Winter style: the hottest trends

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The Margiela for H&M collection will re-invent the idea of duvet days when its hero piece, the duvet coat, (complete with grey removable cover) goes on sale next week. Loungewear also has the power to leave the house – see Stella McCartney out and about recently in a snappy gold jogger suit. Meanwhile, PJs and fancy slippers refuse to stay indoors: Markus Lupfer's jolly Whistles collection includes heart-print pyjamas while Newbark is the hottest new name in slippers-as-shoes.

It's ahead-of-the-curve time. Burberry did the chocolate-box sweetie-wrapper colour palette for spring/summer 2013 so, aside from a tin of these bad boys being the No 1 ironic 2012 Christmas present, adopting shiny metallics is canny. Dame Viv is already on it – she recently wore a very Orange Cream wrapper jacket. Shine is also a way to lift your hefty winter coat – try a gold Whistles laceup shoe or the Margiela H&M purple or silver hi-shine clutch.

Sometimes, it really is as simple as rearranging the way you wear something. Phoebe Philo's autumn Céline collection took cowboy scarf styling and turned it haute. Basically, take a silk scarf (this look doesn't work with wool styles) and tie it around your neck so that it finishes with a point at the front. Alternatively, rewind to 2007 and channel Balenciaga's pile-it-high technique in homage to designer Nicolas Ghesquière, who leaves the house later this month.

Evidence is mounting that suggests resistance to this trend is futile. 1) Céline does them. 2) Editor of British Vogue Alexandra Shulman has been raving about wearing a pair of white patent Manolo Blahniks with pointed toes and 3½in heels. 3) Marion Cotillard finished her next-season Raf Dior dress with a pair last week. 4) Carine Roitfeld, super influential editor, has been wearing them constantly for the past few months. 5) OTK boots might be warmer but are a bit two winters ago.

Influential labels such as ­Alexander McQueen's McQ, Victoria Beckham and ­Burberry all backed the blockbuster military trend. Think khaki,khaki, nipped-in belts and, most importantly, great coats. Nineteenth-century military uniforms are the inspiration, now knee-length, double-breasted styles are a firm favourite of civilians. M&S has seen them marching out the door – 30,000 have been sold already.

Those with allergies should be warned – your girlfriends might be moulting this season. Fuzz, whether it's angora, mohair, sheepskin or shaggy faux fur, is everywhere. An angora sweater channels Nastassja Kinski in Paris, Texas, a reference at buzz London knitwear brand Sibling. But to really feel warm and cosy, go for Fraggle Rock textures in the manner of Mulberry – check out Tim Walker's campaign with Lindsay Wixson complete with monster – and Meadham Kirchhoff. The hot version on the high street is James Long's new range for Topman, which we predict will be popular with the fashion conscious of both sexes.

If sleek shapes have dominated coats recently, bigger is better in 2012. This can take many guises and – hurrah! – none require you to squeeze your knitwear into streamlined sleeves. Céline's oversized man's coat is one reference – similar styles are now at Cos – or there's the puffed-up puffer. Seen on the catwalk at Peter Pilotto, the Whistles Benny quilted jacket is selling well now while Uniqlo's forthcoming collaboration with Theory is dedicated to the padded jacket. A pitchside Arsène Wenger is your style icon.

With Obama v Romney out of the way, the biggest face-off now is between kilts and dungarees. Both were at Topshop Unique while others have taken sides off the catwalk – model Laura Bailey was spotted at fashion week on team kilt, pairing her midi-length style with heeled ankle boots, while Alexa Chung is forever behind the dungaree, wearing it as a staple. The latter looks as if it has staying power too, appearing on the catwalk at Margaret Howell and House of Holland for next spring. This season's jumpsuit?

If it started with purple, that palette has seeped into oxblood. A dark, reddish brown more often associated with the alternative shade of Doctor Martens, 2012 has seen it go posh. The Duchess of Cambridge was spotted in an oxblood skirt suit , and it's a way to wear leather without that rock'n'roll vibe. Asos, Topshop and The Kooples all sell oxblood leather bikers, which for now beat black or pastel styles. It's the subtle hue update to do now.

Look, if you're after warmth, clearly this winter's hot hat is a faux fur cossack à la Keira in Anna Karenina. But if it's razz you're after, and winter always comes with a side of that, see the current Prada pics in Vogue featuring tennis-style headbands festooned in sequins. Plain retro versions follow at the label next year. The new alice band perhaps? Meanwhile, tiaras are also a thing. See Georgia May Jagger in the Westwood ads. Or channel Courtney Love – tiaras are very the 90s grunge revival – whose own Never the Bride line naturally features hair jewellery.


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