky Aran cardigan and simple ankle boots.

Heritage style is one of the biggest trends in AW 2012.

For both sexes tailoring was key - whether high street or designer. Rebecca emphasised the clean fit of neat pencil skirts and narrow trousers for women, while for men slim-fitting blazers continue to be a wardrobe staple.

Tweed blazers and light layers for men.

But enough about male fashion and back to the important things - footwear. Ladies it's all about the boot. Whether they're cropped and snake print, knee high or lace-ups, I was lusting after so many of the chic styles on display for my winter wardrobe.

Oh and a hat - whether cloche or Cossack - will never go amiss.

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Sara Neill
Sara Neill

Sara Neill joined UTV's Webteam as an online journalist in 2011, previously having worked for radio and print outlets.

She has covered a range of topics, from the Saville Report to the Royal Wedding or new sounds on Northern Ireland's music scene and fashion shows.

In her spare time, she likes to read poetry and 1960s American literature and blog about all things makeup, hair and beauty.

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