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Creative details punch up fall

Cowlneck sweaters, riding jackets and wideleg pants will be front and centre in fashion wardrobes when the weather starts to cool

That's according to Spanner, a Canadian manufacturer and retailer of women's clothing, which has issued a style report just as its cosy and colourful fall 2011 collection hits the stores.

For fall, wide-leg pants are juxtaposed with slim-leg styles, such as four-way stretch jodhpurs. Flared, mid-calf skirts have a town-and-country vibe. Cheetah print and lipstick red are fashionable options for those in search of a new winter coat.

Among the key looks: Sweater dressing

Layer up in cosy knits, beginning with the classic turtleneck, then add a cropped cable-knit or blanket stripe capestyle cardigan. Cashmere and alpaca blends add luxury.

That '70s show

Mannish tweeds and glen checks, distressed faux sherpa, suede and quilted finishes are the key textures here, in warm colours that include tan, camel and chestnut. Watch for corduroy and boot-cut pants, skinny scarves and pea coats.

Colour prints

Saturated shades of henna, berry, olive and teal, as well as bright pops of purple, red and cobalt, are grounded by black. Cheery plaids and classic stripes work alongside blurred geometric and abstract prints to provide punch to the collection.

In North Vancouver, fans of the brand can find it at Aldila, Above Average Lingerie and Fashions, and Nina's Boutique, all in the Lonsdale area. Spanner is in West Vancouver at BJ's in Dundarave, Marilyn's in Caulfelid and Petite Fashions in Ambleside. Prices range to $299.

lchristensen@nsnews.com

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