18 August, 2015: Autumn Winter 2015 for Dorothy Perkins embraces two key looks for the coming season, with a 60s revival and a feminine take on soft Victoriana.
The swinging 60s makes a return with a revamp, adding a recognisable modern twist with rich colours, mini hemlines and knee high boots. High necklines and A-line shapes are typical of the era, mixing elements of pretty preppy and retro flair.
This season, denim is clean and untreated in new silhouettes that adopt the retro utility detailing in dungarees, zip front mini skirts and dresses. Layering is key, as high neck skinny ribs are paired with the classic 60s neat dress shapes and the prim pinafore dress. The cocoon, cropped suede and retro zip through boxy sheepskin jacket are the must-have coat shapes.
The 60s theme colours are a mixture of muted neutrals with rich tones - from caramel, stone and tan neutrals to hues of midnight, cobalt, burnt orange and sunshine yellow. Animal print is also featured in the guise of zebra in the mini and the pinafore dress.
Soft Victoriana is confident and feminine this Autumn, with sheer fabrics, frilled details, lace trims and soft dresses being the essential components of this look. Blouses are romantic with exaggerated blouson sleeves - whether printed or with lace detailing.
The Victoriana trend also takes influences from the military. A floor-sweeping coat with wide lapels in wool creates an instant dramatic effect - coordinated with tailored trousers and the prettiest blouse, complete with skinny neckties that soften the look. The tweed and check pieces give the collection a heritage undertone. Tailoring is balanced out by the florals, frills and femininity of the rest of the collection.
This season, boots are here to stay- be it long, black, classic or lace up. They are key for both trends. Animal print is making a comeback too – in particular the snakeskin trend, with details found on both chunky winter boots and the platform Maryjane. Bags are maxi in size, whether faux Mongolian fur or with zebra pony skin details.