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Lifestyle : Ultimate Shopping 2012
1HERSA1 A035 35 SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2012 THE SUN-HERALD S Hunting for hot looks Go a bit wild this winter, writes Jason Mountney. Boyish charm . . . man-style shoes, and boots, above left, from Rod Klau Agencies; far left, a sharp shift dress by designer Michael Lo Sordo. If catwalk models this season accidentally find themselves in the jungle, chances are they'll be well camouflaged -- animal prints are back in style. ''Fashionistas of all ages will be sporting fur jackets and scarves over '60s mod tunic dresses and coats,'' designer Magdalena Duma says. ''The bigger the fur, the better this season.'' The marketing manager of shoe company Bearpaw, Deena Coleman, agrees, saying animal prints have been big overseas recently. She says consumers are looking for ''something more individual''. Coleman says no particular animal print is likely to dominate the season but Bearpaw's Serengeti range, which uses a zebra print, has performed well internationally. Designer Michael Lo Sordo says androgyny will also be popular this winter. ''The androgynous look is always reoccurring,'' he says. ''Think of Yves Saint Laurent in 1966.'' Lo Sordo says this season will feature plenty of ''boyfriend-style dressing'', with items such as oversize shirts and blazers featuring heavily in collections such as his being exhibited in a few weeks at Australia's Fashion Week. Jean N Tonik designer Gabriel Hazim says the blurring of gender roles means his jeans now have more buyers. ''I got my sister to try on some men's jeans I'd imported from Turkey as a joke and it just worked, so Iputthemonmysiteas unisex and they took off,'' he says. ''Girls are now buying for their men and themselves.'' Another boyish classic, the desert boot, is on its way back for men and women, too. Nick Klau, of footwear designer and importer Rod Klau Agencies, says the ''short- boot look is the big thing''. ''Desert boots look good with all styles of clothing -- shorts, jeans, skirts, whatever,'' says Klau, whose company imports boots from European companies El Naturalista, Spiral and Everybody, as well as designing its own labels, including Fiona McGuinness. ''Desert boots can be dressed up to look smart or made to look grungy.'' Klau says big colours to look for this winter are ''purple, green and lots of red''. ''In a world that's a bit depressed, red brightens things up,'' he says. Global trends are also driving more buyers to local products. Samantha Hardman of Melbourne label Bento says where possible, her company uses materials sourced from within 20 kilometres of the studio. ''Fabric has to sometimes come from further away as there is less of a rag trade in Australia,'' she says. ''But everything is actually made here.'' She says as fashion becomes more global, local products suddenly seem more attractive. ''As we're seeing global fashion houses opening up here, we'll see more people looking for local products.'' ULTIMATE SHOPPING SPECIAL REPORT LIFTOUT
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