The coming A/W 2011 season encapsulates the allure of the 1940s and 1960s sophistication in collections that ooze femininity. What better way to accentuate these elegant trends than with a decadent palette of jewel tones and shimmering fabrics? Leaving the neon shades of summer behind, this season is set to be a nostalgic celebration of opulence and luxury. No more black and grey to fend off the cold weather, this season is all about glamour.

Sumptuous amber and rubies adorned the A/W 2011 catwalks, deepened by gorgeous shades of garnet and amethyst. From emerald greens at Diane Von Furstenberg to deep sapphires at Roksanda Illincic, jewel tones took centre stage and delivered a much needed alternative to the gothic shades that have been popular over recent A/W seasons. Not solely reserved for evening wear, jewel tones can be used in tailoring, trousers and day dresses to create statement pieces and add definition to the feminine silhouettes of the A/W 2011 trend. Coats and jackets in bold colours are a key way to embrace this trend, but for those who prefer a more subtle approach, use accessories to add jewel accent to your wardrobe.

Glistening fabrics shimmered down the catwalk at Dolce & Gabbana in dresses which will transcend through the autumn months and into the party season. Gucci showed a mix of delicate sheer fabrics, leather and soft furs in green, cerulean and gold in their new collection, an interesting play on textures which only serves to compliment the luxurious colour palette.

The MSL team are great admirers of this trend, with Maggie herself a devotee of the season’s vivid hues: she regularly wears bespoke dresses by Italian designer Hilla Di Schonborn Brunhilde in a wide palette of bright jewel colours. Wear this season’s colour palette fearlessly to transcend from 1970s S/S brights to the regal opulence of A/W 2011. Channel it through structured jackets, evening gowns and accessories to add a lavish touch to your style.

Sarah Birch and Laura Roig

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