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Lifestyle : Ultimate Shopping 2012
1HERSA1 A061 LONGER LARGER SHOES 10 -14 Winter Styles Arriving Daily MANY HEEL HEIGHTS - 10 Wk layby available Connection Arcade Ground Level 2-10 Darcy Street Parramatta NSW 2150 Dymocks Block (Next to Myers) 8th Floor, 428 George Street Sydney NSW 2000 Long Line Shoes www.longlineshoes.com.au Ph 9635 4093 juel Contemporary hand-made jewellery 252 Darling St, Balmain NSW 2041 Ph: 02 9818 3443 www.juel.com.au Bridesmaid, Formal and Cocktail Wear ONLINE SALE 40% OFF www.natashamillani.com.au ALL STOCK MUST GO -- 5 DAYS ONLY Simply enter code "Herald" at the Checkout at AG5003307AA-220412 61 ULTIMATE SHOPPING SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2012 THE SUN-HERALD S A statement of pure sophistication Elegant eras past offer ample cold-weather inspiration, writes Carolyn Boyd. Getthepoint. . .Ziziby Florsheim's Sophia design, far left, and Leona Edmiston's Teese shoe evoke classic femininity. Yesterday's heroes . . . accessories label Cellini creates a chic retro feel with its ladylike structured handbags and gloves. Frock stars . . . Leona Edmiston's Tania dress and Adriana dress, far left, grab attention with bold prints. Sumptuous textures and hues are in. This winter there's a convergence of glamour, colours and patterns heading your way, sure to brighten up the greyest of days. Sumptuous textures, fabulous patterns and popping hues are all in -- and the beauty of these trends is that they are wide open for cherry- picking what suits you and when. Depending on your mood you can tone it down or rev it right up. Textured layers Whether it's a scarf, gloves or patterned tights -- or all three -- bringing some layering into your winter wardrobe can add interest and help to capitalise on the 1940s revival that is influencing trends this season. The creative director of The Style Agency, Bridgette Kirk, says a fun pair of stockings works like ''a gem when wanting to dress up the boring blacks''. Finish off the winter look with pretty, ladylike accessories. Brooches are back -- add them to your jacket or cape to inject some sparkle or colour. A return to the roaring '40s Florsheim Australia designer Kristina Fraser-Smith says the '30s and '40s are making a real comeback for shoes, influenced by international runways. ''We have seen the return of kitten heels, Mary-Jane ankle straps and pointed toes,'' she says. ''Styles influenced by '30s and '40s are ultra-feminine and give any outfit a sophisticated, ladylike edge.'' Other footwear trends include animal prints such as bold leopard and sexy snakeskin. And colour blocking is still in. ''Inject some fun and frivolity into your winter wardrobe with accessories in bold, bright colours,'' Fraser-Smith says. Fur-tastic Faux fur is in. It can bring a touch of glamour to an outfit and -- most importantly for really chilly days -- warm you up. Look for a piece that can sit at the top of your jacket or long-sleeved dress to add a plush feel to your look. The Style Agency's Kirk suggests using a contrasting colour or, alternatively, choosing a piece to blend with the tone of your jacket or outfit. Peplums Designer Leona Edmiston calls peplums ''feminine, flirty and fun''. ''No one needs to know what's hiding underneath,'' she says. So what exactly is a peplum? Put simply, it's a frill or flounce that comes down from the waist over the hips. Popular in the 1940s and again in the 1980s, peplums are now appearing on dresses and the tops of skirts, and also on jackets. Clashing prints Leona Edmiston labels clashing prints as one of her favourite trends coming through. ''Whether bold and monochromatic or intricate in pastels, you won't be short of finding a great printed statement piece this season, whether it is a handbag, heel, scarf, pants or frock,'' she says. ''Don't be afraid to clash different prints together.'' This might not be a trend for everyone, though -- if you're not so keen, start with small patterned accessories at first. SPECIAL REPORT
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