Posted by Bethan Holt, Fashion Junior at Large

Each catwalk season, post shows the FashEd and I absorb ourselves in teasing out every trend, theme and nuance from what we've seen. For AW12, it was all about a fairytale. Looks jumped out at us like characters off a picture book page, scary and sweet in equal measures. While it may be the case that the Autumn/ Winter collections are an almost a disappearing memory, with the start of the sales and the arrival of Resort collections in shops, it actually only just feels like the right time to be really getting excited about these looks; the opulent decorations, the sumptuous velvets and ostentatious embellishments are properly about Winter luxury and legend. So for FEAL's Advent contribution, we will be revisiting an AW12 look every few days along with allusions to the myths and folklore which they seem to allude to, before they vanish forever into a fairy dust haze of Spring/ Summer graphics and brights. We hope you enjoy them and have a very merry festive season.


Bethan and Melanie xx

Gucci's Swashbuckling Musketeer

“My son, be worthy of your noble name, worthily borne by your ancestors for over five hundred years. Remember it’s by courage, and courage alone, that a nobleman makes his way nowadays. Don’t be afraid of opportunities, and seek out adventures. My son, all I have to give you is fifteen ecus, my horse, and the advice you’ve just heard. Make the most of these gifts, and have a long, happy life.” 

From Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers


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