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Bettina Liano A/W ’09 Preview

Bettina Liano has done it yet again, recently launching her Autumn/Winter 2009 Collection – ‘Gothic Romance’.  Featuring delicate lace, sexy corseted tops, and plenty of leather, Liano has created a range to suit fashionistas of all style inclinations.

Liano’s famous Ace jeans feature heavily throughout the latest line, but it is her preppy versus romantic-goth style pieces that really make this collection an individual standout.  As loyal Liano followers know, if you step out in a BL piece this season, it is instantly recognisable as one of Bettina’s quirky yet ‘so right now’ designs.

Browsing through the look book I enjoy styling outfits in my head, as I do with most collections I see, should I come into several thousand dollars in order to go on a serious spree in store.  I’ve listed a few of my fave looks from Bettina’s latest range;

The plaid shirts, skirts and jackets are always going to sit well in anyone’s wardrobe.  They may drift in and out of ‘fashion’; however they are so easy to style and usually come back to the runways every couple of years or so.  Take BL’s preppy plaid school girl skirt, I’m imagining it with a crisp white tailored shirt, black opaques, ankle boots and a leather bomber to keep out the cold.

I’m loving the Double Breasted Boyfriend Blazer.  What doesn’t this work well with?  Try it with one of Liano’s leather pencil skirts, or wear it casually with a pair of faded Ace jeans, ankle boots layered over a basic slouchy tee – instant street cred!

Corseted tops are a challenge, but with Liano’s impeccable tailoring, you CAN make it work!  Try it with a flouncy skirt, or for a sophisticated evening look, a pair of slouchy silk pants and pumps will have you wowing the crowd.  Keep cosy with a fitted blazer, and you’ve now perfected the corset.

Harem pants are also a tricky trend that I’m sure many of us will embrace this season.  Bettina’s last lot of harem’s flew of the shelves, so if you’re wanting a pair that is tailored well and will sit perfectly you best hurry into your nearest boutique ASAP.  Wear a pair of BL harem’s back with a sleek tee, faded denim jacket and pumps for a night out, simple, easy and oh so wearable.

So, what do we think?  Personally I’m very impressed with Bettina Liano’s latest collection.  It is wearable, yet very on trend.  Having purchased pieces from Liano boutiques before you are getting what you pay for – impeccable tailoring and clothing of the highest quality.  Hurry into your nearest Bettina Liano store to check out ‘Gothic Romance’.

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Words – Bronwyn Miller

Images courtesy Bettina Liano

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