Girl power has come a long way since the Spice Girls and their garish get-ups.
Two of this season’s biggest looks exude strength, sophistication and total femininity. The dominant tribes of Autumn/Winter 2013 are New Punk and Urban Warrior, as striking as their names suggest. Deciding which side you fall on isn’t simply about whether you prefer Game Of Thrones or Sid and Nancy – it’s down to silhouettes, details and the battle between colour palettes. Let the style war begin!
There’s more than a touch of the modern medieval to the Urban Warrior. The essence is battle-ready – but with not a hair out of place. Regal and directional, it fuses strong, structured silhouettes with a bold colour palette and utmost self-assurance.
Naturally for such a brave new look, it’s the rising stars of fashion who have truly embraced the Heroine Chic, including young London names such as Peter Pilotto, David Koma, the ever urban Alexander Wang and the Paris house Balmain, always a fan of an aristocratic aesthetic.
‘Women’ is a better description for Urban Warrior advocates, who tend to be directional ladies with poise and an eccentric streak. Think Cate Blanchett, Daphne Guinness, the stylist Catherine Baba and, of course, Tilda Swinton.
Tops and dresses with wide shoulders, separates punctuated by armour-like panelling, sleek hoods and snoods, artistically draped dress, architectural jackets, chunky leather boots
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This is a don’t-mess-with-me vibe covered in prettiness. It’s that classic punk aesthetic we all know and love but made over for the 21st century, a ladylike take that’s laced with edge. The tartan, the leather, the zips and the chains are all there, but this time they’re ultra-flattering.
It’s classic designers opting for this classic look, including the dark and directional Givenchy, ever-rebellious Donatella Versace and Milan staple Moschino, as well as the noted music anorak Hedi Slimane at Saint Laurent.
Slimane’s new muse, Liza Thorn, of the band Starred, leads the New Punk pack, along with the singer Grimes. But, for true inspiration, you need to look a little further back to Annie Lennox in her flame-haired prime and the true queen of the aesthetic, Vivienne Westwood herself.
Close-fitting black biker jackets layered over pencil skirts and sheer dresses, the skinniest of latex trousers and leather T-shirts layered under demure tank tops and tartan separates
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