We all love Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine – she’s a VERY 2011 style icon. She mixes vintage with menswear, is never seen with out a Seventies signature hat, yet with her willowy limbs and flame-coloured hair, she can pull off a couture frock like no-one else. No wonder she is a favourite muse of Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy AND Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel. When this picture of Flo posing for a shoot in Australia in this rather billowing onesie by Just Cavalli came through on the wire we all got into a great fluster in the Grazia office. With legs so wide it almost looks like one of her usual wispy dresses from the side, tall slender Florence works the paisley, Liberty print style jumpsuit with aplomb! But will YOU be brave enough to try one for youself?
We analysed the catwalks to bring you the breakdown of jumpsuits present and future to help you make up your mind. . .
Acne Autumn Winter 2011
The Fashion Boilersuit - Acne Autumn Winter 2011
Acne is the ultimate cool girl's uniform. We admit these boilersuits and dungarees are approaching unwearable territory, BUT! take a tip from the catwalk; the bagginess could swamp you, so wear chunky platforms and make good sure you pay attention to sleek hair and makeup - so you don't get mistaken for a painter/decorator. On the plus side, these baggy suits are extremely comfy to wear, fit neatly into the tomboy trend and can go from day to night with no fuss!
Delicate Lace Rompersuits - Chanel Autumn Winter 2011
Karl Lagerfeld's apocalyptic vision for Autumn Winter 2011 - a runway of smouldering rubble and burning tyres accomodating his shell-shocked looking models - was the talk of toute Paris last season. Now the collection is in stores, we have all decided that his feminine yet Gothy transparent-bloomered all-in-ones could be JUST the thing for the Christmas party season. We would wear with high high heels rather than kitten heels for an extra boost and DEFINITELY have a glass of sherry while we are putting our makeup on - for Dutch courage before we applied the black lipstick that would complete the look devilishly well!
Diane von Furstenberg jumpsuits Spring Summer 2012
Hibiscus Island Paradise Printed Jumpsuits - Diane von Furstenberg Spring Summer 2012
While still working full-time as a designer, Diane von Furstenberg knew a thing or two about a jazzy print, as she used them on her wrap dresses. Now that Yvan Mispelaere is at the helm of her spectacular womenswear label, he has not turned his back on colourful patterns. We think this - yes, they are loud. BUT they are possibly the most wearable of all the jumpsuits. Just think of them as a logical extension of the printed trouser trend of 2011. It's going to be a major look this summer, MAJOR. This sort of holiday-themed jumpsuit is finished off perfectly with a wedge sandal or espadrille, while the taller ladies among us can get away with flatties.
Holly Fulton (left) and YSL (middle and right) for Spring Summer 2012
Slick Eveningwear All-In-Ones from Holly Fulton and Yves Saint Laurent Spring and Summer 2012
Representing both Brit eccentricity and Parisian polish, these three jumpsuits fall into the same kind of Seventies-inspired, monochrome elegance invented by the original Yves Saint Laurent. Now Holly Fulton and Stefano Pilati have re-invented the fluid styles for summer 2012. You won't know this until you have tried one out but the right jumpsuit has brilliant figure-skimming, stomach-flattening properties. So ladylike! This type of jumpsuit will go on for seasons and seasons without looking dated and will hang and cling in all the right places.
House of Dereon jumpsuits Spring Summer 2012
Club Classics Week - Catsuits from House of Dereon Spring Summer 2012
If you have a penchant for a funky, fitted catsuit worn to hit the dancefloor, then the good lady Beyonce may have the answer to your prayers. Her buzz-creating London Fashion Week show contained this couple of beauties, in the way of jumpsuits. We can imagine feeling at home in either of them. LOVELY!