By Hanan Shamsan

As fashion weeks in the major European cities and LA have come to an end, I figured that it is an appropriate midway point to analyze what we have seen so far and envision the perfect wardrobe with which to wrap up the winter and start spring 2012.

At Fashion Week London, there was a common look that cast a quite conservative appearance among the models. Eudon Choi clearly has a distinctive vision ofss a masculine yet feminine sense of style, as you can see in his own collection as well as his touch in twenty8twelve. Both his collections were influenced by the 40’s and the 70’s with a very stylish touch for modern day, with uneven angles and cropped tops that with long trails in the back. Dresses are knee-length and a tailored blazer or high collared sweater accents nearly all of his casual wear. We can see that it was all about the cape this autumn/ winter season (and you can still rock it this spring) whether it’s a Sherlock Holmes style cloak by Burberry Prorsum, or a modern high-collared slanted-trim overcoat by Osman or a wide shouldered modern tuxedo jacket feel by Yohji Yamamoto’s collection for YSL.

Quite early in the season, both theLondonandParisfashion weeks have given fantastic ideas for some last minute cold weather accessories. Chanel, Christian Dior and Balenciaga make it obvious that violet; mauve, amethyst, heliotrope, aubergine, plum or whatever you call purple is the color to be sporting this season. As we got our first peak of beautiful weather here in Central Europe,Milanfashion week spiced up this season’s expectations through a common underlying theme of tragically chic and dramatically gothic attire. The dramatically gothic style of Dolce & Gabbana and Versace has been blended with the theme of minimal and sharp tailoring yet highly rich decadence, as we can see in brands like Antonio Berardi, Burberry, Moschino and McQ.

The “baroque romanticism” theme of Dolce & Gabbana’s autumn/winter show has become my personal favorite collection thus far in the fashion weeks. Delicate lace dresses, capes and rich velvets in bold black, white and gold feature the designers’ master-class in Sicilian chic. Trussardi brings the Dolce & Gabbana back to the everyday lives of us normal folk with his suggested Victorian-independent lady traveler look with bold lines and Peruvian-style hats. If you’re looking for something affordable out of all of this, Eudon Choi’s collections are relatively affordable and charmingly functional in any season, at prices ranging from £110 to £1,400.

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